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Duncan posted 04-15-2001 12:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for Duncan   Send Email to Duncan  
I discovered a fix for the "wet ride" in a 13' Whaler..., quite by accident.
I bought my 13 footer last summer with the primary intention of using it to duck hunt. I used it for fishing in the ocean before the duck blind was added and found the "wet ride" very unpleasant (I'm such a whimp).

While building the blind and trying to shade the water under the bow to prevent reflection of the white underside , I cut an old, big,green rubber floor mat into long, 8 inch wide strips and attached it around the front of the hull by screwing it into the rail with 1 inch stainless screws and finish washers every eight inches. I joined the two peices at the center so it wouldn't interfere with the winch cable.

I discovered that it essentially acted as a "mud flap" and completely stopped the spray from the flat bottom from being pushed up in front of the boat. Now I can crash thru waves at speed without driving thru my own spray.

Be sure to wrap it at least one foot around the side and put a slit (vertically) at the corner to allow it to flex if it really eats a big wave.

compounder posted 04-15-2001 12:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for compounder  Send Email to compounder     
You're kidding, right?
maverick posted 04-15-2001 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
heh heh, snicker. Sorry, couldn't help myself. I love this forum. Mav
DWJ posted 04-15-2001 11:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for DWJ  Send Email to DWJ     
You should be ashamed of yourself. Buy a John boat it's already green.
Duncan posted 04-16-2001 04:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     
I kid you not!
Don't get your knickers all bunched up. This is an old clammer's boat so who should try'll keep your cravat dry.
triblet posted 04-16-2001 05:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
How about a picture?


maverick posted 04-16-2001 07:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
Until you wrote that reply, I didn't know my cravat was wet. Dang the luck.
Jholmes105 posted 04-16-2001 08:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jholmes105  Send Email to Jholmes105     
I have never laughed so hard as I did when I read Mavrick's first reply! Duncan, I would love to see a picture! I am sure it makes a great Duck Boat!
Duncan posted 04-16-2001 10:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     
Sorry...guess I need to cough up the cash for a digital camera...
I still owe one of my college buddies shots of the plywood snowplow I built for the Camry. He just doesn't belive me.
RHLOOS posted 04-17-2001 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for RHLOOS  Send Email to RHLOOS     
Duncan, Have you ever heard-of or watched the Red-Green Shop? Some of what I'm reading sounds similar. Just joking, I admire a creative person.
RHLOOS posted 04-17-2001 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for RHLOOS  Send Email to RHLOOS     
Duncan, Have you ever heard-of or watched the Red-Green Show? Some of what I'm reading sounds similar. Just joking, I admire a creative person.
Whalerdan posted 04-17-2001 09:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
Duncan, if you ever want to try a different part of the country to live in, I think you would fit in just right down here in the South. Also, do you have any creative uses you've discovered for duck tape?
Duncan posted 04-17-2001 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     
Duct tape...funny you should mention...
My first car was a VW Rabbit I bought w/ 55K miles. Shortly after buying it I got a pinhole in the radiator hose on the NY Thruway. Dried it off and taped it...sold the car (for$100)with 165K miles and never replaced that hose.

FYI...Another great repair/cob job material is DENTAL FLOSS for sewing...extremely strong.

hauptjm posted 04-17-2001 10:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
We could create a new non-fiction/fiction section of stories; "The Duct Tape Chronicles".

Years ago I crewed for a rookie on his J-35, and we were rigging the boat on the way out to the race course. I noticed a burr on one the running back stays and asked for a roll of duct tape to prevent a sail from snagging/ripping. His comment, "I don't have any". I wanted to jump at that point. Anyone who leaves the dock without duct tape, CAN'T be a competent sailor.

Chris J posted 04-17-2001 11:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
Not intending to offend the duct tape gods, but I've heard that gaffer's tape is better (not as messy). I've never managed to find any though.

There should be a duct tape thread here somewhere.

triblet posted 04-17-2001 02:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
The gaffer is the electrician on a movie set.
Gaffer's tape is available through large
photographic supply houses, and lately, at
my local hardware store. Gaffer's tape is
made of real cloth (like duct tape used to
be) and has an adhesive that doesn't go all
goopy and stay behind on what it's stuck to.
Down side is it doesn't hold well as well as
duct tape in a wet environment.

