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BeaconHill posted 06-04-2015 02:25 AM ET (US)   Profile for BeaconHill   Send Email to BeaconHill  
Hi, we recently purchased a 1981 15' whaler tiller steer. The hull is in excellent shape, but the wood could use some work. I don't think the wood has ever been removed, and I was wondering if it is better to try to refinish it in place - even though the end result won't be so good? Is there any downside removing the benches - will this cause the seats to loosen over time, or access for water to enter into the hull?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

Tom Hemphill posted 06-04-2015 07:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Hemphill  Send Email to Tom Hemphill     
You should remove the wood if you will be varnishing it. There is no reason not to, and many reasons to do so. When reinstalling, seal the screw holes with a dab of marine caulk.
BeaconHill posted 06-04-2015 12:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for BeaconHill  Send Email to BeaconHill     
Perfect - many thanks Tom!
PeteB88 posted 06-07-2015 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Tons of previous posts on Continuous Wave about refinishing Whaler wood. I'd dig through them - you'll find great advice and procedures. Important! Always use highest quality marine grade finishes, caulks, supplies and tools - do not skimp on quality products. Always remove wood components from fiberglass boats for refinishing if you can. Don't worry about removing seats - I've done it plenty of times. Have fun with your project.

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