the Boston Whaler was only a few hacks away from the water.
trying to find a reason to grind metal.
How many bow lights auditioned for this spot!?
The top right matched the square whaler shape...
This 60's version just fit right,
and most importantly had the best chrome
and colored glass lenses.
a carryover from the first whaler.
Trial and error found the two prong bulb
only used one prong.
The sharpie'd red colored one would blow a fuse.
I soldered a wire right onto the bulb and that solved it.
not that we would christen it at night,
but what if...
are within a mile from the house,
I'd rather drive 8 miles to the shop,
and finish welding the trailer.
There was no front V block,
just a temporary wood wedge,
the boat seemed to jiggle with every bump.
An hour+ later and it was rock solid,
same with the fenders and guards.
We found out this must be dismantled
to drop the lower unit.
Yeah we were an hour away from splash time,
and we found a small seal problem on the prop shaft.
Jake and I bit the bullet.
No more lolly-gagging and excuses.
What a tank!
The 13 foot Whaler with the 30 hp was a fun little zipper,
the 17 foot Whaler with the 50 hp is a solid cruiser.
so I wasn't expecting blasting speeds.
We topped out at 28mph
on a rough and windy Mission Bay,
with room left on the throttle.
No need to kill our $400 engine on it's first run!
the 1' setback really changes the setup.
The thing is,
25 mph feels way different on a 13 vs 17.
As the kids get comfortable with handling,
and nailing the trailer...
But there may be an 85 hp in our sights!
we re-trimmed the engine and went out again.
Smiles all around,
definitely worth it.