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triblet posted 08-21-2000 10:23 PM ET (US)   Profile for triblet   Send Email to triblet  
A dive buddy of mine just called. He's
just bought a 1994 Boston Whaler 16SL.
I've never heard of that model? What is
it? V hull or the classic 16' 7"?

It's got a 120HP. That seems like a lot for
16' boat.

Chuck Tribolet

Backlash posted 08-21-2000 11:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
It's a twin console V-hull with 2 forward seats, 2 swivel seats, and 2 stern seats; 15'6" LOA, 6'6" beam, 1025 lbs., 24 gal fuel, maximum 90 HP. The 16SL preceded the Dauntless series.
lhg posted 08-22-2000 01:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Chuck: My sympathies to your friend! He should have called you first! Like Steve says, it is sit-down bow rider, introduced by Reebock in 1991, billed as the "new" look of Boston Whalers to come, and never really sold well or found a place in the Whaler line. Certainly not much of an offshore boat. I believe it was a trial ballon for completely changing the look of the Montauk, or replacing the Newport, supposedly with a better ride. But it flopped in the showroom and in performance, and they quickly pulled it, leaving the Montauk alone. The boat has a conventional V bottom, no Whaler look, and higher sides, along the lines of VanLancker's other designs, in his determination to redesign all Whalers to conform with his prior Black Watch boats, and become the next "Mr Boston Whaler". He did some great boats, and some poor ones, and this was one of the worst in MY opinion. But at least it's unsinkable!
triblet posted 08-22-2000 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
He's not looking to go offshore, but
rather longshore several miles. My Montauk
has been fine for this. And he got it for
a good price. Since weight capacity
probably constrains it to being a four
diver boat (max), if there are seats that
will come out, I've got a hunch he'll
pull two seats to make room for dive gear.

Anybody got a picture of one? I'm mostly
interested in the deck layout. This would
be a good time to have the sales brochures

Chuck Tribolet

Barry posted 08-22-2000 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     

I think the only seats that might be removable would be the "helm and companion sliding, cushioned, swivel seats". So you might be able to get rid of the companion seat which means his dive buddy would have to sit on the seat on the front of the port console or on the cushioned cover of the aft port quarter box.

I've scanned a page from the "Boston Whaler presents a look at what's new for 1991" brochure and will email it to you.


triblet posted 08-23-2000 03:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Thanks to Barry and several others who
sent pix. I can see why it didn't sell
being this amalgam of standup offshore boat
and family lake bowrider.

I can see what you mean about the swivel
seats being the only removeable ones. I
suspect that the buddies will find sitting
in the back not that bad. At least they
won't have to ride backwards like in my

LHG: Other than it didn't sell, and it's not
the classic whaler you love, what makes it a
bad boat?

Chuck Tribolet

Chuck Tribolet

lhg posted 08-24-2000 03:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I must admit I have never been in one, but I have heard (around a Whaler Dealership) that the hull did not perform very well in a following sea, not as stable laterally and needs a lot of power to plane off. I wouldn't think the higher sides would be a benefit for divers, either.
whalertim posted 08-24-2000 04:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
Could I get a pic of this boat? Just wanted to see it.
djmerrill posted 08-24-2000 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for djmerrill  Send Email to djmerrill     
Last summer, when I was looking for an Outrage 17 or 18, I drove by my local dealer one night and saw one of these 16SLs. It really looks like a common fiberglass V-hull, painted desert tan with a whaler sticker on it. But, on close inspection, it was a whaler product, solid and well built. The dealer confirmed it was a rare (although not particularly valuable) whaler, and not a bad fish 'n ski platform for lakes. While interesting to look at, and an omen for things to come for Whaler in the 90's, I took a pass. By the way, it was on consignment, and the owner would not take less than $9000. It was in nice shape, but had a 100HP Evinrude with some problem on once cylinder that the dealer claimed would require a new powerhead. Don't know if it ever sold, never saw it again.


