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    I have really enjoyed reading through all of the posts and gained quite a bit of knowledge & motivation (it is needed with the 100deg.+ days we have had recently) to keep slowly working on a 2000 Maristar 210 VRS I picked up from a neighbor last month. The boat made the long journey (2 houses down) on 7/2; exactly 13 days before my daughter was born. Needless to say the wife was less than enthused. I thought it would be a good idea to go ahead & start my own thread to help chronicle the work I am doing(and because I am sleep deprived & forget more than is coming into my head at the moment) as well as elicit suggestions about things I should or shouldn’t be doing (please interject with both).This boat has had a rather hard life in primarily salt water & being stored outside (occasionally with a cover). It has a leaking transmission (http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...ad.php?t=55683) along with a bit of corrosion and rust on the motor, but it still started right up when I turned the key. I have removed the entire interior and spent a bit of time with the buffer & 3M buffing compound as well as a cleaner wax & then a non-carnuba based wax. I am pretty happy with the results for now, but will probably re-approach the finish with finesse-it & a fleet wax this winter. I will also start to get quotes for redoing the interior during the slower winter months. I have now also decided to pull the entire running gear (motor & trans) so that I can clean, inspect, & fix anything needed while not being cramped in the engine compartment. Here are a few poor pictures that I have taken over the course of the work.

    As it came home:
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    Motor & Trans:
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    Swim platform refinished (washed, sanded, teak oil):
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    Break for having the little one (Evelyn):
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    After 2 passes with 3m buffing compound:
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    After cleaner wax (looks better, but not 100%):
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    Playing with speaker options (my trim rings to fit 6.5" speakers look really bad & I'm thinking about putting 2 8" subs up front for a little more fill.... not sure though... any suggestions?):
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    The beginnings of my motor stand... (should be pulling on Thursday or Friday):


    That should be enough fornow. Any suggestions; please let me know!

    Thanks,
    Luke

  • #2
    Looks identical to mine. Let me know if I can help out.
    1998 Maristar 200VRS

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    • #3
      to help us all out, give us the name and address of the previous owner.... haha
      "if one day the speed kills me, do not cry because i was smiling." -Paul Walker

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      • #4
        Congrats on the daughter, she's beautiful.

        The boat...not so much Hope you got it for a steal! The buffing looks good and the boat doesn't seem beyond repair, just a lot of elbow grease at boxes from skidim ahead of you. Best of luck!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by FrankSchwab View Post
          Looks identical to mine. Let me know if I can help out.
          Thank you; I may have to take you up on the offer
          Originally posted by Aric'sX15 View Post
          to help us all out, give us the name and address of the previous owner.... haha
          To chastise them for abusing the boat.... Please do!
          Originally posted by JMLVMI View Post
          Congrats on the daughter, she's beautiful.

          The boat...not so much Hope you got it for a steal! The buffing looks good and the boat doesn't seem beyond repair, just a lot of elbow grease at boxes from skidim ahead of you. Best of luck!
          Thank you very much! She is a trip, changing & learning every day.
          I picked the boat up for $2,000. So I should be ok on keeping the cost reasonable. Believe me, the list has already started!

          Thanks,
          Luke

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          • #6
            Very nice project!!! I've been going thru my Maristar I bought this spring and my one big piece of advice for you is label, bag and take pics of EVERYTHING that you take apart. I've done a pretty good job recording things with mine but I could have taking more pics, the nice thing with a digital camera are pics are free but for reference they are priceless!!

            Good luck and keep the pics coming!!
            My progress thread: 1998 Maristar 200 VRS

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            • #7
              Great platform to start with! Going to be a nice boat when you are done. Keep at it and it will all be worth it when it's finished. Don't be afraid to take the baby out when it's done either. Had my son out at 8 weeks old; now 2 year later, he is a boating addict. Good luck with the build. Congrats on the baby!
              1998 MariStar 225VRS, 350ci LT1

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              • #8
                Originally posted by hig View Post
                Very nice project!!! I've been going thru my Maristar I bought this spring and my one big piece of advice for you is label, bag and take pics of EVERYTHING that you take apart. I've done a pretty good job recording things with mine but I could have taking more pics, the nice thing with a digital camera are pics are free but for reference they are priceless!!

