1971 Boston Whaler Restoration (resto-mod)

Pete (right) and me (left)

In 1972 a bare hull 1971 16’7″ Boston Whaler (number 3A4655) was delivered to Williamsburg, Virginia. Then, in the mid 80s, my father, from Hampton, Virginia, bought the boat from a crabber who had it outfitted with a tiller outboard. Dad installed a center console and a 75 Evinrude. He passed away in 1999 and I had possession of the boat. Then, when my son was born, in 2004, the motor blew up and so not wanting to pay for a new motor and a new baby simultaneously, I sold the boat to my fishing buddy, Pete. Now, 17 years later, Pete is ready for a boat upgrade and so he offered to sell me back the old Whaler. Needless to say, I pounced on the opportunity! I am planning a full restoration that I will document here. To get things started, at the bottom of this page is a video of the breakdown, where I remove all of the hardware, the center console, the engine, and the brass thru holes.

First Pass, before breakdown, was a good cleaning!

Once things thaw out and I get some materials, I plan to address the small areas of delimitation on the outer portions of the transom, shown in the last part of the video. As always, I welcome any constructive feedback!

Here’s the mostly stripped down hull, ready for the next steps!

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