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by Deewazz
Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: POLL: What Device Used To Read Forum
Replies: 21
Views: 7924

Re: POLL: What Device Used To Read Forum

HP Desktop PC, windows 10, Standard internet connection
by Deewazz
Wed Nov 02, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Converting Sport 15 to Center Console
Replies: 22
Views: 9271

Re: Converting Sport 15 to Center Console

Much Thanks for the great ideas for my Center Console plans. I'll post progress.
by Deewazz
Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1978 SPORT 15 has Loose Mechanical Steering
Replies: 0
Views: 1404

1978 SPORT 15 has Loose Mechanical Steering

The helm steering on my 1978 15 Sport is apparently original: stainless wheel and black metal bezel. The steering wheel has about 10-percent play when moving it left to right, and at certain engine speeds, it rattles if not being held. Is there any adjustment point on the steering assembly? It is mo...
by Deewazz
Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Converting Sport 15 to Center Console
Replies: 22
Views: 9271

Re: Converting Sport 15 to Center Console

That's a really nice solution! If I can find a reasonably priced console, I would also run the controls and electrical down the center like you did. Todd does make some nice consoles. Is the darker assembly holding the steering, etc. part of the Todd console, or an addition?
by Deewazz
Sun Sep 11, 2016 1:46 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Converting Sport 15 to Center Console
Replies: 22
Views: 9271

Converting Sport 15 to Center Console

Much as I love my 1978 15 Sport, at my age of 74, I'm finding my back (military disability) often cannot take the posture at the helm. (Raising the existing thwart seat is not near enough) It's an unmodified standard model, with the wraparound rail at the helm seat, and no front rails. I've owned 2 ...
by Deewazz
Fri Aug 12, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 2001 16 DAUNTLESS Re-power
Replies: 8
Views: 4191

Re: 2001 16 DAUNTLESS Re-power

My former 2001 16 Dauntless came to me used with a 90 Honda. After the first outing, I installed a hydrofoil, which improved things significantly. Next, I limited my fuel to less than half a tank - which reduced the stern "squat" quite a bit. Still had to have my son and a friend sit on th...
by Deewazz
Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: TRIPS and RENDEZVOUS
Topic: Door County, Wisconsin Rendezvous - August 2016
Replies: 33
Views: 14802

Re: Door County, Wisconsin Rendezvous - August 2016

I don't see any reference to where you would be meeting up... Sturgeon Bay? I hope to attend - from Golden Lake in Oconomowoc, WI. As yet unsure..
by Deewazz
Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:38 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1978 SPORT 15 with 40-HP
Replies: 12
Views: 5274

Re: 1978 SPORT 15 with 40-HP

Thanks, Jim for corroborating my data. I agree with your views on the 15: in my opinion, it's the very best of designs.
by Deewazz
Fri Aug 05, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 13-footer Steering Cable Measurement, Vendors
Replies: 6
Views: 2775

Re: 13-footer Steering Cable Measurement, Vendors

I would check with Sue Lodel at Twin Cities Marine for the Whaler specs for the steering cable. Teleflex supplies a very good replacement. Mine was either 8 or 9 feet, I believe. I ordered the longer one because I moved the console forward about 9 inches...
by Deewazz
Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:18 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1978 SPORT 15 with 40-HP
Replies: 12
Views: 5274

Re: 1978 SPORT 15 with 40-HP

Just ran my Whaler up and used my GPS to calculate. With 6 gallons of fuel, standard battery, my son and I both at 205 lbs: GPS showed 34.7 mph, and I trimmed up a little, and gained a bit more speed, but didn't record the GPS. I'm eminently satisfied with this setup.
by Deewazz
Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Early Progress on my 15 Sport Restoration
Replies: 15
Views: 6212

Re: Early Progress on my 15 Sport Restoration

Thanks for the compliments. I guess I'm too fussy. That hatch color is way off by my standards. I'm going to get some mahogany boards from my supplier, and fabricate a new hatch cover with a better color match. Alternatively and far less expensive, I will first try a new piece of mahogany plywood an...
by Deewazz
Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Early Progress on my 15 Sport Restoration
Replies: 15
Views: 6212

Maiden Voyage/ Shakedown

Update on my Sport 15: Splashed her yesterday, having finished all the woodwork, and installed the controls and had all the carbs rebuilt and adjusted. Forgot the GPS, but with the 40 4-stroke and 10 x 14 pitch prop, she is plenty fast enough for me. Best estimate 28 to 35 mph with 2 adults aboard. ...
by Deewazz
Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 15-foot Models
Replies: 21
Views: 7422

