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hardensheetmetal posted 12-21-2000 08:45 PM ET (US)   Profile for hardensheetmetal   Send Email to hardensheetmetal  
I love this web site, I have been a whaler fanatic since I was 10 and drooled over one in our marina. Once I finally saved enough to by a beat 1968 13 sport (23652)I started writing to Whaler and bugging them for all kinds of stupid information, they must have dreaded getting mail from me! Since then I have owned five and over the years I have ammassed a collection of Whaler catologs dating from 1980. In what I think is the 1984 (they are not dated) catolog they list and show a picture of a Newport 18. The boat is basically a Outrage 18 hull with the low Newport 17 console. It also shows the transome as being cut out, which would allow for the use of only a single outboard. The funny thing is that the boat is not listed in the specifications chart in the back of the catolog. My question is - was this boat ever made? Has anyone ever seen one?
Peter posted 12-21-2000 08:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
Can you post a picture somewhere?
hardensheetmetal posted 12-21-2000 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
I'll see if I can scan a picture from the catolag.
lhg posted 12-21-2000 11:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I think they did make it for a year, but then it evolved into the 18 GTX. See Cetacea Page 26.
george nagy posted 12-22-2000 10:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
Yes they dis make a few 18 newports. They had to replace many 18 hulls those years due to defects. I have recently seen one in Florida on trader on-line for only aroung 6 grand. it looked to be in good shape. i have also seen one with twin 70 johnsons, they are pretty unique. You know I share the same hobby of collecting brochures every year although mine only date back to 85 or 86, the orange one with the 18 outrage in the sunset. I'm thinking somehow it would be a good idea to scan these for the website. any ideas. I would love to have some how get repros of the ones I don't have, maybe through digital transfer? I'm really excited and can't wait to tell my friends that there are others with this somewhat strange passion. Let me know your thoughts
hardensheetmetal posted 12-22-2000 05:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
IHG - In the same catolog they also show the GTX directly above the 18 Newport so I think they may have been introduced in the same year.

George - I would love to put some of these catologs on the site, but unfortunately I am a little less computer literate than the rest of the world. If you have any ideas on how I can get it done, definately fill me in. I also have some adds that I took out of some real old Motor Boating and Sailing magazines from the sixties (I knew my dad was going to get rid of the mags. so I desicrated them and tore out all the Whaler adds and pictures.)

Dick posted 12-22-2000 07:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I have a set of sheets from Boston Whaler showing the history of Boston Whaler by boat length.
They show the 18 Newport being built 1981 -1984.
If anyone is interested I'll try to scan these and post them.
Let me know.
Dick
george nagy posted 12-29-2000 09:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
Yes, I'm interested in any BW publication. Scan away! ganagy2001@yahoo.com
sloth posted 10-07-2007 12:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for sloth    
Hold on here! I am reviving an old post but I must say that I am a proud Newport 18 owner (not 17, big big difference), and it is a fantastic boat. Basically it is a low slung outrage 18 which is perfect for families and is still one of the best 18 foot handling hulls ever. Mine is a 1982 (I thought an '83 but my local town registrar says diffent, only you know the truth).

I took a solo cruise today from Camden ME through the "fox island thorofare" and back. October and perfect, glass calm with numerous dolphin and seal sightings. For those who haven't been (I'm new to it as well), Penobscot Bay is one of the most beautiful places in the world. As I was running past the harbor in Northhaven, I counted 12 classic Whalers moored in the same spot. I think none of them over 17 feet! I love classic whalers.

The whole experience made me feel as though I should not sell the boat even though I have been ofered a perfect 1988 Mako 21B with a newer engine. I'm not being a traitor here, the boat I am getting is perfect and I know it's history from day one (20 years ago). I grew up with and around outboard center consoles and to this day only a few brands and models stand out in their classic form: BW, Mako (who else?) the aquasport 196 maybe?

The boat shows it age very well. I have a 1989 140 Johnson which starts first time every try. Obviously the boat is not perfect but still a whaler and will be for another 20 years.

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