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Sam Collins posted 05-22-2000 09:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for Sam Collins   Send Email to Sam Collins  
I was talking to this elderly gentleman today who was wanting to sell his 1974 13'Boston Whaler which he had purchased new. After several questions and answers, I asked him what flaws or dislikes he had with the boat. And he said only one. I said whats that? He replyed there's no hand holds on the bottom of the boat. I said whatever for. He said well if the boat were to ever flip he would have no way to turn it back over.
It's a new one on me.
He said it was an old Boston Whaler story that he had heard long ago.
lhg posted 05-22-2000 11:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Sam: The story is legitimate, and comes from the 1970 Whaler catalog, (of which I have a copy), and was from an Owner who sent a letter to the company, which they printed in the catalog. Quoting:

"Your boat is such a fine rig that it inspires a tremendous amount of overconfidence in some of the idiots that own them - more specifically me ....

"I had been in the Gulf of Mexico for two hours in a 25 knot wind, engaged in a continuous brag about the safety of my Whaler to the companion who was with me. In a moment of in-attention, while running full speed parallel to the seas not far from the beach, an unexpectedly large one crested on us and flipped us on our back. Next time I'll be watching and either bear off slightly or slow down.

"It was easier to hang on in the water than try to sit on the up-turned bottom. Some wag hearing this suggested you put handles on it!
In any event I am certain you'd be interested to know that your boat may be heavy weather proof, but it isn't absolutely skipper proof.

"As it suffered coming ashore I bought a new one with the insurance"

Fisher loved to put stuff like this in his sales catalogs!

jimh posted 05-23-2000 12:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Regarding Dick Fisher and his selection of prose:

You've got to admire anyone who uses "gin" as a verb and "wag" as a noun.

--jimh

Vibroluxe posted 05-23-2000 04:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Vibroluxe  Send Email to Vibroluxe     
lhg - Do you have a scanner available to you? I have a '70 Whaler and I would love to view an original catalog to see just how the boat was outfitted from the factory. This would possibly be something that could be put on this site as well to assist others in restoring their Whalers. Thanks - John
lhg posted 05-23-2000 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
John: My son just got a new scanner and we are going to try to scan the great color pictures in the catalog, and send them to Jim for this site. He has already posted some of them, in black and white from Xerox copies I sent him. Take a look in the reference section.

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