was the prologue to this months whaler restoration whirlwind.
Little did I realize
the "not yet written about" rough weeks to come,
and our theory was tested and approved.
it's tricky to know where to start.
The main thing to do is just start!
If it takes xxx amount of hours,
not much headway comes out of idle staring.
Some may see it as mind-numbing,
in reality plans are created,
changed and modified,
as the obsessional seed takes root.
but a sanding session resulted in a small tweak.
make a change for the sake of improvement.
more than the 20" outboard shaft length
the bracket didn't need to angle up.
in less turbulent water,
possibly allowing a higher placement.
but it was worth re-tacking the bracket a second time.
Fortunately there's 4-hole options on the old 50 hp Johnson.
Thanks to Pigpen and Sloppy for hop-skotching this down from Nor-Cal!
Ya may think it'll be a little underpowered,
but we'll have fun on the cheap.
big holes and imperfections were filled,
then the medium sized.
a never ending chase-the-tail game.
The schedule -
a little in the morning,
a little at night.
the exact opposite of getting clean air on the water.
Epoxy primer and filler
is much more lenient to harden overnight.
Typical polyester "bondo" likes the days heat.
The smallest dots and dinks are filled and faired.
The topsides are definitely sealed up,
it's just hard to not smooth it all out.
Still using my typical paint roller technique.
Who wouldn't want the badass wooden center console,
the trademark whaler look.
(Nauset, Eastport, montauk)
For our needs I went for the currituck style side console.
Won't be as yachty as this one,
just simple dinghy-style picnic benches.
we don't revolve solely around fishing,
and we're a 5-person family,
happy with a bay boat.
It's like the parts of this boat wanted to be put together.
the questionable drain holes.
the use of a brass or copper tube,
sealed with a rubber o-ring.
My plan was to egg out the hole,
glue a fiberglass tube in place,
and glass over the whole enchilada.
May be a little early,
but what good is a boat that can't go in the water?
Always good to show your kid proper techniques...
The bottom will need a ton of work.
water damage mainly to the gelcoat...
Gotta power through this part.