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Topic: Page 52: Unusual Whalers, Feb. 19, 2002

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jimh posted 02-18-2002 11:04 PM ET (US)
This message thread is for comments about Cetacea Page 52, , which first appeared on February 19, 2002, and featured photographs of the TASHMOO and COHASSET models of classic Whaler.
lhg posted 02-19-2002 12:06 AM ET (US)
Jim - Nice job as usual, and thanks for the very UNUSUAL Whalers. I believe the Cohasset model was only offered on the tan hull, 1973.
I have never heard of one on the blue hull. I think it was a one year model. Maybe someone with 72 or 74 catalogs can confirm, or deny this. In 1974, the Montauk was introduced as it's replacement. This console was also offered in the ribbed sided 1972 "Outrage III", as a bare bones Outrage, ideal for commercial purposes. I still see one running around Pompano Beach FL as a work boat. In the Cohasset model with the swivel single seat, I wonder where the gas tank was placed.
jimh posted 02-19-2002 12:11 AM ET (US)
Yes, every time you shake the ( Whaler family) tree another new old model falls off!

What a hoot that the TASHMOO shown has an engine setback bracket. That is really an unusual combination!

Any east coasters around to comment on the pronounciation of "tashmoo." Is it more like "TAJZ-mu than "TASh-mu". I am going on the midwest pronounciation, but wonder you it is said 'down east.'


lhg posted 02-19-2002 12:54 AM ET (US)
Jim - I don't know the correct pronunciation, but I do know they're called salt water ponds on the Vineyard, usually quite shallow. I've actually been on Tashmoo Pond. Katama is also a Vineyard pond.
Tom W Clark posted 02-19-2002 11:47 AM ET (US)

Regarding the Cohasset and Tashmoo, we talked about them in the "Mystery Boat" thread. I believe the Cohasset was made in blue because someone in another Cohasset thread had said they own one.

Chuck Bennett at Whaler has confirmed that the Cohasset model was produced between 1972 and 1974 though there is still some ambiguity as to whether or not that is dates of production or model years...

On the Cohasset model with single pedestal seat I imagine a pair of six gallon tanks in the stern would be the norm. Back then the portable six gallon tank was far more common.

mattr posted 02-20-2002 03:04 PM ET (US)
Jimh -

You have yet again shown why this site is the shrine of "all things whaler". The amount of information is fantastic. Without the picture postings that you do, most of us would never know what the models actually look like! Thanks again for posting the diversity of info that you do - it has turned this site into a real hobby of mine!

PS - up here in Maine, you would hear a strong A (think Hay) - more "beginning of the word" emphasis... I would think, anyway...


Whalerdan posted 02-21-2002 10:05 AM ET (US)
That Cohasset console, with the exception of the shepherds hook, is allot nicer than a Montauk console. More room to get around and more compartments to store stuff. The Cohasset probably cost more to make. Seems like Whaler started their quality compromise a long time ago.
gunnelgrabber posted 03-06-2002 10:16 PM ET (US)
re: the shot of the cohassett II, is that an original equipment cooler box or seat forward of the console? or custom made?...thanks for the great pictures. lm
gunnelgrabber posted 03-06-2002 10:35 PM ET (US)
...and i'd love to see an example of the last year's production of a model run of each model. i.e.1975 katama.A scanned brochure or actual photo. Both are excellent.This would really be a help especially for the 70s models.Thanks...lm
swede5 posted 12-22-2005 11:13 PM ET (US)
Tom Clark,

Mr. Clark or anyone who can assist me. I just purchased a 1972 Cohasset as a project boat. The Console is in OK shape however I will have to re-do the wood etc. I just ordered a new seat from Halls. Was I incorrect to get the parchment with brown pipeing? I was hoping that Mr. Clark could send me any pictures of his or provide with his website address. I also am interested to know what kind of bow and stern light the boat had if it had a front railing. My boat came with one however, the previous owner already filled in all the railing holes (west system). Thank you, Eric

Tom W Clark posted 12-23-2005 10:20 PM ET (US)

I sent you an email early this morning with a copy of the Cohasset introductory flyer attached.

snag07 posted 10-01-2006 11:33 PM ET (US)
Nice to read about the Cohasset. Most of the thread is reasonably accurate. My dad bought [a COHASSET] in the fall of 1973 for $2480 and rigged it out with the then hot new 70 hp Evinrude. It flew with a stainless prop! Interior was tan only never blue, with the old style pound-your-kidneys-hull. We skied it and fished it in coastal southern NJ for 10 years. After 2 years of heavy skiing the 70 got all carboned up so we took the hint and put a 1975 Evinrude 85 on- we could hit 41 reliably with that, and we did not kill ourselves- but we did use to go thru several cases of oil per year ie 1000 gal of gas ! 74 Montauk debutted the new hull- much better riding but too late for us!
My family has had many, many Whalers. In the fall of 1979, a college buddy who lived in Cohasset Ma invited me home to Thanksgiving --we were kicking around and the liquor stores weren't open , so I said, how about we tour Whaler factory in Rockland?--I called up and they said: "we don't give tours" and a said : even to owners?" 'Switch-click' and we got another person on the line who said 'we don't give tours even to owners", whereupon I told him we had had up to that point about 10 and currently owned 3( a 13, the Cohasset, and a 16). The question suddenly turned to " how quickly can you come over" ? and we had a great visit with many facts back and forth exchanged. I think about 40 Cohassets were made-
For the record:
1961 13- new Johnson 40
1973 Cohasset II new Evinrude 70, then 85
1974 13 high transom -used Johnson 40
1968 Nauset used Johnson 55
1974 15' side console sport Johnson 70 new (my personal favorite)
1973 Outrage 21 used merc 150 blackmax-rude fast and efficient!
1970 16'-Currituck used merc 650-4 cyl
1978 Montauk-used, 100 hp Johnson- it flew too!
1978 18-new twin 70s- defective hull whaler replaced it-then s evinrude 150
1981 25' -used Evinrude 225-huge cockpit--
1984? 20' -first twin 60's then single 175?
1986 27' center console with forward cuddy twin Yamaha 200 then 200 Fichts
1990? montauk 17 Evinrude 60
also at least another 13 footer refinished over winter and resold.
I have most yearly brochures from 68, then 73-80 and hit or miss otherwise.
If somebody really needs info email me at i'll reply if justified.
ChuckMatthews posted 02-29-2008 11:40 AM ET (US)
Hello. I am the third generation owner of a Cohasset II (3A5822). I am getting ready to sell the boat because it is not being used. I moved from FL in 1994 and the boat has only been in the water twice since then. For seven years it was locked away in my basement. I rolled it in there when I moved into the house and rolled it out when I moved. A terribly boring life for such a wonderful boat.

I'll post more when I get the boat to the house and can get some pictures.


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