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cjuall posted 09-08-2000 07:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for cjuall   Send Email to cjuall  
I'm interested in finding out anything I can on the old (89-91) whaler 31. Does anyone have any experience with one and were they good? I saw a new one in its time and it looked very nice but I'm not sure how it handled, consumed fuel, how it was to maintain etc. I'm going to have to move up (I currently own a 1987 Outrage 22) and I'm looking to move up to the 30 foot range. Any input would be appreciated. By the way....is this an awesome site or what! I thought I was the only "whaler junkie"!
Tim Stoehr posted 09-14-2000 04:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tim Stoehr    
Most if not all 31s had twin 300 Cummins Diesels which I would imagine should push it between 35 & 40 mph with great range. I have never been on one, however I also like the boat. It definitely sleeps 4, maybe 6. I pass one every time I leave the harbor on my Outrage 25. Buy one and tell me what it's like.
lhg posted 09-14-2000 07:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Several of us on this site have a "Whaler Rendezvous friend" who bought one of these new in 1991, and still has it. It is a beautiful boat, but when I went for a ride I was surprised at the noise and vibration levels, at cruising speed, from the twin diesels. I don't think I could live with this very long.

I have also heard that the boat had some balance & handling problems, and tended to be bow heavy. I know there were other minor design problems, but this is all second hand information, and I don't have specifics. I do know that this size boat was stretching the traditional Whaler foamed hull construction abilities, and this could have been some of the problems. (the new 34' Whaler is not a traditional foamed hull, and accordingly has a LOT less bouyancy than the traditional Whalers have) Not a lot of these were sold, and I think it was discontinued by the Reebock people because the boat (like many of their other models also), was expensive to build and losing money for them. Personally, I loved the shape of this Dougherty designed hull, and would have liked to see the boat in a different topside configuration. The Michign DNR bought a few of these, in commercial products form with a "Challenger" style cabin and twin diesel stern drives, that looked really great.

Whaler's changing hands at the time of introduction of this hull did not give it the chance to be fully refined, unfortunately.
I have seen several for sale in the South FL market recently. Prices are reasonable, as they tend to not be fast sellers used. Too many other alternatives in that size range.
The first models were desert tan, but the boat interior was redesigned for 1991, and hull was changed to white by VanLancker/Reebock.

If you're considering a larger Whaler, I'd look at the 27's, both in the traditional cabin form (pre 1990) and the Walkaround form (1990-1994). I think it's a better all around boat, and almost as large.

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