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Old 10-08-2020, 09:07 PM
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I acquired this hull and trailer for a handshake. That's it. I need to track down the MSO for the trailer as the previous owner never registered or titled the boat. I do have the Boat title in hand.
Currently, the boat and trailer are at the trailer shop getting a once over and some adjustments to the trailer. Previous owner plopped the boat on a LoadRite trailer with Zero adjustment given to the bunks or rollers. She bounced around....bad and sat on her chines. The Trailer is for a 16'er so she has a long nose. Hopefully she'll get a nose job and reduce the tongue length some.

Then begins the fun. I recently moved to VA Beach and am surrounded by water. Ocean to the east, and inshore fishing everywhere. I also have 3 boys age 15,13,11 and the oldest is now a dock boy at a local Marina/Restaurant....which leads to a few things. 1 - he's ate up with fishing and boating. I Love it. 2 - He stares at boats all day and hot drunk boating chicks. I Love that too and am jealous when he goes to work on the weekends. WE need to have a boat down there to putt around in and catch fish (while I wear my shades and stare around)

I've restored 4 mini bikes (yes...like dumb and dumber). I've worked on cars off and on my whole life. I tinker with most everything and can get it working better than when I started. BUT...i've always shied away from fiberglass work.............................. until now.

This boat needs some TLC. Apparently it had some bow rails at one point. It had pulley steering. All this means is that there are lots of holes to fill. The gel coat has crazing/cracking all over.

I envision the following:
A fresh coat of bright white paint on the exterior with bottom paint and a boot stripe
A fresh coat of Boston Whaler blue inside.
The non-skid will be smoothed out and replaced with SeaDeck or similar.
A 40hp 4 stroke on the back
A small bilge pump to sit in the very small bilge area
All new chrome pieces to add some bling blang
A Teak transom Wrap

I'm not sure what seating arrangement I'll go with. I really like the Center Console design I've posted below. The CC would have a livewell in the front of it for shrimps/minnows etc. Under the steering wheel could be a gas tank and/or battery to balance out the weight of the 4 stroke. The Leaning post would be a cooler with a cushion on it. I feel this design would allow for the least amount of maintenance (no mahogany wood to continually varnish) yet allow for live bait fishing for specs/reds if desired.

I'll be asking questions. Lots of them. Some have been asked before. Guaranteed. Be patient. There is baseball. There is work. There is a wife. There is family etc. Time is minimal

Now...where should I begin?






















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good thing your brother knows a little bit about all that stuff.
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I like the center console as well Do you know the source of the leaning post?
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I like the center console as well Do you know the source of the leaning post?
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I read it is a dockbox that is turned around backwards

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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
good thing your brother knows a little bit about all that stuff.
bad thing is little brother doesn’t come out of Key West

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"Now ...where should I begin " I would go to Everything Boston Whaler on Facebook to get advice from the guru's on what and what not to do.
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Cool rig. I thought that cc boat was a 15 not a 13 (though the kid in it may have thrown off the scale). Looks like a great setup. In for the project. Something I’d love to someday (the perennial “in 3-5yrs”)
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You may want to consider some of the lighter four stroke motors now available, most of the current 40hp models are just too heavy for that boat. That hull was designed with the lighter two strokes in mind. If I were re-powering my 13 Whaler with a new four stroke, I would take a long look at the new Suzuki 30.

If you go with a lighter outboard, and still try to keep the added weight out of the stern of the boat, you can likely omit the bilge pump also, as that boat is capable of self bailing when empty. Just pull the plug when you are not using the boat.

Have fun with the project!
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Originally Posted by Mad Hunt View Post
You may want to consider some of the lighter four stroke motors now available, most of the current 40hp models are just too heavy for that boat. That hull was designed with the lighter two strokes in mind. If I were re-powering my 13 Whaler with a new four stroke, I would take a long look at the new Suzuki 30.

If you go with a lighter outboard, and still try to keep the added weight out of the stern of the boat, you can likely omit the bilge pump also, as that boat is capable of self bailing when empty. Just pull the plug when you are not using the boat.

Have fun with the project!
ive briefly looked at the 3 cylinder 40hp engines that are out there. I’m a long ways from that but it is fun to research

agree on the self bailing part. I hope to keep it in the water at a marina during summer months. It would be unattended for the most part. I’d like for Rain water etc to be automatically removed.
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I would not paint the interior. I have restored a 13' and a 16' and painted both as I had done some major surgery. The no skid is still OK but not as nice as before painting.

