What makes a Stardust Cruiser different? Superior design, unique
features, quality craftmanship, and the latest in creative
innovations are only the beginning. What truly make the
difference are our people. The average Stardust employee has
been with the company for over 12 years, providing a level of
expertise and craftmanship that is unparalleled in the industry.
The Stardust Advantage includes these unique standard
- Starplex Computer Control System: Stardust has pioneered the “smart boat” concept and has a fully developed computer control for the vessel. For example, tank levels, engine data, battery levels, lighting, etc are all controlled by the Starplex system. A unique feature available with this computer control is the “all off” and “exit” buttons that eliminate the worry of “did I shut off the water heaters” that happens when you are two hours away from the lake. This system also allows for remote access to the control of the boat controls. Examples could be to change the thermostat in preparation for your arrival, review hull and cabin cameras, and the boat can call your phone or email you if the bilge pump comes on. The possibilities with this system are endless.
Custom Cabinetry: Stardust's cabinetry is the best in
the houseboat business. We are the only houseboat company with our own in-house cabinet shop. We
have the ability to custom fabricate cabinetry to fit the most intricate spaces created
in a boat. We can create custom shapes, curves, counters, and finishes to the customer's
Stardust offers a painted hull. Unpainted aluminum hulls oxidize. Within a couple of years, they begin to show their age. An older looking houseboat loses its value more quickly. Cosmetically, a painted houseboat looks more like a yacht. It costs a little more, but it looks like it costs a lot more.
Stardust features the deepest standard hull in the industry. Just because a competitor offers a “6 inch deeper than standard” hull doesn’t actually mean anything, as there are not any industry standards for hull depth. However, the hull is the foundation of the vessel and therefore is extremely important and in most cases the deeper the hull the more rigid the hull. Our standard hull is 32 ½ inches deep measured from the top of the stringer to the top of the floor, most people choose the 38 ½ inch deep hull which provides additional rigidity and more headroom in cuddy cabins and lower beds in the upper bedrooms. The deeper hull also allows better access to the mechanical equipment and a more commanding stance in the water.
Vinyl Graphics: Stardust uses high quality vinyl that
will outlast and out shine paint. If you ever need to replace or change the graphics, they
are easily removed. Painted graphics are almost impossible to remove without leaving an
impression where they have been.
Euro-Edge Roof: Stardust offers an angled, smooth,
high-profile fiberglass roof edge that gives a sleek, finished appearance. Other
companies have straight, low profile edges with the texture of rough fiberglass matting.
High Bow splash with front seating: Stardust houseboats
have a standard higher bow splash which improves appearance and provides the correct
height on the front deck for our standard custom seating.
Custom Fiberglass: Stardust Cruisers features our own in-house custom fiberglass shop. We make our own bridges, bars, arches, euro roof and other custom pieces. We have the added flexibility to make specialty pieces that are unique and found only on a Stardust Cruiser. We have the only bridge in the industry with a walk-through access to a king-size sun pad lounge. Additionally, we offer the industry's only fiberglass top rails and customer-designed couches and bars.
Stardust utilizes through-hull fittings for all engine and generator pick ups to avoid plugging from debris and costly repairs.
Manifold Water System: A manifold water distribution
system is standard in all Stardust houseboats. These manifolds are located centrally
in a closet in the cabin, and allow easy access to individual control of all water supply
lines. The number of connections in the hull is greatly reduced, and water pressure is
equalized. In addition, we utilize Pex plumbing tubing that resists freezing and can expand up to 300%
of it’s size without breaking. Pex tubing carries a 25 year manufacturer warranty.
Electrical Systems: All wiring meets ABYC, NMMA, and
CE standards. The electrical panels for the AC, AC Inverter, and 12 volt DC systems are
centrally located in a closet within the cabin. Through our experience in the demanding
rental boat environment, we have modified our eletrical systems to enhance performance of
the inverter and 12 volt systems to eliminate system failure.
Hull Construction: The hull is the foundation of your
boat. Stardust features all aluminum hull and framing. Stringers are placed on 2'
centers, with liberal use of secondary reinforcements. The deck is constructed using
integrated 2" X 3" tubing in addition to the more standard plate and bracing systems.
On larger boats, additional aluminum trusses are placed to run the length of the hull
to further strengthen and reinforce the frame. Click
here to see photosof the hull fabrication process.