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DaveNJ posted 08-20-2002 07:50 AM ET (US)   Profile for DaveNJ   Send Email to DaveNJ  
Since I have not been able to find a pre-1972 Whaler 13’, I have decided to
build one myself. This is because I am a bit concerned with the foam water damage and delamination problems of the old hulls, so this is what I plan to do. I know it won’t really be a whaler. Being an amateur boatbuilder (4 glued lapstrake canoes & boats, 1 hard chine rowboat), I am intrigued by the challenge, though.
Here is my plan: Get the lines off an existing 13’ (or obtain drawings if possible), build a half model in wood (1”=1’ scale), make full size station molds. I planned on using Trymer 2000, 2 lb. density foamboard 1” thick, lay over the station molds, shape the hull curves where needed and then fiberglass everything inside and out. I am mainly looking to get the bottom hull as close as I can. The interior I am not as concerned with.
It is a shame the classic 13’ whaler molds are probably collecting dust somewhere at the Florida plant. I contacted Whaler and they have no plans to sell any bare 13’ hulls recreational or commercial.
Does anyone have drawings or blueprints of the 13’ hull ?
Anyone else attempt this or have any recommendations ? Is it better to start from scratch to get a whaler hull than getting involved in an over budget, over schedule restoration ?


Sammy posted 08-20-2002 08:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sammy  Send Email to Sammy     

If you really enjoy building boats and don't care that the end result will not be a Whaler, have at it. There are many people on this site with excellent technical expertise that may be willing to give you advice on your project.

But in the amount of time it takes to build one - and for the effort and expense involved - it seems to make more sense to be patient and persistent in looking for a good 13'. Be ready to travel a few miles and have cash on hand.

On this site, Bigshot has a 13 for sale. I'm sure he'd be willing to provide details. Beyond that, there seem to be a number of 13's that come up for sale on this site from time to time.

If you don't need it tommorrow enjoy the hunt.

Good luck either way.


jimh posted 08-20-2002 10:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I don't think your is a great project. is a better option. It looks like a Whaler, but you build it with wood.

dscew posted 08-20-2002 11:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
If you're concerned about delamination and rot inside a Whaler hull, why not buy a junker 13, saw out the interior lining, remove the foam, and start over with laying your foam, designing the deck, placing the backing where you want to mount stuff, and go from there. A junker will be cheap, and even if the insides are wrecked, the exterior will be intact. And you'll have a Whaler.
DaveNJ posted 08-20-2002 01:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveNJ  Send Email to DaveNJ     
Thanks everyone for your responses.
dscew: The junker is a good idea if I have to come to that rather than starting from scratch.


JohnAz posted 08-20-2002 09:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
I just finished a 20ft "Jet Boat" bare hull, no ribs no nothing,,,it now sports 2 /40 hp OMC's weight 2000lbs and does 36 mph "GPS"
I used 2 part urathane foam to fill,,the hull like a whaler,,and now sports a center console,,by the way the "raw" hull was free,,
DaveNJ posted 08-21-2002 05:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for DaveNJ  Send Email to DaveNJ     
How was the hull free ?
JohnAz posted 08-21-2002 01:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
Dave I live in Lake Havasu AZ...A friend had the Hull sitting in her yard,,stripped of everything,,no ribs no nuthing,,just a pair of big HOLES where the jet pump was,,the glass was in good shape,,so she was going to throw the thing out or make a planter out of it,,I have about $1,000 in materials in the boat,,I also got all me Fiber Glass from one of the boat Manufacturers dumpster here in Havasu,,i did have to buy 15 gal of resin & 10 gal of polyurathane foam every thing else was free for dumpster diving,,I am fortunate that we have 5 Boat Mfg. here and they dont mind scrounging from thier trash "One mans trash is another mans treasure". They even through away enough foam backed seat vinel to upolster the whole boat,,

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