my $700 28 express!

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my $700 28 express!

Postby SharkAttack » Mon Jan 05, 2015 5:48 pm

Thank you so much for that add and I look forward to being a part of the community.
Im in Erie PA and stumbled across a 1970 28 Express on Craigslist for $700.00

The boat has been in dry dock for 4 years. The owners pulled it at the end of a season and started a minor refresh. Over that winter the folks hit some hard times with health issues and some other things and the boat sat. It was sitting in their drive way and the city made them move it. They moved it to a friends place and there it sat for a few years.

When I found the ad there was no pictures and the ad was very generic. It wasn't far from the house and I thought it was for sure a basket case. But becasue it was close I took a drive by, to my surprise is was in fair shape.

So I bought the boat, had her brought home and I went to work. She came home Nov 7th 2014. So far, I have checked the engine for spark and made sure she turns, She does!
I have taken all the wood trim out of the cabin and have sanded, stained and varnished all the cabin wood. Now I sit and wait for warmer weather to see if I can get her to fire up. She is a single screw and has 1200 hours. But I feel at some point she had to be rebuilt. I was told the original owner was local doctor and she spent most of her time at the local yacht club. So slowly I am putting her back together.

My plan is to get her in the water and see how she does, making little adjustments here and there.
I have become obsessed with doing the great american loop and have a 5 year plan to get there.
Wish me luck and I will keep you posted!

Thanks
Kyle
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Re: my $700 28 express!

Postby Maestro » Mon Jan 05, 2015 5:55 pm

Welcome to the forum! Glad to have you here.

What brand of stain and varnish are you using for the trim pieces? Looks nice in the pictures.
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Re: my $700 28 express!

Postby Supersport18 » Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:24 pm

I see you made it. Welcome aboard !
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Re: my $700 28 express!

Postby SharkAttack » Mon Jan 05, 2015 7:08 pm

I'm using all rustolium so far. I'm really pleased with it. I have used about 1/2 qt of stain and 2 qts of varnish. It is available at Lowes. I'm on my phone. Next time I am at a pc I will post some pix and a link to the YouTube channel. The Rustolium really lays down nice. It does however take a gosh awful long time to cure. I'm also going to look in to the rustolium bottom paint.
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Re: my $700 28 express!

Postby Maestro » Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:33 pm

Thanks...you have probably heard this from others, but bottom paint on a Marinette is a topic to be carefully researched before starting.

A wealth of bottom paint information can be found here: https://marinetteboat.com/hull-and-pain ... m-painting

I know people have successfully used Rust-oleum Marine Topside Paint on our boats. Not sure what they offer for bottom paint.
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Re: my $700 28 express!

Postby balthaus » Tue Jan 06, 2015 8:34 am

Kyle,
Welcome to the forum.
A lot of great info and great people here.
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Re: my $700 28 express!

Postby Roger2 » Tue Jan 06, 2015 8:46 am

Kyle,
Welcome to the forum. Sounds like you made a great purchase!

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Re: my $700 28 express!

Postby bill » Tue Jan 06, 2015 8:30 pm

BigM
Welcome aboard Kyle.
Good luck with your project. :D
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ps When you get ready a signature would be nice :roll:
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Postby ddependo » Wed Jan 07, 2015 6:26 am

Welcome, You will find lots of help here.
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Re: my $700 28 express!

Postby shelbygt » Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:25 am

Welcome!
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