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Chris posted 03-27-2000 10:40 PM ET (US)   Profile for Chris   Send Email to Chris  
What is the simplest and fastest way to make a weathered BW SS look good again. It doesn't have to be perfect just reasonable and enough to protect the wood from damage. I am 16 live on Long Island I cover the boat in the winter. In the summer it stays uncovered for the most part. I have looked in the stores and there is alot of stuff for wood. It is getting warm and I want to get it in shape soon. it doesn't have to be perfect. Thanks
jimh posted 04-04-2000 02:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     

I think the reason no one has answered your question is this:

When it comes to making wood on a boat look good, there is no simple and fast way!

I did chat with Jim Watson of West System, and he describes how he restored the wood on his Whaler 13. You can hear his answer on Whaler-Radio.


kent posted 04-07-2000 12:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for kent    
Hello Chris

Jim is right when he says that there really is no quick and easy way to refinish the wood in your Whaler. I can offer you what I did to refinish the wood in my boat. My boat was in pretty rough shape, being used comercially by a crabber off the west coast of Washington for many years. He had painted the hull and woodwork several times over the course of its life. When I bought the boat last summer, I paid $250.00 CDN for the boat and an old 40 HP outboard. My goal when I bought it was to rebuild it into a serviceable inshore salmon fishing boat. I am more of a fisherman than a boater, and the reason that I went for the Boston Whaler was for the safety aspect. My idea was to create a boat that functional, safe and decent looking. I wasn't looking to restore the boat to a perfect showroom condition. I was willing to put some time into the boat, but finances didn't allow me to put a lot of money into it.

On that bent, this is what I did with the wood on my boat. The seats and the forward locker cover are all solid mahogany and had been painted several times with white paint. The edges of the seat boards were chipped off in sereral places. To begin with, I used a belt sander with some 100 grit paper to remove the old paint and varnish down to the original wood. Then I took a router with a 3/8" rounding over bit and radiused the edges to clean them up and remove the broken edges. Then I sanded the wood with a sanding block with 120 grit paper. The wood had some stains, so I applied a medium brown wood stain to even out the coloring, and then applied 3 coats of spar varnish for protection. Chris, I must say that considering what the wood looked like before, it looks really good now. It doesn't look like the wood on the BW Anniversary Edition, but for my purposes it is fine. I am just going fishing with it, not entering it in a boat show.

While it wasn't quick and easy, it wasn't that bad either. It took about an hour to sand the wood out, about a half hour to apply the wood stain, and about an hour to apply each of the three coats of varnish. I intend to apply another two coats of spar to give a bit more protection and just a little better quality finish ( now that I realize from this site that BW's are kind of special boats). I also used about $20.00 worth of material.

Quite a long discertation, Chris, but I hope you find this helpful. Good luck with your project. It is good to see a young fellow such as yourself interested in working on old boats and such.

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