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Garyelrod posted 04-17-2001 07:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for Garyelrod   Send Email to Garyelrod  
I just bought my first Whaler, 1973 16.7 foot. I got it to use in the sounds in North Carolina. It has never been in Salt Water. I have had several people tell me not to put in Salt Water. Is it really that damaging and what do I do to protect the motor after use in salt water? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
lhg posted 04-17-2001 07:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
You must have been talking to Whalerguy! Just remember, the original Boston Whalers were born in the cold waters of the North Atlantic off the New England coast.

Admittedly, lately, they've become more of a fair & warm weather boat, with their absence of good all weather equipment and protection, in exchange for sun tops and tee tops. Must be that sub tropical Edgewater FL environment instead of Rockland Mass, right Jack! In a current Outrage, you've got to go into the toilet room, also known as a console, to stay warm and dry if the going gets cold and wet!

Ferdinando posted 04-17-2001 07:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ferdinando  Send Email to Ferdinando     
Gary:

The heck with the people who tell you not to put it in salt water. I live in sunny San Juan, Puerto Rico and I boat all year long.
I sold a 15'Whaler SS 2 yrs ago after 13 yrs of use in salt water, I bought it for $9,600
and sold it for $10,000, it still looked like new. What determines how your boat weathers salt water is the care you give it after every use.

I completly wash down my current 17'Whaler
after every outing. I use a bucket of Vel,
inside and outside the hull. I flush my engine with fresh water for 10 to 15 minutes.

After the wash and rinse I dry my boat off
with it's own towel (my wife only wishes I
do the same for her).

After all of the above I wipe down all SS railings & fittings with a rag soaked in WD-40.

After she's dry (the boat) I put on it's cover and store her in my garage.

So don't be afraid of salt water, I'd go head to head with any lake boat in looks and performance, it's just a question of care once you haul her out.

Good boating,

Fred

Shadowcatcher posted 04-17-2001 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Shadowcatcher  Send Email to Shadowcatcher     
Don't let your Whaler be an old maid... Get 'er salty!
Garyelrod posted 04-17-2001 08:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Garyelrod  Send Email to Garyelrod     
Thanks Guys! I'll definitely get her salty! Thanks for the care tips Fred. I won't tell my wife about the towel deal!
Gary
whalertim posted 04-17-2001 09:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
I have owned my Montauk now for 2 years, well this is my 3rd summer using it at Surf City NC. I guess that is salt water. My boat looks beter now than ever. It's all in how you take care of it. If you look back to the past post on this site, you will get a world of great info on care and maintance for your boat. These guys know their Whalers.

Tim Heath NC

Clark Roberts posted 04-18-2001 06:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Every time I use my Whaler in fresh water I always give it a saltwater washdown and flush my engine with saltwater as soon as I get home! Heh, heh.. The Old Man and the Sea
jimh posted 04-18-2001 09:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Salt water is actually a better environment for wooden boats.

In fresh water, wood will develop rot, but the salt content of sea water prevents this. So in the case of older wooden boats, they may be in much better condition if used in salt water.

I would think this might apply to the wood components of a Whaler as well, particularly the imbedded wood of the transom.

Maerd posted 04-18-2001 12:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Maerd    
Toilet room? I just had a second Sunbrella mooring cover made for my 1999 21' Outrage that goes over the rub rail. I had them put extra loops for bungee cords etc to attach to the bimini. I can put up the bimini and cover goes over it and have shelter in the back or the front. With the front open I can operate the boat. With bimini down it is normal cover. Haven't got the invoice yet but worth it. DIE BROKE - Last check you write is to the undertaker and it should bounce. ROCK ON
jimmer posted 04-18-2001 03:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimmer  Send Email to jimmer     
Gary,
It sounds like you're getting some good advise here!
As for those folks that would tell you not to use your Whaler in salt water, just lump them in the same pile as the folks who buy a Range Rover with a rhino bar on the front and never get it muddy!
Our Whaler has been playing in fresh and salt water (mostly salt) since 1969 and it's still going strong. She's currently sitting in a harbor full of the evil stuff just waiting for me to get out of work and take her out for some exercise.
We're under water restrictions here in Palm Beach county but the water resources managment department has been wise enough to still permit responsible boat rinsing.
andygere posted 04-18-2001 04:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I have never used either of my Whalers in fresh water. Take care of your equipment and it will last a long time.

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