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by Tom Hemphill
Sat Feb 27, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1967 NAUSET Repairs
Replies: 2
Views: 102

Re: 1967 Nauset Repairs

It looks like you have bought a nice and fairly unmolested boat. The damage shown in Figure 1 isn't typical gelcoat crazing. I think the boat was struck in that corner, and the damage may be deeper than just the gel coat layer. The crazing shown in Figure 2 is common, and I would just leave it alone...
by Tom Hemphill
Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 13-footer Rough Hull
Replies: 18
Views: 1593

Re: 13-footer Rough Hull

I moved the interior forward to get on plane more easily and to maintain it at a lower speed, and to reduce purposing (where the bow oscillates from side-to-side). When my kids were small I could use them as ballast forward to accomplish the same thing. And yes, moving weight forward could compensat...
by Tom Hemphill
Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 13-footer Rough Hull
Replies: 18
Views: 1593

Re: 13-footer Rough Hull

I moved the interior of my 1966 Sport forward about six inches and it seemed just right.
by Tom Hemphill
Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: For Sale: Side Rail Hardware
Replies: 0
Views: 913

For Sale: Side Rail Hardware

For sale is original side rail hardware from a 1966 13-foot Boston Whaler Sport. Included are four standoffs with backing plates and screws and two "T" fittings (without screws). NOT included is the rail itself and rail base fittings. The hardware is cosmetically poor, in need of new chrom...
by Tom Hemphill
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sanding Non-Skid for refinishing
Replies: 4
Views: 706

Re: Sanding Non-Skid for refinishing

The standard advise, which I agree with, is "don't paint the non-skid." Paint will fill in the depressions, ruining its non-skid properties, and it won't look or wear in a uniform way.
by Tom Hemphill
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1977 13 Sport Side Railing Screw Fastener Length
Replies: 13
Views: 1341

Re: 1977 13 Sport Side Railing Screw Fastener Length

On my 1966 13-foot Boston Whaler Sport, the side rails went through what I call standoffs or stanchions, and the end of the tubing was drilled and secured with a horizontal screw into the hull. The standoffs were attached through the hull to backing plates with oval head machine screws, as pictured ...
by Tom Hemphill
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Thwart Seats: African v. Honduran Mahogany; 1-inch board
Replies: 4
Views: 761

Re: Thwart Seats: African v. Honduran Mahogany; 1-inch board

From first hand experience, I recommend against a thwart seat only 3/4 inch thick. My 13-foot Whaler had such, and it flexed in a disconcerting way. Two reinforcing strips (1" by 2") on the under side would separate from the seat, despite being well fastened with glue and screws.
by Tom Hemphill
Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: DELTA--Another Gulf Hurricane
Replies: 18
Views: 1944

Re: DELTA--Another Gulf Hurricane

The book about the sinking of the El Faro which jimh speaks of is Into the Raging Sea by Rachael Slade.
by Tom Hemphill
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2011 Mercury 90 Multiple Run Problems
Replies: 16
Views: 1762

Re: 2011 Mercury 90 Multiple Run Problems

...I would remove the cowling and give the carburetor bowls a rap with the wood handle of a screwdriver. In the 1970s this was a routine fix by those of us "in the know." The same method was also effective for sticking starter solenoids. Bystanders were always impressed by this little bit...
by Tom Hemphill
Sun Aug 30, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Fisherman and divers - right of way
Replies: 10
Views: 1093

Re: Fisherman and divers - right of way

I can't speak to the legal questions, but I have a moral (and practical) sense as to who should be allowed to occupy a popular fishing spot. "First come, first served" should be the first determinate. And in the case of a tie, or if the first occupant stays an unreasonably long time, I thi...
by Tom Hemphill
Sun Aug 09, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: New Boater Buys 2001 160 Dauntless
Replies: 25
Views: 3124

Re: New Boater Buys 2001 160 Dauntless

...enough fuel in the tow vehicle so that when it backs down the ramp and is sitting at a rather steep uphill orientation the engine won't stall... This is especially important when you are launching at low tide, and the water is rising and can be expected to rise eight feet in the next six hours, ...
by Tom Hemphill
Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1972 Katama White All-round Lamp Storage
Replies: 8
Views: 1216

Re: 1972 Katama White All-round Lamp Storage

The white all-round lamp on my 1970 16-foot Whaler was added c.1985, with what I believe to be the original equipment for Montauks of the period. The pole mounts to the inside of the transom with chrome plated stand-offs or stanchions. The pole is chrome over brass, 55 inches long. I think the origi...
by Tom Hemphill
Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Blacking out registration numbers
Replies: 8
Views: 1570

