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David S posted 10-30-2000 09:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for David S   Send Email to David S  
I recently had the pleasure of taking my first ride in a Whaler. It is a '91 17'Outrage with, if I remember correctly, a Merc 90. The ride was graciously offered by a fellow contributer to this board. So now I'm hooked. I have a line on '92 17' Outrage with 90 Evinrude, and an '88 18' with Yamaha 150, which has new hydrolic steering. The 17' is closer and the 18' is about 1500 mi away and would have to be transported. Assuming the two boats are in similar shape and are within $1000 of each other (17'is more) which is the "better" boat to carry a growing family? Any significant ride differences with the extra foot in length and, I assume, added width? What about differences between the power plants? And advantages/disads with the power steering? Thank you all again for your help.
lhg posted 10-30-2000 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I would go with the 18. I believe it's a lot more boat for your purposes. Expand the forum threads to 365 days, and you will find a lot of discussion on these boats. Also see the Rendezvous section, since 3 18's made the trip.
jimh posted 10-30-2000 11:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I can't say enough about how those 18-Outrage hulls run in big water. Have you read the comments in the Rendezvous narratives?

And hydraulic steering is very nice. Figure it runs about $1-K more.

The long distance is a factor. It is always nice to go with a local boat.


Peter posted 10-31-2000 02:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     

I'll second Larry's comments. Go with the 18, its a versatile, proven performer. The extra foot will make a difference on the water but not on a trailer.


David S posted 10-31-2000 09:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for David S  Send Email to David S     
Gents, thanks for your replies. Making room in my driveway for the 18 footer.
djmerrill posted 10-31-2000 10:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for djmerrill  Send Email to djmerrill     

From your last post it sounds like you have bought (or intend to buy) the 18'. Congratulations! For similar $, I'd make the same choice! My 17' is a great boat, but as many have said, the extra foot can only help. The 18 will also be easier to get accessories for (mills canvas) and be easier to sell (why would you want to?), because it was made for so long, in far greater quantities.

For those readers that haven't figured it out, it was my Whaler that brought David into the fold. So if you see someone looking for info in your neck of the woods, offer up a ride. Whaler fever is pretty contagious, and its fun to spread it around. Also, it was great meeting David. I hope to have gained a new Whaler buddy on the Maine coast next summer!

(For the record, my motor is a Yamaha 90-but the motor wars are in another thread...)

Congrats, Can't wait to check it out! Doug

frank posted 11-01-2000 12:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for frank  Send Email to frank     
hi david i just wanted to let you know the 18 is a real champ. i've got an 87 with a yam 150 . i posted it here for sale first. and rec. numerous e- mails. i'm looking right now for small center console whaler 13-15. i thought i'd be doing a lot more ocean fishing but the reality is i'm 100 miles from good ocean fishing. if the ocean is where you fish get the 18 . although i've only had mine in it twice it inspires confidence. it really handles the ruff stuff . and you wont get wet. i've heard the classic hull refered to as a wet hull and the modern hull called a dry hull (by dealers naturally) it is very untrue the classic hull is as dry a ride as you will find. good luck with your classic.>> frank

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