70’s Starcraft 14’ Seafarer “By Golly”

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I had read somewhere that California had shut it down. Guess you confirmed that. I used to fish the American River a lot around Sacramento. Was stationed there for two years working a reservist station while on active duty in the Marines. Fished Folsom Lake a lot for Bass and big Trout. The gouge below Folsom Prison was a hot spot when the let water out of the dam for massive lake trout. You had to keep a ear open because when they sounded the horn at the dam it was time to move to higher ground. Stripers were good in the Sacramento river around Discovery Park. Do not know what they call it nowadays but the delta by far was the best fishing.
 
I had read somewhere that California had shut it down. Guess you confirmed that. I used to fish the American River a lot around Sacramento. Was stationed there for two years working a reservist station while on active duty in the Marines. Fished Folsom Lake a lot for Bass and big Trout. The gouge below Folsom Prison was a hot spot when the let water out of the dam for massive lake trout. You had to keep a ear open because when they sounded the horn at the dam it was time to move to higher ground. Stripers were good in the Sacramento river around Discovery Park. Do not know what they call it nowadays but the delta by far was the best fishing.

Still called Discovery Park. Never launched there. Used to launch out of Martinez or Antioch for Suisun Bay and the San Joaquin River. Kept a boat at the Pittsburg Marina for a while too. Those places are not far from where I live now, but I haven't fished the Delta in years.
 
They shut down our salmon fishing this year because of last year's drought. They want to let the population rebuild.

Looks like that salmon ate your rod holder!

Wow, I hadn't heard that about the salmon season, hopefully the rebuild is successful and a normal season resumes. Take a trip over to Michigan, the salmon here are doing great ;)
 
Wow, I hadn't heard that about the salmon season, hopefully the rebuild is successful and a normal season resumes. Take a trip over to Michigan, the salmon here are doing great ;)
Great job on the boat , looks fantastic . I have just bought a 14' starcraft seafarer . And I am envious, if i do half as good a job I will be happy. I have moved the boat into my garage to work on over winter/ spring . I will be looking to fish from it occasionally its main purpose will be to transport myself and fishing / camping gear to boat in campsites. I dont have an outboard as yet so looking to get one . Any suggestions would be welcome , the plate on mine says outboard up to 40 hp . Have a bit of work to do but looking forward to creating something wothwhile . The boat appears to be sound just needs some tlc as does the trailer for $350 I am willing to invest some money and time .
 

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@Rob57 Awesome man, thanks for sharing and thanks for the kind words! If you got that boat and trailer for $350, that's a steal. Please let me know if you start a build thread so I can follow. If you have any other questions about my boat/build, don't hesitate to ask - I'm happy to share whatever knowledge I've acquired. I have yet to take my boat up as far as the Traverse area but I had my eye on some lakes up there for some time...
 
Makaw I will probably start a build thread in the spring . And no doubt at that time will have questions , so thanks for the advice offer . Yes there are some nice lakes up here that offer some good fishing .
 
Oh boy, what happened?

I think I cracked it on my last trip out late summer when I had an unfortunate bump on a submerged rock pile. Mid summer I checked oil and everything was fine. Probably also expanded with freezing temps with the water that was in there. My fault for not checking it earlier.

This model of Johnson is very tough to find for donor parts, so I’m going to try to fix it first. If that fails, I might have to repower with something a bit newer.
 
that's the bottom half of the shell? How does the top half look?
This is the top portion. The bottom looks fine. It’s already disassembled but I’ll show my fix for it when I get to it.

We’ve got some specialty epoxy at my work that’s (titanium?) impregnated we use to seal areas on hydraulic steering gears. Should be ideal for this. If it fails I can always clean it and try brazing or welding as a backup option.
 

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