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jimh posted 05-06-2000 08:21 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
I think Classic Whaler owners will enjoy this story:

As I was waiting at the launching ramp at Orchard Lake this April for my maiden voyage of the boating season, a very nice 1967 Nauset owned by Paul Mullin was just hauling out. I got into a chat with Paul about his boat (which is featured in this week's CETACEA top-page). But he also had a good story about the engine on its transom, an older Evinrude .

"I got that engine by buying an old wooden boat/motor/trailer from up in the Soo [Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan]," said Paul. "I put some new tires on the trailer, and drove it down here."
[The Soo is about 400 miles from Orchard Lake.]

"All I was interested in was the engine, so I drove it over here [to the ramp] and just backed the boat far enough into the water so I could run the engine. The engine fired right up and ran."

"About then a fellow came over to the ramp. Admiring the old boat, he says 'Mister, that is sure a nice looking boat.'"

"I said to him, "You like it? Well, this is your lucky day, because it's yours! You can have it. I just want the engine."

The stranger gladly accepted the gift of the old wooden boat,
although Paul says, "The boat was so rotted that in the process of moving it around to get the engine off I stuck my hand right through the transom! It is amazing it stayed intact during the trip down from the Soo!"


lhg posted 05-11-2000 07:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Jim: Paul's boat looks like a beauty. Thanks for posting a picture of it. It nicely shows the front seat detail used by Whaler before they switched to the Igloo cooler seat with the introduction of the Montauk & 73 Outrages. Usually people do the opposite with old Whalers. They buy the package just to get the boat, and throw away the engine or trailer.
whalernut posted 05-12-2000 04:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
That 1967 Nauset is so beatiful and so Whaler, I was drooling on my computer board. Boston Whaler should bring back the old classics, I think they would sell very well, probably better than those new Baylinery ones. I know I would buy the first one thru the dealers doors! Regards-JACK.
lhg posted 05-12-2000 08:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
The 40th anniversary of the 1961 introduction of the Nauset-Eastport-Sakonnet mahogany console series is coming up soon. Actually, 2001 boats are first introduced in Sept of this year. So it will be interesting to see if Whaler repeats the 40th anniversary concept they did with the original 13, by making 250 of them as special boats.

Actually, it seems one could actually "assemble" their own "new" Nauset. The bare hull could probably still be ordered from Commercial Products Div in white & blue interior, (or you could save money and just get the currect recreational white inside & out hull) then have the console and seat made, then get the side & bow rails from the OEM supplier, also listed here, and you have it. In 1997, I got a list
price on a 17 bare hull in desert tan, for $5000. (interestingly enough,a 13 was $4000 and a 15 was $4500). Add in another $1000 for inflation, another $1000 for special blue interior gelcoat color, and you have a brand new bare hull for $7000 (just a guess). I'll bet you could rig up an entire boat, engine & trailer package for about $5000 less than a new Montauk package would cost, and have a brand new Classic Sakonnet or Nauset! Same could be done for a Currituck. I just got a price on a brand new, all galvanized, 1700 lb capacity, keel roller trailer for a 17 for $675. The money is saved by not buying a "package" from a dealer. That's where the profit (and cost to you) is, which is why Mercury bought Boston Whaler in the first place. Always buy just the boat, and shop elsewhere for the engine of your choice & correct trailer. At least 50% of the Whalers I have seen over the last 30 years have wrong trailers under them from the "dealer package".

whalernut posted 05-12-2000 08:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
LHG, what brand of trailer is that one for $675 and is it painted or galvinized, although it wouldn`t matter, I fish and boat in freshwater only. I might actually do as you sugest and buid my own if Whaler doesn`t come out with a limited edition Nauset. I am picking up a 1975 Currituck on 5-20-00 in Michigan, so I might have to sell it eventually(maybee not since it is already what I like and is already a Classic). But I love Nausetts. We`ll see! Regards-JACK.
lhg posted 05-12-2000 09:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Jack: It is an all galvanized (except springs), including axle and wheels, structural steel channel frame trailer, with all welded frame, then hot dipped. Manufacturer is Water-Land Inc, out of Miami & Tampa FL. The brand name they use is "Continental", and they are widely used all over FL, and probably the best known name down there. My own trailer, under my 25 Outrage, now 11 years old, and pictured in the Cetecea section, is the same brand and it has served me very well. Unfortunately, Continental does not sell outside of FL, so one has to go to a Dealer down there to get one. This price is from Cantway Trailer, in Delray Beach FL (on the east coast south of Palm Beach). Phone is 561-737-4999 and the model # is a C-7, 1700 lb Capacity. Contact is Bob Cantway. I just this week had him upgrade mine with new galvanized axles and four wheel stainless steel disc brakes. These are great keel roller trailers for all sizes of Boston Whalers, new and old, and their prices can't be beat.
whalernut posted 05-13-2000 07:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
LHG, If Whaler comes out with a limited edition Nauset, I hope it is with the sea sled hull design and straight transom motor well. The only thing I didn`t like from the originals is the glued on white rub rail. Can you still buy the sea sled hull from the comercial division? Regards-JACK.

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