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    Default Facelift for the old Smokercraft.

    I'm almost finished giving the ol' girl a facelift. I have way too many memories with this old boat to let her go to the curb.

    I love this boat for the fact that I can't find a 16' with 29" walls. It's a great boat for the young ones in the boat and it has never let me down in Chitinia or moose hunting.

    So I decided to replace all the wood and gave it a 2000 lbs winch out the bow.

    Next I will re-wire, replace all the fuel hoses and a little paint.

    Boat with fairlead mounted on the bow.



    Old Transom



    I think it was over due for new hardware!



    New Transom

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    It is hard to let go of something that has taken such good care of you over the years and the memories it has created. The old saying, if it aint broke dont fix it. Some new hardware, a little paint and some TLC and it looks like your boat is ready for more fun and memories. i have a older camper that i take care of and have looked around at new ones. Then the thought comes to mind. Ok my camper, truck and raft are paid for. All function perfect and are safe and comfy. So why bother. A little spring and fall TLC on all our toys had kept us safe and happy for many years
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    Default Nice job Moosehunter!

    It's always good to see people refurbishing rather than feeling the need to go into debt over a shiny new toy. Like the way you have your winch mounted too.

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    Default Thanks Sayak!

    It's funny that you mentioned about refurbishing something old vs. buy something new.

    My Dad comes up here to Alaska every two years and is also a boater. He said that he noticed that there are alot of new boats running around while some people have 1-2 prefectly good old ones rottin' in the yard. He even pointed out some real nice older Graylings, Wooldridge and some older Alumiwelds too.

    The only problem with older boats is the fuel efficency or the lack of.
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    Default You could...

    Quote Originally Posted by alaskanmoosehunter View Post

    The only problem with older boats is the fuel efficency or the lack of.
    ... put up with a lot of fuel inefficiency to offset the bank payments for a new one!

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    Default Old boats

    Nice job on the boat! When I decided to upgrade a few years ago, I upgraded to an older Wooldridge inboard and have gotten a lot of good use out of it. Perfect boat for what I do and don't have to worry about scratching or denting it or getting dirt in it!!! Plus, as was pointed out, I can buy a lot of gas for what I saved. Some of these older boats were cutting edge in their time and are still great today.

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