View Full Version : 72 Glastron CV-16 to fix, sell or scrap..

03-22-2021, 08:01 AM
So about a year ago a bought my first boat. A 72 Glastron CV-16 that was "completely restored" with paperwork and whole nine. It's got an 86 Johnson v4 115 on it. The engine doesn't like starting but runs good once it does. After a few fun adventures of taking on water I really start to look into things. The deck, stringers and transom are completely rotten. The cap and hull are separated across the entire top of the transom and there's stress cracks at the motor mounts. Surprised the engine didn't fall off honestly. I got burned pretty bad and way over-payed for it believing the guy lying to my face that it had been completely restored. The gel coat is in great shape and it did have new interior and carpet. Called around and got quoted $7,000 for a rebuild, well more than the boat is even worth. So I'm debating on tackling this project, parting it out or selling it whole. I could use some advice. I'll try to post some pictures and take a video of it later today

03-22-2021, 08:13 AM


03-22-2021, 08:23 AM

David - WI
03-22-2021, 08:34 AM
Man, that's a nice looking boat... too bad about the condition. The floor is easy, the rest is a BIG project.

03-22-2021, 08:59 AM
I know.. that's what sold me on it. I took my roommate with me to look at it and he was like I don't know man and I went but it's shiny. The stringers and transom are definitely what I'm most worried about. I'm also worried about the hull integrity with the stress cracking

03-22-2021, 10:23 PM
It's a big project to tackle a full rebuild. But not impossible. Depends on what you enjoy. You have to look at the project as part of the fun if you decide to do it yourself. It's possible, the rebuild in my sig in my first one, never done glass work before.

Sorry to hear you were taken by a shister. Looks like you're ready to go meet him in the second pic :D

NZ Sidewinder
03-23-2021, 03:34 AM
Its all about how much time and money you have spare.
If you steadily chipped away at that boat you might spend 12 months on it part time.
Then you need to have a place to work on it where it doesn't matter if the fiber glass dust gets over everything.
In New Zealand it would cost 3 k for the materials to do that job plus paint.
Or do you strip it out and sell the hull on to someone else as a do up, count your loses and get another hull?

03-24-2021, 08:14 PM
Well I don't really have the space for the rebuild in my garage but a buddy of mine has a garage bay that'll be open soon. He also has an A-frame we could hang it from and I would have 1-5 assistant's for the project. I'm currently $4,350 into the boat so far. I've already accepted that I'm gonna lose pretty badly on this deal I'm just not sure if it's gonna end up being worse parting it out or going ahead and doing a rebuild. My goal is to get back on the water this summer. I'll probably pick up a Sleekcraft SST, Aristocrat or a Hydrostream for that. I found out about the situation at the end of summer when I noticed that the deck was soft. Then I spent all winter debating on fixing it or not and trying to decide what my goals are. Which came down to wanting to go quite a bit faster than I'll be able to do with the Glastron. Lol on the 2nd pic. That was actually due to a break in attempt a few days prior to that picture being taken. I ended up getting kinda drunk that night and went well it's gotta be done anyway. So I cut some of the carpet up to get a look at the deck and found about a foot long crack. Which I then thought would be a great idea to just keep tearing into it. If I do tear into this project, would y'all split the cap and hull or not? The local guys I've talked to advised against splitting. Any advice is greatly appreciated

03-25-2021, 05:58 PM
If you're gonna split it you have to support it well. Check the rebuild thread in my sig. I've gone pretty far overboard with this project but you get the idea.

03-30-2021, 11:55 AM
Probably would avoid splitting the hull to try to save time and avoid any further complications. I did watch some of your rebuild videos. At 1,000 hours into a rebuild.. I'll still debate on restoring it but it's up for sale

03-30-2021, 06:35 PM
Could easily be done in 1/4 the time of what I have into mine or less. Not splitting, not spraying gel, not rebuilding deck, not remaking entire wire harness, etc. I've never been accused of working fast. I'm slow and meticulous.

03-30-2021, 09:04 PM
The floor and stringers are crazy small in that hull. The transom can be cut out with a chainsaw and filled with sea cast.

I bet if you properly prepped and have everything on hand the whole job would take a weekend.

04-07-2021, 08:35 AM
I'm also very meticulous and slow. Optimally I would want to just replace the wood. Deck, stringers and transom. Glass everything in and nothing else. tnelsmn that's true, I would definitely be doing quite a bit less than you did on yours. Chainsaw? As in just chainsaw the entire transom out? Would that not cause any further structure concerns? I did actually find another Sleek. The guy replaced the transom and did cut it out that way but I'm not sure if he just chainsaw'ed it. Hearing that was a little sketchy to me but I'm new to boat restoration

04-07-2021, 08:38 AM
Yeah a chainsaw. I haven't done it myself, but many swear by it. You pretty much plunge cut from the top of the transom down and clear it all out with the saw. Leaving the inner and out glass layers.

04-07-2021, 09:28 AM
I'll hafta see if I can find some videos on it. After a bit of reading that method does seem quite a bit more common than I would think