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kirk68 posted 07-03-2002 10:27 AM ET (US)   Profile for kirk68   Send Email to kirk68  
I recently obtained a 16í 1968 Hull Boston Whaler and not surprisingly the gelcoat is worn thin or away in several areas. I donít believe it has ever been repared. I am completely new to working with boat and would like any suggestions any of you have concerning books etc for learning how to proceed in repair and maintenance.

The documents I have seen on the web are

West Systems

002-550 Fiberglass Boat Repair & Maintenance 1 ea. 0.4 $3.00
002-650 Gelcoat Blisters:Diagnosis, Repair & Prevention 1 ea. 0.3 $3.00
002-740 Final Fairing & Finishing 1 ea. 0.3 $3.00

or would I be better off with a comprehensive book like this one from from Boatus

Item #: 912422
MANF#: 0071569146
Title: Fiberglass Boat Repair Manual
Availability: In Stock
Price: $24.99
Case Size: 0
Ship Weight: 2 lbs.

Thank you for your help

Highwater posted 07-03-2002 03:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Highwater    

I just ordered a copy from Boat US. You post a message to seek advice and you end up giving advice. Thanks!


kirk68 posted 07-03-2002 06:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for kirk68  Send Email to kirk68     
I have also have just order The Fiberglass Boat Repair Manual [Hardcover] by Viatses, Allan H.; Vaitses. Need less to say, I donít know if it is the best choice but after reviewing the details on Amazon I see that it discusses and shows some MAJOR repairs. I believe that if I see successful repairs of massive repairs I will gain the courage to start my minor efforts.

I also stumbled onto this entertaining and insightful discussion on our BW site of repair

Giving myself adviceÖ.. is this like talking to myself.

But seriously it seems like a lot of us new boat owners have the same questions and they might be answered best by a good book on maintenance and repair.

So if you have a suggestion please give it.

Highwater posted 07-03-2002 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Highwater    

I see from your profile that you have only been a member of continuous wave for a week but I can tell already that your posts will be valuable additions to the forum.

Posting links to other threads and other web sites is helpful but it is even better if you can make the link "hot" so that other people don't have to copy and paste it into the Address field of their Internet browsers. Click on "UBB Code" below to see how it is done. Thanks! David

Highwater posted 07-03-2002 08:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Highwater    
Well, now I see that the "UBB Code" link is only visible after you click on "Post Reply." Anyway, here it is

jimh posted 07-04-2002 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
While you await that expensive book from BoatUS, please get the $3 West System pamplet. It is the best advice per dollar spent you'll ever read.

Most hull damage can be repaired with decent cosmetic results and excellent structural integrity by following the advice of the West System book.

Many complain their products are expensive, but in the small quantities you will use the cost difference will be insignificant. By using proven materials and techniques you will have good results. And later, future buyers may appreciate your use of well-known products in the repair of your boat more than if you had used "Bondo" brand.

I described my initial experiences in an article:

(Historical note: the article and that portion of the website predate the addition of this forum and the separate Whaler section of the website.)

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