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Old 07-26-2011, 05:36 AM   #1
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Default Restoring a 1985 Dusky 256 CSS

Just purchased this boat and know I will have to do floor and stringer replacing. My questions is has anyone ever purchased parts from Dusky? This year boat the door for the cabin and trim are wood and the new ones use Starboard. The hull looks the same now as back in 85, and now they use a composite stringer system. It would be awesome to buy the stringer system from Dusky as well as some of the new doors. Also I am in St Pete, who is close to me for an aluminum outboard bracket? I removed the Dusky drive already. Good thing I have an 11,000SF shop, its going to be awhile til complete.

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Just purchased this boat and know I will have to do floor and stringer replacing. My questions is has anyone ever purchased parts from Dusky? This year boat the door for the cabin and trim are wood and the new ones use Starboard. The hull looks the same now as back in 85, and now they use a composite stringer system. It would be awesome to buy the stringer system from Dusky as well as some of the new doors. Also I am in St Pete, who is close to me for an aluminum outboard bracket? I removed the Dusky drive already. Good thing I have an 11,000SF shop, its going to be awhile til complete.

Thanks in advance,
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Actually Dusky still uses wood in their stringer system. Composite is available as an option. I would imagine you can purchase what you need from Dusky . They also have an updated Dusky drive. Give them a call.
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Thanks Mike I will do that this week.....Im still getting it off the trailer...Waiting for a buddy of mine to bring his boat stands....
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I hope you got a deal as that sounds like one heck of a project. I used to have a 89...same boat, caught lots of fish on that boat.
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Old 07-26-2011, 09:41 AM   #5
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I picked it up for 2500 so it was a good deal....trailer is in decent shape....I am going to re-power it soon, my buddy owns Central Marine here locally so I'll get a great deal on motors....Stringers and floors are a lot of work but I have 4 employees here and also a guy that builds the Hanson skiffs close and will help....he has all the Gelcoat guns and tools needed..

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I hope to see pics..

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I picked it up for 7500 so it was a good deal....trailer is is great shape and has a hard top with crows nest....I am going to re-power it soon, my buddy owns Central Marine here locally so I'll get a great deal on motors....Stringers and floors are a lot of work but I have 4 employees here and also a guy that builds the Hanson skiffs close and will help....he has all the Gelcoat guns and tools needed..
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I hope too post a lot of pics of the process....Ive got a call into Dusky and Prisma stringers to see of they have a solution too....Should be a fun project, well except for the itchy grinding...Maybe I'll have my guys do that part!!....Have a Mobility Expo to go to so I'll be out of town for a few days and cant start until I have a good plan and can get it off the trailer n on stands
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Cool boat. Join the Dusky forum and look at some of the restorations on there too.

Post pictures.....please, I love watching the process.
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I tried to join last night, still waiting to be approved. I will definately post pics when I get started with the tear out and re-build for sure.
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Old 07-28-2011, 04:55 PM   #10
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Original=Plywood

Thinking about using=Coosa Bluewater 26.....Thoughts?...Cost really isnt a concern...strength n weight savings are....
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I never heard of waiting to be approved for a web site?
Did you ever hear anything back from Dusky on whether they sell stringers and what not?
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I guess theres a process to be approved....still havent heard anything by email if im approved to join the forum...who knows

I emailed Dusky with no response yet, I also called and left a voicemail on Tuesday, also no call back...maybe they are busy...Im outa town right right now but itchin to get back to at least start on it...may just go it alone
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They keep the forum locked down becuse of spammers. They do sell the stringers, but or what is costs to drive frm Tampa to Ft. Lauderdale, Id call the nearest lumbershop and see if they had any cedar or meranti ply and build my own. The deck really needs to be about 2" higher than what they orginally were. I did my transom in 3 sheets of 3/4" ply and 4 layers of 1808 in between each sheet, and tabbed back 18". To replace the transom, either the stringer have to be cut or come all the way out OR you will need to cut the cap. And IMO a 85' hull will need a transom. Ive got a rebuild thread over there, check it out when you get cleared.
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They keep the forum locked down becuse of spammers. They do sell the stringers, but or what is costs to drive frm Tampa to Ft. Lauderdale, Id call the nearest lumbershop and see if they had any cedar or meranti ply and build my own. The deck really needs to be about 2" higher than what they orginally were. I did my transom in 3 sheets of 3/4" ply and 4 layers of 1808 in between each sheet, and tabbed back 18". To replace the transom, either the stringer have to be cut or come all the way out OR you will need to cut the cap. And IMO a 85' hull will need a transom. Ive got a rebuild thread over there, check it out when you get cleared.
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They keep the forum locked down becuse of spammers. They do sell the stringers, but or what is costs to drive frm Tampa to Ft. Lauderdale, Id call the nearest lumbershop and see if they had any cedar or meranti ply and build my own. The deck really needs to be about 2" higher than what they orginally were. I did my transom in 3 sheets of 3/4" ply and 4 layers of 1808 in between each sheet, and tabbed back 18". To replace the transom, either the stringer have to be cut or come all the way out OR you will need to cut the cap. And IMO a 85' hull will need a transom. Ive got a rebuild thread over there, check it out when you get cleared.
Thanks, i hear you on the deck, the whole "wet feet issue"...I'm going to look into that for sure....I plan on replacing all the stringers, so yes, I should do the transom while im ripping things out....I'll pull it inside my shop and have my guys do the dirty work lol...Still nothing from Dusky just checked my email.....If I use the Coosa board I might do the transom n stringers all in the same material, as well as add more stringer support..I got a great deal so I might as well make it strong with no worries....Not sure yet on what to power it with, thinkin a single 250 yami or maybe twin 150's....I have time too figure that part out....I should be back in town late next week, im itchin to get started, no punn intended
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Looking forward to seeing the progress.....I love the brand new used Dusky I picked up last year! 233FAC

Re: the Dusky forum, surprised they haven't gotten back with you yet. Maybe it's the spam filter in your e-mail? Let me know if they don't and I will send something to the head honcho over there (I have absolutely no pull and even have very few posts over there, just would like to see some more activity)
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I just got approval last night, finally logged on and could see some projects that impressed me....I hope this one turns out as nice as some ive seen on there.....a lot of work ahead but worth it..
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update: finally got her pulled in the shop and started gutting...as suspected all the stringers and bulkheads are rotted....started pulling out the wet foam and taking the lights-wiring-cabin stuff-speakers-cleats and hoses out....found a couple spots on the chines under the boat that sounded a little hollow...i have a guy thats restored 10 duskys coming tomorrow to look at her...ill post pics of the carnage tomorrow hopefully....too late in the day today...
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Heres some shots real quick...she is a mess from the rain we've had...im letter her dry out but the floor and stringers were baaaaad
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Wow man you paid $2500.00 for that? I hope the trailer is nearly brand new and high quality! Good luck with the rebuild!
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