ahmad posted 02-05-2008 12:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for ahmad  Send Email to ahmad     
[I] own 1994 Boston Whaler 16SL with a 90-HP Evinrude. The passenger cabinet and its swivel seat have been removed. I like fishing alone. Interior became nicer and wider but I note while steering it has slight list to the right caused by my weight and driver cabinet. Centre storage box at deck [I] had used for my tools by inserting several plastic boxes in it. When fishing at moderate sea and at anchor it rolls; that may be due to its light weight and high buoyancy. Generally [I] trust it because of its unsinkable legend.
Tohsgib posted 02-05-2008 12:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
If I were looking for a cheap Whaler, I would buy one. You can rob those things for like $5,000 around here with Yamaha power. Never drove one, never liked the look, but, man, are they cheap.
poker13 posted 02-05-2008 01:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for poker13    
Several 16SL owners have posted here before that they like their boats very much. I would imagine there can't be too much wrong with it. I never really cared for the side consoles. They look like after-market add-ons.
Tom W Clark posted 02-05-2008 01:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Uh, fellas? this thread is from the year 2000. VERY old news.
cgodfrey posted 02-05-2008 08:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for cgodfrey  Send Email to cgodfrey     
Well, at least we know one (Ahmad's) made it to Kuwait. I assume he uses it on the Persian Gulf.
jimh posted 02-05-2008 08:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
One of the hazards of maintaining content on a discussion archive that goes back eight years is that occasionally someone will revive an old discussion. On the other hand, I think it is much better to retain as much content as possible, even if it gets inadvertently revived once every eight years.
Chuck Tribolet posted 02-05-2008 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
And what's the problem with reviving it? Better than starting
a new thread and rehashing the same stuff. It also demonstrates
that the reviver probably did some homework.

BTW, the 16SL has a storage compartment along the keel that
can hold water skis or a couple of SCUBA tanks.

And AFAIK, my buddy still has his. He's come to a couple
of NorCal Rendezvous with it.


kai posted 09-02-2008 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for kai  Send Email to kai     
does any one could told me ... 16 SL is safe enough for fishing alone on the sea water! i am planning to buy one soon. 16SL is old but price is very low too.
68_WhaleR posted 09-02-2008 10:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for 68_WhaleR  Send Email to 68_WhaleR

one is for sale rigth now on the Trader!
Someone get the photos while you can!
I found it today. Intersting layout. I would get it if I had the funds.

frisco pete posted 09-02-2008 10:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for frisco pete

Not a bad boat at all. The problem is the dual consoles are ugly. I`d get rid of one. I would keep the one with the steering wheel.LOL Actually I would get rid of that one too, and build a mahogany one. It would have to be a side console as there is a hatch in the center of the boat. A console like the one in my 13 footer, only bigger, a modernized Nauset style would work. Then you would have to add some seating on the opposite side of the hull. The way to do that hasn`t come to me yet. Boat doesn`t look like it would be fast, its kind of bulbous, but I would buy one, mainly becuase of cheap price, and have money left over for custom interior.


kai posted 09-02-2008 10:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for kai  Send Email to kai     
the point is SL 16, does it good for sea water?
90HP .. what will be happen if change to more powerful eng.?
daveweight posted 09-03-2008 02:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for daveweight  Send Email to daveweight     
I have owned an SL16 for seven years and we fish at sea in it, it is a fifteen foot boat but it is a Boston Whaler and as such unsinkable.
With a Mercury 90HP 2 stroke we have this boat at 43 Knots or very close to 50MPH so any bigger engine is probably not a good idea.
The boat behaves very well at sea and is very strong but I was in Hong Kong and if I remember the sea can be quite rough.
There is a lot of room on such a small boat for fishing and it is very comfortable so on days when the weather is good it will make a good boat for you, just watch the weather but you will give up before the boat does.
Dave Weight
68_WhaleR posted 09-03-2008 10:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for 68_WhaleR  Send Email to 68_WhaleR     
I like it because it is ugly and rare. I have little kids and the seating is just right for them so they won't say
"STOP TOUCHING ME!" Of course it would be hard for me to snuggle with the wife.
Strange boat, but kind of cool at the same time.
How many of those would you see runing around!

