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dww posted 04-02-2003 06:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for dww   Send Email to dww  
i just purchased a 1969 13'. i would like to re-paint both ex. and int. do i use sealant? gelcoat? or any of these other polys i have been reading about.

how do i paint the ex. hull? can 2 people lift off the trailer and turn upside down?

i have noticed that when the boat is wet, i have been getting white paint on my hands, coming off the ex. hull. could some one have painted this thing with water-based paint? is there another explianation?

my transom is begining to crack. can i pad out with marine grade ply?

if keot in good condition, how many more years can i expect from my 30 year old boat?

i know this is alot but i am a new boat owner, and am pretty clueless. thanks for your attention to my problems.

jimh posted 04-02-2003 07:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Classic Boston Whaler boats are seldom repainted unless there is a severe problem with the condition of their gel coat.

I would suggest you try restoring the gel coat finish in a small area and use your results as a guide to the practicality of being able to restore the whole boat.

andygere posted 04-03-2003 02:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
All the answers are in the archives of this site. Set the counter to read topics back 2 years, or go to the search engine at
dww posted 04-03-2003 10:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for dww  Send Email to dww     
ill check out those archives. how do i know if i need a new gel coat?
Bigshot posted 04-03-2003 10:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
New gelcoat is WAY expensive. Your hull may be chalky from oxidation or repainted. You should be able to tell. If painted, then sand and repaint with a good epoxy, same for interior. Depend on what you mean by cracks in the transom. If just surface cracks, no biggie, if transom flexes, then you have some issues.
dww posted 04-03-2003 04:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for dww  Send Email to dww     

the transom has a crack that is 1/8th inch wide and runs the length of the top. there are also surface cracks that run verticle (not deep) on bth sides of transom. these worry me. there isnt much flex, but there may be potential in the future.

as far as the boats has spider cracks and some bigger gouges. will sanding and epoxy do the trick? how many coats? thanks.

wayne baker posted 04-03-2003 11:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for wayne baker  Send Email to wayne baker     
D, get somone who knows about boat repair to look at your boat, in fact get two or three. you do not have to let them fix it but by getting estimates at least you will get a better idea what your boat needs. You may find out it is better to pay for some of the repairs for the assurance they get done right.
Bigshot posted 04-04-2003 09:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
The top one sounds like your green line is split or you are just looking at the green line. The green line is where the hulls are joined and it looks like bare is supposed to. The 2 side cracks depending on severity can be glassed and ground down before you paint. If the come back then have a pro fix it.

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