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whaler283 posted 01-23-2001 08:09 AM ET (US)   Profile for whaler283   Send Email to whaler283  
Looking for a 22 or 25 revenge model and wondering the pros and cons of the whaler drive. Seems like a good idea to me. Closed transom stops any following seas from entering the boat and should keep the engine noise down. Am I missing something. Any long term concerns with the extra stress on the transom?
SWarren posted 01-23-2001 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
If you go by book value and resell value the whaler drive is better than the regular transom. Most people say it gives you better storage and ride. I like the regular transom because if the boat ever gets swamped with water just trim the motors down and gas it. The water goes out over the transom.
hauptjm posted 01-23-2001 10:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Anytime you can find a Full Transom Whaler, buy it. The resale is great for a reason. The boat is literally like a larger boat for its class. I've taken quite a bit of water in mine during a Gulf Coast summer squall (70+mph winds, 6-7 ft.seas), and she just self bails. I keep the plug out virtually all of the time. These were extreme conditions. 99% of the time it's not an issue. When it happens, you're still in a Whaler.
lhg posted 01-23-2001 02:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Look back through the Forum for much discussion on the full transom models.

Regarding evacuation of water, Steve makes a good point in favor of the traditional notched transom. However, in all of the full transom models, BW addressed this issue by drilling 2 3" holes through the raised splash well curb, and then another 2 3" holes through the transom. At rest, these are above water and in any conditions will drain water from the boat, although not as fast.

I would try to find a Whaler Drive model if possible. Transom stress is not an issue.

lhg posted 01-23-2001 02:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
PS Whaler Drive Revenges were only made 1987, 88 & 89.
lhg posted 01-23-2001 02:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
PS PS: The 22 & 25's were also made in 1990. But not the 20.
whaler283 posted 01-23-2001 04:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaler283  Send Email to whaler283     
I tried looking through the past topics for a heading on whaler drive but did not see anything. Could it be under a another topic?
Barry posted 01-23-2001 06:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
I would definately say YES to the Whaler Drive. For all of the reasons mentioned above.

The additional length, full transom, and additional flotation will provide:
* better ride
* quieter ride
* drier boat
* more usable space

I believe these benefits outweigh the negatives:
* longer boat (trailering/dock space/boat storage issues and costs)
* more drag (a full transom with bracket would be better here although the addition of jack plates to the WD would help)
* higher cost (for boat)
* harder to fish around the engines

Some of the previous posts regarding WDs and brackets include:
Market Place:Whaler drive
Performance:attention montauk owners
Performance:OB Setbacks explained Pros Cons
Repairs/Mods:Whaler Drives
Repairs/Mods:25' Outrage Cuddy


whaler283 posted 01-24-2001 07:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for whaler283  Send Email to whaler283     
whaler283 posted 01-24-2001 07:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for whaler283  Send Email to whaler283     
Thanks for the great references!! Seems like everything I need to know!
QBrennan posted 01-26-2001 12:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for QBrennan  Send Email to QBrennan     
I really wanted a Whaler drive for my 1984- mint condition Outrage-25. When I could not find one to retro-fit when I was repowering it with new optimax's, I decided on a dual-hydraulic jack plates. I love the performance, control, grab, extra-space, etc.
I would recommend them anytime. A project down the line would be to enclose or glass in the transom. Anybody with additonal thoughts?
Thanks, Q
Barry posted 01-26-2001 02:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     

What model jackplates did you use and how much setback?


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