kai posted 09-03-2008 12:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for kai  Send Email to kai     
tks yr information.
i will try it out .. if it can speeding up to 40knots is too much for the small boat. then i will keep 90hp eng. for it.
sea will be rough as ladies.. as well tenderly too.
Tohsgib posted 09-03-2008 12:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
I don't care about the hatch..I would put a center console in it and make it a quasi-Dauntless. For $5950 with a newer 90 4 stroke that is the Whaler bargain of the year.
kai posted 09-03-2008 10:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for kai  Send Email to kai     
as everyone knew SL16 is a very very old boat .. i just buy one. for the price is very affordable.... OKAY..
the next step is how to make it well and nice looking?
a boat at sea for 15-18years .. we can image out how beatiful could be ... how to clean it up?
tohsgib say: put a center console in it and make it a quasi-Dauntless
any other ideas?
last day, i test it, the EVINRUDE 90HP V4 2 stroke still work ...the boat itself is safety enough ... did you think it is necessary to install a new eng. on it?
daveweight posted 09-04-2008 02:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for daveweight  Send Email to daveweight     
This thread needs to be moved to the Post Classics forum on this website as Jim Herbert whose site this is is very keen to keep everything in the right place.
I will reply to your questions in Post Classics
Dave Weight
68_WhaleR posted 09-10-2008 01:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for 68_WhaleR  Send Email to 68_WhaleR     
Now on Ebay,
not mine but a 16 SL
SpongeBob posted 09-10-2008 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for SpongeBob  Send Email to SpongeBob     
Relisted from last week. No one bid on it.


btb posted 09-12-2008 12:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for btb  Send Email to btb     
I have a 16 SL, and despite the derisive comments here, I am prepared to say I think its a great boat. But what do I know - its my first boat. However, unlike most of you, I have been out in one!

I fish the coast from San Diego, around the La Jolla Kelp beds mostly, but have been on a few longer trips - one to the Coronados and back (66 sm round trip) and a few trips out to the 9 mile bank which from where I launch is 11 nm pretty much due west out into the pacific.

Its only a small boat, so heading out into the swells with livebait on board can restrict speed to around 11 kt or it gets airborne too much. Its only a modified V. On flat water with the original Yamaha 90 it will go more than 40 mph but I am never in flat water - typical cruising speed when not carrying bait or going due west is around 19 to 21 kt.

I put a pair of trim tabs on it which helps a lot at the higher cruising speeds in moderate chop.

The best thing about this boat - well there are two: 1) the amount of storage. It has a generous anchor locker up front. Each console can hold a lot of stuff for example i have 4 pfds, a throwable, fire extinguisher and my flares in the port console. I store boat documents, tools and then jackets and a fishing belt in the stbd helm console and there's room for more.

Food, snacks, drinking water for two people (I fish with two people most of the time) go into the seats forward of the consoles.

The "Ski Locker" presumably is long enough for skis, but it makes a great fish locker - more than twice the capacity of the lockers on say a 21 ft Outrage. And its fully insulated so it holds ice all night & all day and keeps fish very fresh.

To the rear are two small insulated fish boxes where I keep frozen chum or other fresh bait and other odds and ends.

I have two batteries under the rear seats so all that stuff is out the way.

The other great feature of the boat is that it is very dry - the bow flare works very effectively and we get essentially no water in the boat at any speed.

MPG is around 3.2 nmpg.

Its small enough to keep in the garage, its easily launched and operated by 1 person, and for my purposes it is pretty much perfect.

Limitations? A larger boat would have a) faster travel capability uphill and b) more range due to a bigger gas tank.

The boat handles the ocean well but I have not been out in it in rough weather - it handles wind chop very well, small white caps are fine, but I have not been out in anything really rough. It handles the swells coming over the bar just fine going in and getting out and I have had no issues in a following sea, given the preceding caveats.

68_WhaleR posted 09-12-2008 12:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for 68_WhaleR  Send Email to 68_WhaleR     
Was there a option for seating in the far back by the motors like a Dauntless?
btb posted 09-13-2008 09:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for btb  Send Email to btb     
My boat, which I presume is totally stock, a seat in front of each console, the helm and similar passenger seats, and a seat on each side at the back over the battery compartments, for a total of 6, which matches the capacity sticker.
billwa posted 09-13-2008 10:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for billwa  Send Email to billwa     
Does anyone know if the weight difference between the 90 two stroke and 90 four stroke (about 130 pounds) is an issue for the transom ?

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