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Matt from Maine posted 11-19-2003 04:57 PM ET (US)   Profile for Matt from Maine   Send Email to Matt from Maine  
Hey everyone - I'm new to this forum and am very excited that I stumbled across it.

I have a 13' sport that I currently in the process of restoring. It's got 99 or 00 Merc 40HP 4-cylinder (don't know much about the engine or boat - don't even know if it's a 2 stroke or 4 stroke - I inherited from my father and am new to all of this).

Anyway, it's in fairly decent shape to begin with, but has a few things that I'd like fix. I've pulled all of the wood out and am planning to refinish it over the winter. The hull is oxidized and a little dirty - I've read the recommended procedure for bringing back the shine (Meguiars 44, 3M, and wax) but what do you guys recommend for the initial clean up - soap and water?

Next, there are some screw holes that from things that I've since removed - is there a simple procedure for filling them, or should I have this done by my local dealer.

Lastly, how can I tell how old the boat is? My father bought it about 5 years ago - I think he said that it was a 76, but is there any way to confirm this?

Thanks and bear with me - I'm new to all of this.


Buckda posted 11-19-2003 05:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Matt -

Welcome to the site.

Check out the reference section for information about your hull. You should be able to locate a HIN (Hull Identification Number - same concept as a VIN for your car) on the hull - it will be a little metal tag either on the outboard side of the transom just under the "green line," or inside your bow locker. If this is missing, you may find another number either stenciled on the hull or embossed into the gelcoat (this should be under the motor on the INBOARD side of the transom, or inside the bow is possible, because I don't know everything, that this could also be on the OUTBOARD side). Inspect your boat carefully for either of these numbers. You can call Chuck Bennett at Boston Whaler with these numbers and he can give you some great information about your boat, including the year it was made, the model it left the factory as (i.e. Sport, Super sport, etc..) and the original dealer to whom it was sold.

Since you're going to give her a good waxing and a buff anyway, I'd attack the grime on the hull with a good "boat wash" liquid soap and lots of water, followed by a wipe down with Windex(use a terrycloth towel). Then you can run the buffer without worrying about making "swirl" marks.

Barkeepers friend (contains oxalic acid) and a stiff brush do a good job of getting the non-slip clean (if it's got tough stuff in it) .. just remember to rinse thoroughly and often - it can yellow your Gelcoat.

There are a number of theories on plugging holes...and it really is relative to your passion for how the end result will look, and the "doing it right" factor. Go to the Repairs/modifications forum, expand the drop down list to "2 years" and hit ALT+F. Type in Hole Repair and see what it does for should be able to find some really great advice.

Again, welcome to the site - I predict you'll have an addiction problem for the next 5 months or so before your usage moderates to a level that your wife and your boss can be comfortable with. :)


Buckda posted 11-19-2003 05:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
One other thing...if you're only interested in the model year (doesn't it say on the title / registration?) and you can find the HIN check the FAQ section for answers on how to determine the age of your hull based on this number.

Informative articles on hull repair can also be found in the reference section:

Man, this site is useful!


Matt from Maine posted 11-19-2003 05:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Matt from Maine  Send Email to Matt from Maine     
Thanks Buckda! You've provided some great info.

I don't have the title or the last registration . . . after my father died we were never able to find them. The boat has been sitting in my backyard for about 2 years now, and I've never gotten around to registering it because I had no intentions of using it until I cleaned it up a little.

I'll have to start the hunt for the old registration again.

Thanks again,

overbrook posted 11-25-2003 11:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for overbrook  Send Email to overbrook     
matt if you look at the hull id# on the plate on the transome the last two numbers should be the year of the boat
Cicada posted 11-25-2003 11:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     

I hope you enjoy restoring your Sport. By the time you're done you'll know your boat.

The motor's serial number may provide a clue to its year. Johnson and Evinrude have numbers for years but am not sure about Mercs. Take the serial number and get a manual. Makes a great coffee table book.


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