Re: Blacking out registration numbers

I agree, the practice of obscuring your motor vehicle or boat registration numbers seems pointless. That being said, people may want to make it more difficult for entities like Google to complete the dossiers they are assembling on us.
by Tom Hemphill
Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Buying My First Boston Whaler
Replies: 57
Views: 5579

Re: Buying My First Boston Whaler

Any tips on driving routes from Parlin NJ to Newburyport MA for a first-time boat trailering fool like me? Be advised, vehicles with a trailer in tow are generally not allowed on any roads with "parkway" or "expressway" in their names. Rather than cross the Hudson on the George ...
by Tom Hemphill
Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1970 Sakonnet Hydraulic Steering
Replies: 4
Views: 685

Re: 1970 Sakonnet Hydraulic Steering

I have a 1970 16-foot Whaler with 90-HP Evinrude E-TEC engine and have pondered the same question. I haven't yet been able to justify the expense for hydraulic steering. I'm confident I would prefer it over my current mechanical steering.
by Tom Hemphill
Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Refinishing Mahogany on 1966 SPORT 13
Replies: 4
Views: 813

Re: Refinishing Mahogany on 1966 SPORT 13

DT--thanks for sharing [the link about wood species] and your good, concise advice on refinishing, as well.
by Tom Hemphill
Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: 16-AWG Flat Two-pair Black/Gray from PACER GROUP
Replies: 2
Views: 880

Re: 16-AWG Flat Two-pair Black/Gray from PACER GROUP

According to the provided link, that cable is "constructed from annealed bare copper wire." Through experience, I have found when boating in salt water that tinned copper conductors are essential for this application.
by Tom Hemphill
Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: NMEA-0183: Two-pair shielded cable with proper wire insulation colors
Replies: 5
Views: 1702

Re: NMEA-0183: Two-pair shielded cable with proper wire insulation colors

Thank you for spelling out and explaining those German acronyms and manufacturing standards. It will be helpful to me as I just bought a Volkswagen. I'm surprised that shielded cable is recommended. Is it to protect the NMEA-0183 signal from outside interference, or to prevent it from causing interf...
by Tom Hemphill
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: British Maritime Accident Report
Replies: 10
Views: 15027

Re: British Maritime Accident Report

The accident report mentions that the doomed vessel had no compass; I wonder if one would have benefited them. Likewise, I wonder if user floater had a compass available when he "...just kept turning circles..."
by Tom Hemphill
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Specialty Marine Cushions
Replies: 4
Views: 8176

Re: Specialty Marine Cushions

I have a Specialty Marine cooler cushion purchased more than five years ago. When shipped to me it was missing the snap studs; I purchased them locally. The materials and workmanship are of adequate quality and have held up well to light use.
by Tom Hemphill
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: SEA STAR SOLUTIONS All-electric Steering
Replies: 2
Views: 6337

Re: SEA STAR SOLUTIONS All-electric Steering

In the event of power loss, would it be a reasonable assumption that the steering would be "frozen" at its last position? That might be less dangerous than a system which relies on its helm to provide ANY directional control.
by Tom Hemphill
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Hardware Finish
Replies: 3
Views: 6535

Re: Hardware Finish

On my 1970 16-foot Whaler, a lot of the chrome plated hardware was starting to look shabby. I had it re-chromed at a local shop, because I believe the original hardware to be of better quality than aftermarket stuff. Please see my post on the old forum here to see the result.
by Tom Hemphill
Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1970 Sakonnet Re-power
Replies: 10
Views: 9274

Re: 1970 Sakonnet Re-power

My 1970 (blue interior) 16-foot Whaler has a 2006 90 HP Evinrude E-TEC motor. I don't think it's too heavy but I wouldn't want anything heavier. My splash-well drains are barely above the water line at rest.
by Tom Hemphill
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Thwart Seats on Older 13-footer
Replies: 4
Views: 3074

Re: No seat clamps on 1963 13?

