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posted 04-21-2001 10:26 PM ET (US)
Jholmes made an interesting point in his otbigboys toys thread.He stated he is young at 23. Since I am 24 I do not consider myself too young but was curious on the average age of the posters and readers of this forum. Also your boating experience. I grew up on racing sailboats since the age when I was in a crib. Folks always had custom sloops sized 30- 50. Uncle was the "whaler man" who convinced my father to get a 58 13 when I was 7. That boat remains as part of my boting backbone. I then raced one design J-22's on the national and world levels and was a hired crew member on a 70 foot racing sailboat. All the while I knew my passion was in fishing and powerboats so I bought an 18 outrage to fish the Cape Cod waters and now I have 25 contender to fish the offshore waters. I love restoring boats. I finished a 1970 Mako 19 for my father last winter and just picked up a 1969 20 Seacraft for a song for next winter. After fixing her up I will go for another whaler due to reading and feeling the enthusiasim and true dedication you folks have displayed on this site to fine boats. I hope to start a new thread with this but also wanted to commend everyone with their amazing thoughts and wanted to expecially thank Jim Hebert for creating this site. Thanks.
posted 04-22-2001 10:52 PM ET (US)
JimH - It's time for an age group poll!
posted 04-22-2001 10:55 PM ET (US)
I thought I was the youngest at 31, I guess I was really wrong! Regards-Jack Graner.
posted 04-22-2001 11:46 PM ET (US)
Hey youngsters. I'll be 64 next month and loving every minute of life, after having my heart re-plumbed a few years ago.
posted 04-23-2001 02:47 AM ET (US)
i thought i am 31, last saturday when i came home after worked, saw the poster at my bedroom door, "happy birthday dad 51", my god i am 20 years older in the second, william
posted 04-23-2001 08:32 AM ET (US)
Well, I'll be 34 in May and feel like I am 15. Saltwater in my veins helps!!!!Shay
posted 04-23-2001 09:35 AM ET (US)
I am 30, but after water skiing I feel like I am 60 the body just can't handle it anymore.
posted 04-23-2001 09:58 AM ET (US)
41, 35 years racing sailboats(started in a wooden Pram at 6), fished with my old man and Grandfather at 3, hunted at 7, can't imagine living anywhere NOT on a major body of water, raising my 20 month old namesake to be the 4th generation of the same, trying to figure out a way to make a real living doing all of the above. Ah, dreams!
p.s. My son loves to drive HIS 18OR, trouble is he only turns to starboard. We'll work on straight and port this summer.
posted 04-23-2001 10:48 AM ET (US)
My lord -- you guys are puppies... 41 yrs.
posted 04-23-2001 10:58 AM ET (US)
27yrs old...just west of Boston.
posted 04-23-2001 10:59 AM ET (US)
41 as of last Friday
posted 04-23-2001 11:20 AM ET (US)
53 as of last Friday. Been boating since I was 10 or so.
posted 04-23-2001 11:46 AM ET (US)
I turned 35 last month, but I feel like I'm only 32 or 33....I've been on the water for as long as I can remember, in everything from canoes, sunfish, tin skiffs, runabouts, Hobie Cats, surfboards, sea kayaks and of course, Whalers.
posted 04-23-2001 12:23 PM ET (US)
38 for me. Worked in boatyards for a couple of years, the built Tanton Offshore 33's, 43's and 45's for several more (Cat-Ketch with Carbon free-standing rig). Sailed since I was 7. Joined the Navy at 21, spent 6 years on subs (USS Gato, Greenling, Lafyett and Alaska) as a Fire Control Technician. My Outrage is the first boat I've ever owned. I had to live the dream. I do not feel complete as a person without being involved with boats.
"God forgives us the time we spend in ships on the sea..." or some such
posted 04-23-2001 12:23 PM ET (US)
39 a couple weeks ago, loved the water since I accidently fell in at 8 mos.
posted 04-23-2001 12:49 PM ET (US)
I'm 25. I took my first ride in my grandfather's '71 13' when I was 1 year old and there has never been a summer since that time that I have not logged hours in a whaler. I finally bought my own 2 years ago. That 13' is still in the family and looking like new.
posted 04-23-2001 12:51 PM ET (US)
Chronologiclly 52, mentally 30, physically ~70 - 26 years in the USN took its toll!
posted 04-23-2001 01:37 PM ET (US)
A 21year old trapped in the body of a 46 year of male.Party on!!!!
posted 04-23-2001 02:14 PM ET (US)
60 - My first Whaler was a 1958 Sport 13, 11th Boston Whaler ever made. I am beginning to think I belong more on a Grand Banks website than here.
posted 04-23-2001 02:22 PM ET (US)
45......After a lifetime of dreaming, bought a 95 Montauk towards the end of last season. Only toy I need!
posted 04-23-2001 02:45 PM ET (US)
44, jog 3 miles a day, abalone diver,
still wash boat, clean boat and keep
up with boat maintenance.
posted 04-23-2001 04:50 PM ET (US)
posted 04-23-2001 04:52 PM ET (US)
40. Former Great Lakes sailboat racer. Whaler watcher for the last thirty, and owner for the last few.
posted 04-23-2001 05:14 PM ET (US)
I'm nearly 38, although I look 30-ish, feel 20-ish, and my wife says I act child-ish!
I've fished out of friends' Whalers for years (they had their priorities straight!) before finally getting a classic '62 13' Sport months ago. I've owned rubber rafts and Sears Gamefishers, but this is my first "real" boat.
I remember taking a CG Auxilary boating class with my dad when I was a kid. The obligatory "introduce yourself and tell us about your boat" came up the first class meeting. Person after person described in flowing details their 20,30,40 foot vessels with all the bells and whistles. When my turn came, I created quite a hoot describing our 8' yellow inflatible Sevylor kayak!! But it had big paddles...
posted 04-23-2001 05:39 PM ET (US)
32, I've owned Whalers now for more years of my life than I have not. (1-9, 3-13's, 1-17, 1-22)And I kind of doubt this trend is any where near being over.
posted 04-23-2001 05:53 PM ET (US)
Who needs an age group poll after this collection of confessions!
54 - owned a Harpoon 5.2 from 1978 to 1996, a Dauntless 15 from 1997-2000, and now a Montauk I got last year.
I've dreamed about whalers since taking scuba diving classes in the early 60's, when the adults who were teaching us were dreaming about the exciting, stable, unsinkable, Whaler!
posted 04-23-2001 06:14 PM ET (US)
50 two months ago, with 16'7, 2 - 17's, 22, 25's on the history pages, and a 21' and 20' Supercat on the current pages.
posted 04-23-2001 06:44 PM ET (US)
hey lhg-I'm 30, and do spend more time on the grand banks site than here! (really oya.com has a very active forum site also)
anyhoo, I an glad theres no age limit to spending time on various types of boats.
incidentally, I was whaling on Saturday in the straight of Georgia, and encountered my first "large" seas with our 15'gls. amazing the way they stays so dry. my wife commented that it looked like we were going to crash right thru the waves...even moving on a plane, she (the boat) stayed 100% dry (and stable).
for those who don't get their whalers salty-its a shame-get out there!
posted 04-23-2001 07:37 PM ET (US)
16, we had owned a montauk until i was about six and then got our Outrage 18
posted 04-23-2001 07:38 PM ET (US)
41 - A displaced Canadian prarie boy living in Bermuda - starting boating 18 years ago shortly after I arrived here - have owned and raced J/24s, Etchells etc
10 year owner of 67 Nauset undergoing restoration and refurbishment ... great lobster diving boat and general git-round craft
Great site, thanks for all the advice freely given....
posted 04-23-2001 07:51 PM ET (US)
Age:30 with 30 years of boating experience, not including the years of experience gained by the stories of boating that my father and grandfather used to share. I think I was 6 days old the first time I went out in the boat (salt water of course!). Funny thing is, Dad still has that boat (not a whaler), and now we take my sister's little ones out on it (ages 32 months, and 10 months).
I won't even venture to total the time I've spent watching Dad's epoxy cure, paint dry, and him rebuilding carbs. When it came time to settle down and buy a house, I settled 4 houses down the street with my own little chunk of waterfront. This summer or fall, I really gotta get around to building my own floating dock, so I can move my floating whaler lift down behind my own place. In the meantime, it's behind dad's place...
posted 04-23-2001 09:08 PM ET (US)
Just turned 51. Introduced to fishing by my dad when I was maybe 6. Introduced to whalers by lhg when I was in mid twenties - his Nauset with the 150. I knew right then I had to have one and shortly thereafter bought a used Nauset with 65 Merc. Fished in that from Traverse City to Martha's Vineyard and dozens of places in between. Lost touch with Larry for something like twenty years and then came across him on the classic whaler forum that preceded this one -- you old guys remember that one!! Along the way, I replaced the Nauset with 18 Outrage and 63 13. Currently looking for whaler #4; my wife would like something more than canvas over her head at night.
posted 04-23-2001 09:57 PM ET (US)
42 -- Thought I was lucky to get my Outrage 18 when I was 34. As soon as my kids are old enough, I will take up wake boarding!
posted 04-23-2001 10:05 PM ET (US)
I will turn 33 in July.Just got one year experience under my belt,And this is my first whaler,Outrage 18'.I think its great to look at all the experience there is in this forum,on whalers and just boating in general.Thats one of the things that make this such a graet web site.Pat
posted 04-23-2001 10:25 PM ET (US)
My body is 50...(even though it feels like 80 some mornings)...but my brain still believes it's 30 (until someone asks me a question about music newer than 1985...then my brain realizes the truth...30 is long gone)...
