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gfisher posted 03-05-2001 12:32 AM ET (US)   Profile for gfisher   Send Email to gfisher  
I have recently received from my parents the 13' Whaler I grew up with (I'm 38)- I believe it was made somewhere between 1960 - 65 (Mom's searching for the title)! The boat has not been in the water since 1978, it sat outside, uncovered, since then. The original wood is shot, the inside has spider cracks, but no major damage from what I can tell. What's my first step? THANKS!
KCarlsen posted 03-05-2001 01:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for KCarlsen  Send Email to KCarlsen     
gfisher, This reply is by no means meant to be sarcastic but seeing that you are new to this site, my suggestion for your first step is to look through the thousands of posts that are listed going back to 2/2000. We have covered almost every topic at least once and you will find tons of info. Many people are doing exactly what you are asking, restoring and repairing older whalers. The info is in this forum. Spent a few nights and read through the posts and if you still have questions, this is the place to post. Lastly, welcome to the forum. WE look forward to hearing your progress. KCarlsen
printjunky posted 03-05-2001 07:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for printjunky  Send Email to printjunky     
gfisher, Last fall I bought a 1968 13 (at auction for $270!!! [still not as good as free, but...]) It sounds like our boats are in almost identical shape. I will first reiterate KCarlsen's post, I've spent the winter mining the info on this site, and there's just about everything you could need. It might just take a bit of digging.
One thing I have NOT been able to get (even after 2 posts) is a diagram of my wood parts, so I can make my own. the only reply I received was a reference to Exselsior bay, a company that builds (beautiful) mahogany parts for Whalers, albeit at something of a premium compared to do-it-yourself. So if you are able to track down this info, I'd love to get a copy, or be referred to your source. I also had a very good reply directly from Whaler itself regarding repairing a small thru-fiberglas ding on my keel. The advice was very thorough, but was inadvertently deleted from my hotmail account. So you can also go to and email them with questions. I won't be going for the full-on resto for my classic whaler, but will be replacing the deteriorated wood, fix the ding in the keel, and a few other minor things (find a stern light(original?), maybe a new (3pc) rub rail, rub the oxidation out of the finish, and then get the motor ready) So as we go, take KCarlsen's advice, but I think, feel free to post questions too. Even though there are old posts, there are always new and varied responses to most every query.
hardensheetmetal posted 03-05-2001 08:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
It sounds like your in the same boat as me (what a terrible pun, sorry) I just bought a 1970 13 and it sits in my garage completely stripped. I am currntly working on filling some gel coat scratches and some of the stress cracks. I have a new 3pc rub rail on order as well as a new stern light. I don't plan on going any further than fixing the few blemishes in the gel coat and then buffing. I tried a few areas and they really came up nice. I'd love to know how your is progressing from time to time.


KCarlsen posted 03-06-2001 10:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for KCarlsen  Send Email to KCarlsen     
The request comes up all the time so I think it is time jimh puts wooden console, seat and interior wood components on this site. I have the plans for the original Nausett console that I would be willing to donate and I'm am sure others have drawings of the other parts. I'm in the market for the casting platform drawings for the Sakonnet. Anybody have any? Jim, can this be done or are their copyright issues??
gfisher posted 03-06-2001 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for gfisher  Send Email to gfisher     
So much to do, so little time!! I'm going to focus on the major stuff first- hull/foam/transom integrity. I'm concerned with her sitting on shore, exposed to the elements for the past 20 years that there is something major to worry about. Nothing stands out to my "untrained" eye, so that's why I ask where to start. All of the wood is shot- I will probably replace with something less expensive for this summer, then work on the mahogany replacements next winter. I'll keep everyone updated- and KCarlsen- no offense taken! I've been pouring over these forums the past few days :) ANY insight still sought and appreciated!
Paint Legend posted 03-08-2001 12:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Paint Legend  Send Email to Paint Legend     

I have a couple pieces of advice for you. I have a 65 13'that I am repairing etc.. as well. To find the year of the boat get the hull ID off the transom and email to BW. They got back to me right away and sent me a photo copy of the owner's manual or at least the earliest one they have. This is nice it shows where all the hidden wood is etc.. This is also in the site as well I believe.

For figerglass repair, there are tons of options and techniques. I just bought West System Epoxy's Fiberglass Repair Guide for $ 2.49 at Boat US. It is well done and is a great reference. I picked up a few new things as well.

I have all my original wood if you need measurements. I also have plans of the console (crude but the info is accurate).

Best of luck to you!!

Paint Legend posted 03-08-2001 12:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Paint Legend  Send Email to Paint Legend     

Look under "Reference" on the main page, you can get some info on your boat there!


Gep posted 03-11-2001 02:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
I also could use wood component diagrams for my 59 13' sport. I think they would be similar to your 13'. If you have a tape measure...?

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