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ContinuousWave: Whaler Repairs/Mods
|Author||Topic: New Whaler|
posted 12-10-2003 10:27 PM ET (US)
New to me!! I recently purchase a '75 Boston Whaler Newport 16' 7"- for a song- and put my '76 Johnson 70 hspw on it. NOW I KNOW WHY YOU GUYS DIG THE BOSTON SO MUCH!. It is the best boat I have ever owned(#8). I am new to this web site and am glad to see people discusing Bostons.
My boat is in very good shape for its age but it has a few nicks/rub thru's in the hull. I was thinking about repairing/repainting the hull. Any advice would be great. I am mechanically inclined to do the job myself but I do not have the work space. Would it be better to just take it to a pro?? Does anyone else own a Newport?? If so, what do you think of the boat?
posted 12-10-2003 10:56 PM ET (US)
I have owned 2 Newports and 14 Whalers in all, they are all great boats. I currently have a very rare model of a Newport that is commonly referred to as a Newtauk. It is a Newport that was custom ordered with the Montauk console. There are a few here with the same rig. First off if it is only patch work, I would not repaint the whole hull. Even the best awlgrip is weaker than gelcoat and if you prefer no bottom paint, it can't sit in the water for extended periods or it will bubble or pee. www.spectrumcolor.com makes matching gelcoat patch for about $20 or you can get quarts and gallons but patch is thicker and does not need to be sprayed. I believe the outside of 75's were still outrage grey with the desert tan interior. It looks like white or beige but it is called outrage grey. A few trial & error sessions and you will have it licked. Then wetsand the hull and rubbing compound it to a gloss. Janis here can then make you a set of factory decals to compliment your new looking hull(Draftmanswife).
posted 12-10-2003 11:10 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the reply. Is there a chance of hull failure,in time, with the nicks I currently have. In a couple of spots, I can see the fiberglass under the gel coat. It is not breached but the outer coating has either been knocked off or rubbed off. If minor fiberglass repair would work, I would rather go that way. What do ya'll think?
posted 12-11-2003 10:31 PM ET (US)
1979 Newport w/70HP Evinzuki 4 stroke. You can see her here: http://bellsouthpwp.net/j/s/jstachow/Homepa/Homepa6/stack6.htm
posted 12-11-2003 10:53 PM ET (US)
Hull failure? hahahahahah, thats the funniest thing I have heard all day (just kidding Capt K). If you can make a whaler hull "fail" you win the prize. I have seen whalers with large chunks taken out of them that still float. I would even hazard a guess that Bigshot's last hull would even still float after its mishap.
Enjoy your new boat, you made a wise choice.
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