Commonly Asked Questions

1.  Where is the wood located in my boat?


2.  What are the best Whaler forums? 


3.  What year is my boat?  

  • You will want to refer to the HIN (hull identification number) either on the boat or the title.  You can review a full break down of reading HINs here.  Remember that if you have a boat and title with no HIN listed; be weary of assuming the written year is completely accurate on the title.  These boat can be over 50 years old and if the HIN is worn off prior to the title being produced someone may have used a "best guess" method to input the year.  


4.  What kind of mahogany is used?

We have chosen to use solid 'Philippine Mahogany" known as Meranti which the major older boat brands, such as Boston Whaler and Chris-Craft, used during original manufacturing.  We have chosen this species not only to remain OEM but because it is not on the endangered species list and is considered to be ecologically friendly and sustainable.  Meranti is also a superior choice for marine environment, same with sapele, which is the African equivalent and was used for all the original whaler veneer.


 "Naturally occurring true mahogany species in their native countries are all listed in Appendix II of theInternational Trade in Endangered Species. Meranti is not. There are plantations, but only a small percentage of the current world market is coming from plantation-grown mahogany. Based on this,“Philippine mahogany” would be the more ecologically friendly choice"


5.  Are consoles pre-drilled for steering?

No, we do not (and cannot) drill holes in the consoles or other wood pieces prior to shipment.  We do not put holes in ANY of the wood to allow for flexibilty in holes patterns between customers.


6.  Can Specialty Marine do custom work?

No, unfortuantely we do not do any custom work.


7.  How do I repair my boat's gel coat?

Click here to see a video on the process as well as here if your boat has larger cracks.