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Tom L posted 12-21-2000 11:59 PM ET (US)   Profile for Tom L   Send Email to Tom L  
There is a 95 model whaler "Wahoo" in FL. Advertised on boattrader.com. Add placed 12/19

Legit? There is a pic. Looks sort of like a whaler.

dfmcintyre posted 12-22-2000 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Tom -

Legit?, yes in that there is a line of boats called Wahoo, that were probably made from a Whaler plug.

But there were no Boston Whaler models that had that name.... or quality, in my opinion.

Best - Don

Tom L posted 12-22-2000 11:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom L  Send Email to Tom L     
Thanks Don. No argument from me. Looking for a real BW
booster posted 04-12-2004 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for booster  Send Email to booster     
I have a 2100 Offshore model Wahoo. It's the second of the line I've owned. All I can say is that it's put together well and rides better than any other 21 footer I've been in. I love the build quality.
WHALER27CC posted 04-13-2004 09:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for WHALER27CC  Send Email to WHALER27CC     
Tom-
I have a 16 ft Wahoo. ITS NOT made from the Whaler plugs. Wahoo was a Whaler copy/competitor, that lasted for about 10 years before it went bust. The Wahoo is an excellent boat but there are many differences between it and Whaler...The main one being, it is foam LINED , not completely foamed between the hull/liner.Good luck with your search.
Peter
SS17 posted 04-13-2004 11:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for SS17    
I had a 16 as well (and worked for the founder of Wahoo!). Don't know if it was popped from a whaler, but the 14 was (from a modified donor 13.)

The company was "contacted" by Whaler after it started producing the 18. Ironically, the original 18 had a "smirk" and whaler made them remove it. The later 18's are "smirkless."

Wahoo! didn't go bust, but was bought out by Brunswick. They produced some of the line, then started selling them under Robalo, which has since been sold to the company that builds Chaparral.

They are good boats. I really like the original 18 and 21 as well. The were not a unibond type boat, but a hull/liner boat, with blocks and sprayed foam. They were not as unsinkable.

LHG posted 04-13-2004 07:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
Brunswick bought Wahoo, Whaler's most famous imitator, about 2 years before they bought Whaler. Then, after Brunswick bought Whaler, they put these two companies together, along with Robalo, into a "fishing boat group". Well, that lasted about a year and quickly proved to be a ridiculous idea, with bickering and infighting.

How can one Company own both the originator and the copycat?
It's like competing with yourself. So Brunswick then dissolved Wahoo, permanently getting rid of the copycat models, and sold off what was left (non-whaler looking hulls) with Robalo (only making about 60 boats/year), and put BW into the Sea Ray group. Wahoo must have ended up as a complete loss to Brunswick.

(Above information given to me by a Whaler dealer)

drumbeater posted 04-15-2004 02:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for drumbeater  Send Email to drumbeater     
It was a 1994 or 1992 1850 model. It was a really sturdy boat that had survived getting T-boned while on a trailer, skid across the highway and hit a tree. It needed obviously alot of glass and gelcoat repair, but the structure was still solid. I sold it to a friend in 1999 who still uses it on the SC coast. Had a 150 Merc on it and the boat did over 50mph.
DB

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