The Hull Truth - Boating and Fishing Forum

Go Back   The Hull Truth - Boating and Fishing Forum > BOATING FORUMS > The Boating Forum
Search

Notices

Random Quote: You touched the leader its a catch! (as I cry from the bridge)
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-26-2010, 06:45 AM
  #1    
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 53
Default Uniflite hull bulletproof - a sure bet or not?

Found a pre-blister era Uniflite Salty Dog. These older Uniflite hulls (pre-blister) seem to have great reputations. Just wondering if they are as good as advertised? I've tried but google just can't find anyone complaining about bad stringers, transoms, decks on these old Uniflites. On the other hand, lots of folks seem to buy up these old hulls and drop some serious $$ in restoring them. Just wondering if one of these old hulls is a 'sure thing' in this world where you never really know what issues a boat's hull has until after you have handed over the cheque.
bearhair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2010, 06:52 AM
  #2    
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Saugus, Ma. USA
Posts: 8,096
Default

At that age, the only sure thing is that a good surveyor is needed. You would want someone who deals specifically with older boats and knows what to look for.
jobowker is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 06-26-2010, 08:59 AM
  #3    
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: seattle, wa
Posts: 5,297
Send a message via AIM to miike
Default

theres a lot of plastic on that boat that will be cracked or just about to crack. dashes and what not.
__________________
Top Gun 1992 Donzi 22 Classic 540hp 509ci OMC King Cobra
miike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2010, 10:05 AM
  #4    
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 53
Default

Working with the modest budget I have I know that whatever boat I end up with will require some rebuilding. I just wat to make sure I start out with a solid foundation. If these older Uniflites are as overbuilt as some make them out to be then i don't mind having to rebuild the topside. With my budget, it is about the only way I am going to get the boat I want.
bearhair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2010, 11:33 AM
  #5    
Bly
Admirals Club Captains Club Member
THT sponsor
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: south jersey
Posts: 6,189
Default I believe they are one of the few builders that used fire retardent resin.

so your boat hull does not need fire insurance. just kidding. I had an old friend that had a salty dog and fished it big time. he never complained about the construction. He kept waring all the little things out around the boat.
Bly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2010, 11:36 AM
  #6    
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Merritt Island, Fl
Posts: 2,227
Default

For a project boat, I would stick with a more accepted classic hull, Bertram, Hatteras, some Chris Crafts, some Trojans. There are some real deals out there on these boats. I never cared for the Uniflite small cockpit design. My experience with old inboard hulls is that updating the systems rather than the hull is where most of the expense will be. I wouldn't take on a project that needs the topside rebuilt unless the rest of the boat was otherwise almost perfect. If this boat isn't free, I bet there are better deals to be had.

Here's a website with some interesting Uniflite info.

http://www.unifliteworld.com/
__________________
30' Chris Craft Tournament Sportfish for sale

http://www.thehulltruth.com/boats-sa...tfish-15k.html
BigosS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2010, 04:55 PM
  #7    
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Hendersonville NC
Posts: 175
Default

A friend of mine has a Salty Dog with Yanmar Diesels at a good price in CT. Those boats are solid,I believe it's a 1972.
Steve G is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2014, 10:24 AM
  #8    
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 2
Default re Uniflite

Looking at some of the responses here it sounds like they never owned a Uni. The important thing you need to know is it a blister hull. There's lots of bad info on this subject but it would be fairly obvious if it were a serious problem. I have a 1976 32' SS that by many accounts should blister but there's no traces of any. It actually depended on when the bad resin batch was used. Any way....DO NOT BE AFRAID TO BUY ANY UNIFLITE. With my 50 years of marine experience- boating, building, selling- I can flatly state there's few other boats worth buying.

when the first couple Uni's showed up at our NJ marina I w as just a kid. Didn't know my ass from my elbow but....I did know 1 thing: those owners were VERY wealthy men who were coming out of wood boats like Johnson Bros, Pederson, etc. Those men could afford the best and it impressed me they bought these boats from the Northwest and not the local offerrings, which were very good by anyones standards!

there are few boats designed that give you what a Uni will- my 32 has a cockpit that rivals most 37' boats. I can get forward without thinking about hanging on for dear life, etc, etc. Buy the boat and you'll find that soon you have a permanent smirk on your face!
datikiman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2014, 10:32 AM
  #9    
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: seattle, wa
Posts: 5,297
Send a message via AIM to miike
Default

Of course we don't own a Uniflite. They blister, and everyone knows that.

Glad you like your boat. This is a four year old thread.
__________________
Top Gun 1992 Donzi 22 Classic 540hp 509ci OMC King Cobra
miike is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 



©2009 TheHullTruth.com

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.2.0