A few years ago, when my son was barely able to steer without help on his sailing camp’s Mercury sailboat, he was handed down a pretty beat up Optimist dinghy. It was better than Christmas when we went to drag the boat out of a leaf pile, under the tree of a very lovely fellow Yacht Club family. The mom made some funny comments about the boat repair work her son had attempted on the boat years ago and wished us *luck* with the latest member of our fleet. And just like that an obsession was born. My now ten year old son, Oliver had his OWN boat to work on. He had big plans for repairing the ignored dents and a new paint job and oh my gosh – what would he name it? The ideas and dreams were circling inside his head and such is the story of yet another man (to-be) with big boat ideas and little practical knowledge. Continue reading
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!
Great series showcasing a full restoration of a 1959 Boston Whaler Classic 13′