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Dick posted 03-08-2001 09:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for Dick   Send Email to Dick  
Saw my first one today. The are rare here in the Pacific NW. I was in La Conner and one of my dealers had just taken one in on consignment, a 1998 1400 with a Merc 40 2 stroke. Not for me but a pretty good looking boat, nice finish and layout.
Gave it the Whaler thump test and it didn't sound like the foam ran up to the gunwale.
Was happy to finaly see one after all the mention here.
lhg posted 03-09-2001 01:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
The Edgewaters only have a foamed floor stringer system, the sides are like conventional hulls, non-foamed. The transoms are all glass, no wood. I like the looks of all of these models, kind of like a simplified Whaler design, and it's easy to mistake them for a Whaler when you see one coming your way.

I hear that Dougherty has sold out his interest in the company. Their most recent model would seem to indicate this, as it looks NOTHING like a Whaler.

There are also rumors that he is bringing out ANOTHER line of boats. I wonder if his non-compete and probable design restrictions from Boston whaler are now over, as it's been more than ten years since he left. Who knows what we'll see. Should be interesting.

Dick posted 03-09-2001 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
It could be real interesting if he reads the comments on this forum.
Would be nice to see a real Dougherty boat again with no design limitations.
whalernut posted 03-10-2001 12:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I`ll second that, I hope he brings back the spirit of the older Whaler designs. He may even still be able to use Barbour Rubrails, CMI Rails, etc.? I always thought "Classic Boat Works" would be a good name for a Whaler revival boat builder. They could call the models Classic `13, Classic `17, Classic `18 and so on? I have also cried out to see if Bob Dougherty reads these posts and have got no responses. I also wonder how long the patent lasts on a boat design and construction? Regards-Jack Graner.

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