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New Boater posted 09-02-2000 10:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for New Boater   Send Email to New Boater  
I am considering purchasing a 1995 Rage 15. To check the price range for this model, I have found three Rage 15's on various websites. All were the 1995 model. Was 1995 the only year that the Rage 15 was made? Is this model a lemon? I plan to use it for fishing, trolling, and skiing.
Clark Roberts posted 09-03-2000 06:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Hey New, try before you buy... 95 was not only year but I'm not really up on details of any of the jets... have driven a 15 quite a bit and wouldn't recommend it for trolling.. it had a 115 OMC "turbojet" engine and was NOT a good performer... about 32 mph WOT!
burned gas like it was going out of style, and at trolling speed was turning about 3500 rpm... however it was a pretty boat and would spin around etc .... I think it came also with a 90hp engine... not enough in my book.... I believe a person should buy what they want! Just advice on test driving.. should do that jet or not, however... Not to rain on your parade etc.... Happy Whalin'.. Clark... PS> you should get a bargain price as they are not in great demand
bigz posted 09-03-2000 08:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Welcome to the forum "New" --- to save you a little time in finding reponses, you do have to do a little work under the various topics expanding the post back through "last year" many questions have been answered, I figured since your new would help you out (see below posted under Performance) --- Clark probably doesn't remember this post from April --- chuckle.

"lhg" aka Larry ---- I disagree on the market and value for the Rage --- there is still a good one if the intended use is Lakes and Rivers it was never designed as a "big" open water craft --- just a zoom around fun one --- My Insurance Agent had one for years at a local lake just sold it almost overnight for a sizable hunk of change to get a boat little bit better suited for fishing ---- and over the passed year have been a number of them up for auction on eBay which sold easily at decent prices.

So there you have it, all boils down to your intended use ---

Tom


Posted by lhg 4/24/00 ----
I'd take a pass on that one, or any Rage, for that matter. Whaler only made these models for a few years, and they died out as fast as they arrived. I understand their market value has plummeted and they are now hard to sell. It was one of Reebok's offerings, and it did not represent the all around utility, safety and sea keeping ability Whaler has been famous for. The first ones, I have heard, were under powered and had engine problems. Consider, instead, a Whaler 13' traditional model with a 40hp outboard. You'll be way ahead. Admittedly, I am NOT a fan of these little jet boats, and their jet ski cousins, but I believe my advice is sound! Maybe someone else here would have a different opinion. posted by lhg 4/24/00

Posted by Clark Roberts 4/24/00 ---
Larry is right on the mark on his advice!! I have driven a 13 Rage with 50hp Yamaha and estimate top speed to be no more than 20 (more like 18) mph.. no hole shot at all and a real pain in the neck to keep up on plane... WOT is the only way... noisy and fuel thirsty. I would no take one if someone gave it to me... Same for the 15 with the 115 OMC... tops out at about 28-32 and gulps the gas... A friend rented one in anticipation of purchase and took it back after an hour or so... hated it.... My suggestion would be to drive it before you buy it and make your decision based on that.. I'm old and opinionated although I'm fairly objective on this one!!! Happy Whalin'.......... Clark

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