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jimh posted 10-28-2000 06:36 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
Please use this message thread to comment on the Classic Blue Whalers page (10/28/00).

Thanks to John Csernansky and Frank Bell for sending the photographs of their boats.

I'd like to start by asking Frank Bell if he could elaborate more on his technique for making a mold of the floor non-skid for use in repairing sections of the floor.



dscew posted 10-28-2000 11:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
Very intriguing photos (beautiful restoration)and discussion of painting a classic hull. I'd be interested in knowing how to "flexibilize" paint, and does anyone know how to repair minor spider cracks that sometimes appear in gelcoat around corners and the edges of the bow locker. My 74 BW Katama has a few of these. Also, does anyone know if the Montauk reversible seat was an option for the Katama and Minot models??
lhg posted 10-28-2000 02:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I would like to say that Frank Bell's restoration work looks like a "1st class" job. Congratulations on a project extremely well done, and for keeping the interior design absolutely all original.
whalernut posted 10-29-2000 10:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Great Whalers, the `13 makes me yern for another one. I do miss my 71` `13 Sport. Again beautiful Classic Whalers. Regards-Jack Graner.
kingfish posted 10-30-2000 03:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Beautiful Boats!

And I second the request for more detail on molding non-skid. I've removed a couple of rod-holders from my gunwales that were half in and half out of non-skid; I'd love to be able to make the gelcoat patches disappear entirely.

fgb posted 10-30-2000 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for fgb  Send Email to fgb     
I appreciate all the fine comments. I will however, need a couple of days to take care of end of month tasks at work (same few days will be used to allow swelling in head to subside.)As time permits I will try to address many questions simultaneously with one more detailed description of the refinishing process - both fiberglass and wood work.Again thanks.

Frank Bell

Bjornas posted 08-28-2006 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bjornas  Send Email to Bjornas     
Hi Frank,

Very sweet resto!

The picture of the inside transom is hard to see. It appears the transom is notched to allow the Teleflex steering to operate. Could you confirm it is notched? Secondly, if it is could you detail the technique you used? Also, do you regret notching the transom instead of using a stand off bracket? Do you think the transom is compromised in anyway?

Of course, I would love to see a close up of your work there if possible!


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