Boston Whaler Harpoon 6.2 weekender

February in Indiana?

February in Indiana?

The sun finally came out today and the temp got up in the 50's. There was a little wind though, 30-40 mph from the west! My idea to use cutting boards to make shims worked for both the compass and the deadbolts on the top drop board. The hatch boards are bowed so much...

Getting Colder

Getting Colder

We haven't seen the sun for many days now. It snowed a little a couple days ago. And its been just a dreary, cold and damp days since, so I got a chance to try out a new heater. I tried to install the compass but soon found out it doesn't fit. The compass is too deep....

Is it Winter yet?

Is it Winter yet?

The weather is still cooperating and with the help of a small electric heater I've been able to begin reassembling the cabin. I seem to had forgotten the order that I removed things. I have installed the bulkhead panels at least three times in order to work on the...

Break in the Weather

Break in the Weather

I took advantage of a long awaited 50 degree day to start reinstalling the woodwork. The new anchor locker cover fit perfectly. The original bolts for the hinge will need to be replaced. The seats aren’t screwed down yet as I need to order 60 bronze silicone screws....

Time to Dry

Time to Dry

It's been a busy week. In preparation for hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year, I installed a new 220 volt heater in the garage. Truth be told, I also needed it because I knew I would be varnishing and painting all the wood on the boat. As you can see, it took...

Mariner 4M, 6E0  L 313720

Mariner 4M, 6E0 L 313720

I decided to simplify and downsize my outboard. I found what I'm guessing is about a 1985 Mercury Mariner, 4 hp, 2-stroke, long shaft with an integral gas tank on Facebook's Marketplace. It looked in pretty shape and was listed for $350. I made the 150 mile drive to...

Bailer Fail

Bailer Fail

Here's another poorly designed feature on Harpoons - the bailers. A bailer on a sailboat is designed to drain water from the cockpit of a moving boat when it is open and keep water out of the boat when it's closed. I've also read that the bailers used in Harpoons can...

Bottom Paint Prep

Bottom Paint Prep

Here's a good way to spend your weekend. On your back with a $10 Hitachi sander (found on Facebook Marketplace) trying not to breathe the bad stuff that I'm removing. I have some Interlux Interprotect e2000 primer on its way. But before I actually paint, I need to...

Keel Repairs

Keel Repairs

When I bought the boat, it came with a "keel smile" right at the joint between the iron keel and the fiberglass hull. Fearing that water may have accumulated inside the hull, I drilled a hole into the starboard side. It was dry. That was a relief. The first step was...

Water in the Hull

Water in the Hull

I'm certain that water has been draining into the hull over many years. Even though the boat has been covered, water could still be found under the keel bolts. Over a period of a week, I attempted to air out this area. DO NOT USE HIGH PRESSURE AIR! It is possible to...

Midship Gunnel Scuppers

Midship Gunnel Scuppers

Here is another well-known problem with the Harpoon 6.2s. There are small holes located in the deck on each side of the cabin to drain any water that may collect inside the gunnels. I think these would work to drain rain off, but underway with heavy spray, I'm sure...

Canvas Repair/Redo

Canvas Repair/Redo

After getting the boat all polished up, I decided to install the dodger and boom tent that came with the boat. When I first looked at the dodger after bringing the boat home, it looked as if it was used a lot and it appeared an animal had been sleeping on it. There...

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