16 SL—the Black Sheep

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16 SL—the Black Sheep

Postby CFun » Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:39 pm

With three grandkids under age five and always boating on flat inland water, I am thinking about getting an early 1990's SL [16] that is super clean and has a ski pylon. Are they still the "black sheep" of the Whaler line?

An SL [16] would be an good fit for my use.

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Re: 16' SL

Postby Todd » Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:13 pm

Hello. Here's some very interesting information about the 16 [SL] :



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Re: 16' SL

Postby Phil T » Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:13 pm

While not produced in large numbers from 1991-1994, owners of a 16SL really appreciate it for its features. Some say the hull is a pre-cursor to the 2003 Montauk 170 I design.

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Re: 16 SL—the Black Sheep

Postby jimh » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:05 am


http://continuouswave.com/whaler/refere ... tions.html

for specifications and production history of all hulls, including the 16 SL also known as the 16 Sport Limited.

If you like the boat and the price, buy it. Then tell us how it worked out for your boating use.

At one time there were a few vocal Boston Whaler enthusiasts who never saw any Boston Whaler made after Bob Dougherty was pushed out as head designer as a proper Boston Whaler, but that sort of thinking has diminished over time. Now post-Dougherty boats are seen and judged without as much prejudice against them because they weren’t the same boat made in the 1980’s or earlier.

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Re: 16 SL—the Black Sheep

Postby onlyawhaler » Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:21 pm

I had a 16SL years ago and I am sorry I sold it. The 16SL boat came out of Arizona, and I brought it up to Utah to use with our children when they were smaller.

For a 16-foot boat, the in-deck storage was very nice, passenger console had deep storage, and seating was great for smaller children. I changed out the twin carry-on tanks for a single Tempo 20-gallon tank that was long and rectangular in shape and fit perfectly.

Not a big rough-water boat, but for pulling tubes or a wakeboard it was great

The 16 SPORT LIMITED was easy to wash--as it was lower--easy to get in, and I could take it off the hitch and roll it into the garage.

Nice little Whaler. Wish I still had her for some events