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1961 crestflite

Postby cresty61 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 2:00 am

I just got a crestflite and it needs a little work it needs to be painted and i am putting in a new floor now what kind of paint do i need to use ? Can anyone give me any ideas i have every thing that is oe gas tanks, motor , seats any clues what i should i do first?
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Re: 1961 crestflite

Postby Oldskier » Sat Dec 25, 2010 2:40 pm

Cresty, Welcome and Merry Christmas! I would suggest you read through some rebuilds here and evaluate your boat carefully. They ALWAYS need more than we think. Meanwhile you need to start getting the floor out, what underneath it won't be in any better shape. Need to check the transom carefully and honestly, never seen a 1961 transom that didn't need replacing.
As far as paint goes, lots of guys use original gel-coat which is the most hardy material to finish a boat. Thats what it was made with. It is harder to get smooth than most paint. I use Dupont Imron, a very tough paint, many people use a marine paint called Awl-Grip.

Welcome to the board, post some pics!
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Re: 1961 crestflite

Postby cresty61 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 5:41 pm

what do i need to look for in the transom i already started replacing the floor should i stop and wait to get a really good look?
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Re: 1961 crestflite

Postby cresty61 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 6:01 pm

here is some pics
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Re: 1961 crestflite

Postby Oldskier » Sat Dec 25, 2010 9:31 pm

Here's my transom test. Stand on the cavitation plate and watch the transom. If if flexes AT ALL it is likely rotten. Others may have other suggestions.
If you have the floor out, what do the stringers look like?
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Re: 1961 crestflite

Postby cresty61 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 9:41 pm

i am a large person so if i were to stand on it and it is rotten wont i break it and would i have to take the motor off and the to off
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Re: 1961 crestflite

Postby MarkS » Sun Dec 26, 2010 7:37 am

Better to find out now than out on the lake though, right!? To have it fail out on the water would spell disaster. Your weight on the cav. plate won't exert as much pressure as the outboard does on the transom, I'm told. You can also take a screwdriver and poke around on the inside of the transom, soft = rotten. Drill a few small holes, or take out some mounting screws or bolts to check for black wood (= rotten). Also, you can take the handle of a screwdriver or something similar and tap on the transom from the outside. Start at the top and work your way down. Solid wood will "ring", rotted wood will be more of a "dull thud". We want you to be safe out there!
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Re: 1961 crestflite

Postby Hyperacme » Sun Dec 26, 2010 7:44 am

"i am a large person so if i were to stand on it and it is rotten wont i break it and would i have to take the motor off and the to off"
You'll know with out giving it every thing ya got, bad ones move around quite a bit ...
Better to have it break in your driveway/garage then out on the lake with family & friends in the boat !
Read through this section on floor/transom repairs, some very good threads.

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Ha Ha I was typing while you were posting Mark ...
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Re: 1961 crestflite

Postby GIL_GT160 » Sun Dec 26, 2010 8:32 am

one way without standing on the cav plate is to lift the motor to the upright , then grab the lower unit and lift as if you wanted to lift the back of the boat off the trailer all while watching the transom for flex .
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Re: 1961 crestflite

Postby cresty61 » Tue Dec 28, 2010 12:47 am

I checked it the way with picking it up and I did not see it move at all the stringer look very good what else should I look for for problems and would you happen to know what a boat like this is worth
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