Thanks to Matt Balogh and Brian Conroy from The Antique Boat Center for sending us in this great restoration of a classic 1961 Boston Whaler that Brian has worked on for 8 years! This is what happens when you apply the same high standards of restoration on a 200K triple to a 16’7″ Boston Whaler. I will now let Brian tell the story, take it away Brian.
I asked my brother in law that was into boats look out for a fix up boat to take to Florida. While out on a river in TN. he met up with some folks. “You are into whalers? I’ve got an old whaler that you really need to see.” Found next to a barn with a tree limb crushing the windshield an damaged the back seat. Brother in law took it home, cleaned it out and then he called me! “Boat would be really cool to restore” He purchased boat, motor and trailer for $300. we drove down to TN to bring to Cincinnati. That was in 2006. New tires and lights on the trailer to get it home.
In 2006 we started with the original trailer. Spent $2,000 restore original damage when could have bought a new one for less!
Then began restoration of hull – severely damaged keel, lots of broken areas, dock damage, holes poked into the side. Just started sanding and sanding. Began research on internet and fiberglass repair. How to fix the keel problems. For most, had a dry hull! Did the tap test and found no soft spots.
Rewired for lights, researched how to gel coat. Patched everything and re-gel coated. While all of this was going on. Trailer returned from the chemical dip and restored with automotive paint, clear coat.
Then in 2009 Brian was hired at The Antique Boat Center and brought the Whaler to work with him Parked out back and worked on it a little at a time. Not much to spend. In 2011, Antique Boat Center sent me to the West System class in Bay City, MI.
Then in 2012 we moved to our new facility. Then in 2013, I was a speaker for a fiberglass instructional seminar for the ACBS. After the seminar, now was my time to ask Dennis Ryan if I could keep my boat in the shop and so I could finish up the restoration. Figuring that I had only a few more months.
Then I discovered that I had to do a lot of fiberglass repair in the interior. This last Christmas vacation, I had it ready to do the liner. Over the holiday I sprayed the liner and put on a new textured floor.
Then proceeded with the wood work. All the wood was in pieces in my basement and slowly started bringing it in to restore. All while working on it every weekend since until completion.
My brother in law found a motor in Cincinnati on Craiglist. a 1981 115 hp Evinrude with low hours! Sat in a garage for 7 years. In May of 2014, brought the motor to the shop and Brian Keen put in new plugs and impeller and it fired right up.
With the help of the Antique Boat Center for the facility and Brian Keen for all the mechanical help. My goal was not to take it back to original status. All the plans were to be a fishing boat for me and my son. Now it is a trailer queen.