I've been boating since I was 6...a series of sailboats, catamarans, windsurfers, a fishing boat or two, a pontoon party barge...
This is my first Whaler...I wonder why I waited so long? It sure won't be my last!
posted 04-23-2001 10:30 PM ET (US)
39,fish,drink beer....didn't I mention that? I'm on my 3rd whaler, now have a '90 22' with twin evinrude 88 spls, had a '86 18' with yammy 150, and a '96 19' with yammy 200. All in salt and about a 2 hr ride to the stream out of Chas. SC.
posted 04-23-2001 10:34 PM ET (US)
Im 42............oops make that 43 tomorrow. I am still waiting to purchase my first whaler, good thinks happen to those who wait. I enjoy reading all this whaler stuff, as I will be a better educated buyer for it.
|Lil Whaler Lover||
posted 04-23-2001 10:51 PM ET (US)
Just hit 55 last week. Best news is that I am now eligible for some senior citizen discounts. My earliest memories as a child are of boating on Fisher's Island Sound out of Mystic Connecticut and on a small lake in western New York. Bought first boat at about 13 years old. Suffered through about a year without a boat around 1973.
Have had three Whalers, current one is a temporary solution of a 1965 13' Sport. Will find an old 15 footer someday for the rough water here on Oneida Lake. Will be second boat with a 25' pontoon. Some of you will say ouch to that I am sure.
After almost 30 years working in healthcare finance, I am living out my childhood dream selling boats for a large dealer in the Syracuse area. Dave
posted 04-23-2001 11:08 PM ET (US)
41. Just bought a 26 Outrage. Had a 13 in my early teens (with a Johnson 9.9 :) -- the Outrage has twin 225 Optis). Lots of boats in between (Mako 21, Bertram 28, Bertram 33, Fireball, Prindle cat, Tornado). Just wanted a Whaler again, somehow. Perhaps I equate Whaler with fun (Mr. Freud?).
posted 04-24-2001 12:51 AM ET (US)
Just turned 50. Was given a sailing dinghy at 10 years old. Have owned 31 different boats since then, mostly sailboats or wooden boats. Built 6 of them. Secretly wanted a Whaler since the early 1970's. Finally got one!
posted 04-24-2001 01:14 AM ET (US)
34 now, 35 next month. Got my first Whaler (13 Sport/35 Evinrude) when I was 17 (before I got a car!). Upgrade motor to a 1990 Yamaha 40, 50 in 1993. A 17 Montauk/90 Johnson 5 years ago, motor upgrade to 75 Merc in 1996. A new 17 Alert/Montauk in 1998 and a motor upgrade to a 2000 Merc 90 4-stroke in December. Looked at a 22 Dauntless with 200 Opti ($49,995) but still love my 22 Grady Seafarer.
posted 04-24-2001 08:56 AM ET (US)
43 last Sunday.
posted 04-24-2001 09:09 AM ET (US)
33, I have owned my montauk for about a year now. After reading this forum, I am fondly looking foward to creating another 33
years of great memories with my family, on and off the water!
"They say the secret to life is enjoying the ride"! Do you think the guy who said that owned a whaler?
posted 04-24-2001 10:34 AM ET (US)
51 – Epiphany 4 years ago returned me to my nautical roots. Grew up and lived 26 years on the south shore and east end of Long Island. Began as a blue water mariner at the age of 5. Caught my first marlin at 13. My father, a great man and licensed captain, taught me the ropes. Four years USN aboard a “steamin’ guided missile cruiser” in the “black gang”. Don
posted 04-24-2001 10:46 AM ET (US)
27, would someone please get me out of school :) our family has 2 whalers, one in DE and one in MD.
posted 04-24-2001 10:50 AM ET (US)
My first wife (i.e. my present one of 37 years) says I am 58 going on 16. Been fishing, hunting, boating, since before 16. I have owned four Whalers (still have three) and other boats ranging from a 15 foot pirogue (dat's "pee row" for you non-Cajuns) to a 44 foot sportfisherman. I'll probably go through this cycle at least one more time. Cheers, Jim
posted 04-24-2001 10:53 AM ET (US)
40, got my first boat, a 85 montauk when I was 37. My dad always had bass boats when I was growing up in the midwest.
posted 04-24-2001 10:54 AM ET (US)
My first wife (i.e. my present one of 37 years) says I am 58 going on 16. Been fishing, hunting, boating, since before 16. I have owned four Whalers (still have three) and other boats ranging from a 15 foot pirogue (dat's "pee row" for you non-Cajuns) to a 44 foot sportfisherman. I'll probably go through this cycle at least one more time. Cheers, Jim
posted 04-24-2001 11:54 AM ET (US)
JimU, c'mon, we know 'da trut. Once a cul^ane, alwez a cul^ane. Dat's da seckret to stayin' so jeune. Remember, alwez dance like no onez watchin'.
posted 04-24-2001 12:59 PM ET (US)
I am 47, just bought my first Whaler,a 1973 Cohasset.
posted 04-24-2001 01:25 PM ET (US)
59 & 'landlocked'! Got my first Whaler (13) in Tallahassee in 1970. Still have it along with 7 or 10 other boats (my wife takes suprise inventories from time to time), including a '67 13' & '61 Nauset. Whale on dude!
posted 04-24-2001 07:38 PM ET (US)
Ill join the youngsters with a whopping 24, wanted a whaler since i was 12, finally got a 77 Montauk.
posted 04-24-2001 08:07 PM ET (US)
Guess I'm on the older side @47, but that doesn't make me a bad person. I had Whalers in the form of a 13' sport and 17 Montauk, currently own a 13' Super Sport and '72 21'Outrage.
posted 04-24-2001 08:11 PM ET (US)
31 years old, new whaler owner, I'm hooked.
Palm Bay, Fl
posted 04-24-2001 09:41 PM ET (US)
At 75 I enjoy fishing from my '84 Montauk. I've had it for about 5 years and get a great deal of pleasure when my grandkids fish from it. I've just started to learn to do flycasting and expect to try to develop the skill to adapt to the Montauk's high rails.
posted 04-24-2001 10:04 PM ET (US)
'Thought I'd be the oldest one here, but Hank beat me out. I'll be 70 in July, and a boat enthusiast for about 65 years. I've had an 1981, 18' Outrage for about two years now. My "other boat" is a 1970, 21' wood lapstrake Carver which I've had since 1977, and am now trying to sell. I'ts been in the family since new, though, and it's like selling the family dog. It's sooooo nice not to have to paint the Whaler.
posted 04-24-2001 11:03 PM ET (US)
Just 49 (and 1/2) and just acquired my first Whaler in Honolulu, Hawaii.
posted 04-25-2001 12:55 AM ET (US)
I'm 35 still have the original 1981 15'sport that my brother and I bought new--with the original 70 Johnson that runs great! (knock on wood)
posted 04-25-2001 01:36 AM ET (US)
I will be 61 next month and bought my first boat this month...2001 13' Sport. Got it wet last week and what a blast! All my restoration juice went into my 1970 911T so I had to buy a new Whaler. My wife isn't too fond of either one but my gown up kids love them both.
I am outfitting the Sport from the suggestions from many of you out there. When is more complete, I will post some pictures.
posted 04-25-2001 01:39 AM ET (US)
Will be 53 in June. Still feel in my 30's (body not as much)
First real "my" boat was a 17' Jetcraft sled bought in '96. Fished the Cowlitz river, Lks Washington and Samamish and Puget Sound. Took it to Japan and sold it 3 years later for same price I paid (good exchange rate)
Now have Dauntless 14 and love it. Same fishing (except for the Cowlitz!!)
Been fishing since I was about 4. Mostly trout then but now into salmon, trout, bass, steelhead and sturgeon. Also love bottom fishing for Lings and halibut.
posted 04-26-2001 08:34 AM ET (US)
I've made it to 33, thanks to a 16' Nauset which I, and my family owe our lives to. After coming back into dock with a boat half full of water from a heavy storm in a following sea, on a day the Coast Guard who used to run a big Lyman didn't even attempt to go out in. So all the peope were watching and waiting for us to come in, and were amazed we made it at all. That boat was unfortunately sold in 70' to help buy a house. The first one I got was a 18'6 Outrage and just recently a Frontier 25'. Loyal to the core.
posted 04-26-2001 10:38 AM ET (US)
I am pushing 62 and just got my own first Whaler last year (89 Montauk). My son got me into boating when we jointly purchased a 90 13', then a 86 Montauk. He went on to a 22' Revenge and I got my own Montauk then. Been a golfer all my life and now am learning how to fish. My wife and I go to a new lake jsut about every weekend.
posted 04-27-2001 04:54 AM ET (US)
32 years old. 16 years of enjoying Whalers, and many more to come!
posted 04-27-2001 05:26 AM ET (US)
Will be 63 in May! The Old Man and the Sea
posted 04-27-2001 06:02 AM ET (US)
Will turn 53 next week. My wife and I got my first Whaler, a 16 Nauset back in 1971 when we were fresh out of college. Went through other boats but always wented another Whaler. Bought a 30 year old bare hull and spent the winter turnign it into a Nauset. Did a photo shoot of it and it should be on Cetacea in a week or two. (photos at www.esva.net/~rwest). Had her in the water last week for first time and she skims along like she just came out of the old factory in Mass.
|Tom W Clark||
posted 04-27-2001 10:39 AM ET (US)
38 and exceedingly immature. Been on the water all my life. Whalers: '76 13 Sport, '79 15 Striper, '81 Montauk, '80 Montauk, '83 18 Outrage. Currently Whalerless as I decide what to get next (been looking for a Kettenburg 41 or 43) but in the mean time I have an '63 18' Thompson Deluxe Super Lancer I/O, '63 20' Cruisers Inc. outboard, '65 20' Cruisers Inc. I/O in addition to 12' Lund, 14' C-Lark, 16' wherrey and a variety of small outboard motors. I have no doubt that there are more Whalers in my future.
