Fixing the Deck Crazing on a 13′ Boston Whaler

Boston Whalers are like the Ford F150 of boats: bomb proof, reliable, made in America! and popular to those who like a simple but proven boat for harbor cruises, trips back and forth to the boat, or for some water sports adventuring. When the TotalBoat Shop got an “offer” to get in on the deck restoration of a vintage 13′ Whaler who was suffering from crazing and cracking all around, we knew that it was a chance to show the Whaler groupies about one of the great ways to restore this important part of the boat.

No one wants to go boating on any sized craft and see little cracks all around the structure of the boat. Boats and cracks are NOT meant to hang together and so when the owner of this boat settled on a pretty major refit from stem to stern, we got involved for the deck refurbishing and got our Boston Whaler Blue WetEdge Topside paint involved. While that was the final coat after many hours and layers of important steps underneath, it was the icing on the Whaler cake because it took a nasty looking formerly white (ish) interior and added that famous “Whaler Blue” color and resulted in a brand new looking hull.

Underneath the topside paint is plenty of sweat and hard work. Lots of grinding and fairing led up to the final coat and we leaned heavily on TotalFair Fairing Compound and 2 Part Epoxy Primer to get the job done and make it last for the next 25+ years.

Watch our video about the repair and restoration process of the crazed interior. Something so ugly can be easily fixed to like-new using the right tools and process. Enjoy!


11 thoughts on “Fixing the Deck Crazing on a 13′ Boston Whaler

  1. Too much work for a cosmetic situation, isn’t there a a paint that would cover the gel coat crazing with 2coats?

    • NO! There is not a paint that would give any lasting fix to the cracks. The hull flexes and paint would not tolerate the flexing and would just be a temporary fix. Using the epoxy based fairing compound and 2 part primer will be a lasting repair. The smaller cracks that were very small in the deck were good candidates for just the epoxy primer and did not need the fairing and filling.

    • There are many reasons. Customer cost sent us away from gelcoating and to the epoxy based products. The epoxy products have the durability and secondary adhesion characteristics we were looking for. Also the customer wanted to use our TotalBoat Wet Edge topside paint in Boston Whaler Blue.

  2. Noticed that it was mentioned that Wet Edge could be used above and below the waterline. That is incorrect and can only be used above the waterline.

  3. Where did this video go?
    Are these processes applicable to the hull of my 45 year old glass pocket cruiser sailboat? It has had spiderweb cracks in the gel coat for the 20+ years I’ve owned it.

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