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here fishy posted 03-26-2000 11:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for here fishy   Send Email to here fishy  
Brand new to this site. Looking to sell my inflatable and buy a BW in the Los Angeles, Long Beach, Newport Beach area of Southern California. Any local info and leads besides the boat trader magazines would be helpful.
Will be towing with a 1.8 L Acura Integra so a 13 footer with a 30-40 HP motor looks like the max. Comments, suggestions, opinions and questions appreciated.
jimh posted 03-29-2000 12:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Hello 'fishy,

Welcome to the Classic Whaler website. I don't know how common Whalers are on the west coast, but around here (Michigan) there are spots that look like a Whaler catalogue.

A Whaler 13 is probably easily towed by your vehicle, and it is a great boat. You can have more fun-per-foot with a small Whaler than any other boat, I think.

Look for a boat in good condition, because those restoration projects always take longer than you think.

--jim

here fishy posted 03-30-2000 02:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for here fishy  Send Email to here fishy     
Thanks Jim for your reply. I've seen 4 used Whalers within the last 4 days or so in the Los Angeles area. Some were in good shape with 1978-79 hulls, all desert tan, with normal wear and tear. Some were neglected and butchered with poorly conceived center console set ups, with bait tanks and all sorts of hoses, terminals, cables and riggings. I'm handy with plumbing and I have overall common sense engineering skills but no experience in restoring fiberglass boats.
The way I see it is I could buy a neglected Whaler for $1500-2000 and learn by trial and error to restore it and it's trailer or I could shell out the $4000-5000 on a restored Whaler, with a 30-40 HP, fishfinder, center console and trailer and start enjoying it sooner. I'll stay tuned!

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