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geo15sport posted 05-25-2015 10:31 PM ET (US)   Profile for geo15sport   Send Email to geo15sport  
I've finally finished restoring my 15 Sport after she had been parked under a barn since 2004. It's a 1976 that my Father bought new, hull number 612. Now my son can enjoy this fine craft as I did growing up. I'd like to thank all CW members for a wealth of information that guided me through this process. A special thanks to Tom Clarke for propeller advice that greatly improved performance.

MattInSanDiego posted 05-26-2015 12:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for MattInSanDiego  Send Email to MattInSanDiego     
Nice job. That 15 is a great looking boat. Congrats.
jimh posted 05-26-2015 09:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I used to have a 1976 SPORT 15, hull number 5A0321. When I sold it looked a lot like your restored boat--it was in great shape. Boy, I miss that boat.

It is wonderful that you've gotten your SPORT 15 back to like-new condition. I am sure your son will have many great and memorable experiences with it.

geo15sport posted 05-27-2015 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for geo15sport  Send Email to geo15sport     
Thanks Jim and Matt. I was surprised the gel coat came back so well with fine sanding and polish, a testament to Whaler quality. Again, the information on this forum was invaluable, from hotdog splices to replacing brass drain tubes. I'm greatful to CW!! ...and official hull # still printed on washwelll is 5A0612, also, when peeling off old registration decals I salvaged original 1976 decal (back when Florida was still shaped like a pistol) and glued it in bow storage.
Oldslowandugly posted 06-07-2015 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Oldslowandugly    
A super job! Looks better than new. What kind of wood did you use for the bow locker?
geo15sport posted 06-10-2015 10:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for geo15sport  Send Email to geo15sport     
Thanks, my front seat had cracked years ago so I ordered a piece of mahogany 1"x10"x72" to serve as a replacement for restoration. As it turned out a friend gave me his old seats so I used that board to build my storage cover (original had lost several layers of veneer). I had to make every cut count, used biscuits and gorilla glue to laminate, cut plugs to cover screws. Turned out nice looking but I'd probably recommend plywood and veneer like factory original.

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