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higgit posted 02-28-2001 08:01 AM ET (US)   Profile for higgit   Send Email to higgit  
I am going to look at my first whaler today. (My father graciously provided several through my childhood but this one is going to be MINE.) It's a 1987 Revenge with a 1996 Merc 175. I am looking for any advice on this monumental purchase. Thanks.
jimh posted 02-28-2001 01:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The REVENGE is a great model of Classic Whaler. By 1987 the design had been refined and you'll have all the good features.

Some options to look for:

--bow pulpit
--railings to assist at walk-through on cockpit side
--rear seat
--filler panel and cushion for vee-berth
--side railing on gunwales
--Whaler Drive or full transom (rare)

Some things we like about our REVENGE:
--helm seat and co-pilot seat are equal (which makes the co-pilot happier than hanging on to 1/3 of a leaning post)
--helm is farthest forward seat, hence ride is BETTER for passengers in the rear (unlike center console with passenger in front whose ride is worse)
--windshield keeps you out of the breeze
--full width cockpit and center companionway give "big boat" feel to cockpit
--ingenious design of stowed ladder for access to foredeck (typical cool Classic Whaler stuff)

The REVENGE is built on the exact same hull as the OUTRAGE. It just has a third molded top piece added to creat the bow and bridge. It is a little heavier than an OUTRAGE, but it rides and handles very similarly.

--jimh

threexm posted 03-05-2001 06:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for threexm  Send Email to threexm     
higgit,
Didn't mention the size of the Revenge. 175hp may be under-powered for a 22' boat, probably o.k. for a 20'.

Jimh,
The Revenge has caught my eye on more than one occasion. I am looking at a few that are pre-'86. Could you reply back with the un-refined issues with the boat prior to '86?
Also, What is the difference of the Whaler stern enclose, assume it encloses more of the stern area?
Thanks

Peter posted 03-05-2001 07:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
I believe that the critical date for the Revenge is 1985. I am told that that is the first year of the walk through (WT) design. The primary difference between the WT and pre-WT is that the windshield is three pieces versus two, the middle piece is hinged to open allowing access to the foredeck via the sliding stowable ladder in the companionway.
threexm posted 03-05-2001 07:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for threexm  Send Email to threexm     
Does the lack of a walk-thru make the pre-'85 model much less worthy? Seems like the prices on these vary quite a bit regardless of age.
Peter posted 03-05-2001 07:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
Because the WT design provides much more convenient access to the bow, WT valuations should be somewhat higher, everything else being equal. However, I have not studied the market to determine whether there is a clear premium for the WT design.

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