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Revival Jim posted 04-23-2001 11:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for Revival Jim   Send Email to Revival Jim  
I have just purchased a '82 15ft with a side console. What is the best way to refinish the wood? It is in reasonably good shape but needs some protection. I thought it was teak. Is it mahogony? I am on a fairly tight budget. I have removed all of the wood from the boat. How should I best proceed? Help? Links? Comments. Thanks.
CarlRobert posted 04-23-2001 11:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for CarlRobert    

Look in the repairs/modifications archives and the "reference" section for the 15'. I am refinishing the mahogany on my 13' (I start varnishing tomorrow-took the week off), and found tons of info, brands, steps etc in the archives. Removing the old finish and sanding took days...

Carl R

Revival Jim posted 04-23-2001 11:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Revival Jim  Send Email to Revival Jim     
Thanks for the reply. I am embarrassed to say this...but mine is a 13. I just checked the USCG plate inside the boat. I was told it was a 15. Anyway, I am excited and thanks for the direction. I don't like the sound of the "week off" thing though;)
where2 posted 04-24-2001 09:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
When I did the interior on my 15', it took the better part of two months worth of work, doing a couple hours of work each night, a couple of nights a week. The end result was well worth the wait, I just wish I'd done it during the winter (what there is in Florida). Rather than my first few weeks of summer. It didn't help that I got greedy and applied too thick a coat a few times, wrinkling the undercoats. Ugh, more sanding... More coats of Epifanes... It still looks great after 1 year of use. The custom Sunbrella cover keeps the sun off during the work week.
Wagon1 posted 04-25-2001 08:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Wagon1  Send Email to Wagon1     
When I started restoring my 13 3 years ago
(it is a 72), my mahog was shot. I opted to replace it all. It only took me a week to mill it all out, but approx 9 months, like Where2 says, to finish. I started with one coat of danish oil, 3 coats of epoxy, and then 4 - 6 coats of varnish. Looks awesome. Take your time, and you'll spent 20 minutes each time you go to the boat ramp trying to convince folks your boat is 20 years old. Good Luck and enjoy!!
rwest posted 04-27-2001 09:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for rwest  Send Email to rwest     
I redid a 16 bare hull into a Nauset. Had part od a 30 year old console and front seat but no other. Had to build the rest from Whaler plans. The older mahogany was badly damaged by elements. The key was to get it saned down an then apply the 2 part West system of epoxy. I coated the entire unit then saned it smooth. Applied multiple coats of Captain's Spar Varnish with sanding between coats. Took 3 months to rebuild the parts and mount to the hull but well worth it. Pics have been sent in for publishing but you can see some on my site at :

Be sure to scrol down to the bottom of the pate to see the Whaler lin on my site.

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