                Good luck and keep the pics coming!!
                Thank you hig, I have followed your build since joining TT. I appreciate your insight & detail; it has helped greatly already. Yes, the wife has already "asked" a few times for her sandwich bags back.... she just shook her head when I handed her one full of bolts. She should be used to it by now, but... o-well. I have stepped up my game with the pictures, it is just hard to stop & snap pictures when you get into the zone while working.

                Originally posted by jsturvey View Post
                Great platform to start with! Going to be a nice boat when you are done. Keep at it and it will all be worth it when it's finished. Don't be afraid to take the baby out when it's done either. Had my son out at 8 weeks old; now 2 year later, he is a boating addict. Good luck with the build. Congrats on the baby!
                Thank you, that’s what I keep telling myself when faced with another stuck bolt!
                I grew up on a trimaran down in St. Croix as well as playing around on skiffs & old aluminum V-bottoms in Galveston bay, so I want the kids to have some of the same experiences I hold onto (other than breaking down in my old 14’ V & waiting for an hour or so for someone to pass by & tow us in..). To have the connection and respect of the water at an early age is important.

                Luke

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                • #9
                  Had a chance to work a bit yesterday.

                  Here is picture of the motor almost ready to go:
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                  Testing out the member usage limits at the yacht club... (a few people stoped & watched, but didn't say anything)
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                  Its new home for a while:
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                  The fun begins! I had to cut all the manifold bolts off, and when I pulled the plugs there was light rust on 4 of them so.... i going to go ahead and have it freshened up while its out.
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                  A quick picture outside with the wife & kids. While the buff isn't perfect, it will do till it's up and running again.
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                  • #10
                    That's a clever engine stand you built. I like how the engine sits on the stand / motor mounts the same way it would sit inside the boat on the stringers. Nice! Going for a total rebuild?
                    1998 MariStar 225VRS, 350ci LT1

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jsturvey View Post
                      That's a clever engine stand you built. I like how the engine sits on the stand / motor mounts the same way it would sit inside the boat on the stringers. Nice! Going for a total rebuild?
                      Thank you, I makes working on it pretty easy as everything is accessable. Yes, it is going to go for a full rebuild. I also found a few other concerns today.

                      Does anyone know where to find these motor mounts?

                      Thanks,
                      Luke

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                      • #12
                        It looks great. Just a heads up. I have the same boat and my rub rail leaks. If you are doing that much work on it, you might as well redo the rub rail.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by hig View Post
                          Very nice project!!! I've been going thru my Maristar I bought this spring and my one big piece of advice for you is label, bag and take pics of EVERYTHING that you take apart. I've done a pretty good job recording things with mine but I could have taking more pics, the nice thing with a digital camera are pics are free but for reference they are priceless!!

                          Good luck and keep the pics coming!!

                          This, and make sure you shoot several more angles of things you are pulling apart. Especially wiring, I have too many pics i can see all the red wires but not the color of the stripe.

                          Nice to see that finish come to life.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Greenster View Post
                            It looks great. Just a heads up. I have the same boat and my rub rail leaks. If you are doing that much work on it, you might as well redo the rub rail.
                            Thanks for the heads up. Where does it leak at? & where did you buy the replacement?

                            Originally posted by 46Chief View Post
                            This, and make sure you shoot several more angles of things you are pulling apart. Especially wiring, I have too many pics i can see all the red wires but not the color of the stripe.

                            Nice to see that finish come to life.

                            I have been taking quite a few pictures, but I think I may take the time to draw a complete diagram before I break it down any further.

                            Thanks,
                            Luke

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                            • #15
                              I haven’t had a whole lot of time to work on the motor, but here are a few mid-progress pictures.

                              I pulled the valve covers to find this…. (Remember that old Muppet song… “One of these things is not like the others”??):
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                              I have also been trying to clean all the grime & corrosion away from around the transmission coupling allen-head bolts. They have been soaking in penetrating oil for a few days; hopefully they will come out without stripping. Otherwise I was thinking about welding a bolt to the head of each one & see if that works. Any other ideas?
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                              I decided to hit the case with a wire-wheel to take off the peeling paint & corrosion.
                              Starting to look a bit better.
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