Yes, I like old wood boats as much as Whalers and I like sailboats as much as power boats but there is one thing I am unequivocal about: my preference for salt water. If I can't wake up in the morning and smell the salt air, I'm in the wrong place! Take that Whalerguy...
posted 04-27-2001 04:06 PM ET (US)
60!....three score..and still don't know what i'm going to do when i grow up! ..lm
posted 04-27-2001 04:22 PM ET (US)
49 - satisfied montauk ('90) owner for past 9 years. Love it more ever year. Limited out on walleye 2 weeks ago and going again next week.
posted 04-27-2001 09:55 PM ET (US)
posted 04-27-2001 10:09 PM ET (US)
Well I just turned 40 in March. Been boating for about 20 years. Most of the time it's been bass boats on local rivers and lakes. Since I got my first whaler about 2 years ago (79 Montauk) I have found a whole new life in boating. And thanks to people like Mr. Clark Roberts, Jim H, and others, it has made boating my familys fa-vo-rite past time.
Tim Heath NC
posted 04-27-2001 10:25 PM ET (US)
Just turned 39, have been a water rat all my life. Have always been primarily a sailor, both racing & cruising. Spent five years of my life racing ONE DESIGN, offshore and doing deliveries. Have always admired whaler's since an early age having spent many summer afternoons in a 13 sport. I presently have two of what I consider and I'm sure you do the best built boats going, a 13 sport, & 17 Montauk which I'm redoing. In the past i have owned a Moore 24 ultralight, Newport 28, 14ft Laser, Naples sabot and Lido14. Jim i commend you on this sight, as i think it is one of the most rightious things ive come across in awhile.
posted 04-27-2001 10:28 PM ET (US)
I only mentioned my age in the initial post. I'll expand on the experience now.
My first boat was a class A hydro that I built in 1954 with plans from Popular mechanics.
Since then I have owned numerous outboard powerd runabouts and fishing boats both prop and jet powered. I used to be the Duckworth dealer in Alaska and had a custom 19' Duckworth with a 351 Ford and a 3 stage Hamilton jet. 60mph up river or down.
I had a 1967 18' Cruisers Inc. mahogany lapstrake 95% restored when an arsonist torched it in my driveway. I got drunk that night. No insurance.
My first encounter with Whalers was in the mid 80s and I fell in love. It took me untill 1999 to get my first one, a Montauk, my pride and joy.
I have owned faster ones and ones with a softer ride but this is the best boat I have ever owned.
posted 04-28-2001 01:33 AM ET (US)
For those who haven't seen it, my story on my introduction to Boston Whalers is in the 13' Reference section, Testimonials. There is a picture of the 11th Boston Whaler ever made.
If any others have such stories of interest on the 13-18' models, send them in to JimH for inclusion in this section.
posted 04-28-2001 02:43 AM ET (US)
I turned 50 last October.
When I was 9, and my Dad was 50, he took me out in a Flying Scott (with no motor) on the Detroit River. It really got me into boating and sailing.
I got into boating as an adult finally in my 30's, when I got into a sailing club. This ended up with me chartering a 30-foot sailboat and sailing around the North Channel ( http://continuouswave.com/north-channel/ ) for 22-weeks of live-aboard sailing over about ten years. The cruises finally ended in 1997 http://continuouswave.com/sail-logs/nc1997/ .
I had to have a boat of my own, and I bought a Whaler in 1997. All I knew was I wanted a Whaler. Luckily, I ended up getting a 15-Sport with a nice old MERC-500 50-HP outboard.
I had been writing about my boating adventures on the internet since the dawn of HTML ( http://continuouswave.com ), so it was a natural progression to start writing about Whalers. Well, about a year ago I added the FORUM feature to the website, and things have not been the same since.
I find reading all these stories about boating and age very interesting. It just shows how we have a great community of boaters here--all Whaler owners or fans--and how much we enjoy participating in the group.
Well, keep it up, keep posting your ages and stories. This is a great topic!
posted 04-28-2001 07:10 AM ET (US)
I am 55 years old and have always lived within a 3 to 5 hour drive to the Gulf of mexico. My grandfather built a beach house at Gulf Shores, Al in 1950 and my family has always taken summer vacations at the beach. I love to saltwater fish and constantly pestered my Dad & Grandfather to take me with them. I can remember a old wooden boat with a red 30 hp Johnson for power. This would have been in the mid 1950's. I don't think that anyone around us had a bigger motor. Don't know if they made 'em bigger.Got my first Whalerin the early '80's (13 standard) and fell in love. Have bought 2 more since. My family calls me "Admiral" because of my fleet of 3 boats and a pirogue.Still fish the same waters the same way I did with my Dad & granddad but noe go with my son and grandsons. Ain't nothing like it. Regards, John
posted 04-28-2001 08:58 AM ET (US)
36 years old. Have been going down to Solomons Island (MD) since I was as old as my girls are now (7).
Growing up we always had a small jon boat that my brothers and I used for crabbing and fishing on the bay - too far out into the bay as I remember.
12 years ago had a 21' c/c Wellcraft used on the bay. I used to always stop and look at any Whaler in Solomons. Was boatless for five years (except again for the jon boat).
Purchased a 1985 13' Whaler last summer as a safe boat for crabbing with my girls. Can't wait for the upgrade to a 17' - maybe soon.
I still stop and look at other Whalers.
posted 04-28-2001 09:41 AM ET (US)
OK, I was holding out for Clark and BigZ, but I guess I'll give her a rip...
I'm 53 in real time; mentally and pschologically I think I'm still an adolescent, but physically, well, I guess I've used up the cartilage in my knees, parts of my neck and parts of my lower back, probably a little ahead of my time...A lot of times I feel like a kid wandering around in a body that should have been recalled. (Thank goodness for medications that get better all the time!)
I've "been around water" for as long as I can remember. We lived in Battle Creek until I was about 12, a couple of blocks from my Grandfather who lived on the B.C. River and had a boat and canoe livery there just above the dam. He also had, along with his brother, an island with a couple of cabins on it in the North Channel of Lake Huron near Manitoulin Island in Ontario which was and continues to be a magical place for me. (See North Channel Rendezvous 2000 in the Rendezvous section of the Forum). Some of the earliest recollections I have of anything are of activities up there, where water was less than a quarter mile away in any direction, but most of the time we were in the water, on the water or within a few feet of it doing something that had to do with the water.
When I was 12 we moved to Gull Lake, a 4-1/2 mile long, deep water lake in Southwest MI. From that point forward, at least when we weren't ice skating or ice fishing, I was in "my" boat, about a 12' fiberglass Thunderbird bathtub with a 5-1/2 hp Chris-Craft outboard, or in one of the progression of inboard Century runabouts that Dad had, or in a friends' boat. It's hard for me to remember when I didn't know how to drive a boat, or take pleasure from approaching a dock from a slight angle to accomodate the direction of the propeller torque and reversing to a dead stop just as the boat touched the dock dead parallel.
The annual trips to "the island" continued with a couple of short interruptions right into my adult life. For some reason, the notion of owning my own boat didn't even occur to me until 8 or 10 years ago when I became infatuated with the idea of inflatables. I started out with an 11' or so Seaworthy from BoatUS with a 15 hp Nissan that I carted all over creation; graduated to a 13' Zodiac sport inflatable with a 30 hp Yamaha. *That* was a piece of work. I rigged up a fish finder with speed and temp, two Cannon down-riggers and a bimini top, and regularly dropped it into a local lake to pull my kids and their friends around on two tubes, as well as trips to Lake Michigan, the North Channel and the Gulf. It was completely legal, including a ridiculous mirror I hooked up to the the framing of the Bimini top, and always had an observer on board. The local constabulary had to pull us over and check us out anyway, because I'm sure we were about the strangest looking outfit they had ever seen. They were driving a Boston Whaler Montauk.
I had been aware of and respectful to the legend of Whalers since I was a teenager on Gull Lake, but this was the first one I had ever seen up close and personal. We were currently in the market for a dependable second, smaller boat for the island in Canada, and I was so impressed with that Montauk that within the year I had found one for our camp and bought it. Within another year, some Phillistine stole the Yamaha off my Zodiac, and I used that excuse to buy my own Montauk and the real obsession began.
I put a VHF and a fishfinder on her, and a Mills suntop, and trailered to Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, numerous smaller lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico. And recieved compliments from the cops on the local lake in their Montauk. The whole aspect of flexibility and potential that is a big part of the Classic Whaler mystique to me got my imagination running, and I soon realized that there wasn't going to be room on the Montauk for me and all the accessories I wanted to add to it, and I started watching ads for something bigger.
A year ago last Spring I jumped on a '92 Ourage 22 with a 225 hp Evinrude with 180 hours on it that had been for sale in Waukegan, Illinois. It was brokered by Larson Marine and the salesman said the owner had only used it to take his daughter water-skiing. That was hard to believe, but when I got there for the sea trial, it was so clean, it could have just been taken off the show room floor!
