My friend James had a 17′ Boston Whaler that needed some clean up and TLC. It had been a few years since last fishing trip. We wanted to go fishing again.
The project begins here.
But, after a day of power washing and stripping it looks like this.
The side bumper moulding, quite a challenge, sure one could order a new from the factory, very costly, and it would take some time. A black rubber firehose did the same, two strands of one inch rope pulled through, and fastened with stainless steel screws 6″ apart with finishing washers. Looks great, solid and good use of old stuff lying around.
You are wondering how we got the two strands of rope into the hose ? It took some trials and errors. Have the hose on a downhill slope. Take a fine but strong line or rope and flush it through the hose with water. Double your rope, start pull it through the hose using plenty of water. Make sure it does not twist, that would not look good when on the railing.
Patience and lots of water, together with a couple of pair of strong arms is the key. Would also make a great railing bumper on any dock.
The 1982 Johnson 70 Hp. engine looked ok, but was totally seized up, up and down, sideways, but most difficult was the steering cables, totally frozen, nothing moved.
After plenty of oil, gentle and not so gentle treatment, some swearing, some treaths to replace the whole thing, and use this on for an anchor, things started to loosen up, and after a few days, everything works again.
The boat is now back onto the trailer for the last installations, looking forward to sea trials.
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In a week or so the boat will be painted, top and bottom, re installed new console, and look something like the one above. I will post updates.
A nice summer project.
And, some people are still wondering what we do on the Sunshine Coast,
and why we want to live here.