13 Whaler wet foam?

Here is the thread on the 13'
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done yet?
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Not done yet.

everything has been stripped off the boat. Rub rails, chrome, bow light, stern light holders etc

The trailer has been adjusted to fit the boat better. When I got it, there was zero fitment done and the boats bottom fins sat ON the bunks. This was not good or acceptable.

so, adjusted all the bunks and rollers to fit better. The straps/buckles I was using originally were marking up the transom so I purchased some self retracting SS Boat Buckles. Mounted them on the trailer and problem is fixed. These things are sweet. No need to store straps or worry about the buckles gouging up the transom.

I then replaced the original black keel roller and the original black bow stopper/roller thing with new non-marking gear from etrailer. The original black ones were marking up the boat.

I’ve been in contact with some Wanchese NC boatbuilders about doing the work. I’m a coin flip away from deciding to work on it myself or tow it to NC and let them do it. Time is one thing I don’t have right now as I cart 3 boys around to events.
2 builders said they are “time and materials” and could fit me in over the winter to keep their crews busy in between large paint jobs. I have ZERO idea what it will cost me to get it done which is unnerving.

I really have no clue what I’m going to do. but one thing is for sure...my 15 year old won’t leave me alone about it.

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Marlinmate...check your email. I'm checking into it now, but I may have an excellent resource for you for this project.
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Chuck34....standing by and checking emails

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Check out TDC Marine - Specializing in Classic Boston Whalers. My son had a nice conversation with the guy a week or so ago. He has his own business restoring Whalers, but he is happy to talk with anyone and share his experience and knowledge.
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Check out TDC Marine - Specializing in Classic Boston Whalers. My son had a nice conversation with the guy a week or so ago. He has his own business restoring Whalers, but he is happy to talk with anyone and share his experience and knowledge.

Left him a message. Thanks
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Left him a message. Thanks
let me know how your conversation goes and check your email again.
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UPDATE - took the boat down to a Wanchese based boat builder. A good friend of mine works there when he is not mating on a charter boat. Instructions are as follows:

Fill in all holes except for the ones needed for lights/rings/bow eyes
Smooth out the floor (including the useless channel that outlines the floor) - the Sea Deck/Aquatraction will be raised enough and will create the channel needed to funnel the water to the outsides and back to the drain
Exterior Color will be AwlGrip Snow White
Interior Color will be AwlGrip Whaler Blue
Heard from my friend that progress has been made but haven't seen any pics....nor have i asked.

Ordered a "custom" Mahogany interior kit from a fella in MA...Bob. He is a known interior Guru for Whalers. Online stuff is purportedly laminated stuff and = junk. My interior is custom in the following ways - rear bench seat will be raised 2". Side steering console will be raised 2". Rear back rest will lead to a full depth storage area behind the back rest (Super Sport Style). The rear bench seat will also be hinged to allow for storage underneath the seat (something that a 13' whaler lacks is storage). I'll need to drive to border of the MA and the earth to pick it up. May put out feelers for all you Southbound Yankees for help when the time comes. I will also need to finish the wood myself with many many layers of varnish/finish. Something my kids can do.

I am opting out of a front bench and will use a cooler on one side for a seat and a cooler/livewell on the other. this will allow for live baiting applications and beer storage.
RubRail still needs to be decided on. All black? Or White with black insert?
Bow light and stern Light will be LED style...with Bow light being really old style with the 2 horns
Battery Box and battery are undecided...but leaning towards one of those battery boxes that has easy external hook ups for the livewell and/or pump or anything needed. Saw one that also has USB and volt meter on it.
Undecided on Amazon bought switch panel or go custom. Any real reviews on the Amazon based 3,4,5 count switch panels? can get them for $40.
Engine power is still getting decided. Have pricing on a tohatsu, a suzuki and am waiting on Yamaha. Tohatsu has a lead time until February for delivery.

Steering has been priced with hyrdaulic Baystar steering.....why? because it is pimp and Coores14 says I should do it because he did it.

Chart Plotter/fish finder is undecided....thinking of going Omni-Sonar, just need to work through the installation process. Probably will settle on something different.

Other than that, my HOA can go shit in a bucket and eat it since they already sent me a "nasty gram" about having the boat in my driveway.


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Steering has been priced with hyrdaulic Baystar steering.....why? because it is pimp and Coores14 says I should do it because he did it.
after about 15 years and 6 boats of you telling me to do it right or don't do it at all, I can finally return the favor.
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Nice build. I wish I had your talent.

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