I haven't recovered yet from the initial exhilaration of realizing that I had really bought that boat, and it was really mine. I named her Outre' in reference to her Outrage-ous heritage, and you can spot her in a number of places in Cetacea, thanks to JimH's generosity in posting the photos I have sent in. I suppose the day may come when I move on to something bigger and/or different, but if so, I know these two things: It will be another Whaler (probably a Classic), and it won't be until I have had a *lot* more fun with Outre'.
posted 04-28-2001 01:40 PM ET (US)
Geeez..with all you "Ole Fa**s" in here, maybe its time I find a "younger" discussion group! (going to take my social security checks and fix my 13' 73 sport) Naww..luv you guys! At 63yrs young, I bought my whaler from a "old guy" 3yrs my senior about a year ago. Before that always had a rubber ducky dinghy..got rotten, throw it out and get another. Since I bought the whaler I'm HOOKED! Guess it really is a cult thing.
I will probably have tons of "dumb" questions and hope you fellows can bite your tongues and put up with me. With 30 years boating, I'm still a novice in small boat repair. BUT a fast learner. And from all the posts I have read and absorbed (ain't ez at my age), among my peers, I'm a genius now!!
kudos to all of you..You make better reading then the Wall Street Journal (thats another subject)
posted 04-28-2001 06:19 PM ET (US)
45, until September. I grew up in central Florida. Fished the gulf with my grandfather in a wooden lapstrake dory. Fishing and surfing were a major part of my life, and then I started training harness race horses. I carried a 10 horse Johnson around the country for boat rentals, till it got stolen while I was out bluefishing in Brooklyn, NY. That was the central part of my life till 1986. I started college the next year, and graduated from veterinary school in 97. I got my first whaler, a 13 as a perk for a position I took in 98, but didn't stay long enough to get the title, so bought my Nauset last year. Fulfilled a lifelong dream!
posted 04-28-2001 09:57 PM ET (US)
I'm 35 and a whaler fan since 7. My first encounter was with a 13 sport. Fell in love instantly...Been a proud owner of a 13 for the past 10 years...until last april when I
read an ad (BoatTrader)of a 17 Montauk 1983 that needed tender, loving, care...asking price $2000..trailer included but no engine.
I inmediatly called and was told by the receptionist that the boat was sold... I had a hunch and waited a few hours and decided to call again. Talk to the owner of the shop and he said that he had sold the boat a month before, but the new owner was selling it because had bought bigger whaler...he gave me his number, I call him and as they say...the rest is history. Althought the Montauk has lots of work I feel very lucky of having,as part of my family, this beautiful boat. As I said before, I've been boating since childhood and although I've also owned a Mako 20, Boston Whaler is always my first choice. Afew years ago we had an emergency in our boat and I took off in the whaler, into the big blue sea, what an experience!!!I had a 13 year old crying in pain, blood all over the whaler and that little fishing machine took us to the nearest hospital..a 30 minute trip...losts of wind and big swells around us..but I felt confident because I was in a whaler.That for me is what Boston Whaler is all about...the security of knowing that no matter what the circumstances are it will take were you need to go!!!!
|Tom W Clark||
posted 04-28-2001 10:07 PM ET (US)
I was about to make the comment that based upon user names and references it appears as though out of dozens, if not hundreds of users of this site, we are all men. And I think this is too bad. Surley women love whalers too so why don't they like to talk about them? Perhaps "Maria" has proven me wrong.
posted 04-28-2001 10:19 PM ET (US)
I am glad this link took off as it did! After adding up the years of boating knowledge we have surpassed a few Centuries.
If anyone has a link to their own personal web-site I am sure we would all like to see them. Here is mine http://www.geocities.com/trayder86/
posted 04-28-2001 10:52 PM ET (US)
Tom W Clark
posted 04-30-2001 02:50 AM ET (US)
44...and been a Whaler fan since I was 18...Dad had a 15er for a while, and I've been hooked since. I now have a '69 13' Sport and my two "lil Whalers' love it too!
posted 05-07-2001 09:11 PM ET (US)
I JUST TURNED 41 AND I STILL DO THE SAME DUMB THINGS I DID WHEN I WAS 18 JUST ALOT SLOWER. THIS IS MY SECOND WHALER. I'VE HAD A 17FT. AND NOW HAVE A '77 19FT. OUTRAGE. I LOVE THE OLD ONES THE BEST BUT THERE ALL GREAT.
posted 05-07-2001 09:53 PM ET (US)
Will be 50 in sept. but I still act like a kid--ask my wife...Dennis
posted 05-08-2001 07:22 AM ET (US)
I am 60 and just bought my first whaler last year..bought a 1985 Montauk and am loving it..Finally got what I have always wanted..Sorry I didn't do it sooner..
posted 05-08-2001 09:32 AM ET (US)
I am 29 and have been fishinf the Gulf coast for over 20 years! I started with my grandfather on his skiff and my uncle on his 15' Whaler Super Sport. I bought my own Whaler Montauk 17 three years ago moving up from aluminum jon boats and tiller outboards that got me through the tight money years of college.
posted 05-12-2001 10:15 PM ET (US)
38 and only owned a BW a couple years. Compared to most, it seems I'm a novice on the water. But flying AF fighters for the past 16 years has stunted any possibility for acting like an adult. My wife says I act just like the 23 year old idiot she married.
posted 05-12-2001 11:59 PM ET (US)
I am 47 now.
Grew up in Monterey CA. never more than 5 miles from the beach, except when I lived in Carmel Valley Village. Started out with a Hobbie 16 after high school, then I went to sea in 1976. Worked my way up from an Upper deck porter on a Liner to a Coast Guard License as a Chief Engineer unlimited horsepower steam and Second Engineer motor with a commision in the USNR as a Lt. Commander. I have been on passanger vessels, reasearch vessels, container ships, break bulk cargo, supertankers, cable laying ships, prepo tankers and roros until I became sick and had to give it up in 1997. I got my transplant in 1999 could not go back to sea and I couldn't give up the water, I had two used boats before and when my wife suggested I buy a new truck last year I told her my old truck was just fine and it had everthing I wanted and with the price difference between that and new truck with the same features I would rather get a better boat that would be easier on me to take care of. She suggested Boston Whaler! So I traded the second used boat in on the 16 Dauntless last year. It also turned out that my Dad, retired Army, had always wanted a Boston Whaler.
I am now in College, vocational rehabilitation, and have my summers off, my Dad and I go fishing in the summer it helps make up the time we lost when he was always overseas when I was young. I have enjoyed seeing my children growing up, when I was working I was gone from 6 - 8 months out of the year and they would not even talk to me on the phone. Now I am trying to kindle the love of the water in them also.
Even with all twists and turns I feel very lucky and thankful for a good life and a good wife.
I have enjoyed this forum very much and the good people here.
posted 05-14-2001 11:37 AM ET (US)
i'm 48 next month and we have owned our 2nd whaler, a '87 GTX, for ~3 yrs. we bought our 1st whaler, 17' guardian dive boat, back in '86 and raised our kids diving the waters of coastal/monterey bay, spearfishing our weekends away. when it wasn't in monterey, it was either up on the north coast being used for taking abalone and spearing lingcod or up at tahoe, freediving for crayfish, fishing for trout and water skiing for days on end. GREAT family boat because we could put in anywhere we wanted and i always knew the family would be safe.
kids are gone now, so my wife and i have the gtx for a bit of relaxed lake time.
posted 05-14-2001 07:44 PM ET (US)
Recon ah'll go ahead an' jump on dis bandwaggon afta all. Momma tole me if ya can still be aroused by a woman ya same age, then ya ain't old. An' mah daddy tole me if ya can look down in da showr an still see ya peckka or ya toes widdout a mirror, then ya ain't old. Based on dis knowledge, then, I ain't old (but ah do have big feet!). So's ah'm in mah 47th yeah of livin, mah 20th yeah of marraige (she still gets me a tinglin), an' about mah 37th yeah a' Whalerin. Think that gives me 'bout 104 yeahs, but ah AIN'T OLD! No, sir.
posted 05-14-2001 10:08 PM ET (US)
OK children-------I'm 72------ and still working on my '71 Katama. You can see it on page 30 of the Cetacea. My first Whaler was a 1960 13ft. Sport, bought it in '67,(for my daughters?) sold it in '77,when I bought the Katama.
Use the boat to fish,ski,and party,on Canandagua Lake (the Gem of the Finger Lakes)in central New York.
posted 05-14-2001 11:12 PM ET (US)
I'm 37 and grew up near the Chesapeake Bay swimming, sailing, fishing, canoeing and powerboating all my life. I now live in Washington, North Carolina, one block from the Tar/Pamlico River.
Two weeks ago I bought Tarbaby's 1977 Montauk - my first Whaler, though I've been around and in Whalers quite a bit since childhood.
I've been lurking here for months sans Whaler and now that I have one, I've been reading this site more than I should, so I thought I'd better "come aboard."