From your picture, it is unclear to me how your thwarts are being retained. My concern with that setup is that the thwarts could depart if not secured (e.g. when being trailered at 65 MPH).
by Tom Hemphill
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boat Insurance Rider On Home Policy
Replies: 1
Views: 3057

Re: Boat Insurance Rider On Home Policy

Thank you for reporting your experience in adding a rider to your homeowners policy.
by Tom Hemphill
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: GLOBAL NAVIGATION SATELLITE SYSTEMS
Topic: GPS Week Rollover Is Coming in April 2019
Replies: 23
Views: 19778

Re: GPS Week Rollover Is Coming in April 2019

Recently my National Weather Service local forecasts added a link to the following information : PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BOSTON/NORTON MA 1151 AM EDT THU MAR 28 2019 ...UPCOMING LOSS OF MARINE OBSERVATIONS... ON OR AFTER 8 PM EDT ON APRIL 5, 2019, IT IS EXPECTED THAT A ...
by Tom Hemphill
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1998 SUPER SPORT 13: Reinstalling Interior
Replies: 8
Views: 3627

Re: Reinstalling interior 13' Super Sport 1988

⋅ I would expect points on the screws, but if pointless ones work for you, go for it. ⋅ A dab of marine silicone should work, but I prefer a polysulfide sealant like BoatLIFE Life-Calk. ⋅ Putting gelcoat over the repaired areas is a good idea, but don't necessarily rem...
by Tom Hemphill
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Nice anchor idea for smaller Whalers
Replies: 10
Views: 4560

Re: Nice anchor idea for smaller Whalers

With that setup how do you fasten the bitter end of the anchor rode to the boat?
by Tom Hemphill
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer Refurbishment: 1992 E-Z-LOADER
Replies: 14
Views: 6560

Re: Replacement Trailer Winch

Thank you for describing your experience and offering advice based upon it. The tongue jack for my boat trailer was made by Dutton-Lainson Company of Hastings, Nebraska, and it has given me great service. It was old when I got it 25 years ago and it still working well.
by Tom Hemphill
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Advice on restoring c.1970 16-footer
Replies: 2
Views: 1948

Re: Advice on restoring c.1970 16-footer

The [1970 boat] has profoundly serious hull damage, and the [1974 boat] has been thoroughly trashed over many years. The asking prices in both cases are absurdly high. That's my opinion.
by Tom Hemphill
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Whaler 13 electrical upgrade
Replies: 2
Views: 6632

Re: Whaler 13 electrical upgrade

I did similar with my 1966 13-foot Sport, mounting the fuse panel under the console. It's absurdly over-engineered, but oh, well.

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by Tom Hemphill
Sat May 19, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Orange Spots on deck 1972 13-footer
Replies: 4
Views: 2470

Re: Orange Spots on deck 1972 13-footer

My guess is that someone used steel wool on or around the non-skid deck. The addition of saltwater "enhanced" the visibility of the tiny steel fragments.
by Tom Hemphill
Thu May 10, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Montauk 17 Fuel Tank Locations
Replies: 8
Views: 3598

Re: 17 foot Montauk Fuel tank locations

I favor the location your boat originally used, under the helm seat. My second choice would be in front of the console, if that installation is well executed. I am leery about having the fuel tank in any sort of enclosed space where explosive fumes could accumulate, especially if a battery is locate...
by Tom Hemphill
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Refinish Mahogany
Replies: 4
Views: 2405

Re: Refinish Mahogany

Thank you Bigbear and PatSea for introducing me to something I had never heard of: flanged finish washers. They look like a good alternative to traditional finish washers.
by Tom Hemphill
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: For Sale: Heat Shrink Terminals
Replies: 1
Views: 1644

For Sale: Heat Shrink Terminals

I have some heat shrink electrical terminals for sale. They are as pictured below, and are labelled either "CS" or "Ancor." Sizes and quantities are as follows: ⋅ (12) 12-10 AWG wire #10 stud ring terminal ⋅ (22) 12-10 AWG wire 5/16 inch ring terminal ⋅&n...
by Tom Hemphill
Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Filling Screw Holes in Console for Re-use
Replies: 2
Views: 2025

Re: Filling Screw Holes in Console for Re-use

I have used three different methods: ⋅ Substitute a machine screw and nut with washer for the screw which stripped out; ⋅ Fill the hole with epoxy or polyester resin, optionally backed up with a layer or two of fiberglass cloth; ⋅ Glue plywood beneath where you want to ...
by Tom Hemphill
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer Spindle
Replies: 8
Views: 5058

Re: Trailer Spindle

Thank you all for your helpful replies. I cleaned up the surface of the spindle where the seal sits, as shown below: Spindle-2.jpg Then I reassembled it with new hubs, bearings and seals as planned. I believe it will be good enough, but will inspect it regularly. Thank you, Yellowjacket, for letting...
by Tom Hemphill
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Just bought 1988 Montauk - initial repairs
Replies: 4
Views: 3170

