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rossville posted 02-04-2002 10:35 PM ET (US)   Profile for rossville   Send Email to rossville  
I am currently in the process of buying a 1956 15ft whaler and have a few questions.
Is it possible to remove the bottom paint and restore to the original fiberglass?
The boat currently comes with a 1986 50hp yamaha outboard ,I am wondering what the life span on an engine like that, should it be rebuilt?
Samars posted 02-05-2002 06:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     

1956 ? I do not think Whaler's were made prior to 1958. Are you sure of the year and make ?
rossville posted 02-05-2002 09:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for rossville  Send Email to rossville     
SORRY ABOUT THAT IT IS A 1986.
Bigshot posted 02-05-2002 10:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
it is possible but before you head out to do it, remove some on the transom and see if the gelcoat is shiny or dull. If dull and scratchy the boat was prepped(etched) right and it will look like hell and be hard to remove. If not etched right(most are not) it will be nice. You will probably need to do a boot stripe so you do not see where dull gel meets shiny at the waterline.

As far as the engine goes....it needs a rebuild when it blows up.

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