WE WERE OVERDUE FOR A STORY ABOUT A CLASSIC WHIRLWIND BOAT and then suddenly, this great story from fellow Woody Boater Scott Gosert came in over the wireless. Perfect timimg…
Here at Woody Boater we love to learn about these great wooden boats (or any classic boats) being rescued from fields and barns around the country – to live another day. Here is Scott’s story – Texx
Texx – Just got done with the boat after one year of work. Had a ball with it all summer. Cruising the Finger Lakes in New York, the Erie Canal, Lake Ontario this summer was a blast in the Whirlwind.
We found the boat in October 2014. It was sitting in a field in upstate New York – half covered and I had to check it out. Through the leaves and empty beer cans from the year before remained buried in the boat, this wooden boat needed to be rescued.
We Bought it on the spot and fortunately the seller was happy to get this winters firewood off of his lot.
As it turns out, it had all the original hardware including the top, 40 HP Evinrude Lark lll motor and trailer. The serial numbers were available on the internet to confirm that they matched. There was no dry rot, which was a nice surprise.
Disassembled the whole boat and got to sanding. And sanding. And sanding. Eight coats of Epiphanes spar vanish and it went back together. Rebuilt the carb and lower unit. Replaced the points, condensors and coils. (gotta pull the flywheel to get to all that stuff) it was no picnic.
Three or four weeks of bucket testing and multiple tweeks and it was ready for launch. I had about 200 hours into this thing and didn’t even know if it floated. Took another couple weeks to muster up the berries to drop it in. Couldn’t be happier with it’s performance.
I know every inch of this vessel and it’s treated like one of my children. Not interested in the monetary value of the boat because I’m not selling it. Check out the photos!
Thanks for sharing your story with us today Scott.
Finding and bringing these old classic boats back to life is the essence of the hobby. Regardless if it’s a 28-foot Hacker or a classic Whirlwind outboard, regardless of what type material it’s made from, regardless of how old it is, they are all important here at Woody Boater and deserve our respect.
Let’s join together today to say “Congratulations Scott” and celebrate his successful Whirlwind reincarnation.