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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Fiberglass Transom Repair – Boston Whaler 13 Restoration – Part 5

I’ll be writing about how to do a clean transom repair. A previous owner modified the transom so that a steering rod on a newer motor would work correctly. These old (1966) Whaler 13’s had a lowered (15″) transom. A pulley and cable system originally steered the boat. When past owners upgraded their engines, one …

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Small Fiberglass Hole Repair – Boston Whaler 13 Restoration – Part 4

If you restore fiberglass boats, fiberglass hole repair is going to be one of the tasks you face. Many folks will just fill in the hole, sand it smooth and call it a day. The problem with that is that those plugs will eventually work themselves loose. Think about the vibrations a boat hull is …

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Anchor Locker Fiberglass Repair – Boston Whaler 13 Restoration – Part 3

One aspect of this Whaler 13 restoration that I’ve been anticipating is repairing the large hole in the anchor locker. This is a medium to large endeavor in fiberglass repair. I’ll be using epoxy resin to lay down the fiberglass mats. I’ve also already used “excess” epoxy resin from other repairs to create a solid …

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Delamination Fiberglass Repair – Boston Whaler 13 Restoration- Part 2

This old Boston whaler has some severe fiberglass delamination on the bow. There are a number of techniques that can be used to do a delamination fiberglass repair. I decided to go with injecting an epoxy based resin. Identifying the obvious spots is pretty easy. But, you also have to take the time to find …

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