Special thanks to Jim H for hosting the site!
posted 05-15-2001 01:35 PM ET (US)
I am 29 until October of this year. I have fished and boated almost my entire life, thanks to my dad and others. I really love being on a boat; it's even better when fishing for anything that swims in saltwater. My first Whaler is a Classic Outrage 19' that my dad and I bought last year. Prior to that we had a small 15' boat that looked like a 15' sport. Like most people in South Louisiana, I love to cook and eat; especially when I have also caught what I cook and eat!
posted 05-16-2001 10:51 AM ET (US)
I am one of the “Old Whalers” in this forum (Reached 64 in April, feel like 45-50) and my first and only Whaler is a 1968 Sakonnet purchased used in 1972 (with 100HP Merc) for $2200 from a family who had moved to central Ohio from Connecticut and thought they wouldn’t have any place to use it. What a mistake they made!!! I kept it docked at a private lake where I had a cabin for over 20 years - used as family boat for cruising, fishing and waterskiing. Sold cabin 11/2 yrs ago and now keep Whaler on trailer in my garage in Dublin, OH. Use it on different lakes in central Ohio and Lake Erie. Replaced the engine about 5 years ago with a 1979 115 HP Merc, repaired ignition wiring and replaced speedometer, tachometer, battery gauge last summer as well as totally refinishing the mahogany console and seats (Looks beautiful) and just this week I installed a fishfinder. Needed this latest addition because don’t have power trim any more and have to know what water depth is in unfamiliar waters. Also have another classic boat in Ohio, a 1980 Victoria 18 sailboat which also gets tender loving care and use.
Have winter home in Indian Rocks Beach, FL where I have a 2000 Four Winns 248 cruiser on hoist at my dock. Decided against taking my Sakonnet to Florida because of high maintenance on mahogany so this winter I bought a 1997 Aquasport 175 center console with 1998 90HP Honda 4-stroke (what a wonderfully quiet motor) to do my intercoastal and flats fishing. It also is a great boat substituting for the Whaler but doesn’t handle as well.
Really glad to find this new Classic Whaler site !!!
posted 05-17-2001 09:44 AM ET (US)
47, just found out about the website last week. At 16 I restored mahogany runnabouts with a master craftsman for 20 years on and off. I own a 1959 Century Resorter. About 2 years ago I purchased a maintanance free fishing boat for my son, a 1969 13' sport. Had never heard a Whaler before, being on the Ohio River all my life. We sold the Whaler and decided to move up to a 15' or 17' Whaler. We bought a Trophy 1903, what a mistake. We used it 1 time and sold it. We just found a 1972 13' sport and are hooked on Whalers. We would like to find a 15' or 17, Whaler but it seems impossible in the area that we live.
posted 05-17-2001 10:11 AM ET (US)
Wow, I feel like the little kid on the block at 26. I have been on the water since about two weeks old, but got my first whaler when I was 13, coincidentely it was a 13, and have had an 11',15', and now a 19'.
posted 05-22-2001 03:20 PM ET (US)
Well, I just couldn't resist doing the math. If my calculations are correct, the average of classic Whaler owners who responded works out to be 44 years old.
I was impressed with how many sailors there are among this (power boat) group. There is probably some logic to this - I wonder what it is?
posted 05-22-2001 03:27 PM ET (US)
I don't know; I really don't have anything more to say, either - I just wanted to be the 100th post in this thread-
posted 05-22-2001 08:14 PM ET (US)
Well I'm Whaler # 101. I don't recall any thread going this high, but I could be wrong.
Anyway, I'm 37 and been boating for about ten years. I have my father in law to thank for introducing me to boating. I bought my 17 Dauntless new in 1995 and use it with my wife and two kids to fish, crab, tube and generally cruise to Upper Chesapeake Bay waters. My son 7 and daughter 3 have grown up on the boat and love boating and the water. I look forward to enjoying this pastime for many years and feel fortunate to have my family enjoy it with me as well as fortunate to have this forum to frequent several times every day. What a wealth of information and entertainment.
posted 05-23-2001 02:51 PM ET (US)
Well, I'll continue the string. 54 years old. From what I have read so far, I am atypical as far as boating background and experience, as I didn't have any, beyond waterlogged wooden bateaus, growing up in rural Alabama. Cotton mill-hand parents who demanded educational achievement of their children and the Auburn University School of Electrical Engineering saved me from the cotton mill. In 1972 in my second year of marriage, Kathy, by far and away the best acquisition of my life (sorry, Whaler) in her usual difficult manner, said, "If you want a boat, I think you ought to buy one."
I bought a 15' chunk of fiberglass called a Bomber. I had never heard of Boston Whaler until in 1982 I walked into a Birmingham boat bealership and saw a 15' and a 17' Striper. The engineer in me fell in love with the design, the quality of construction, and the obvious operational efficiency. Ol' difficult Kathy said, "you work hard and need the relaxation of fishing. You deserve a good boat." I opted for the Striper 15. A 550 pound hull rated for 70 hp (a little hot-rod), a super-clean layout, a feather to trailer - absolute perfection for chasing large bluegill and bass with a fly rod. After 19 years with this boat, retirement, a bad-back generated desire for better seating, and a rising interest in large-lake striped bass fishing has me looking at larger boats, particulatly the Scout flats boats. Kathy is being difficult again, saying "you worked hard for this retirement and you ought to enjoy it."
Now if she will just go along with keeping the Whaler......
posted 05-23-2001 03:14 PM ET (US)
50- Sailing hobie 14s & 16s for 30 years. Didn't like motors but the sailing weather here in Hawaii is fickle. Usally too strong winds. Got a project commercail whaler hull 17. 1970 model, needs lots of work. It is a little too bus up to cherry out so have decide to make it a functional fish/dive/surf craft. Have striped interior and exterior.
posted 05-23-2001 03:27 PM ET (US)
Wouldn't you just know it that the most popular thread, so far, in the Boston Whaler Forum was started by someone with a Contender boat!
JimH, I still think an age group poll would be interesting so we can see the numbers where people reside.
posted 05-23-2001 10:57 PM ET (US)
I just wanted to say again what a great site I think this is, and thanks to all of thoes who contribute on a regular basis, keeping things informative and interesting. In responce to Skookumpoints remark on the amount of sailors who are Whaler owners. John I think thoes of us who are devout sailor's appreciate the simple yet purposefull,quality of these boats. Having owned and raced on several semi-production built race boats from the Gurus in Santa Cruz Ca , and having cruised several off shore miles, I for one appreciate the quality and rugedness of these boats. I just got my 78 Montauk going after a rebuild and don't hesitate fishing it off our Chanel Islands, the closest being 26 miles off shore. The Whaler is a great boat!!!
Regards to all, Marc
posted 05-23-2001 11:02 PM ET (US)
LHG- If your boat were available or if it is, I would consider a trade. But for some reason I don't think pigs fly just yet. My true love is for well built boats and nothing says that more than classic whalers. Since I wanted a new boat the Contender was my first choice.
posted 05-23-2001 11:47 PM ET (US)
Nothing wrong with Contenders. I see a lot of them in FL. I was just commenting that it took someone with a different perspective & brand of boat to start such an interesting idea. I'm not sure I'd buy a new Whaler either. I'll bet this thread hits 200!
posted 05-25-2001 02:15 PM ET (US)
skookum point, clarification: on your"how many sailors" here?(post 5/22/01) you mean usn, cg or merchant marine vets ?..real" hang out the wash ,lean over and go 4 knots" types?...or in a nissan ob manual,they called operating the outboard equipped boat "sailing".!!.gliders, and hang gliders?..you may have to narrow the parameters before conducting the survey -poll or we'll probably all qualify...all the best..lm
posted 05-25-2001 03:29 PM ET (US)
47, My dad admired the Boston Whaler back in the '60's, but all we could seem to manage was a 3 hp Evnirude or Johnson(we painted it green and I can't remember) kicker that we used on rental boats. I finally bought an older 13' Whaler about 8 years ago, and I bought a 1980 17' this year that I am in the process of fixing up. I don't know how I stumbled onto this site, but I can't imagine not having this resource. Great group of guys, fantastic moderator, and helpful information.
posted 05-25-2001 04:07 PM ET (US)
33 years old. Just sold 15' Striper to move up to my dreamboat (the Montauk). First experienced Whalers in the mid-1980s with a ride in a new (at the time) Montauk--haven't been the same since. Cruise the waters around Charleston, SC every chance I get, and there's no place like Capers Island for an escape. Enjoy this most helpful resource (I agree with the comments about the excellent moderator!), and this site has been very handy as I pondered my "trading up" the Whaler line. Who knows, maybe one day I'll pass on word of purchasing a Revenge?!!
posted 05-25-2001 04:11 PM ET (US)
gunnelgrabber, You're right.
When I wrote "sailor" what I had in mind was that group of recreational boaters who choose sailboats instead of powerboats.
Given the (sometimes) animosity between powerboaters and sailboaters, I was surprised to see so many Whaler owners with sailboat backgrounds on this forum.
The theory I will put out for critique is this: When a sailboater buys a powerboat there will be a rather narrow range of powerboats that will appeal to the sensibilities that caused him to be into sailing in the first place. Or, to be more specific, I'm suggesting that an ex-sailboat owner will be more likely to buy a Whaler than a Bayliner. Do you agree?
posted 05-25-2001 11:08 PM ET (US)
skookum point,...10-4. and i think that would represent the majority of opinions i've seen here....from my reading the posts...do good..lm
posted 05-26-2001 08:39 AM ET (US)
Turning 50 month after next. Have had the same wife for 29 years. Didn't know what I was missing until I bought the Whaler this spring. I have been boating since I was 8, canoes, Sailfish, Sunfish, Zuma, 20 ft sloop, 20ft Renken power, 14ft johnboat. But the Montauk, that something special.
posted 05-30-2001 10:23 PM ET (US)
32, currently own a 72 outrage and a 77 montauk. This site has made me wise beyond my years - at least as much as it can with the limited time my wife lets me take a break from scraping and painting this da..n old house.
posted 05-31-2001 11:49 AM ET (US)
29 and about to buy my second whaler. I owned my first one at 17 in Sarasota,FL (a 1972 with a 40hp Merc). Now I'm in Detroit and I just sold my 66 36' Chris Craft and I am READY for fiberglass again! Looking at a couple of 20' Outrages this weekend.
posted 06-22-2001 12:32 AM ET (US)
Since I've noticed we have quite a few new names showing up recently, maybe more of you would like to add to this. We're going for 200 posts.
posted 06-22-2001 06:00 AM ET (US)
I'm 34 years old and have an Outrage 18.
