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bwwanabe posted 10-28-2001 08:31 PM ET (US)   Profile for bwwanabe   Send Email to bwwanabe  
Just what I said. I'm going to tear out a thousand pounds of saturated foam.(I figure a 17'boat averaging 6" thick of wet foam likely is what added 1000lbs. to the wieght of this thing). But the question is...since I'm not going to replace it with more foam to get soaked... has anybody done this and gotten away with it, maybe with just adding a few stratigically placed bulkheads and a plank floor.
Hendrickson posted 10-28-2001 09:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hendrickson  Send Email to Hendrickson     
Twenty five years ago I tore the floor and foam out of an Evinrude boat. When I threw the foam away at the dump it had already dried out. I could have saved myself alot of trouble if I had only removed the floor and let the foam dry out, then replace the floor with either a temp floor or permanent floor. I plan to try this with one of my whalers. on one I will go from topside, the other one that needs help, from the bottom side (fewer cosmetics on the bottom).
JBCornwell posted 10-28-2001 10:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
You wouldn't have a Whaler any more, Wannabe, and without the equipment used to make the hull in the first place, you would never again have a decent boat.

Put her in a dry place, or under a tarp. Drill at least two or three 1/2" holes in the bottom near the bow, and one more near the stern. Attach a wetordry vacuum cleaner to the stern hole, set the bleeder for about 20"Hg and let it run for a couple of weeks. Empty the reservoir regularly. Then weigh her again. Should be dry as a bone by then. Epoxy and gelcoat the holes and you have a new hull.

Good luck.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

Ray posted 10-29-2001 11:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ray  Send Email to Ray     
JB
How do you set the bleeder at 20" hg? Also how do you keep an ordinary vacuum cleaner going 2 weeks steady without burning it up?
Ray
JBCornwell posted 10-30-2001 02:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Most vacuums have an adjustable bleeder on the hose to allow less "pull". I should have said "a gentle pull". Also, in spite of the racket they make, they are 100% duty cycle machines unless they specify otherwise and can be run continuously without harm.

What I have suggested is probably overkill but, along with a "dripping" period beforehand, should ensure a dry hull.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

Whalerdan posted 10-31-2001 01:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
I've burnt up a "Shop Vac" before cleaning up after sanding dry wall.
Ray posted 10-31-2001 07:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ray  Send Email to Ray     
Thanks JB for the reply, I may try this
Ray
Ray posted 10-31-2001 07:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ray  Send Email to Ray     
O by the way I forgot to ask this. I was going to post it on another post re: foam foibles, but it got sorta goofy re: muskrats etc. so I held off.
Question: Did Boston Whaler change foam types between '85 and '86 year models? Just curious.
Ray

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