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kirk68 posted 06-27-2002 11:01 AM ET (US)   Profile for kirk68   Send Email to kirk68  

I recently obtained a 1968 16' Boston Whaler. I think it might have been a 16 Currituck but little of the wood is original or configured as original. It has a 1971 50hp Johnson motor that runs well. The hull appears to never have been repaired. The hull has lot of spots that show the dark under coat and/or missing the gelcoat, particularly the center hull bottom ridge shows the dark under coat as a strip. There are also several heavy chips etc.

I have reviewed the listing and it seems that most people are repairing small or singular areas with a desire for factory perfection. I am impressed with there dedication but do not share it. I have visited the Spectrum color patch site but 2 oz kits don't seem to be appropriate for me.

My questions

How critical is it to repair my hull? I don't plan on leaving it in the water. The prior owner said "don't worry about it, It will never sink"

What is the cheapest and easiest way to patch my hull?

Where can I buy the patch material in volume and obtain the necessary instruction to carry out the task?

Is there anything that I need to watch out for? I read the section under FAQ concerting water in the hull and I don't believe it relates to my situation.

Thank you for your help

Whaler Proud posted 06-30-2002 09:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler Proud  Send Email to Whaler Proud     

To answer your quaetions, try doing a word search over all posts from the last two years. All of your questions have been dealt with a lot.

My .02 is do the repairs. I would concentrate on fixing everything that is below the water line. Even though you are not going to moor it in the water full time, the chips and cracks can leak water into the foam. Even though the Whaler won't sink, waterlogged foam can reduce your capacity weight and cause the craft to handle improperly.

As for inside the hull, keep it covered when not in use and make sure to drain the bilge immediately after you pull out of the water. Leave the plug out when in storage and have the trailer positioned so it drains out the bilge. I would then make plans for re-doing the inside as money and time permit. Since you do not share the dedication of some members for doing all of this work yourself, get estimates and determine which areas are most critical.

I have a 68 also. It was my father's and I am going through it and restoring it bit by bit. My eight year old son is assisting and plans on inheriting it some day from me(only when he pries my cold dead fingers from the wheel:) ).

Good luck with your project. From experience, I can attest to the help the members of this Forum are willing to offer.

crosley95 posted 07-06-2002 12:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for crosley95  Send Email to crosley95     

just order a quart of gelcoat from spectrum. then tell them you want to mix up your own patch paste. they will send along some filler for doing just that. follow their directions. you'll have all the paste you need.


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