I've been saving for years and finally bought my boat last year.
An interesting point made earlier about the high number of sailboat owners who now own Whalers. I think this is due to the fact that sailers have generally a better understanding of their surrounding environment/weather/sea conditions/rules of the sea etc... compared to 'plastic bubble boat' owners. Therefore I think to own a Whaler is the natural preferred choice of any reasonable sailer as its the best you can get in any situation or weather condition.
posted 06-22-2001 07:16 AM ET (US)
41 and good looking - can anyone else say that? HA!
posted 06-22-2001 09:07 AM ET (US)
I’ll chime in on this thread. Turned 36 this year and bought my first boat, the Dauntless 16’, last summer. Not knowing much about boats, the one thing I did know was that Whaler’s have a solid feel and just look far superior to any other boat made.
Spent 4 years in the Navy as a “black shoe” Gas Turbine Propulsion (GSM2), Commissioned the USS Vincennes CG-49. Traverse the Panama canal and crossed the Equator (Shell Back). I have always loved the water and I had forgotten that after getting out of the Navy. So now I am back on the water. Married 4 years and first kid on the way, 40 days and counting. We are having a boy and I hope to pass the Whaler to him.
posted 06-22-2001 10:18 AM ET (US)
turning 32 in August. Started out in a crib in a 16 Nauset. Got my 1st Whaler at 7 or 8(9' Squall) moved to a 13' w/25 at 12. and since then have owned 9 more Whalers plus numerous other. I am on my 28th boat which is a 1990 !7' Montauk with a 90 Yamaha that just bought last week and am tickled pink with. I also have a 24' Baja w/454/400hp, 14' Carolina Skiff w/ 30 Yamaha, 14' McKee w/ 35 Merc, and half owner with Dad on a 20 Hydrasport w/225 Johnson. Been on boats all my life and love the water. Love Beer and anything with an engine on it. Moved to FL 3 years ago because I would get depressed when I put the boat on blocks for the winter. Happy boating!
posted 06-22-2001 11:25 AM ET (US)
Age 58 and have been with boats since age 10. Started with a 14' Penn Yan/35HP Johnson, then through a series of Chris Craft Sea Skiff models (18', 23' & 30'). Next came a 37' Egg Harbor and a 25' Stamas (the first fiberglass boat). I've had a 1988 20' Outrage/140HP Johnson since 1993 and several years ago fell into a 1979 25' Blackfin with Crusader 350 power (454c.i.) I haven't used the Whaler for two years as all my time was spent refurbishing the Blackfin, but after having discovered this new, improved Whaler Forum several weeks ago my interest has rekindled. Yesterday, I moved the Whaler next to my shop for a thorough three hour scrubbing. I'm amazed at what a strong hull it has and at the quality of the finish, and I am looking forward to the hours that will be spent in installation of trim tabs, refinishing of teak, replacing rod racks, etc. Both the Blackfin and the Whaler are overbuilt and are the only boats I need - engines are easily replaced, but a person is only lucky enough to find a hull such as these once (or in my case, twice) in a lifetime.
posted 06-22-2001 01:14 PM ET (US)
48....almost Dad quit fishing for a living when I was born felt he needed a more steady income (did I ruin his life ?) Grew up on boats, fished nearly every weekend except febuary out of Shark River N.J. Moved to western Pa. needed a trailor boat for diving and water sking. Bought my first whaler 20 years ago, wanted one since I was in high school (and that when my 13' was made) then had a 17' montauk now a 15' with the interior modified for maximum space, still do the diving and sking thing...Joe Walko
posted 06-22-2001 02:55 PM ET (US)
Age 37...I am another sailer convert. My Dad has had a sailboat all his life. His current boat is kept at the Jubilee Yacht Club in Beverly, Massachusetts. Growing up, us kids had a Dyer Dow sailing dingy and then Laser sailboats. My wife's Dad has an aluminum jon boat with a 6 horse outboard kept off of the Wando River in Charleston, South Carolina. I love bombing around the creeks with it. I just bought my first Whaler, a 2001 Montauk. Why is it that so many Sailers buy Whalers? (Should be a new Topic)
posted 06-22-2001 05:01 PM ET (US)
39 1/2.... Been sailing since I was 14. Dingies to 70'sleds. Been to Mexico, Tahiti, Alaska and the Caribs by boat.
Have a Laser, several windsurfers, a J105 and a non-whaler runnabout for skiing. All my Whalering has been in yacht club Montauks on San Francisco Bay. Those boats really fly off the ferry wakes!!
Looking to trade in the skiboat for a Whaler this year. Hooked on this site too.
posted 06-22-2001 06:17 PM ET (US)
35 and just north of Boston. I've grown up on the water. Sail, power, racing, fishing, inbord, outboard and even overboard. I've always loved boats, esp. Whalers. When I was 8 my uncle took me fishing in Nantucket on a 13' and I was hooked (so to speak). Now I finally own my own Whaler, a 84 22' Guardian with Johnson 225. It needs tons of work, a total rehab. But I love it. About six months ago I found this site, and what a find it was ! Jimh my hat off to you. You put alot of work into this and it shows. I check in about 3-4 times a day. Thanks for the good work. Larry aka lgh, I can't thank you enough for the manual and drawings. You have given me the road map to my first whaler, Thank you. Chuck Bennett I know you can't respond but, you are an invaluable resource and Whaler is lucky to have you. Thanks to all you Whaler fans that make this site what it is. JT
posted 06-22-2001 09:43 PM ET (US)
59 and still able to get around. Been boating since 1960, but just got my first and only Whaler (a 1988 17 footer) 5 years ago. Started to get serious about Salmon fishing on Lake Ontario about 1975 and even chartered for a few years. Still have my other boat, a 1971 26' Stamas, that is used for Salmon fishing. I had always considered Whalers to be too open and unprotected for this northern climate until a friend took me out on his 20' Outrage. The waves were running about 10-12' and the 35 footers were running for cover. The Outrage just bobbed over them like a Duck. Needless to say, I was sold. With a boat this seaworthy, I could sacrifice a little protection from the elements. When this 88 came along in my price range, I grabbed it. The boat had spent its life in Florida and was in need of a lot of TLC. I am slowly getting there. Wish that I had found this site a lot sooner. It would have saved me a ton of work.
posted 06-22-2001 10:40 PM ET (US)
I turned 47 this yr, got my first Whaler last year and have been enjoying the hell out of it and this site too! Looking back on my 'virgin' posts, it's amazing the amount of info that I've accumulated since docking at this site. Muchos gracias muy amigos & JimH!!
posted 06-22-2001 11:10 PM ET (US)
41..former sailboat owner (Elite 29),racing crew for 20 some years,canoe tripping, and of course fishing. Almost all Great Lakes and Fresh water.
posted 06-23-2001 12:51 AM ET (US)
35 Years Old, Grew up around boats of both power and sail. Bought my first Whaler weeks ago but have owned a Sea Ray 20, Coronado 15, 2 Sabots. Have two kayaks in addition to the Whaler. Love to sail. If it floats I will play with it. Fresh or Saltwater.
posted 06-25-2001 04:52 PM ET (US)
I am new to the site and this is my first post. I turned 40 last year and had a mid life crisis. I thought getting a boat would help until I went to a boat show and priced some new ones. My remaing choices were to get a fake ID (with a lower age) or buy a used boat. I bought a used 1975 19Ft. Outrage with a 1990 Johnson 150GT and a almost new 6HP Mercury kicker. I grew up along the shore in New Jersey (Bruce Springsteen was the rage). My first boat was a 13 ft 1966 Whaler with a 40HP Evenrude. Bought it in 1975 with my brother when we were in our teens. We cut a lot of grass (all with a push mower) to save the $1000 we needed (a good deal back then). We beat the hell out of that thing. I mean we skied full throttle for eight years until the motor gave way. I've been a Whaler fanatic ever since (plus I HATE boats that sink).
posted 06-25-2001 07:40 PM ET (US)
26, grew up on the water in Michigan -- in, out, and around whalers and sailboats. Only thing I love more than whalers is duck hunting, and yes, I have used whalers as tenders for layout shooting. Fanatic flyfisher and skier when not in a whaler. The family montauk just became "my" montauk with graduation from med school. Out East now for the first time, doing my residency at Dartmouth -- but will ALWAYS be a Wolverine (8 years does strange things!) Would love to hear from anyone out here who needs crew, esp. Lake Champlaign or salt, as all of my whaling has been on/around the Great Lakes. Hopefully I'll find a home and be able to bring MY montauk out to N.H. sometime soon...
posted 06-25-2001 07:58 PM ET (US)
posted 06-25-2001 09:35 PM ET (US)
23 with a outrage 18, started with a 13' when i was 16 (baught that instead of a car), been around boats since i was 5. Can ya tell i love the water?
posted 06-26-2001 04:35 PM ET (US)
28-29 in july (how did that happen?)... grew up on the Pacific, Atlantic, Lake Champlain and Gulf, always had a boat about. From row boats to canoes. I own duck boats (flatbottoms, and square transom canoes), father-in-law has a whaler and two sailboats that he doesn't get a chance to use so I keep them up and make good use of them, the whaler (66Sakonnet) has been waterbound for the last 15 years (probably) and is sadly on it's last leg of life, the hull wood is rotten and I can hardly pull a 140# skier up with a 115, but she still works great as a fishing and cruising boat... wife now wants a boat...sadly she wants a scarab, I'm trying to convince her on a Ventura, but the whaler fishing style is going to have to wait, as the family wants something a little softer with more power, and "padded seats"...
posted 06-26-2001 06:35 PM ET (US)
Gonna be 50 this year.
