Crestliner CX 1754 Project

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I’ve been reading lots of the threads here getting ideas for my latest purchase. So it’s probably best I start a thread so there’s some background when I start asking questions. It’s a 2001 Crestliner CX 1754, came with decent trailer and a non-running Mariner 90 2 stroke. So far I got the motor running with a new voltage regulator, and I’ve replaced all the fuses to get some of the electrical working. It needs a lot of little things at this point, and a lot of beautifying. But I love having a project to work on over the winter months and wanted a bigger boat I can use in local smallmouth bass fishing derbies for which this will work great for. It’s replacing my first ever boat, a 12 foot Lund with a 9.9 Evinrude.
 

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You have a very nice boat there. It has enough size and motor for you to just about do any kind of inshore angling. Congratulation on your purchase....there are lots of great ideas on this website., and people to help out with those ideas.
 

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Just bought the same boat from my cousin in North Carolina a few months ago. Mine still has the stock Johnson 50hp 2 stroke. Love that boat. Congrats on your upgrade.
 

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Making a little progress over the last couple weeks, trying to pick away at a few things before the snow flies.

Pulled the entire dash out so it can go in the shed and I can work on getting everything functional. There’s only a few random wires so it’s not too bad, I think I just need to clean up a lot of connections. Fuel gauge is the only one functional but I confirmed the Speedo works with a bit of air in the pitot tube so it’s the tube itself that I need to sort out. Will continue this process for the rest of the gauges, switches, radio, and horn until it’s all working. I did order some speakers and will reuse the old radio if i can but I suspect I’ll need a new one. I absolutely do not need a radio in a fishing boat but since it’s already there we’ve decided I need to get a working one.

The front deck was covered in rubber matting so I enlisted help from one of the kids to strip that up, and start pulling carpet up from under the matting. Most of this is coming up easy which I appreciate but there’s lots of work left to do. I’m still trying to decide on carpet vs vinyl, that will likely come down to cost and local availability.

I have new u-bolts and bearings for the trailer, new winch strap and chains, and some interior lights for the boat all on their way so we’ll see if I can get any of that done before it’s too cold and miserable here for outdoor work.
 

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Progress will be slow over the winter months especially but I had some nice days and got a bit done over the past week. Dash came out and got completely disassembled, I ended up repairing some cracked plastic parts and painting everything since the plastic is far too damaged from years of sun to bring it back. I spent some time troubleshooting gauges, I can confirm that the fuel gauge and Speedo work, the rest currently do not. Replacement gauges aren’t cheap and not that important so I’ll at least clean them up and pretend like their functional. I can also confirm the radio is shot, that’s something I can deal with down the road since it’s a fishing boat, not a party boat. I have all new switches and a new horn on order, once those come in I’ll get the top part of the dash all put back together. Carpet is being ordered today, going with a basic grey 16 ounce marine carpet since there’s no such thing as cheap marine carpet in Canada but I still want a relatively good product so I don’t have to do this again in 2 years. Next on my list is to clean up glue residue from the lower dash pieces and start pulling hatch covers to get them in the shed for when carpet arrives. I have heat out there so I can hopefully make some progress on the nicer days. Before, during and after photos below.
 

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Dash looks great. Curious what adhesives and paint you’ve used to bring all that back to life?
 

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Thanks guys, it’s turning out pretty well so far. Lower section of dash is a Krylon textured plastic paint, the gauge sections are all rustoleum paints, primer, semi-Matt black and gloss clear topcoat. I don’t expect it all to last a lifetime where it’s just spray bombed but I’ve had decent luck with these paints for outdoor projects so hopefully it’ll hold up for a while. For the repair area I used Gorilla Glue gel instant adhesive to bond the cracked pieces and to bond a small piece of thin acrylic under the missing piece. Then I filled thst missing piece in with some 5 minute epoxy to blend it into the rest of the plastic. It’s solid but also has a bit of flexibility too so hopefully I can avoid cracking it on re-install.
 

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Winter has hit here in Nova Scotia, but I can still make some progress as I’ve pulled all the floors and hatches out of the boat and dragged them into my now packed shed. Everything is disassembled and I’m working away at pulling carpet. Carpet comes off easy, glue residue not so much. I’m currently scraping most of it off with a small chisel, then using lacquer thinner and scotchbrite pads to remove the rest. It’s an awful job but it’s coming along, although I want to try a wire wheel on my grinder to see if that a little easier. I still have to deal with the grip tape that was installed all over the front end, I’m hoping a heat gun will help with that process because it’s well adhered and not letting go.
 

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