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Old 10-24-2018, 06:16 PM
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ive got a very early classic 35 mistress. It is well preserved and quite original. The early ones are quite cool boats. They have the black windscreen triple hatches and the full teak/ mahogany interior. It’s been re repowered with 502s but aside from that the dash paint and interior are all original...
. I can’t decide whether to update the paint and colour scheme to something more classy but tasteful not flames tribal etc,, think more “playboy” or just leave as is. Although the stripes are classic it is very dated.
These “series 1” boats from the 70s are rare think maybe 4 or 5 still around. Jim in Michigan has one which I looked at and he restored beautifully...
it also has just the chrome sticks that have gear and power in one. Is that standard or was there an option?
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Old 10-24-2018, 06:57 PM
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Sounds like a cool old school boat. Some will say modern graphics destroy the integrity of it's pedigree but I think most will say go for it. If the boat was a dedicated 'one of' collectors piece or ex race boat with a long history it might be different.

Do it tastefully and like you say, avoid the garish tribal stuff or anything overdone. No reason why an older boat can't have a stylish paint job that doesn't detract from what's under the surface. Timeless colors, a couple of accent stripes that accentuate the length and you're good to go.
Just my opinion......... post up pics if you go ahead.

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Old 10-24-2018, 07:21 PM
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Let’s see some pics! My early vote would keep it original....
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Old 10-24-2018, 11:50 PM
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Here's my '82 35 mistress that was totally redone and updated..........new interior and new 572 efi's
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Old 10-25-2018, 05:22 AM
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I prefer old school in the older boats, they just do not look right "updated" and many go too far, to me less is more...

This is about as updated I would go personally...
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Old 10-25-2018, 06:51 AM
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Timeless look ^^^^ Today, Tomorrow and 5 or 10 years from now it still will be clean, classy and grabs your attention.
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Old 10-25-2018, 07:30 AM
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Less is best. Keep it old school. Simple is the way to go as the lines of the boat speak for themself.
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Old 10-25-2018, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by J-Bonz View Post
Let’s see some pics! My early vote would keep it original....
I'm with Jack on this. I have a 1969 Tahiti Jet that is TOTALLY original and in very nice condition. I've been tempted to paint the original gelcoat because although it still shines it isn't perfect. Here's the thing...........it's only original once, after you start changing things the originality is lost. Just my opinion.
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Old 10-25-2018, 02:20 PM
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Another vote for, Less is more.
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Old 10-25-2018, 09:11 PM
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In car and motorcycle circles on note worthy models the real patina from years of use sells. I'd stay with what paint scheme it has or redo the original. Flames, typhoon swirls or some dumb action theme on a historic boat leads to depreciated value. ed
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