Got my first Whaler in 1977, a sport 15. Either it shrunk, or I got bigger, but it didn't fit anymore. I've been running her in Barnegat Bay since I got her, and close inshore.
Moved up to a 2000 Montauk last year, and handed down the Sport 15 to a deserving 16 year old, that just happens to have the same name as me. This way it was not like really parting with her.
posted 06-27-2001 10:49 AM ET (US)
Am 37, although thanks to good genes, I still occasionally get carded to buy beer. In response to Tom W Clark and Dick...I am a big time Whaler loving lady...have really enjoyed reading the forums.
My dad bought a 16' Sakonnet in 1973 that we think started out life as a Cohasset because the interior is white. She is still gorgeous...has original mahogany and even some original varnish. Dad still has her along with a 26'Rinker that mom wanted. Dad will never part with his whaler - she is a part of the family. Four kids and two adults spent every day in the summer on Lake Michigan - our best memories. At 9 years old, I caught my first King...about 27 pounds. Of course it got away.
My hubby never understood the appeal of boating. Finally, after putting him through law school (and us both getting good jobs), I convinced him to buy a 16' Daunltess last year. Luckily for me he has become an absolute convert to boating, and loves whalers as much as I do.
This summer we found a new '99 21'Conquest up in Harbor Springs (Michigan)..as sad as we were to part with the Daunless we traded her in for the Conquest. Hubby even bought a new Toyota Tundra to tow her. Just brought her home last weekend...so far have stayed overnight in Harbor Springs, explored Little Traverse Bay, etc., were up in Grand Haven last weekend on Lake Michigan and Spring Lake, then took her out night before last on Gull Lake. We are both absolutely smitten with her...she will still be with us when we are old and gray. Probably will also have a second or third whaler by that time...I hope.
posted 06-27-2001 12:57 PM ET (US)
32 next month. I bought my first whaler 4 years ago. It is a 1984 17 foot Standard with a 1998 90 Johnson SPL. It has been converted to a center console (the only original parts appear to be the rails). I just moved in January from Miami to Jacksonville. I am still trying to adapt to fishing in Jacksonville. If any forum members live in the Jacksonville area, I could use some pointers.
posted 06-27-2001 04:54 PM ET (US)
I am 24, just graduated for UConn, am unemployed, and just bought my first Whaler. It's a 1977 15ft with an 1986 60 horse Johnson. I spent most of my summers growing up on Waquoit Bay, Falmouth MA. I used to race in a sunfish league a long time ago and have been sailing with my father on his 25 ft O'Day. I've always been around boats and figured that it was the right time to buy one myself. I spent about a year looking for a 13ft but came across this 15 for 3500 and couldn't pass it up. I'm looking to find a good fishing spot near me so is there anyone near Waquoit that knows of any? And since I'm unemployed does anyone know of any jobs, I need to pay for gas somehow.
posted 06-27-2001 07:31 PM ET (US)
51 in July - My first recolection of a Whaler is that of a brand new 1963 13'Sport belonging to a good friend around the point on the Shrewsbury River in N.J. His new fiberglass dated our molded plywood runabouts severely and his 33 Johnson ran circles around our 18's.
It wasn't for another 30 plus years that I took notice of all the classic Whalers being used by "Opti Parents" to serve as
tenders to 8' Optimist Dinghys sailed singlehandedly by 8 to 15 year old kids. As a guest on another "Optidads" 15 Super Sport, I became to appreciate the ride and stability of a 15 one cold, breezy, Thanksgiving weekend, spent following my 10 year old sailing off New Orleans.
Three years ago we found our own 15 on Long Beach Island, N.J. We towed the 1979 hull and 1986 Johnson 60 home to Ft Lauderdale where it has served as main mode of transportation for my now 16 year old. I forsee the Whaler being handed down to his 14 year old sister as my son temporarily moves on to the 1970 455 Buick Estate Wagon, complete with hitch, which grandmom gifted to him. Therefore, we're into B classics.
posted 07-03-2001 02:06 PM ET (US)
40 years young...own a 1967 13...has been in my wife family all it's life...she used to go crabin' in it with her grandfather...now it's fishing the waters around Pittsburgh...
I've fished since a child in and around the southeastern Michigan area..Lake Erie walleye fear me !
posted 07-03-2001 09:19 PM ET (US)
35 years old. Grew up in philly and now live on the water in Mass. First and only boat is a 70 Katama.
I met a guy last week in the harbor with a
1972 16'7" whaler. His father owned it when he was a boy (he's 35) and now its his. he was with his daughter (5) and said he has every intention to give it her. Cool stuff.
posted 07-03-2001 10:48 PM ET (US)
im 19 i have been around whaler since i was born..rebuilt engines, and wired whalers ..pretty cool stuff.. i know everything ..i even rebiult a trailer...i think im either a slave for my dad or a helper still trying to figure it out
posted 07-03-2001 11:13 PM ET (US)
Welcome aboard. I knew that there had to be some lady Whaler lovers out there. You have a great boat, hope you enjoy it.
posted 07-04-2001 07:00 AM ET (US)
55 years old. (2) 11's, (4) 13's, (5) SeaRays
(3) wives, and now looking for something I'll
never be able to get rid of, a "Rage".
posted 07-18-2001 04:22 PM ET (US)
whalerdoc - Nice to have someone from Hanover NH on the Forum. See my testimonial in the 13' Reference section. LHG Dartmouth '63!
posted 07-18-2001 04:35 PM ET (US)
Brad where and who did you buy the Whaler from on LBI. Sounds like my old one. Just wondering.
posted 07-19-2001 12:47 AM ET (US)
I spend my money on the 3 Bs Beer Babes and boston whalers! (Not Necessarily in that order) Been a whaler since birth!
posted 07-20-2001 06:08 PM ET (US)
Bought the 15' sport from a young commercial fisherman in Ship Bottom. I believe his family lived in Harvey Cedars and he worked on a boat out of Barnegat. At the time we made the deal another Barnegat Inlet boat was leaving for the cape to become one of the boats used in the filming of George Clooney's big wave movie. The former owner's name was Peter.
posted 07-22-2001 03:13 PM ET (US)
36 Years old. Sold my other boat 6 weeks ago and was going to wait a year before getting another. Saw a 98 17' standard w/75 hp. merc in the paper 3 weeks ago and couldn't resist. The last whaler I had was when I was 7 years old, and had to share that one with my older brother. This one is all mine.
posted 07-22-2001 04:06 PM ET (US)
Mid-40's(and female); hubby will turn 50 in Nov. We've both been boating since our teens -- maybe even before that, beginning on inland lakes in SW Mich. We now boat on Lake Mich. out of New Buffalo. Our original plan was to purchase a hard bottom dinghy for harbor use, up-river excursions on days when the lake isn't cooperating, and for calm days on the big lake. While looking for an inflatable, we ran across an 11' Whaler that we couldn't pass up. We both know the quality of Whalers and it seemed too good too be true (even though it appears that the original owner installed the drain plug backwards!). We've had our lil' Whaler for about 8 weeks and are loving it. Our 19 year old daughter must think she has taken ownership, because she is enjoying "her" new Whaler! Discovered this site while researching our 11' prior to purchase. Past Performance and Marketplace threads were especially helpful -- thank you all for your input to this site! One question, though -- why does the Reference section begin with the l3's, when there are smaller Whalers out there? Just curious. -- Lor
posted 07-23-2001 05:53 PM ET (US)
48, married male, two boys - 19 & 25, one 4 yr old granddaughter.
have had the GTX for 3 yrs, just repowered with 130 Honda O/B.
our first whaler was new '87 Guardian 17 dive boat. put hundreds of hours on that boat, spearfishing halibut, catching bugs and abalone as well as waterskiing with our family all over the west.
posted 07-24-2001 06:18 AM ET (US)
65 and really enjoying life. Grew up on the Mississippi and around boats all the time. Became an owner at 16. Didn't get back into boating until about '80. Bought an inflatable, with a 15hp Mariner. Took it everywhere and had a ball. Moved to '13 Sport, then a 15', and now a 16SL which we have had since '92. We trailer all over. Love the size of this boat, trailers beautifully, and is comfortable on all bodies of water. It holds a ton, and gives a very dry ride. It seems much bigger than its 15'6" length. At this juncture it is difficult to part with it, since for us, bigger is not necessarilly better.
Whaler is a boat I've always wanted to own.
I am not sure that other makes have the kind of following that shows up regularly on this site!
posted 07-24-2001 02:53 PM ET (US)
I am 21 years old and i have sailed all my life throughout the keys and bahamas. I have always wanted a 13 whaler sport and i finally purchased one, if you can call it that. its a 1962 and in need of a lot of tlc. I got it completely stripped and found and i am ready to awl grip the boat. I am looking forward to bringing it up to college with me where i can gunkhole around the tampa/clearwater area. I will keep the forum occupied with questions.
posted 07-24-2001 11:21 PM ET (US)
i will be 40 august the 7th. oh the humanity
posted 07-25-2001 10:15 PM ET (US)
52 years old--40 years experience--50 ton CG Masters license
posted 07-26-2001 05:40 PM ET (US)
HI, i am 16
posted 07-28-2001 06:44 PM ET (US)
I'm 26 and working my butt off to save for a whaler next summer! Grew up in Michigan - between St. Joseph on Lake Michigan and the Les Chenaux Islands in the Upper Peninsula - have been boating ever since I can remember and used to drive the neighbors crazy in my first boat - a 16 foot MirroCraft with a 3 hp johnson outboard...I used to drive in circles in front of our summer home...for hours on end. My dad knew I was hooked when we went to the Chicago Boat Show when I was 11 and memorized the catalog literature from every company I could find (Such interest in corporate 'Hype' also destined me for a career in PR, too).