Re: 15-foot Models

I've had a standard Sport15 with side rails and added lowered front rails, a commercial sport (forgot the model name) 15 with a side console, side and front rails, A center console 15 CC with only side rails, and now have a standard 1978 Sport 15 with the optional wraparound helm seat with rails aro...
by Deewazz
Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Screw Heads
Replies: 3
Views: 1667

Re: Screw Heads

There may have been some few exceptions, but in all 10 Whalers I have owned, the screws were always Philipps head. 'm going with those.
Don't know why woodworkers would prefer slotted - unless they cost less... I
by Deewazz
Sun Jul 03, 2016 3:37 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Screw Heads
Replies: 3
Views: 1667

Screw Heads

I'm disassembling my 1978 Sport 15 boat's wood to refinish it. The stainless screws I'm taking out are all slotted type screws. My other renovations had Philipps head screws. Which type is original? I much prefer the Philipps type, but if the originals were slotted, I want to reuse them.
by Deewazz
Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:16 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Towing with a Subaru Outback
Replies: 15
Views: 7719

Re: Towing with a Subaru Outback

I towed my 2001 Dauntless 16 with my 2005 [Subaru] Impreza Sport--the Little Outback. Towed it for more than three years. Never once felt stopping was anything out of the ordinary. Granted, it's no dragster, but the tow rating in 2005 per my dealer was 3,700-lbs. Seems a bit much, and the dealer did...
by Deewazz
Wed Jun 29, 2016 11:37 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Early Progress on my 15 Sport Restoration
Replies: 15
Views: 6212

Re: Early Progress on my 15 Sport Restoration

Thanks for the encouragement. It sounds like yours was a real challenge. One unusual thing: the sanded seats seem to be of two different hues - but both are original. One is purple-ish, and the other looks more like raw wood. I may have to sand a bit more. Finally located a set of controls, but have...
by Deewazz
Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Early Progress on my 15 Sport Restoration
Replies: 15
Views: 6212

Early Progress on my 15 Sport Restoration

Here are a couple photos showing the progress on the Sport 15 [with seat back option]. The seats have been coarse sanded to remove the old finish. An example of the condition in which I bought the boat shows the console in original shape. I can't understand why some folks let their boat deteriorate ...
by Deewazz
Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: Wanted: Mer Controls
Replies: 0
Views: 1201

Wanted: Mer Controls

I'm looking for a used set of controls for my 15 Sport. The engine is a 2000 Mercury 40 HP 4-stroke with trim/tilt. The electronics connector is the 8-pin round type.
by Deewazz
Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1978 SPORT 15 with 40-HP
Replies: 12
Views: 5274

Re: 1978 SPORT 15 with 40-HP

I agree with the last post. I've had 3 15's: a basic hull, a Center Console, and now the Sport with the wrraparound seat setup. I've had 8 Whalers before this in my life, and this is hands down my favorite. At age 73, this is my ultimate and last Whaler. I am just getting into flyfishing, and the bo...
by Deewazz
Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1978 SPORT 15 with 40-HP
Replies: 12
Views: 5274

Re: 1978 SPORT 15 with 40-HP

Thanks. It's just about what I figured. I am running a 14-pitch aluminum 3-bladed propeller recommended apparently based on the boat specifications. I'll be happy with that level of performance. I'll post back the actual data when I get her in the water. I'm still hunting for some used controls.
by Deewazz
Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:20 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1978 SPORT 15 with 40-HP
Replies: 12
Views: 5274

1978 SPORT 15 with 40-HP

My 1978 Sport 15 has the wrap-around seating and rail configuration. I plan to install a 2000 Mercury 40-HP FOURSTROKE engine with carburetors. I boat on a rather small lake, and have no compulsion for speed. What can I expect for full-throttle performance with two adults and little else aboard?
by Deewazz
Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:18 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Early Progress on my 15 Sport Restoration
Replies: 15
Views: 6212

Re: Finally found my Whaler

I do have a question: this is a 1978 boat. Is it a Sport or Super Sport?
by Deewazz
Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:49 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Early Progress on my 15 Sport Restoration
Replies: 15
Views: 6212

Finally found my Whaler

Well, fellas, I’ve been away for a couple years – and whaler-less. My search has ended today, and I FINALLY found my ideal Whaler. It’s a 1978 15 Whaler Sport. It’s almost a “barn find” … Two owners, no modifications to hull or interior, no holes, no scrapes, no spider cracks or hull damage at all, ...