c.1970 13-footer Winter Project

Repair or modification of Boston Whaler boats, their engines, trailers, and gear
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c.1970 13-footer Winter Project

Postby met » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:01 am

Just bought [what was believed to be] my first Boston Whaler, [a c.1970 13-footer]. Unfortunately it's far from seaworthy.

I'm retired, though I don't have nearly enough time to take on a project like this--but here goes. My goal is to have it repaired by next summer.

[The c.1970 13-foot boat] hasn't been in the water since 2004, and it certainly hasn't been covered. I'm guessing that it's a 1970 by the old registration from DMV I found. There isn't an indentification tag or any other markings on the boat. Rumor has it that it leaked badly when it was last afloat. I have new tires coming tomorrow for the trailer---thank you Amazon--so with any luck I'll have it pulled out of the bushes by Wednesday.

Any information or insights will certainly be appreciated. First time on a forum, so pictures may be awhile.

[What is] the approximate empty weight of a c.1970 13-foot hull?

I'd really like to pick it up by the front cleat and rings to wash it out, not to mention it would be easier to sand or strip. The paint on the outside is chipping off down to the fiberglass. Instead of sanding I'm now considering using a paint stripper.

[What are your] thoughts?

MET

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Re: 1970 13.5' winter project

Postby dg22 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:39 am

It sounds like the gel coat is blistered bad on the bottom if it is chipping off. I would sand off the gel coat in the bad areas and then use a marine filler to fill any minor imperfections. If the moisture level in the hull is ok, you could then apply a barrier coat and then paint.

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/13/

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Re: c.1970 13-footer Winter Project

Postby jimh » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:48 am

You can make an inference about the year of production of your older 13-foot Boston Whaler boat by assessing the cockpit features and the chine lines. Read more about the hull's evolution in the REFERENCE section, where you will find several articles about the 13-foot hull, beginning with this one:

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/13/

The published weights for the boat in various models and epochs is given in the article. Changes to the hull shape and cockpit are also noted in a time line of evolution.

Boston Whaler boats of this era were never painted. If your boat has paint "chipping off" then someone has applied a top coat of paint to the fiberglass and gel coat layers.

If the boat has been neglected for a long time and left exposed to the sun and the weather, the gel coat layer condition may have deteriorated to the point that it is not possible to restore it.

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Re: c.1970 13-footer Winter Project

Postby met » Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:41 pm

Appreciate the information.

At first, I was sure the boat was a Whaler 'knock-off'' made on the west coast. Now I'm leaning towards an original Boston whaler. I sent BW customer service an inquiry on the HIN from DMV, but have not heard back. This is where I got the year from. WAZ525481970 Can you tell me if this Hull# is similar to a Boston Whaler number?

Also, the registration indicates a body style of 'POGPR13'. I had just started to investigate whether this was a Boston whaler style number when my calendar-reminder told me "Anniversary".

So ends the research.

MET

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Re: c.1970 13-footer Winter Project

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Re: c.1970 13-footer Winter Project

Postby jimh » Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:49 am

If the boat has a federal HIN that begins with WAZ it was manufactured by

WATER VENTURES
3192 ALCALDE DRIVE, SUITE G
LAGUNA HILLS CA

The boat could not possibly be a Boston Whaler boat with a HIN like that.

But the HIN does not parse properly. It cannot end "1970". Please verify the HIN again.

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Re: c.1970 13-footer Winter Project

Postby met » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:31 pm

The only document that I have is a 1994 registration with the Washington State DMV which shows '1970 BOSTONW POGPR13 WAZ5254B1970". The only other identifying mark is a Boston Whale decal/in-print that has been painted over near the stern.

I've stated to clean it out and found 2 patches that may need to be redone. One is by the right oar lock and the other is on the keel where there was trailer damage. I'm hoping some pictures may help determine more details about this boat.
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Re: c.1970 13-footer Winter Project

Postby jimh » Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:08 am

I think you have a boat that once had a state registration number. I interpret your cited number "WAZ5254B" as reading more like:

--WA Z525 4B, or perhaps

--WA 2525 AB.

These would be typical state-issued boat registration numbers and would be affixed to the hull near the bow on the hullside. The "1970" was probably the year the registration.was valid or when it expired.

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Re: c.1970 13-footer Winter Project

Postby ziemer » Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:04 pm

I have a 13' 1970 that I'm finishing now. Take a look on the side of the transom in the "wedge" area and the original HIN should be there in white gelcoat. Here's a pic of mine, and a second for some motivation. Just be sure to put a budget together and then double it. Same with amount of time to finish. Lol... I picked mine up last September.
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