Boat Soap; Replacement Navigation Lamps

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Boat Soap; Replacement Navigation Lamps

Postby BWnewbie » Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:12 pm

We just bought a Boston Whaler. I have never owned a boat in my life, and I want to take really good care of it. I have also never joined a forum like this before. This boat is my project so I need to learn everything I can.

What should be used to wash a Boston Whaler boat?

Our boat has some little black specks, likely a kind of lichen.

Would you recommend Simple Green diluted in water?

Any advice you experts have will be appreciated.

Also, our boat does not have the combined sidelight navigation lamp.

Can a combined sidelight navigation lamp be added?

Is adding a combined sidelight navigation lamp difficult to do?

Was navigation lighting only offered in certain model year production?

Thanks

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Re: Cleaning a Boston Whaler

Postby Phil T » Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:25 pm

Welcome to CW and to the Whaler family.

It would helpful to list your year and model of boat with every thread (not post) so we know what you have.

For cleaning a good start is a general non-toxic cleaner to remove the dirt. Many owners use Simple Green, diluted or full strength and a good medium stiff brush. Most, not all household cleaners should be avoided.

The non-skid takes more work to get clean. Scrub in all directions. Let the cleaners "soak" then scrub.

As for more than that, post photos so we can see what you have and its condition. Like cars, there are dozens of products and each one has its use.

Once we see which model you have, we can provide advice on navigation lighting.
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Re: Cleaning a Boston Whaler

Postby biggiefl » Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:44 pm

Ditto.

Depends on where you are cleaning it as well. They make a product called boat zoap(yes zoap) which is non-toxic and recommended at marinas, etc. Simple green is fine too. You want to avoid using dawn or anything that removes grease because wax is basically a grease and will be removed. Your husband, if a car buff, will agree. They make boat specific waxes but personally I have never witnessed in 40+ years of waxing boats any difference or benefit like they promised over car wax.
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Re: Cleaning a Boston Whaler

Postby BWnewbie » Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:11 pm

Thank you Phil T and biggfl for the suggestions.

My boat is a 1976 15-footer with a 50hp Yamaha engine. It is a tiller engine- that is the only drawback.

Here is a picture of the boat:

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Here is a close up of the small cracks and spots:

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Re: Boat Soap; Replacement Navigation Lamps

Postby jimh » Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:51 am

A soap for a fiberglass boat should not be able to wash off oil and wax. A specialty soap like 3M BOAT SOAP is a good choice. It is sold as a concentrate and diluted with water to suitable strength. It does not leave a residue and helps the rinse water shed away.

The gel coat needs to be kept from drying out. And gel coat is usually waxed with a heavy boat wax. Don’t use a soap that takes off wax and the natural gel coat oil. For example, do not use DAWN dish detergent. Mild soaps that just loosen dirt are recommended.

I don’t like to use Simple Green due to it color and smell.

For spot use on tough stains I like to use FANTASTIC or 409 or 3M BOAT SOAP in a stronger concentration.

The human thumb nail is a perfect tool to pry dirt from non-skid patterns. An old toothbrush is also very useful.

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Re: Boat Soap; Replacement Navigation Lamps

Postby jimh » Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:00 am

The navigation rules for navigation lighting mention no light called “a bow” light. Sidelights show a red (port) light and a green (starboard) light over a certain arc toward the horizon from dead ahead. On small boats the two sidelight lamps may be combined into one lamp and carried at the bow. The “light” is what is seen by another boat. The light is created by a lantern or lamp. The navigation lamp or lantern mounted at the bow is a combined sidelight lamp.

Navigation lighting may have been an option on some early small Boston Whaler hulls.

Fitting a combined sidelight lamp is a topic for discussion in REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS forum. Please start a separate thread there to get advice on repair or installation of new navigation lamps,

You can buy a combined sidelight lamp with integral chock from a Boston Whaler dealer as a part or use an aftermarket copy of the original or use a generic lamp.

Read the FAQ answer regarding the wiring that may be already in place.

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/FAQ/#Q4

Note the website has an extensive collection of information that is not in this forum. I recommend you start browsing at

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/

Typically if the boat had a combined sidelight lamp at the bow there will be evidence of its mounting and wiring.

I owned a 1976 SPORT 15 with a low-profile generic combined sidelight lamp—not the classic lamp and chock model. A white all-round lamp was mounted on a removable pole at the transom. As far as I know those lamps were OEM accessories the came with the boat as delivered as a new boat.

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Re: Boat Soap; Replacement Navigation Lamps

Postby jimh » Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:14 am

The boat seen in an illustration above might have been at one time a SPORT 15, but it is no longer: the side console is missing. The thwart seats are mounted in different positions and are now attached atop the riser instead of sitting on the notch in the inwale.

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Re: Boat Soap; Replacement Navigation Lamps

Postby BWnewbie » Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:32 pm

Thank you all for your replies and helpful information.