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JerEazy
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Another project begins

Postby JerEazy » Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:33 pm

Good Afternoon everyone!

I have "inherited" my grandfathers 1967 13-footer with a 1979 Johnson 35-HP. I am not sure if it's a SPORT or a STANDARD, or what, so some guidance on that would be nice. My grandparents just can't use it anymore, and it hasn't been used for almost two years. They attempted to sell the 1967 13-footer near Morse Lake in Indiana, but to no avail. When I was up for the 4th, my grandfather asked me to bring it back to Florida and sell the 13-footer here. So here we are, 1,400-miles pulling it through the hills and mountains and finally into my garage next to my last project, a 1976 Cobia bow rider. I'm happy to say my wife is understanding of my hobbies.

I am new to Boston Whaler boats. This 13-footer seems like it is going to be fun. After a quick engine overhaul of carburetors, fuel pump, fuel lines, new filter, spark plugs, timing check, idle adjustment, and impeller, I put the 13-footer on the local lake; despite the “Low Speed Only” signs, I gave it a quick goose of the throttle. This boat has some pep.

Mechanically and structurally the 1967 13-footer is in great condition. Quite a bit of cosmetic work is needed, and that's where my skills fall short.

I've read about people using Line-X (which is local to me in Bradenton/Sarasota) as a cure-all for the inside. Line-X handles the spider cracking, small "chips" and paint all in one. I have a message out to my fiberglass guy as well to get his quote. I'm definitely more of a hammer than a scalpel.

Mechanical or Electrical— gotcha. But I can't do anything that requires any artistic effort.

A couple posts will follow with random questions. And I will do my best to lend my knowledge where possible.

Pics of the boat coming soon. I want her to at least be washed first.

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Re: New to Whaler's - another project begins

Postby jimh » Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:29 am

See the REFERENCE section of the website at

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

for help in model identification of your 1967 13-footer.

Welcome to the forum. Unlike many forums in which the forum posts are the entirety of the website, CONTINUOUSWAVE has an extensive collection of well-researched and well-written permanent long-form articles on boating, Boston Whaler boats, and small boat electrical and electronic topics.

You should jump to the top page of the Whaler section or to the top page of the website and browse. See

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/

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Note that in order to improve the search results your article has been edited to remove pronouns and replace them with more descriptive nouns.

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Re: New to Whaler's - another project begins

Postby jimh » Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:47 am

I recommend avoiding using any paint compound like Line-X on a classic 13-foot Boston Whaler boat cockpit, unless the condition of the deck is terrible, and the deck surface is completely beyond restoration.

For advice on repairs, please post in the REPAIRS AND MODIFICATIONS forum, and use a new thread for each repair topic. The narratives of individual repairs you undertake will be more useful to other readers than a long grand anthology off all the work done to a single particular boat.

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Re: New to Whaler's - another project begins

Postby jimh » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:26 am

That your grandparents could not find a buyer for their 1967 Boston Whaler classic 13-footer in Indiana surprises me. Older classic Boston Whaler boats in the Great Lakes with a history of freshwater-only use and in nice condition are usually sold in a matter of a few days. But their lack of a local buyer is going to be to your good fortune, as you now have a fine old Boston Whaler in your garage.

Congratulations on that acquisition. I hope you plan to keep it in the family.

A must-read for you from CETACEA:

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/cetace ... age51.html

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Re: New to Whaler's - another project begins

Postby jimh » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:31 am

Re your background in electrical work, you should find the MARINE ELECTRONICS AND ELECTRICAL section of the forum and REFERENCE section to be of interest. See

Marine Electronics and Electrical Forum
viewforum.php?f=11

and

REFERENCE Index Page
http://continuouswave.com/whaler/refere ... Electrical

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Re: New to Whaler's - another project begins

Postby biggiefl » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:29 am

I agree with Jim. Using bed liner on an interior is usually a last resort. Where are you located? I am in Ellenton and have restored MANY Whalers. Just bought one Friday that will be going in for cosmetic surgery soon, she just needs a good wet sand, buff and teak work for the most part. I will make a few small gel repairs with gel patch. Unfortunately the old blue interiors are almost impossible to match gel. Your best might be repair and paint depending on how bad those spiders are. Got pics?
On my 24th Whaler. Currently in the stable: 86 18' Outrage, 81 13' Sport(original owner), 87 11' Sport, 69 Squall. :roll:

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Re: New to Whaler's - another project begins

Postby JerEazy » Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:41 am

Thank you for the responses! I'm in Bradenton so not far from Ellenton.

I think it's reason for not selling is that they really didnt "try" to sell it. My grandpa's idea of selling is parked on the road with a for sale sign. They're also pretty far south of the great lakes. But regardless - shes in FL now!

Regarding pictures and Line-X or Patch and Paint: Patch and paint would be preferred. I'm taking it to my fiberglass guy sometime this week to get his opinion. The spiders are extensive, but not big, it's about 4 quarter size "knicks" out of the non-skid portion and some discoloration from what may be previous patch and paint jobs. Fiberglass is not something i have ever done. And, considering how discerning most whaler buyers seem to be, i'm not sure if it's something i'm going to attempt on this girl. The color is actually fairly good. Sun-faded and a bit oxidized, but 5 minutes with some rubbing compound, polish, and then wax and sealant had the blue reflecting light back at me. So as it goes now i'm likely going to get her as pretty as possible and list it for sale. No bites, i'll put the $$ into fiberglass work. The wood is actually in fairly good condition!

I'm going to get the clean up started this afternoon, and likely it's easier to post a few pictures and a link to a video. i'm having problems linking direct pictures for some reason. So I started a new album. Kinda out of order. The two pictures of the bow are a comparison between a non-polished side and one after some elbow grease

http://s1129.photobucket.com/user/macgi ... ary/whaler

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Re: New to Whaler's - another project begins

Postby biggiefl » Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:31 am

Oh hell no....I would give her a good wet sand which will take out some of the smaller cracks and buff her out. For the age, she is in decent shape and I would not get into painting it, etc. I have not seen it in person but from what I see I would just massage that gel as good as you can. A little patina goes a long way these days.
On my 24th Whaler. Currently in the stable: 86 18' Outrage, 81 13' Sport(original owner), 87 11' Sport, 69 Squall. :roll:

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Re: New to Whaler's - another project begins

Postby JerEazy » Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:12 pm

Thanks for the positive comments and let's remember, the boat is for sale.

[The concern is] not so much the spiders as it is the chips exposing fiberglass mat. I'll get up some pictures of that damage up tonight.

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Re: New to Whaler's - another project begins

Postby biggiefl » Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:53 pm

I have a kit that is a mold for the non skid. Does small areas. Not sure if a match for the older hulls. You can just fill them and not worry about the non skid to cover the exposed mat and then touch up with paint. You can buy a small toothpaste like tube of gel and then mix up some white and blue testors paint close enough.
On my 24th Whaler. Currently in the stable: 86 18' Outrage, 81 13' Sport(original owner), 87 11' Sport, 69 Squall. :roll: