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Cabana Dan posted 07-23-2015 02:25 PM ET (US)   Profile for Cabana Dan   Send Email to Cabana Dan  
Hello to all,

I am the proud new owner of a 1968 13' Whaler. This whaler belonged to my wife's grandfather on Cape Cod. I have been watching it sit unused for over 20 years. Every year I have asked what is the plan for the boat. There was always a plan. None happened. Now the boat will be on its way to going back on the water!!!!

I have never restored a boat so I have much to learn. The question I ponder the most is which engine to choose. This boat has the lower transom and is a 15". I would like to put on the largest new 4 stroke that would not swamp the boat. The boat would primarily be used for two people fishing. WE would not ski behind this boat. I have read that some people restore these boats and increase the transom size to 20" I would rather restore to the original condition. And not modify. I do believe that I would want to add a telefax steering. Your thoughts.

Any other thoughts or resources would be of great help. I also need to get the boat from Cape Cod to Florida. Any ideas on shipping. It has no trailer at this point.

Thank you to all!


dg22 posted 07-23-2015 04:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for dg22  Send Email to dg22     

If you can't find a short shaft 4 stroke with remote, you can always get this transom adaptor by Kentfab specially designed for a 13 foot Boston Whaler.

I'd invest into a decent trailer and tow it to Florida. You may want to get an aluminum trailer. Make sure it is a bunk trailer.

If the rub rail on the boat has seen better days, the new 3 piece rub-rail kit which you can order from a Boston Whaler really looks nice. Use SS screws instead of rivets to install that way if you need to re-paint or re-gel coat you can easily remove the rub rail from the boat. I think when I ordered mine via a local dealer it came from the Florida BW plant. If you need to buy new decals, you can order them as well from a BW dealer. The ones I got were really nice and didn't cost anymore than the ones I saw online -- same thing with the rub rail.

Best of luck.

Jeff posted 07-23-2015 05:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     
You can also raise your transom using a pourable resin like seacast into a form.
cc378 posted 07-24-2015 08:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for cc378  Send Email to cc378     
I used the KentFab transdapter on my whaler and love it.

Enjoy your project!


ebwalk posted 07-25-2015 09:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for ebwalk  Send Email to ebwalk     
Congrats Cabana Dan!
I have had great fun and learned so much restoring and working on my 13.5 '73 whaler over the last five years or so. Here are a few thoughts:
1. Trailer: absolutely. Even if you don't have the time to drive it to FL yourself, you will need a trailer. There are lots of transportation services for boats, but I also wonder if you could get space on a Household Moving van (partial load). That may be cost effective
2. Decide on your goal:
-keep it as original as possible and restore to museum condition (no paint, restore wood, search for original replacement parts)
-customize it to your liking (make it pretty and suit your needs)
-treat it like the almost 50 year old boat it is and just enjoy it
3. Expect to spend more money than you expect to spend and define that as an 'investment' but don't expect a return
4. Before you do anything, search this site carefully to see how others have done it. You are sure to find several creative approaches to any repair, restoration or modification.
5. Consider using the boat as much as possible for a year while doing as little as possible to it: get to know the boat because your thoughts about what you want to do to her may change as you get to know her.

Have fun!

zotcha posted 07-28-2015 02:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Congratulations! My second boat was a 1968 13 Sport, which my younger brother and I refurbished back in the late 70's, after a season of use. It was an awesome learning experience, including duplicating the entire interior in junior high school wood shop.

In fact, I still have family in New Jersey and on the Cape but don't usually head up until September. I could bring it back here to South Carolina, and ultimately down to Tampa or Jupiter, if that helps. It's expensive in fuel and tolls. Best of luck.


Trainerjim posted 08-01-2015 08:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Trainerjim  Send Email to Trainerjim     
When I put a 70 2 stroke Yamaha on my 89 15 super sport I had to add a jack plate to raise the engine back 4" and up 4". Without the jackplate the back half of the boat, including me, got drenched. The 70 , which is now 13 years old, gives me 40+ MPH. That is as fast as a 15 needs to go. Any faster and it begins to "chine walk".
frazier posted 08-02-2015 10:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for frazier  Send Email to frazier     
I caught the largest fish I ever caught in one of those 13 foot whalers a 14 foot hamerhead shark that weighed 1000 lbs fought it for 6 hours till midnight all by myself , tail roped it and drug it back to the harbor with a 6hp evinrude and only a gallon of fuel left !
EJO posted 08-03-2015 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for EJO  Send Email to EJO     
love it frazier! where are the Kodak pics

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