Rescued From A Field In New York To Live Another Day!
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.
Nice boat! You could take that on a whirlwind tour.
Great job restoring a classic. Wonderful story and I was smiling the entire time reading.
Thanks for sharing with us Scott!
I love that she maintains her original Evinrude. So many of these older outboard engines have been replaced with newer models.
That is one pretty boat! Just refinishing everything, while a lot of work, but finding the wood in good shape, makes it even more special.
Love those 2-cylinder outboards! Being a 1961 means it’s a year before the Selectric shift came out, so no worries there, since it has the simpler and more reliable (for an old outboard) mechanical shift.
You can tell Scott is from Rochester because he needs “sun” glasses on an overcast day!
We often discuss how fiberglassics are an affordable entry to our hobby, but we shouldn’t forget all of the classic wood outboards out there. These boats are affordable, fun, and they sip fuel compared to old v8’s or v12’s.
She looks great Scott. You should be a very proud captain!
Hands down one the top first classic boats to own and restore. No bottom planks, all one nice molded hull. Like fiberglass but cooler. If it has a hole in the bottom though, yikes. But all fixable. You can go 30 in that thing and turn hard and it just whirls around! Here is a link to seven pages of Woody Boater stories. We do love these little buggers here. https://www.woodyboater.com/?s=whirlwind+boat
If anyone is up for a challenge I have a project late forties whirlwind deluxe cheep in Michigan
Great boat Scott. Have fun with it.
Great find, Scott! Congratulations on a beautiful project. These wood or plastic outboards are very worthy projects and super rewarding when done well. Cold molded, cedar strip, plywood or lapstrake…affordable and fun ways to join the hobby. Our ’59 Chetek Duchess has proved to be a head turner and even an award winner not to mention an amazing memory maker. Good job and enjoy the crap out of her!
Great job Scot. Hey Texx, how about a story on the old outboards? I know I can afford the in boards of my dreams but have been interested in the outboards for a while now. Can you fill us broke boaters in on a few brands and photos on the forgotten outboards? I’m in search but ignorant on these boats. Please help.
Old wooden outboards or old outboard motors? Either way, it could be tough story to get started…
Let me know Chris.
Check out Mahogany Outfitters for late wooden and early fiberglass boats
Great lil boat! Love it and the Evinrude.
There is no such thing as “dry rot” by the way. That term is a misnomer
Old outboards are a bit of a hobby for me. Any of the old Johnson/Evinrudes are extremly easy to work on, and replacement parts are readily available going back to the early/mid 50’s, and available, though not as readily, for the earlier ones. There is an active out board motor club. Typically, they all need new coils from that period, and since you have the cover off you replace the condensor and points. Parts to do that are about $40 for a twin cylinder. The new parts will last another 40 years or so. The big ones like his 40hp Lark are not that cheap on gas if you are used to a modern 4 stroke outboard, but they are dead reliable and easy to work on. The only other things you need to do with them is to remove the lower leg and replace the impeller (about a 30 minute job) and then drain and refill the lower unit with gear lube (annually) and rebuild the carb ($20 kit) every couple of years. It you find an old one and it still turns over, odds are very high that you can get it running. Be sure to get the original gas tank if it is a 2 line pressure tank. Both the tanks and the hose fittings are getting harder to find.
Beautiful boat Scott!! Thanks for sharing.
Nice job Scott! Being a Rochesterian too, I wear my shades anytime there’s a hint of sunlight here in the frozen north. Heck, I wear my sunglasses at night like Corey Hart sung about.
Great job! Love the molded hull on our Wagemaker as well-
Old MFGs, either with 50’s with a wood deck or a 60’s with a fiberglass one, are a good way to go, too. Relatively inexpensive to buy and easy to fix up.
bery nice I just started ony 1958 whirlwind, nice winter project
Antique Outboard Motor Club is the group for outboard info. Great people.