Brother and sister Richie and Rachel Thayer have been behind the Thayer's parts counter since they were old enough to walk, and if there is a part you need, they will get it for you! We not only have shelf after shelf in room after room of parts, but we also have the knowledge and experience to back those parts and give you the tips and advice you need to get your motor running.

We are also willing to price match and Richie refuses to be undersold. He does everything he can to get you the lowest price. If you find a part at another location for less, be sure to let him know and he will match or even beat that price. He wants you to keep coming back to Thayer's!

With three stock rooms full of parts for Evinrude, Johnson, Mercury, Yamaha, Sea-Doo, Volvo, MerCruiser, OMC Cobra, and various other motor brands, including many vintage parts that are no longer available, we will have what you are looking for! We also stock many parts for each of the boat brands we sell.

Need a trailer part? We have it! We stock the area's largest supply of trailer parts and towing products compatible with all types of boat trailers. See us for springs, hub kits, trailer tongues, lights, hitches, wire connectors, and more.

Seachoice Products
HiLiner Restoration
Thayer's Marine Inc.
14 Falls Ave
Norwich, CT

Service Description

HiLiner Restoration

Sometime in the 1950s in Ipswich, MA, HiLiner was born. It is a small New England boat brand, and we are a small New England boating family. The old generation has a a certain passion for these boats, and so this winter we decided to take on a small project. My father wanted to show everyone that we were moving into fiberglass repair—although we have been doing it for years and we are quite good at it—and he wanted to show our customers the extent of our in-house repair abilities. A friend told him about this HiLiner, and already having completed one several year ago, he decided to take on another. It came to us in shambles, saturated with water, along with a bare, broken dual console inboard/outboard. We have since separated the top cap and hull and are in the midst of a full restoration and change. This once inboard/outboard-powered boat will now have a bracketed outboard hanging off the back. These boats were not built long, but they were great, and we are going to carry on that tradition. We will be updating this as more pictures become available and work progresses.

Last picture of hull with drains and piping before the deck gets installed. Old fashioned way of creating laminated deck lids.
Clear picture of rigging tube and glassed stringers. Transom all sealed up and ready for bracket.
Another shot of how we laminate deck lids. Deck cut out ready for be dropped in.
Front half of the deck installed. Notice the trimming around the hatches. Deck starting to go down. Notice the rear half in the stern.
Better shot of the aft piece. Old deck lid with the wood taken out and composite reinforcement.
We had a couple deck lids beyond repair, so we have to make a couple. No wood. Another shot of the deck lid we had to create, no wood, all lightweight composite.
Deck installed, beginning to roll out the fiberglass covering. Another shot of us getting ready to roll out the fiberglass to cover the deck.
Deck fully rolled out, ready for glassing. Another shot of the deck rolled out and ready for glassing.
Transom close up, sealed and ready for bracket. All the fiberglass is rolled out, ready to be coated with resin.
Another shot of the fiberglass covered deck. Transom area shot of the deck and glass coming together.
Up close shot of rigging tube and deck lid cut out.

We are capable of handling all of your fiberglass repair needs. We will handle the entire process, and work with you to explain what may or may not need to be done to ensure that your boat is 100% correct. We also work with all insurance companies to handle storm damage or collision damage, and we try our best to make the process as easy as possible for all of our customers. We have references for our glass work and abilities to handle insurance companies upon request.