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Steve Leone posted 12-21-2000 10:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for Steve Leone   Send Email to Steve Leone  
Does anybody out there know the differences between these very similar 16.7 Boston Whaler designs? I would appreciate any feedback. Thanks, Steve in California.
whalerron posted 12-21-2000 11:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
Steve - whoa! Somebody else out there has heard of the Minot model boat which I have. This boat is the stripped down version of the Katama. The only difference that I know about is that the Minot has no windshield. The Katama has a canvas windshield that hangs on a stainless rail which is attached to the console. The Minot has a fiberglass bench seat at the helm and I am not sure if that is the same on the Katama. Both boats have a fiberglass console which is attached to the starboard side of the boat. You can walk around the Port side of the console.

I can email pictures of my Minot if that would help.

- ron
- ron

jimh posted 12-22-2000 08:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
whalerron,

How abou sending some pics of the Minot to me? I'd like to have a couple for CETACEA and the REFERENCE section.

That's one model we've never seen on the website.

--jimh

Steve Leone posted 12-22-2000 04:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Leone  Send Email to Steve Leone     
Thanks Guys!!! Mine is a 1972 "Katama". I intend to sell it when I`m finished (after I try it out for awhile of course) and I did not want to misrepresent it. Thanks again for all of your help and if you ever have a technical question about an outboard or I/O or parts availability (new or used) just give me a shout. Stevo in California. (Certified O.M.C. , Mercury/Mercruiser-26 years wrenching and fitting all kinds of vessels).
jimh posted 12-22-2000 11:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Reposting this for Steve, who started another tread, but I am sure he really meant to add this comment to this one:

By the way the "katama" also has the moulde fiberglass helm seat. Mine has a backed bench style "Pompanette" brand seat which I had completely recovered for $200.00. There is room for more seating behind it but I am not sure what came "factory" there. I may just add a long cusion to make a total seating for 6.

All the best, Stevo in California.

whalerron posted 12-22-2000 11:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
Steve - Now that you mention it, I do have a technical question about my 1975 70hp Johnson outboard. That engine has an alternator but the output voltage is not regulated. At WOT, it runs at around 18 volts. OMC told me that this is not a problem with the alternator but is representative of that engine line. Have you ever heard of a way that could be used to regulate that voltage to the 12 - 15 volt range?

thanks,
ron

whalerron posted 12-23-2000 12:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
jimh, I have sent you what pictures I have. When the snow melts and the air warms, I will get you some better shots.

- ron

whalerron posted 12-23-2000 12:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
Steve, I just found a pamphlet that Boston Whaler had sent me when I requested info about my boat. The pamplet has a blurb about each of the models in 1969 and it states that the Minot is the Katama without a windshield or seat cushions. That is the only difference.

Those people at Boston Whaler are great. I cannot believe that they are answering questions (and sending free information) about my 32 year old boat and they are treating me like this is a brand new model that I just bought! Other companies should provide the great customer service that Whaler has mastered.

- ron

Steve Leone posted 12-23-2000 12:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Leone  Send Email to Steve Leone     
Hey Ron! I recieved your posted message. If there is not a problem do not fix it. If you absolutely need to have it at 12-15 volts you can install an outboard regulator. There are alot of outboards that use a "floating" alternator. By the way thats good news about the Whaler folks. Thanks again for the info, Stevo in El Cerrito.
whalerron posted 12-24-2000 12:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
Steve, this my posting about regulating the voltage coming from my outboard has generated some emails to me asking if you have an answer. So, I guess it is more than just me that sees this as an issue. Some of the newer depth finders shutdown at 16 volts or greater and that is a real nuisance. So, is it possible to buy some type of regulator? I would be happy with something I could attach in the console and just connect my electronics to its output. I wonder why I haven't smoked a bunch of batteries with 18 volts coming out of that thing at WOT but because that hasn't been an issue, I am only concerned with the depthfinder and VHF.

If we keep this thread going, Jim is gonna move it to the proper forum....

thanks,
ron

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