There's also a tape called Mystic tape. It
comes in two flavors. One flavor is like
duct tape, only colored. The other flavor
is like electical tape, only colored. The
hardware store has it too. It's nice to keep
on a small boat because it comes in
reasonably small rolls.


compounder posted 04-17-2001 06:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for compounder  Send Email to compounder     
Chuck you continue to amaze me!

Any subjects you are not knowledgeable on?

Maybe you ought to try out for that Millionaire quiz show........

triblet posted 04-17-2001 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
No way. They ask about stuff like music and
art and movies and fishing, about which I
know ZIP.

I do photography on the side. Gaffer's tape
is a standard tool for holding sets together.
I found out it doesn't work when it's wet
when I used to tape the loose ends of my
fin straps so they wouldn't catch the kelp.
Duct tape would last about 25 dives.
Gaffer's tape came off the first day. Now
I take a 1" section of road bike inner tube
and pull that over the buckles. I think it's
up around 300 dives now.


SWarren posted 04-18-2001 10:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
They best duct tape for the marine enviorment in my opinion is kendell polyken 101 D. It is a solvent resistant duct tape. It comes in white. It is also water resistant. I give samples to my friends who sail, and they swear by it. They use it on everything. They are not just your weekend sailors either, they race all the time.
Maerd posted 04-18-2001 01:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Maerd    
Duncan - I had a 13' with 40hp and would have done the same thing if I had thought of it. Might add to my 21'. I and two friends would wait for a big storm on Lake Michigan and then go out in 6' waves and jump for hours. Fisherman on dock said we would never come back. LOL Loved that boat.
willyjoe1 posted 04-18-2001 07:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for willyjoe1  Send Email to willyjoe1     
i have 86 sport 13, first 9 years i own this 13', i call her wet boat, yes "wet boat",keep thinking what a bad design of bw, i only used her for hunting, when the weather change bad or real windy to across the open bay, because it unsinkable, otherwise i will used my jon boat, one day my fishing buddy find out the problem, because my johnson 28 spl. is not strong enough to carry 3 people on plane with the bow stay up, i don't have any more this problem after i repower a 40 hp yamaha at 98, since that time call her "mi amiga",please don't tell my wife, now this little "amiga" got more fish than my montauk, yes because i used her more
DWJ posted 04-19-2001 12:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for DWJ  Send Email to DWJ     
Duncan, what the heck is a cravat? In retrospect, I guess any of us crazies that keep patching Whalers probably deserve wet cravats. I agree w/ Whalerdan - you would fit right in down here in the South. We can fix most anything with duct tape and some #12 wire.
triblet posted 04-19-2001 02:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
A cravat is an old fashioned necktie. I
suppose you could make one out of duct tape.


hooter posted 04-21-2001 11:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
Ah sure mussa missed sumpin. If yous gonna try an make da fish stick to ya gaff betta, how you spose ta stick da gaffer tape to da gaff... wid da sticky sahd in or OUT? Hurts mah haid jus tinkin 'bout it.
triblet posted 04-21-2001 11:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Hooter, you get my laugh of the day award.
Or maybe, in your case, it's the lahf ov da


kingfish posted 04-22-2001 08:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Eureka! (or something like that)

I was down around Tybee Island, Ga for this year's first Whalering the first couple weeks of the month (got back last Saturday), and the posts to the forum had stacked up so much while I was gone that I couldn't catch up all at once so as waded through all the new stuff, I actively chose posts to read based on their headers and their respective topic's proximity to my knowledge and interest.

Thank goodness I got caught up with those categories and sat down this morning to review other topics I hadn't yet read!

This has got to be one of the most entertaining threads I've read yet...mixture of sharing real experience, sharing real knowledge, (some useful to some and some useful to others), good spirited give and take, and seasoned with just the right amount of zaniness... I love this place!!

da kingfish (for hooter)

Duncan posted 04-23-2001 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     
AMEN...good time to extend compliments and gratitude to the folks that keep this place going!!!

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