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Mike in Seattle posted 08-21-2000 01:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for Mike in Seattle   Send Email to Mike in Seattle  
I've got a 15' that I love but is too big to be used as a tender on my big boat. Rather than tow it, I've recently come to realize that I could get rid of my rigid inflatable and put an 11' whaler up there. Any info on this model would be greatly appreciated. How does it compare to the venerable 13? Thanks in advance.
Clark Roberts posted 08-21-2000 05:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Mike, the 11 is a great little skiff but the 13 will outperform it with equal power. With a 15hp engine the 11 won't plane out if two passengers sit in the stern..a person has to move forward.. the 13, on the other hand, will plane out easily with two passengers in stern seat... the 13 will also go as fast or faster with a 15hp.. with a 25 the 13 is clearly faster.. also handling on the 13 is far superior to the 11 as is load carrying capacity, stability, and safety!
The 11 is first choice if size is a restriction! The 11 also has great resale value and is cute as a new puppy! Hey, that's my 2 cents worth... and I've owned maybe 10 elevens and 20+ thirteens.. Happy Whalin.... Clark.. The Old Man and the Sea
CDN posted 10-10-2000 04:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for CDN  Send Email to CDN     
Does anyone else have experience with 11' Super Sport Models? I have a line on a '97 (I think that was the last year made), with galvanized trailer, and an '89 Johnson 25hp electric start with remote. Seller wants $5295, but I think I can get him down some. It has been sitting unsold for six months. Also, a dealer near me has a brand new leftover '97 11' Super Sport, for $4620, plus motor and trailer.

Can you run with three people reasonably well? Has anyone tried tubing or skiing with it? I know it's small, but I really like the looks. Sort of like an MG Midget, vs. an MGB. Or is just too small to be practical? I have sat in it on the trailer, and while I'm 6" 4", I fit OK.

stagalv posted 10-11-2000 10:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
As a kid I had two 11' Sports. Each of them had a 25hp Johnson on them. Over the years we used them as a dinghy to our larger boats and would cruise all summer to the Bahamas etc.. My family of four could get into the boat with gear (fish, snorkle..) and a couple of 6 gal tanks + battery and the boat would take it's time but still get up on top and perform well. It is a bit more heavy than typical RIB's so you may want to check your davit capacity. A down side is that it can bang up against the side of the big boat where a RIB is soft sided and does no damage.
CDN posted 10-11-2000 11:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for CDN  Send Email to CDN     
Davits? I'm not looking at it for a tender. I'm talking my first Whaler. Probably be me and one or two others most of the time. Fishing, cruising, swimming on small inland lakes in Ohio. It appeals to me becaue it is so small and light, and looks great. I looked at RIBs, and even the Logic Riot 12, along with the new Impact 12' (around $15K boat motor, trailer) and new Sport 12'. RIBS have little room, I don't like the look, and the two Whalers are more money than I am looking to spend and too heavy. (I want to stay to around 750 pounds loaded, or less.) There is always finding an old 13' Sport, if I can find one with a newer motor. So far, no luck. Other option is old Sport and get a new Tohatsu 25hp motor to keep the cost down. (One of the lakes I like as a 25hp limit.)

Bigger boats come later in life right now.

CDN posted 10-11-2000 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for CDN  Send Email to CDN     
I meant new 13' Sport, not 12'.
stagalv posted 10-11-2000 11:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
CDN, I was responding to "Mike in Seattle" regarding the 11' Whaler. He stated that it may be used as a tender for his larger boat. I felt that he may use davits to lift the 11 as is customary on many boats which have a tender/dinghy.

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