Re: Just bought 1988 Montauk - initial repairs

As to Question #2, if you want to keep the original appearance, I don't think the Specialty Marine console will satisfy you. I can't tell from your pictures, but I think your 1988 boat probably has multiple faces, with the binnacle sitting up higher. The aftermarket substitute looks to replicate an ...
by Tom Hemphill
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer Spindle
Replies: 8
Views: 5058

Trailer Spindle

Before towing a long distance (to Cape Cod) this week, I examined the trailer under my 1970 16-foot Whaler. Both wheels appeared to be leaking grease from their inner hub seals, and when I jacked up the trailer and spun the wheels, one felt rough and had some axial play. The other one rotated smooth...
by Tom Hemphill
Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 16-footer Dive Ladder on Gunwales Instead of Transom
Replies: 3
Views: 2404

Re: 16-footer Dive Ladder on Gunwales Instead of Transom

Why not mount a ladder on the transom? To me, that location would be better in many ways.
by Tom Hemphill
Tue May 02, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1972 SPORT 13: Tiller or Mechanical Steering
Replies: 6
Views: 4062

Re: 1972 SPORT 13: Tiller or Mechanical Steering

This site's reference page on the 13 foot hull describes the maximum horsepower as being "20-HP on early tiller steering models." It's not clear to me if this limitation would apply to okish's boat and his proposed 30-HP motor.
by Tom Hemphill
Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: It Is Now Legal to Use Handheld VHF Radios While Ashore
Replies: 4
Views: 8840

Re: It Is Now Legal to Use Handheld VHF Radios While Ashore

Relaxing the rules on this is a good thing. I can now easily and legally test the transmit and receive capabilities of my equipment.
by Tom Hemphill
Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: TRIPS and RENDEZVOUS
Topic: Grand Traverse Bay Launch Sites
Replies: 8
Views: 12365

Re: Grand Traverse Bay Launch Sites

...The ramp is a steel frame on the beach sand...

Unless it's what I know as a "marine railway," I can't picture what that looks like. Could you describe it more fully?
by Tom Hemphill
Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Non-skid mold for deck repair
Replies: 12
Views: 7908

Re: Non-skid mold for deck repair

I located a two-part series on YouTube which illustrates making a mold and using it to make a repair: ⋅ Make A Fiberglass Mold Of Your Gelcoat Nonskid For Repair! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpsRljqBH0o) ⋅ Gelcoat nonskid Spot Repair ~ How To (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
by Tom Hemphill
Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Engine Cranking Battery
Replies: 7
Views: 5799

Re: Engine Cranking Battery

If you can't easily get the Interstate battery you describe, based on personal experience I recommend NAPA Auto Parts 8304 Marine Starting Battery -- Group 24M 800 CCA (1000 MCA), currently offered for $108.
by Tom Hemphill
Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: KTLA News Reports on Small Boat Capsize Entering Ventura Harbor
Replies: 22
Views: 9283

Re: KTLA News Reports on Small Boat Capsize Entering Ventura Harbor

I do not cut the idiot operator of that boat any slack whatsoever. When he saw there were surfers/swimmers where he was operating he should have turned around and left the way he arrived.
by Tom Hemphill
Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:08 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Buy New Lead-Acid or AGM Battery
Replies: 4
Views: 3116

Re: 17ft Montauk, time for new battery...lead acid or AGM?

roguewave wrote:... I ended up buying a NAPA marine fella for $110.

I also purchased a NAPA battery (BAT 8304 for $120), since the previous one gave good service.
by Tom Hemphill
Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:27 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Buy New Lead-Acid or AGM Battery
Replies: 4
Views: 3116

Re: Buy New Lead-Acid or AGM Battery

Do you think that yesterday's pounding ride damaged the battery? Whatever the case, your battery was near the end of its expected life. Unless an AGM battery has a much longer lifespan, the other advantages aren't important enough to me to justify the much higher price. (Coincidentally, I just repla...
by Tom Hemphill
Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:31 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Orientation of Boat In Hurricane Conditions
Replies: 8
Views: 4710

Re: Orientation of Boat In Hurricane Conditions

The wind is forecast to be from the northeast, so I would face the boat toward the east.
by Tom Hemphill
Thu Jun 30, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer Set up for 21 Outrage with bow pulpit on steep ramp
Replies: 28
Views: 17044

Re: Trailer Set up for 21 Outrage with bow pulpit on steep ramp

...When loading, I back in less; leaving my marks an inch or two above the water line. In this way when the boat comes onto the trailer is is not floating at the stern, rocking between the bunks. It tends to stay right on center. As I crank the boat onto the trailer, I may stop, go back to the truc...