Updating a classic cabin cruiser to a modern-ish day boat

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  1. boattown
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    boattown New Member

    I picked up a 1978 Marinette 32 flybridge sedan as a project boat. These were designed to be floating RVs but I want to convert it into a more modern day boat. These boats were all welded aluminum and beautifully made, so I think it makes a good candidate for an update.

    Originally, I was going to just freshen it up with paint but now every screw I see, I want to remove.

    I have some welding skill (I can weld and fabricate simple shapes) so I thought this might be a good time to update the looks. I'd be grateful for any recommendations or criticism.

    I bought the boat a while ago, but I just started a website documenting the overhaul. I started the website in the middle of the project, so I'll start backfilling the content as I go. https://1978marinette32.wordpress.com

    One thing I thought I might try was to reverse the slant of the cabin window opening and fill in an area between the cabin and cockpit.
     

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  3. WestVanHan
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    Agree with rasor, knew of a guy who bought an aluminum boat and ran into a whole host of problems due to cracks,cracked welds etc
     

  4. boattown
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    boattown New Member

    Thanks for the feedback. I was not going to make any structural updates, just cosmetics.
     
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