1966 Boston Whaler 13 Restoration

My 1966 Boston Whaler 13 restoration. This is definitely an Extreme DIY project! I’ll be restoring a 1966 Boston Whaler 13 with a 1981 Johnson 40hp outboard.

Over all condition of the interior is fair to bad. Consequently, I’ll be spending a lot of time with the interior. Correcting delamination and removing several coats of marine paint along the way. The hull is in fairly good condition. Other than patching a few holes there will be mostly sanding required. After that,I’ll apply a sealer and two part polyurethane paint using the roll and tip method.

I’ll be doing an assessment of the Johnson 40hp outboard as well. Hopefully, I will be able to use it as part of the restoration. I hope to eventually have a nice video of the vintage boat running on the lake!

Restoring the Boston Whaler Boat Trailer

Boat Trailer Restoration Finished

In this part of the restoration, we will be going over restoring the Boston Whaler boat trailer. The trailer that came with my Boston whaler didn’t quite meet my expectations, partially due to the age of the some of the components. On this particular boat trailer, we will be replacing the Rollers, adding side bunks …

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Roll, Don’t Tip Two Part Polyurethane Boat Paint! – Boston Whaler Restoration – Part 14

Final Coat Rolling Two Part Polyurethane

I’ll be priming and finishing the hull in part 14 of this classic Boston Whaler 13 restoration. To get this hull to a perfect finish, I’ll be using TotalBoat two part epoxy barrier coat and Interlux perfection. Interlux is a two part polyurethane boat paint with a high reputation. Of course, there will be a …

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How to Fair and Prime a Hull with Epoxy Primer – Boston Whaler Restoration – part 13

fairing compound epoxy primer

The next step in restoring this Boston Whaler 13 is going to be fairing and prepping the hull for it’s final paint. Fairing is the process of creating a smooth surface in preparation for applying epoxy primer and final painting. The objective is to have the surface free of dips or bumps. I’ll be using …

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Damaged Hull Fiberglass Repair – Boston Whaler Restoration – Part 12

boston whaler hull fiberglass repair

Hull Fiberglass Repair In this article I’ll cover a hull restoration . This involves a major hull fiberglass repair. I fixed the normal gelcoat and small fiberglass damage you would expect on an old Boston Whaler. But, I also found that the large chine on the port side had been compromised. Surprisingly, it was completely …

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Applying Spar Varnish to a Mahogany Interior – Boston Whaler 13 Restoration – Part 11

Spar Varnish on Mahogany Roll and Tip

I bought this Whaler without an interior so had to buy one. Luckily, there’s a great craftsman in Haverhill MA who fabricates them out of real African Mahogany. Bob Latorelle put together a Super Sport interior for me at a fantastic price. The wood came unfinished so applying spar varnish was the first order of …

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Sealing the Boat Transom Fiberglass Repair – Boston Whaler 13 Restoration – Part 10

sealing boat transom fiberglass repair

Now that the weather is warming up here in North Carolina, I can finally start working on the hull and the boat transom. The transom fiberglass repair will consist chiefly of patching in all of the holes with a permanent fix. The only holes I won’t fix are the ones for mounting the engine. This …

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How to Lift a Boat off a Trailer – Boston Whaler 13 Restoration – Part 9

boston whaler resting on both stands

If you do boat restorations, you’ll eventually have to get the boat off a trailer and onto boat stands. Moreover, you’ll probably have to flip it over as well. I’m restoring this Boston Whaler 13 and have finished the interior. I have to get this boat off the trailer and onto boat stands. That way, …

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How to Roll and Tip Topside Boat Paint – Boston Whaler 13 Restoration – Part 8

Final Topside Boat Paint Finished

I finally have the topside finished! Watch as I go through entire process of getting the topcoat of polyurethane boat paint on. I used Total Boat Topside WetEdge in Classic Boston Whaler Blue. It’s a single part polyurethane marine paint and simple to use. Most of this was rolled on but for the most obvious …

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Fiberglass Paint Primer and Sanding – Boston Whaler 13 Restoration – Part 7

Sanding and Fairing Compound

Getting the interior of this Boston whaler ready for a finish coat of fiberglass paint has been a challenge. There was a lot more defects that really were unnoticeable until you started Digging in. The first hurdles were the large hole in the anchor locker, rebuilding the transom and the delamination in the bow . …

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Gelcoat and Fiberglass Repair of Large Missing Areas – Boston Whaler 13 Restoration – Part 6

Gelcoat Repair

While grinding out a few larger cracks, I discovered that what I thought was a large crack on the bulkhead was actually a large chunk of fiberglass and gelcoat that had been glued back in. So It looked like I needed to do a gelcoat repair. This isn’t necessarily complicated or hard. There are several …

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