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jimh posted 02-10-2002 11:32 PM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
This message thread is for comments about Cetacea Page 51 which first appeared February 10, 2002, and featured the restoration of a 1958 13-Sport by Mike Gephart.
Wild Turkey posted 02-11-2002 01:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Wild Turkey  Send Email to Wild Turkey     
Mike,

Simply a beautiful story.... and an equally beautiful restored classic

Thanks jimh

Chris

Clark Roberts posted 02-11-2002 06:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Thank you, Mike, for sharing your Whaler story (saga) with us! Wow! And thanks to your Grand Father for making it all possible... This story has made my day! happy Whalin'... Clark... The Old Man and the Sea
bdb posted 02-11-2002 07:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
Wonderful story and terrific work! Together they create and heirloom. Hats off to the effort you put into the boat. I know full well what it took.

Harpoon Harry

Arch Autenreith posted 02-11-2002 09:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
Thanks, Mike.
Unbelievable photos and history! Fantastic!
jimp posted 02-11-2002 11:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimp  Send Email to jimp     
Mike -

Wow! Great job!

Makes me want to track down my old '63 Sport with 33 Johnson. Got it for $700 with an 18 Johnson in '66. My brother, sister & I saved for 2 years and raised $400, then Dad threw in $300 from winning a bet on the World Series in '65. Then in 1981, "six-foot-itis" struck and more power was needed for waterskiing. Real sad to see the 13 only get $300 for as a trade in.

JimP

andygere posted 02-11-2002 01:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Fabulous boat and story. Reminds me of my first Whaler resto project, a 1972 13 sport.
dscew posted 02-11-2002 03:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew  Send Email to dscew     
Wonderful story. My own Boston Whaler came off of Leech Lake in 1974. Makes me proud to be a Minnesotan...
TightPenny posted 02-11-2002 03:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
It is a neat story. I guess we are all alike, it is always "The Whaler".

Having two makes this description difficult, but it still is how I refer to both of ours.

tbirdsey posted 02-11-2002 08:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
Mike, That's a beautiful story and the B&W photo is absolutely priceless. Thanks for getting me motivated to finish the restoration of my '63 13. Tom
Keith Silliman posted 02-12-2002 05:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Keith Silliman    
Wonderful story; great pictures (especially the one of Grandpa).
RMS posted 02-12-2002 09:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for RMS  Send Email to RMS     
Mike, Thanks for sharing a great story and wonderful photos.
tobes posted 02-12-2002 11:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for tobes  Send Email to tobes     
jimh great job! the qualty photos and story are well put together.

They made me stop and think of a time in the early 70s. I was kid vacationing on Nantucket out fishing for mackerel with my uncle on his 13'. My first time in a whaler, loved that boat.

It also made me think of my ongoing project of restoring my 22' guardian. It was good to see a project go all the way.

Thanks for the memories, keep up the good work.

tobes.

EasyE posted 02-12-2002 06:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for EasyE  Send Email to EasyE     
The 13 looks awsome Mike.

Thats the first time I have been able to see the hook in the hull. I think Clark Roberts mensioned it a time back but I didnt no what he was talkin about.
On the first picture of the boat freshly painted upside down you can see the hook near the middle and then the hull goes relativly flat. I think it helps the boat plane faster, reduce porpoising, and reduce top speed. Is that right?-EasyE

whalernut posted 02-12-2002 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Dood, that boat is Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet!! I would love to have a `13 Whaler like that! Actually, I sold a 71` `13 Sport to buy my Currituck, and man I wish I had it back. Great story and a great Classic, it sure is an awsome Whaler. I was going to sell my Currituck, but now am having second thoughts. Jack.
reelescape1 posted 02-12-2002 09:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for reelescape1  Send Email to reelescape1     
Excellent!
Gep posted 02-12-2002 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
Thanks for all the nice comments, but it's me who should be saying thanks, thanks for all the information I've gotten from this forum.
It's especially nice to share this with people who appreciate it.

EasyE: I really don't know what they are for, thats why I'm a lurker and not a poster.
I'm sure somebody alot more knowledgable than me could answer that.
Whalernut: Thanks, I read about your situation, I hope you can hold onto that Currituck, be a shame to lose her.

jimh: Once again thanks for a great website.

Mike

Landlocked posted 02-12-2002 10:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
I'm speachless.

Just finished watching a tape of my then 6mo old daughter taking a ride on our montauk for the first time. As she grows I hope the boat serves as a centerpiece for the positive memories and impressions your grandpa's boat obviously did. Family time seems to be what whalers have really come to stand for.

Fantastic.

Ll.

Flipper posted 02-13-2002 12:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Flipper  Send Email to Flipper     
Every once in a while, I spot our old 60's 13' Whaler "Soft Machine", on the channel near our cottage. Usually in tow; it is now a tender for a local friend's sailing vessel. ARE YOU READING THIS, GEORGE? Keep an eye on that tow line, it may go slack one day! Thanks for this great story, and for freeing 'the Whaler'.
Samars posted 02-14-2002 06:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     
Great job ! ! wish I had the time to do the job you've done. My 67 is in fair shape (Jim you have some pics) and the boat was also my wife's grandfather. Job well done.
be interested in some of the costs involved in the restoration.
fredcabrio posted 02-18-2002 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for fredcabrio  Send Email to fredcabrio     
it is a great story and the pictures are also great to. I have bought the same kind of whaler last year he is also 40 years old
i have not yet seen a whaler of that age looking so good.
greetings from holland
Fivewt posted 04-03-2003 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fivewt  Send Email to Fivewt     
Your boat and story are great! Inpires me now that I just got myself an old 13 from eBay. I too ma in Minnesota and look forward to seeing you and your boat in the waters one of these days.
brisboats posted 04-04-2003 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for brisboats  Send Email to brisboats     
Wow! Great story, awesome looking boat makes me want to roll up my sleeves and work harder on my 66. I can appreciate the effort put forth on this endeavor Great job!

Brian

Gep posted 04-04-2003 11:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
Thanks guys.
Don't fix'em up to nice, you won't want to use them :)
Mike
charing posted 12-30-2008 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for charing    
Mike:

Thanks so much for your information about dating your own whaler. I calculate my 2559 to be probably a very early "61, at 145 hulls produced per month. It was also great to here from you because I am very familiar with Cetacea page 51; your story and boat have been an inspiration for me from the start of my project. The bow view of your finished Whaler has been my wallpaper for several months. She is my model for restoration. And I assume that is you with your grandfather standing in her when she was his. Beautiful work on a real piece of luck for you. I hope to have picture of mine posted by Spring. Thanks again for sharing your boat with us.

Charing

p.s. Got a spare white steering wheel?

charing posted 12-30-2008 05:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for charing    
Mike:

Thanks so much for your information about dating your own Whaler. I calculate my 2559 to be probably a very early '61, at 145 hulls produced per month. It was also great to hear from you because I am very familiar with Cetacea page 51; your story and boat have been an inspiration for me from the start of my project. The bow view of your finished Whaler has been my wallpaper for several months. She is my model for restoration. And I assume that is you with your grandfather standing in her when she was his. Beautiful work on a real piece of luck for you. I hope to have pictures of mine posted by Spring. Thanks again for sharing your boat with us.

Charing

p.s. Got a spare white steering wheel?

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