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kent posted 04-21-2000 01:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for kent  

That is a great story in the 13 testimonial section about your first boat, the BW 13. Sounds like you had a blast! IF you have any photos of that boat, I bet that Jim wouldn't mind posting them in the CETACEA section. I would love to see a picture of it. I would be interested to see how the forward shelter would look, especially in the tan canvas. I bet it was sharp. As a new Whaler owner, I have not been on the water yet in one. The 13 that I bought late last summer had been sitting for almost five years and was not seaworthy. I have heard that the original hull configeration without the smirk can give a wet ride. Did you find this to be true? What were the maximun height waves that you would have been comfortable with?

whalernut posted 04-21-2000 08:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Hello, I owned a 71` `13 Sport and yes you do get a little more wet than the later models with the smirk, but the old hull design in my opinion is more stable when fishing and walking around in the boat. I also like the blue interior and the full length motorwell. I am presently looking for an old hull design in a `17 model. The only thing I wish the old hulls had was the Dessert Tan gelcoat Whaler had in the late seventies to early nineties. Hope this helps, if you have any more questions on the old hull design, please write back! JACK.
kent posted 04-24-2000 02:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for kent    

I am considering putting a small kicker outboard on this 13. Main power is a 40 HP Johnson weighing about 160 lbs. The kicker would be a 4.5 Suzuki that I have that would be used for auxilary power, but mainly for trolling purposes. As mentioned in other posts, the sole function of this boat is for fishing. The 4.5 weighs about 50 lbs. and would be mounted on the port side of the transom. Do you think this would be wise? Would it affect the side to side trim of the boat? And would the transom be able to handle the weight?

whalernut posted 04-24-2000 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Kent, My 71` `13 Whaler had a 35h.p. Evinrude on it and it trolled very well. The 4.5h.p. engine on the old design will not effect the side to side trim very much, I have seen three people stand on one side of these boats and it barely leaned, they are incredibly stable. The weight will not hurt it as long as it is mounted properly and preforibly mounted on the passenger side. As far as waves the boat can handle, as big as you can handle. I have experienced over 6 footers in Lake Erie! I was a crazy little kid in those days. You have the best hull design in the world, the Sea Sled design-no smirk. Enjoy the hell out of it and hit some waves-properly of course! Good luck-JACK.
kent posted 04-25-2000 12:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for kent    
Thanks for the reply, Jack. Yes, I am really looking forward to getting the boat in the water! As far as mounting the kicker motor properly, what would you suggest to be the best way to go about it? I was thinkling about getting a bracket, one of those that swings up and down, and bolting it to the transom. Then mounting the kicker on the bracket. I guess that the bracket would be attached with bolts, nuts and washers through the transom. Am I on the right track here?
whalernut posted 04-25-2000 03:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Kent, you are right on track. Is there a reason you are not going to use the 40h.p. to troll with? My 35h.p. did a superb job. I also conceed that a 4.5h.p. would be perfect for super slow trolling with very little noise and fuel usage. That mounting bracket you are going to use, and thru bolting is an excellent idea, just make sure you seal it up well around the ends, you dont want water getting into the foam and possibly delaminatin the hull! Use marine calking-sealant. Ask you`re local marine store, or West Marine, etc. Good luck-JACK.
lhg posted 04-25-2000 03:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Jack: In your first post of this thread, you mentioned you would like to find a 16' (pre-Smirk) hull in desert tan gelcoat. Actually, these were made from 1973-1975. Page 6 of the Cetacea section shows one, in the Bass Boat configuration.
kent posted 04-25-2000 05:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for kent    
Hello Jack

My reasons for the kicker are twofold. Firstly, it is a matter of convenience. I have another boat that I use for freshwater fishing (not a WHALER, but a small tin boat). I am used to being right at the back of the boat with a tiller control when I am trolling and downrigging. I guess that old habits die hard, but it seems more hands on to me that way. It seems to me to be a bit awkward to be at the very back of the boat with the steering, shifting and throttle controls some distance away up at the console, even if it is only a 13 ft. boat.

Secondly, I am used to auxilary power. The tin boat has a Honda 4-stroke for main power and is equipped with a Minn Kota electric both fore and aft. This is for freshwater lakes and the dual electic setup is for different fishing techniques. I am a multi-species fisherman. I had a bad experience once of being caught on a large freshwater lake once with no power,and the wind started up. I don't want to go there again!! The WHALER is being rigged for inshore saltwater fishing, and even though it is fairly sheltered where we fish, I have also seen it get ugly pretty fast. I wouldn't want to be caught out in the salt chuck without power what with tides, currents and such. The comfort of auxilary power appeals to me.

lhg posted 01-17-2001 11:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Since someone else has furnished
BW's hull numbering system, I have now learned that my 1958 13' hull number 110 was actually the ELEVENTH Boston Whaler ever made! Jim has now posted a picture, and had I known how rare it was back then, I would have kept it! Wonder if it's still running around in upstate NY, where I sold it back in 1971?
hauptjm posted 01-18-2001 11:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Larry, where are the pictures located? I looked in Cetacea and the reference section, but not sure which boat, if any, is yours.
lhg posted 01-18-2001 06:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
See 13' Reference/Testimonial section.

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