BOSTON WHALER HARPOON 6.2

Who knew Boston Whaler manufactured sailboats!

V-Berth Update

After purchasing a new Singer HD 4423 sewing machine from Walmart, 6 yards of Sunbrella, foam, hot knife, electric knife, scissors, paint, varnish and other sewing notions - I was ready to begin this project. I have never sewed with a machine before, so...

Loading Guides

Since I plan on launching off the trailer at a boat ramp, I added some guides on the back of the trailer. I found these heavy duty, white shelf brackets and by adding some holes in the right spot I could mount them upside down on the trailer...

Trailer Coupler Extension

When I purchased the boat, I asked the previous owner if he had ever launched from a ramp. His answer was "Never".  I knew that I would need to extend the distance between the trailer coupler and the rear axle on the truck. After researching the web, I found a few...

First Project

I came across a few old photos of my first sailboat, a worn-out Flying Dutchman, from the early 70's.  Except for the first one, these photos would have been taken with a Polaroid about 1984 after my discharge from the U.S. Navy. The boat was in rough shape. I think...

Trailer Final Touches

Installed a new set of LED lights that included the side marker lights and an additional over 80" wide light. Relying on a good ground through the trailer frame turned out to be impossible so I had to add some extra wire. I also installed a new jack and coupler so I...

First Polish

I was hoping that there was still some shine left in her after 37 years and wow was I surprised. The right half shows the before and the left is after using my new Harbor Freight polisher and Meguiar's #49 Oxidation Remover. There are a few deep gouges in the gelcoat...

V-Berth Re-do

I made the decision early on to redo the "factory" v-berth design. The original v-berth consisted of two, six foot long, 3/8" thick sheets of marine plywood that was covered with a very 1970's plaid sofa upholstery and three inches of foam. These were too big to lift...

Trailer Update

Spent the week wire brushing, sanding and painting between the rain showers. Instead of reusing the old trailer jack and coupler, I ordered new galvanized pieces on Amazon. I also cleaned up and repainted the rims and ladder. This is only the first coat of gloss white...

Trailer Prep

The days are getting shorter and cooler, so I decided I better get to work on the trailer. The EZ Loader trailer looks like it was originally painted gloss white with baby blue uprights under the hull? It also had three 1 inch stripes along the frame from hitch to the...

$40 Outboard Cart

I've been working out an idea to store the outboard when not on the boat. Harbor Freight had this 700 lb. capacity hand cart with 13" inflatable tires on sale recently. I really didn't want to cut or drill holes in a brand new cart so I added a couple of 2x4's and...

Water Pump Rebuild

Now that my outboard will start, I quickly realized that it couldn't "pee"! I found a genuine OMC water pump rebuild kit from Crowley Marine for about $50. There are several YouTube videos on this process and I watched a few before beginning. Never having worked on an...

Rodents

After removing the panels and headliner trim around the companionway, I discovered that mice or chipmunks had found their way into the only hiding place left in the boat. The photo on the right is what is left of the foam backed carpet headliner that was once where...

It Lives

After looking things over, watching a few YouTubes, two new plugs, new fuel tank and fuel line and a new fuel filter cap, I made my first attempt at starting the Evinrude 9.9. It took a couple of pulls on the starter but it finally took off. I'm not sure if it's...

Missing Decals

UPDATE 8/30/2018: It took three tries with VistaPrint to get it right. The first attempt was my fault. I missed the fine print that the actual image will be resized to fit the 12 in square clear door decal even though my uploaded Adobe psd file was setup for that (see...

Hull Number Identification

The hull number ID plate can be found at the top of the transom starboard side. The aluminum plate is printed with black ink except for the hull number, year and month that is stamped in. My plate shows BWC6A 102M  81J. BWC = Boston Whaler Corporation 6A = model...

Electrical First Check

The boat didn't come with a battery so I hadn't given checking out the wiring much thought, until tonight. I remembered that I have a battery jump pack. I hooked it up to the battery leads and crossed my fingers. The only light that would come on was the...

Never Hurts to Ask

Several weeks ago, I emailed customer service at Boston Whaler for any information. To my surprise I received a response today with a pdf attached. An OWNER'S MANUAL with parts listing with diagrams, rigging instructions, sail dimensions Shop Drawings -...

Compass

The compass was in pretty rough shape. It's an obsolete Ritchie SRB-2. I contacted Ritchie asking to see if it could be refurbished. Nope. But they did recommend a brand new replacement SR-2 which is about $150 on Amazon. So after a few YouTube...

Leaks

Yes, my boat leaks! There's a "bathtub ring" around the inside of the cabin where it has been filled with water. It smells like an old boat with rotten wood. That would also explain why the plywood sides of the tables and shelves have rotted away. The...

Decals

Magic Brush Sign, is mentioned on several different websites as the place to go for new Boston Whaler decals. They have both the logo and Harpoon 6.2 decals. I contacted them hoping they were still around and if they're still available. Sure enough for...

Trailer

The EZ Loader trailer (1980) appears to be the same as the one whizzing by in the sales brochure. Someone decided to paint it years ago. Everything but the tires and wheels were covered, lettering, stripes and most important manufacturer's PLASTIC label...

Sails

The original set of sails were damaged with the exception of a very good condition red, white and blue North Sails spinnaker. The previous owner had just purchased a new main and jib from UK Sales in Chicago (2002) and may have raised them once or twice before putting...

First Look

I'm pretty sure that I was the first person to actually see the boat in person. And after a quick once over - I made an offer! The final price was just a little less and included splitting the cost of two new tires. Hull #102 is mine!

The Search Ends

Even with all the recent bad publicity about Facebook, one of its best features that I use almost daily is the "Marketplace". As soon as I saw an ad for a "6.2 meter Boston Whaler sail boat. Has a set of brand new sails with it. Message for...

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