1975 Boston Whaler Montauk 17' Rebuild (ongoing)

SteveW

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Here are some pictures of a Boston Whaler Montauk 17 I snagged off of craigslist...drove up to Palm Springs to get it. I have some ideas of how want it to look, but for right now I just want to get it cleaned up/patched and painted.

Started off removing all the hardware and a crap ton of screws. The console was so rotten I'm surprised it didn't disintegrate when I drove it back down to San Diego. Managed to get rid of the motor to a good person I met when I posted it for free...he helped lift it off with an a-frame.

Used a floor jack and blocked it up and off the trailer. I had the trailer sand blasted, primed and epoxy coated at El Dorado coatings in San Diego....looks brand new.

Sanded down all the non-skid and patched up all the rub rail holes and deck holes.


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tanner.s

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Line-x! I love it! Always wondered why more boats didn't go that direction. Seems like a no brainer to have traction and easy clean up.
 
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gunnyslinger

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Line-x! I love it! Always wondered why more boats didn't go that direction. Seems like a no brainer to have traction and easy clean up.
I explored this option when I restored my 16' CC. My only issue was the amount of weight it would potentially add.

Bitchin job so far. Will follow for updates.
 
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tanner.s

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I explored this option when I restored my 16' CC. My only issue was the amount of weight it would potentially add.

Bitchin job so far. Will follow for updates.
That is true. Adds at least 30-50lbs I bet. But it's spread so evenly it may be a good thing for these light weight whalers.
 
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That is true. Adds at least 30-50lbs I bet. But it's spread so evenly it may be a good thing for these light weight whalers.
Yeah...it adds about 30-50lbs. But it is spread out over the whole boat. I think its minimal since I generally fish alone or with one other person.
 
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The issue I've seen using rhino liner, line-x and the likes, is that I have seen quite a few boats where the stuff started peeling up over a short time, and getting pretty bad........ very similar to what you see with many cars and their clear coat failing.

Boat looks good though...... hope your line-x outlasts the ones i've seen ;)

The unknown fisherman:p:
 
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tanner.s

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That is likely because of bad prep. If you sand it down with 40 grit before you spray, there should be no peeling for a very long time. The one thing I have on my deck and gunnel that I really love is Kiwi Grip. It's been there for years and is stronger than gel coat. No discoloring, chipping, or anything. It wears down a bit where I step a lot but overall, best product I know for nonskid. Could Kiwi Grip a whole skiff!
 
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SteveW

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The issue I've seen using rhino liner, line-x and the likes, is that I have seen quite a few boats where the stuff started peeling up over a short time, and getting pretty bad........ very similar to what you see with many cars and their clear coat failing.

Boat looks good though...... hope your line-x outlasts the ones i've seen ;)

The unknown fisherman:p:


I hear you...but I think this formula has come a long way. It feels like it is almost impossible to peel up. I would think that your basic top coat paint or any roll on non-skid is no match for this stuff...we'll see
 
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SteveW

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That is likely because of bad prep. If you sand it down with 40 grit before you spray, there should be no peeling for a very long time. The one thing I have on my deck and gunnel that I really love is Kiwi Grip. It's been there for years and is stronger than gel coat. No discoloring, chipping, or anything. It wears down a bit where I step a lot but overall, best product I know for nonskid. Could Kiwi Grip a whole skiff!

I have to agree with you....I sanded down all of the surfaces with 60 and 80 grit. The guys at El Cajon sound it down further and used their primer (red stuff). It feels bullet proof.
 
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going to build a console in the next week or so and probably gonna get it Line-x'd as well....saves you on the finish work. I'll radius all the edges with a router and then glass it all up....then Line-x
 
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how much did it cost you to have it Line-x'd ?
 
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It will be good to see how she is doing in a couple of years. As far as the console is concerned, don't make it too wide like i did!
 
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SteveW

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Got the boat flipped over and started using stripper and sanding. What a pain in the a$$....worth the effort since I'm cheap labor.

A lot of the gelcoat is gone (3rd pic) where the antifouling paint was and I can see some fiberglass fibers. I need some advice from the pros.

My thoughts are:

1. Finish the other side
2. Fair out the areas where there are low spots
3. Coat with West Systems epoxy
4. Cover with Interlux 2000E barrier coat
5. Roll tip Interlux Brightsides

Will that work to keep the hull water tight? Should I do anything else? Thanks in advance for any advice.



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SteveW

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got some work done yesterday and this morning....put a coat of Interlux 2000E barrier coat. Its coming a long...



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Did you ever consider just gelcoating the boat?You've done all the prep work. Should cost less than $1500 for the whole underside.
 
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