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  1. I don't know how much work you want put into your boat. This is my Islander. I bought it in the fall for $3500. After getting it home, I did a thorough examination. The floors at the back were soft and the lower edges of the transom were a little soft. I probably could have fished it for a year or two safely. We decided to put it in my dad's barn and replace the transom and floors. It took the better part of the winter to do. The forums at iboats are a treasure trove of information on repairing boats. The nice thing about a tin boat is that with simple hand tools you can fix altmost anything. My boat is a 89. At that age, it is common to need to replace the transom. After the winters work, we have had 2 years of great fishing and I expect many more. I put about $1000 into the boat to make it seaworthy. I would be more concerned about the motor than the transom. Lund makes a great boat. Sent from my LG-H812 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  2. Check the float height. If it is not right the float will continue to put fuel in the bowl and flood the motor, thus the hard starts. After the motor is warme up, pull the flame arrestor and turn off the motor. If you still see gas coming into the carb, you have your culprit. Sent from my LG-H812 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  3. I love my Islander. I have a 191. Tow it with a GMC Sonoma. If you can find a 22 with the 4.3 and a kicker, you will be set for many years. I have the 3.0 and troll Lake O for less than $20 a day. It's easy to launch and recover. I was on Erie when the forcast was 2 footers with occasional 4s. What a load of bs. We were off point Abino in 4s with occasional 5s. Never had a bit of worry in my Islander. If you want a great trailerable fishing boat you can't beat the Islander. They are also easy to maintain. I bought my Islander after taking water over the bow of the bow rider that I started fishing in. Sent from my LG-H812 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  4. Some of the older starcrafts have sheet foam in them. It was much easier to replace. I considered going with no foam but thought better. I always cover my boat, but if I forget or get caught in a storm, the water runs freely to the bilge. Like you said , they took the fast and easy way. Sent from my LG-H812 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  5. I replaced all mine when I did the floor. The main filler pipe was surprisingly expensive. When I removed the foam, I found a small hole in the hull. The foam had contained it, but absorbed a lot of water as well. Now if there is a future leak, I will know. Removing the foam did challenge my patience. Sent from my LG-H812 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  6. The foam used in the Islander is 2 lb foam. The floatation it provides is to keep the boat near the surface of swamped. There is little or no structural aspect to this foam. While it does provide floatation and sound proofing, it also causes problems. Any water that gets below the floor. Is not able to reach the sump. The foam is a closed cell foam. Just like SM and pool noodles. Replacing the foam (in most cases, waterlogged) allows any water to make its way to the bilge. I found a hole in the hull as well as fuel filler pipes that needed replacing. Replacing the floor with 3/4 gives both added structural ridgitity as well as less flex in the floor. The skirts on the sides need to have the rivits drilled out when you replace the floor. I had no issues replacing them. The floor does go under the cabin bulkhead. The new floor needs to be extended under this bulkhead. I used a oscillating took with a wood saw blade to make the slots under the bulkhead for the new floor. I put 3 coats of Aluthane (a moistur cured urethane) on all sides of both the plywood. It's been 3 years and the floors still look new. The Islander is a fantastic boat. Mine is a 1989. The factory floor and transom lasted 25 years with no waterproofing. I see no reason why the waterproofed replacements shouldn't last another 25 years. Sent from my LG-H812 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  7. I replaced the floor and the transom on my 191 Islander. Used exterior grade 3/4 inch from Lowe's. Found it was cheaper and better plywood than HD. Remove all the foam. [very messy job] replace foam with Styrofoam SM and pool noodles. Look up Aluthane. Use it to coat all the wood. The original floor was 1/2 inch. The new one is 3/4. Sent from my LG-H812 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  8. Thanks. I will try that tonigh Sent from my LG-H812 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  9. Hi Bruce, I would love to catch some bows. I assume you were pulling spoons. What depth and speed? I go 2.4 and get kings. Sent from my LG-H812 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  10. I love that smile. The only thing that makes me smile more than a nice fish in my rod is one in the boat. Bronte seems a lot better than last year. Beautiful fish. Sent from my LG-H812 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  11. Just got in. Went 3/4. 120 fow and 50 feet on the riggers. The giant came off a dipsey with a silver Williams 150 back on a #2 seting.
  12. Nice fish. I was out of Bronte on the weekend. 150 fow and riggers at 65 feet. 1 shaker, small 8 pounder and 1 solid hit that I missed. All the hits were on a Matrix spoon , purple with black and white. All 3 off the same rigger and spoon. It is nice .to see some kings back in the Bronte area. That Matrix spoon has caught more kings than any other lure that I have. Keep up the good work. Sent from my LG-H812 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  13. I must not have been deep enough. Went out of Bronte from 5 to sunset and got zilch. Saw 3 on the bottom at 70 FOW, but nothing else. Not even any bait. I'm thinking of trying Jordan this evening, but maybe I will try Bronte again but deeper.
  14. Got out of Bronte on Friday May 15 around 7:30 am. We went 5 for 7. First hook ups was a double header off riggers set at 55 feet with a depth of 140. The hot lure was a green and black J plug. the other was a purple and white Matrix spoon. Caught 4 kings and 1 laker. Saw lots of active fish in the 150 depth. We got the laker and one king at 125 feet. 5 nice fish in 3 hours. What a great way to start the season.
  15. I have used regular aluminum rivits. Drill out just the head of the loose rivets and punch out the rest of the old rivit. Try not to redrill the hole in the boat and make it larger. Use the largest rivet that will fit the hole. I coat the end of the rivet with 3M 5200 or 4200. After you have seated the new rivet, coat the rivet with 5200 on the outside to seal. 5200 is strong and lasts forever. It does take up to a week to fully cure. If you are in more of a hurry use the 4200 as it is a fast cure but not as strong. I do agree with lineman49 that the closed end rivets are the best fix. I was doing my repairs on a 191 Starcraft Islander in the winter and have had no problems.