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Couple questions--16.2
August 2, 2016
11:44 am
Forum Posts: 7
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June 13, 2016

Ok, as I am still waiting for my motor I have spent a lot of time cleaning, patching, working on, and thinking about this boat. I've got a couple questions...

1. Can anyone confirm that the transom and stringers on the 1987 16.2 are in fact wood? If so, they should be treated or glassed, right? Would they rot easily?

2. I have patched some holes in the transom from transducer and kicker and even drilled a test hole. The wood inside the old bolt holes and in the drill bit is dark. Does that mean the transom is rotted? There is no other sign of seeping or drips from drilled hole. There are no cracks or lines in the transom or deck anywhere. I looked at an 1987 whaler the other day and the deck was covered in spider cracks and lines up to 6 inches. The transom feels solid.

3. My boat has had the rails removed and holes covered, but I still have cleats on the sides and bow. Is there some type of backing plate or wood there to anchor them? Or are they just screwed into the glass and underlying foam?

4. The deck/hull joint at the bow seems to be a bit of a mess. There is lots of caulking between the bottom of the rubrail (which looks good) and the hull. Should I take the rub rail off and try to find an appropriate solution?

5. Does anyone know of a quality fiberglass guy in Northeastern MA or Southern NH that could help me out, should I need it....transom, stringers, bow?

Thanks to anyone who takes the time to answer my questions!

Also, I would love to look at someone else's 16.2 if you are in MA or southern NH. I am North of Boston.

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