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Scarface posted 05-17-2003 03:40 AM ET (US)   Profile for Scarface   Send Email to Scarface  
Hey guys. I am new to this forums so bear with my lack of knowledge. I am 22 and I just bought my first whaler a month ago. All I know is that it is a 76 the model wasnt on the title and the guy didnt know either, but its a 15 ft center console.
Anyhow I am planning on fixing it up. First off I was thinking of redoing the inside floors there are knicks here and there on the top skin of the fiberglass plus there are a few areas that have been previuosly repaired. It has not been painted over but I would like to do so. It does have the non-skid floors so I wanted to see if you guys had any suggestions on what to use to repair the knicks and what to use to paint it aswell.

I am also planning on making a new center console but I would like to start with the floors


jimh posted 05-26-2003 10:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
On a boat the "floor" is called a deck.

Painting the cockpit deck of a Whaler is not a good idea. It generally decreases the value of the boat significantly and becomes a future headache to maintain. A painted surface subject to continual abrasion from shoes, etc., will not wear as well as gelcoat.

I would consider it only as a last resort for a deck that needed extensive repairs or whose gel coat layer was extensively cracked or otherwise damaged.

If you consult the reference section there are several articles on the 15-foot hull and you should be able to easily identify what model you have.

If you do happen to paint your floors, put some rugs or carpet over 'em to cut down the wear, eh?

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