The guy I used is probably never going to do a Sunsport for that price again. He quoted $2500 but with the amount of time, effort, and supplies he's using, I wouldn't be surprised if he jacks the price for the next one up to $3500. He's an experienced guy, Wyotech graduate and all. I think he just undersold himself, not realizing what it takes to do these specific boats.
Mine is also an 86 Sunsport, but I pulled the engine and transmission myself. After the full rebuild of the entire boat I'll be looking at about $5000 for the stringers, mounts, floors, carpet, new coupler, buffing, fixing a crack, and obviously the full engine overhaul.
Don't go thinking that your stringers are good because of what you can see. It's what you can't see that should worry you. I would never have thought that my stringers looked as bad they did, if I had gone based on the engine mounts alone. The engine was bolted down tight, and had no give. It was the rest of the boat that was destroyed.
Hey Mani, I saw your posts about the stringer replacement. I live in Coppell so I'm wondering what it cost you to get it done? I have an '86 Sunsport and the stringers have never been replaced. They appear to be solid but I'm getting nervous!