I recently purchased 2 new (to me) boats. I have some photos in Glassics Gallery under Two 60s Boats. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
The first one to get work is the Wacanda. It is a 14 foot Husky, as far as I can tell. The floorboard has delaminated a bit behind the seats. The floorboard is made of two fiberglass skins with some ribs in-between. I have not figured out how to re-bond the skins to the ribs. The keel has been rubbed off completely at the transom. There are numerous dings and stress cracks and a couple of depressions where the hull contacted the trailer rollers, but the hull is sound. The motor is a '61 Johnson.
To pull the steering wheel I had to drill and tap 2 8-24 holes in the metal so it would let go of the tapered fitting. It was stuck really well. Attached is a photo of both boats once I got them home.
The plan is to have the Wacanda on the water next month! Some things will wait until boating season is over.
Hi, liked the way you flipped the boat, I really love my Wacanda and glad you liked the photos, the best thing about them is they didn't use wood in the stringers. I will have to flip mine and work on the hull some day but it's fun so far if I can find out the problems with the motor, still dies out in turns and at full throttle, maybe it's carb time, could be the floats or something.
Even the floorboard has 2 skins of fiberglass and fiberglass ribs in between. I do have a small strip of wood under the front of the motor well on the floor as a stop for something. The glass has worn off of it.
I used up all my image size capability on the Gallery so will see if I can put one here instead. If it works, this is the stern view when they were purchased.
I added a number of photos to the Gallery page....Two 60s Boats. All of them are about picking them up on the day of purchase. First thing I did before towing them home was repack the wheel bearings, even though I was only going 23 miles.
I will see if I can get some photos posted this weekend on the yellow trailer.
You ask about the fenders.......
They are very creative....sort of a 'redneck' north Idaho adaptation of the word 'fender.' Totally legal and focused on the reuse, renew, recycle type of strategy, some previous owner - likely the one that painted the trailer yellow I suppose - cut semi-tractor tires in half and bolted them to the fender mounts; then painted them yellow and mounted reflectors on the rear. When I take photos I will get some of the winch area.
Creative fenders on the trailer for the Gull. Hopefully in the next few months I will know the makes of each trailer. I am focusing on the Wacanda for the summer. It has the ability to fold in the middle for easier launching and getting back on the trailer. Here are the photos of the fenders and winch system.
Here are the start photos of what is ahead regarding fiberglass repairs. After I got the boat flipped I went under it to remove the painter eyebolt and look at things. The first photo is what I could see of the keel through a 3inch hole in the floorboards I had to cut to figure out how to fix the delam.
My Wacanda has a wood transom. I just opened the transom to keel area to begin some quick patch work. I found rotten wood approx. 3/4 to 1 inch thick between the fiberglass skins for the transom. My knife is stuck in the wood on the left of the photo.
The wood is pretty soft at the bottom. At the motor well drain holes it is very soft.
Now the question is: Can I use it this summer and fix it later or do I flip it back over, remove the deck, replace the transom, reattach the deck, flip it back over, fix the hull bad spots, and then use it? Ugggghhhh.......
Definitely address the bad transom now. If it fails out on the water it can only turn out badly! Best case scenario you crack some outer skin (causing much more work) but make it back to the ramp. Worse case you loose the whole boat! (And possibly endanger yourself and/or some loved ones or friends!)
Just my two cents, but it's just not worth the risk.
Thanks for that reply and good counsel. I am concerned about the same thing. I plan to get some pro help setting a strategy for the repairs in the next few days or a week or so. I may move my efforts to the Gull since this will be a LOT more effort.
I can't take the boats anywhere until the road work on our street is complete. They just poured new curb and will be paving soon.
After chatting with a professional that does boat repair here in Northern Idaho it has become clear that repairing the Wacanda is too big a project for me at this time. To do the transom 'right' it means popping the deck and working from the inside of the transom. When I began the project it was assumed that everyone saying the Wacanda was all fiberglass was correct. However, the transom on my Wacanda is plywood and very weak.
So, to make some room and reset my boating directions for this summer we are going to sell the Wacanda and trailer. I have added 3 new tires and a new spare wheel to the system along with a trailer wheel jack for the front of the trailer.
If anyone in the NW wants a GREAT project boat, this is it. At 14 foot it will be a nice little craft with the stability of it's 16 foot big sister.
Once I flip it - tomorrow - I will put it on Glassifieds and Craigslist. Starting price is $800...but we have a little wiggle room at that price.
I also received some great counsel from the Boat pro regarding the Gull and will be looking at beginning that soon. The deck has to be removed, the transom rebuilt, and the hull re-faired.
My resto projects came to a halt this summer. I was hoping to get about 6 weeks of help which fell through. So, both of my boats on are Glassifieds as well as Craigslist in Spokane region. I am only asking what I have in them which is VERY inexpensive.
I was led to a 'new' boat for use....an '88 Nissan in wonderful condition for the budget we set to restore these 2 boats. We had a tough decision to make...work?....boat?....work?....boat?...Boating won out for this summer. Let me know if you want a GREAT project. For someone good with fiberglass either of my old boats would be a quick fix. (I am not that great with fiberglass......yet)