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jwood posted 04-18-2000 04:26 PM ET (US)   Profile for jwood   Send Email to jwood  
O.K. Stupid question...maybe. I'm new to this site and will ask some stupid questions. I've got a 1968 Sakonnet that I've taken all of the wood out of (rebuilding everything to orig. specs, forward deck, center console, and pilot seat). The handrails have all been removed. All of the other hardware is at the plating shop getting a new coat of chrome! Now comes the easy part...the hull.

I've read with admiration and respect all of the stories you guys (or y'all as we say down in Flawda)have posted about either gelcoating or painting your boats. Right now I've got a hull with a motor on it sitting on its trailer. There isn't any structural damage to the hull but there are plenty of nicks and the keel has no gelcoat left on it at all. I would like to refinish the whole boat. How do I get to it? Do I have the motor removed, slide the boat off the trailer and try to flip it? Do I try to hoist the boat in the air using cables (I don't know if I like the idea of crawling under it to make these repairs)?

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated

Thank you,

Joe Wood

lhg posted 04-18-2000 06:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Joe: My 1970 catalog shows the weight of the 16'7" bare hull as 500 lbs. This is assuming your boat has not suffered prior damage and had additional glass added to it.
I would remove the engine and put it in temp storage while you refinish the bottom of the hull. At 500 lbs, 6 men should be able to slide it off the trailer onto a grassy area, and then it should be easy to turn over on its back, which is the best way to refinish or restore the bottom. You might want to set it up on some horses, or even put some wood beams across your trailer and put it back on the trailer, so it can be moved around.

Incidentally, has some good information on restoring and caring for Whalers. You should check it out. If you need other help or recommendations, there is a lot of knowledge to tap into from the participants of this site. Good luck with your project.

david in boston posted 04-18-2000 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for david in boston  Send Email to david in boston     
I am working on a 72 bass boat 16 which is basically the same hull as yours. the insides of my bow light were all coroded. was wondering what shape your bow light was in and if you needed to fix it. and how it might be done. the plastic lens itself was faded from sunlight so the red and green are now light pink and light blue. I could get a replacement light but its looks a little different than the original. thanks David
KCarlsen posted 04-18-2000 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for KCarlsen  Send Email to KCarlsen     
Joe, I refinished a hull last year and this is how I handled it. I built an H shaped dolly out of 2x6 lumber and put casters on each corner. This allowed me to roll it out onto the driveway on nice days. I lag bolted it together and used carpet to protect the hull and prevent it from sliding. I bought some beer and invited 7 friends over to help me remove it from the trailer and lay it on the dolly upside down. As Larry stated, we also used the grass to set it down and roll it over. It now has 2 coats of epoxy primer and 2 coats of white polyurethane on the outside and 2 coats of whaler blue awgrip on the inside. I couldn't be happier. I am waiting for Excellcier Bay Wood to finish my new console and swingback seat. I mounted a new Murcury 4 stroke. I then had the same group of friends help me reflip it and set it back on the refinished trailer. They demanded beer as payment again. No beer, no flippi. Good luck, Kurt
jimh posted 04-19-2000 12:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I just want to add one additional point regarding how to do these things:

Besides the 6-7 friends and the beer, you want to get one additional person--maybe you--to take a bunch of pictures as you do all this.

Then, you send them to me and I post them so we can all see how you did it!



dfmcintyre posted 04-19-2000 08:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Joe -

Kurts suggestion about making a dolly seems to be the best, as with a trailer, it might bet up high enough that leaning over to get the center might be a pain.

I was going to suggest the grass and beer guys routine, but Larry beat me to it.

One suggestion about refinishing... I'd stay away from a re-gelcoat job (unless you like _alot_ of sanding) and opt for a good poly like Awlgrip, Sikkens, Concept, etc. The problem with gelcoat, is sanding off the orange peal, which can take forever. If you poly it, find someone that can spray it, and put on a few coats of clear. And NEVER again beach it (thats the down side of a poly, over gel, as the gel is thicker.

Best - Don

bfhjack posted 04-25-2000 07:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for bfhjack  Send Email to bfhjack     
Joe, I am also restoring a 13 and I also live in Jax. Two of us lifted a stripped whaler and flipped it onto saw horses stradled with 2 4x4's. I have a 74 and just finished with an Awlgrip paint job. Fl southern plywood has the best wood selection in town Mahogony up to 12inches width. Ordered new rub rail from Mayport Marine $66.00, Discount Marine on 103rd st has some wood pieces ex. a new side helm all finished in perfect condition, $195.00 I opted for one with a few flaws for $95.00. Feel free to contact me

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