I am still deciding on what to do with the motor and steering, I rebuilt a 1974 50hp Evinrude sizzler that runs great and my crestliner is 16 feet long with a max horsepower of 50hp so debating which motor to use. I thought about making the 35hp to a tiller steer. I do have a brand new teleflex steering kit as well. Also have the crestliner optional livewell that came with the boat.That will be a real beaut when re-done! any plans for console, maybe re-locate to center?
I was a little nervous about cutting out the front bench and making a walk thru but it really wasn't that bad, Had to make some new bracing and brackets for it. I sort of copied the layout of the newer crestliner tiller models and designed my layout around that. I am pretty happy with the way it turned out and it handles fine on the water, planes out fast and takes the chop really well. My 35 johnson is a 1977 and found an old 25 johnson with a bad lower end got it cheap and took the tiller bracket and handle off of it and converted my 35 from remote to tiller steer. On my 35 i had to rebuild the carb and put a new impeller in it, new plugs and fuel pump runs great. Also painted the boat didn't like that old golden mustard color lol. The worst part of my repair was two gashes in the front of the boat below the water line and 3 punctures from the inside out toward the back, I had to braze them up and sealed it with coat it, Good luck on your build and post some pictures.Great job. I wish I was like you ready for fishing. My Crestliner is a 1970, 18' Voyager UT boat. $700 with motor & trailer. Parallel side seats in the back then 3 cross seats 2 big, 1 little front. PT removed foam & seats. A mess yet. Have not started "fix up". I think split seats with walk thru, & front deck for stand up & troll motor. Old 35 hp Johnson came with. Unknown last start. Nervous about starting refurb.