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ContinuousWave: Whaler Repairs/Mods
posted 03-25-2003 12:30 AM ET (US)
I got a 13ft whaler from a guy who beached the boat alot.The tips of the ti-hull have worn so much that their are holes and is really soft. How can I fix this promblem? Do you think the boat is waterlogged? I believe water is inside. any help is appreciated. thank you.
posted 03-25-2003 10:33 AM ET (US)
There are numerous resources on this site that will tell you exactly what to do to fix your problem. Explore the site and you will find them. For making your repairs, you may want to start with the Reference section (e.g., hull repair the Whaler way) and the articles/Whaler radio on West System fiberglass, and search the site ( http://www.continuouswave.com/htdig/ ) for articles that answer any other questions you may have. After you've done that, you may still have questions - post them and you'll get good responses, but you'll get better results and better answers if you do the "homework" first.
Regarding the hull itself, you may want to weigh the hull first and see just how waterlogged it is before you start. If it is one of those very rare hulls that has truly been abused, it may have so much water in it that it's not worth fixing, but those hulls are truly rare. If it runs, have you driven it? If it performs well, I doubt it's significantly waterlogged. Use the search engine and find the threads on the Chainsaw Whaler to read about water intrusion in a worst-case scenario and see suggestions for trying to extract water from wet foam.
posted 03-25-2003 12:40 PM ET (US)
we beach our boat (13 foot) all summer, a couple times a day onto pretty rocky beaches, so each season, we flip it and bondo and sand that down each year, only onse did we have to use fiberglass cloth and resin (after it had swamped and gotten loose, and was banting around on the rocks for a few hours in the heavy waves, as the tide went out.) I htink leavint it on the trailer all winter will drain and evaporate the water, if it is real bad, leave it upside-down in the sun for a few, in the spring once it warms up. be sure to cover it at night or if the clouds roll in.
ive never had any problems.
posted 03-26-2003 09:16 AM ET (US)
The best way to encorage water to enter the hull structure and saturate the foam is to ignore below-water-line damage and to operate the boat for long periods of time at speed, allowing the pressure of the water on the hull to force water into the structure.
This sounds exactly like your situation.
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