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YorkHarbor posted 07-20-2003 02:10 PM ET (US)   Profile for YorkHarbor   Send Email to YorkHarbor  
Hello I have owned a 1971 13 foot Boston Whaler sport for about 8 years now. It is now time to restore it! What kind of wood is that in the interior? Can I buy a new wood package, or should I just sand it, and redo it?What kind/color blue paint is that on the interior? Last but not least, whats the best way to clean up/paint the outside hull? Sorry for all the questions! Thanks in advance.
peetmin posted 07-20-2003 03:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
Hey York- Welcome, I am not an expert on the size Whaler you own. However based on the number of questions you have you may consider doing a search on each subject and get a broad responce then pick the good parts and proceed with the task.

Members may be reluctant to anwser your post based on the number of questions you have and how long it would take to reply to all of them. Good luck with your project, peetmin

JBCornwell posted 07-20-2003 07:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Howdy, YH.

If your boat is original, that is not paint in the interior, it is the original gelcoat color.

The wood interior is one of several hardwoods generically called "mahogany" or "Philippine (sp?) mahogany". It can be restored by removing the old finish and re-varnishing. A surface planer does a better job than sanding, if you have access to one. I could write 300 words on how to refinish it, but I'll leave that to others.

Were it mine, I would try to restore the gelcoat, inside and out, with gelcoat restoring products available at most marine outlets.

Others will have much to add, so I'll leave it at that.

Red sky at night. . .

YorkHarbor posted 07-20-2003 09:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for YorkHarbor  Send Email to YorkHarbor     
Thanks, is there a kit to repair cracks in the interior gelcoat?
jimh posted 07-20-2003 10:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The wood used in the SPORT model interior is typically solid planks of mahogany.

You can buy a professionally made and refinished replacement for that wood, but there is likely a long lead time and considerable cost, probably many, many months and many hundreds of dollars more than you might anticipate. It is far cheaper to refinish the existing wood if it has not rotted.

Boston Whaler hulls generally contain no painted hull surfaces.

You can purchase color matched gelcoat for repairs. The match is to the color when the boat left the factory, not to how it looks now, 32 years later. A quart of color matched gel coat can cover 20-square feet and costs about $80 delivered.

All of these questions are covered in detail in multiple message threads. To search please use the website search that is linked off the top page.

YorkHarbor posted 07-21-2003 12:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for YorkHarbor  Send Email to YorkHarbor     
Thanks for all your help!
SMLWhaler posted 07-21-2003 08:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for SMLWhaler  Send Email to SMLWhaler     
I'm restoring a 1962 13' myself. Its a lot of work. I had to redo the entire hull. Too many scratches and cracks to just repair spots. Haven't started on the inside glass yet but I also have several cracks to repair on the interior. If you choose to repair only certain areas of the hull chances are the gel coat will most likely not match the existing gel coat. Thats another reason I dedided to spray the entire hull. My boat is 41 years old and has never been restored. Most likely could have bought a boat already restored for what I will have in it when I'm finished but wouldn't be any where near as much fun and not half as satisfying. I really enjoy working with my hands so this is very rewarding work. The boat and trailor were given to me so I couldn't resist the challenge.

Spectrum sells the gel coat to match Whaler white and blue.
Go to West marine sells patch kits. Fiberglass resin and matting can be bought at any auto body parts/supply.

The key to getting a quality job is prep time, prep time, prep time. This was pointed out to me on this forum and its very true. Take your time and you will be satisfied with the end product. The guys in this forum are all very knowledgeable and have been extremely helpful to me on a lot of different issues. Just post it and they will respond.

Good luck!!!

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