Great site, Jim - I think this is probably the most comprehensive Boston Whaler Online reference available! I love it.
posted 07-28-2001 09:05 PM ET (US)
I'm 57, retired and I've had 1 sail boat, 2 bass boats, then bought a new Sea Ray in 1978. Always wanted a whaler, haven't had a boat in over 20 years, but should have a used 16 in the next couple weeks. All my boating has been done in Muskegon,Mi., Cincinnati,Oh., Ft. Myers, Fl. and I now live in Sugar Land, Tx.
posted 08-02-2001 12:01 AM ET (US)
I'm 49. I grew up paddling a 12 ft. jon boat up a little creek on the western side of the Edwards Plateau in West Texas. Went to Austin to college where I learned to Sail. The first boat I owned was a Snipe class sailboat. I sold it after I managed to turtle it in 4 ft. waves on Lake Ray Hubbard east of Dallas. I did manage to make money on the boat, however.
I bought my 1982 13 in 1989. I used to take it out on Hubbard in 20 to 25 mph winds to play in the big waves. It make a nice, but damp, flying soapdish.
Due to the demands of work, I had to mothball it for a few years. This year, I pulled out all the wood and refinished it, got the motor running, and got it out on the smooth water up in the mountains in Colorado.
posted 08-06-2001 03:58 PM ET (US)
I just figured I'd resurrect an old dead post.
It helps to have some "Dating Game" music in the backround while you read this. So if you have it.. crank it up..
This is Paul-
The native New Yorker recently decided to give up his boring, unfulfilling 10 year long career selling computer network equipment behind a desk for a flying career in sunny Florida.
So let's give a warm Dating Game welcome to Paul!
"Hi everybody!.... anyone want to pull my finger?"
...ok... you can stop the music now
posted 08-06-2001 04:11 PM ET (US)
Where is Sebastian, FL? Maybe we can rondevous with our Montauks or bikes and really annoy some people!
posted 08-06-2001 04:36 PM ET (US)
Hey BigPants... oh sorry.. I mean Bigshot!
Sebastian is about 10 miles south of Melbourne right on the water.
where are you?
posted 08-06-2001 08:04 PM ET (US)
I'm 50 and my 1986 22' Outrage Cuddy is named Victoria. Victoria is a common boat name. However, to me it has a special meaning. Now starts the story. Continue reading, or go to the next reply.
Ok, for those of you that have time to kill, here is the reason why I bought a Whaler and why she is named Victoria. Everyone who is an ocean boater knows, or should know, the story of Magellan. Yes, he was the first sailor reportedly to sail around the world. Some of you may even know that Magellan actually did not survive the entire trip. Magellan was killed in the Philippines when he got a little greedy and was attempting to conquer the locals. Anyway, back to the purpose for this story. Magellan’s expedition started with 5 ships. One turned back early on and three others were lost at sea. However, one ship did make it back to Europe. The name of that ship was Victoria, and the captain of that ship was Juan Sebastian DeCano.
My Whaler was my first boat, and when I go out to sea, I always want to come back. The best way for me to ensure that I always come back was to buy a Boston Whaler, name it Victoria. Oh yes, and it wouldn’t hurt to have the last name of Cano. End of story!
PS: I really don’t know if Juan and I are related. However, I would like to think so!
posted 08-06-2001 10:32 PM ET (US)
Nice, very nice. Grat name, and good story to go with it!
posted 08-07-2001 08:27 AM ET (US)
46 yrs. and can still remeber most of them. Except the late 60s and early 70s. Grew up around the Boston. USMC for 8 years and have been in aviation maintenance for most of my "adult" years. Proud owner of a 1997 15' Dauntless w/75 Merc.
posted 08-07-2001 09:48 AM ET (US)
There is a 24 outrage(96?)in NJ I used to see all the time in Barnegat inlet. I assumed it was named after his kid or wife, etc. My $$ is on your story.
posted 10-31-2008 08:07 AM ET (US)
Present age 56.
Operating power boats since 13, built only boat at 14, first OB motor at 15. Largest boat owned 40' Eagle Trawler.
Present boats I'd want to admit having in my stable, the other 4 will go without mention:
posted 10-31-2008 08:51 AM ET (US)
Just turned 51 and own a 130 Sport. My wife loved boating so much she said she wanted to get a bigger boat, to venture farther offshore with more people. My big problem was that she would only let me look at WHALERS. She really, really likes their looks and style along with the safety factor. No stupid graphics, no carpeting, easy cleaning, ect. After a long debate (1 second) I said OK only WHALERS. So just bought a larger 230 Dauntless for Great lakes Scuba diving and water skiing/Tubing.
We will also keep that 13 footer, Too much fun, Chuck
posted 10-31-2008 09:03 AM ET (US)
46 years of age. Bought my first boat when I was 17 a brand new Bayliner Capri 17 with an OMC (Ford) 4 cyl about $7k in 1980. I towed that around with a Dodge Daytona Turbo, just use to spin the front wheels all the way up the ramp pulling the boat out.
My water craft of the past:
1980 Bayliner 17' Bowrider
1995 Yamaha WaveRunner II
posted 10-31-2008 09:04 AM ET (US)
Turning 51 in 60 days. Sales small boats as a kid, when I was 13 my dad and I built a 21' sailboat in the garage from a kit!.
We sailed that boat for years(mom hated it). When I was in my 20's I got hooked up the the Sheriff's Department and became a member of the Marine Division. I policed the waterways for 25 years. That was where I was first introduced to Boston Whaler and the love affair has gone on ever since. I bought my first whaler 30 days ago and have begun the restoration process.... this is better than SEX!
posted 10-31-2008 09:10 AM ET (US)
46 years of age. Bought my first boat when I was 17 a brand new Bayliner Capri 17 with an OMC (Ford) 4 cyl about $7k in 1980. I towed that around with a Dodge Daytona Turbo, just use to spin the front wheels all the way up the ramp pulling the boat out.
My water craft of the past:
1980 Bayliner 17' Bowrider
1995 Yamaha WaveRunner II
Current Water Craft:
And currently looking for a 14 to 16 foot center console for fishing the Peace River, canals and upper Charlotte Harbor.
posted 10-31-2008 09:32 AM ET (US)
62..Can it be? Grew up on Lake Michigan...took my first boat out on the lake when I was 13. Ran Charter for seven years in the 70's. Like most others on this forum am a boat nut....
( all sold )
Currently trapped in Mid-America, Kansas City, yearning for "real water"
Just bought a cherry '91 17 ft Whaler Guardian with a 90 Optimax with 72 hours on it. Have already had it on Lake Michigan, Grand Lake in Oklahoma and several of "the ponds"
posted 10-31-2008 09:42 AM ET (US)
70 next year but I feel 42 till I look in the mirror (not recommended).
Started out as a sailor with a an unstable14 foot inland lake scow with a 22 foot mast. Learned to sail the #%&@$#%&* thing by reading a book. Then moved up through several sailboats to a C&C 38 Sloop in San Francisco. Scared my wife once too often with the outrageous afternoon seabreezes so I had to switch to powerboating.
Started chartering in the Pacific Northwest and wound up buying a 18 year old Hatteras 58 which we cruised 10,000 miles in B. C. and Alaska for 6 seasons. Having grown tired of getting thank you cards from boatyard owners, we've downsized and are enjoying the simplicity of smaller boats. Working on fishing but don't really seem to care if I catch anything.
The whole point is just being out on the water isn't it?
2007 Dauntless 200 with factory T top/175 Verado-flawless
2003 Fish- Rite welded aluminum Jet boat with 350 GMC Vortec EFI/Hamilton jet. The feeling of looking down at a gravel bottom in 12 inches of clear water rapids at 25 knots-priceless!
21 ft Tandem Sea Kayak
21 ft rowing shell
14 ft Whitehall rowing skiff with sliding seat
posted 10-31-2008 10:44 AM ET (US)
Looks like a spammer dragged up an 8 year old thread here.
Interesting to look at, though. When this thread was originally posted, I was 22 years old, and was just about to start my first (failed) attempt to restore my then 30 year old Whaler. I think that was about the time I first discovered CW. Now, I'm 30, the '71 has been fully restored, and I've tackled another restoration.
posted 10-31-2008 07:10 PM ET (US)
54, did a lot of boating and water skiing on a friend's boat for a couple of summers when I was in college. Just purchased my own boat (Sport 130) for the first time in 2007. Now I am on my second Whaler (170 Montauk). Just completed my second season of serious boating. Even though its only our second season we have gained a fair amount of boating (about 260 hours) and towing experience since we have boated almost every weekend in a variety of venues. It has opened up a whole new world for my wife and me. We plan to keep it going since there are a lot of places to explore here in the Chesapeak Bay area.
posted 10-31-2008 07:34 PM ET (US)
Also note that your spammer is illiterate also.
posted 10-31-2008 08:37 PM ET (US)
50, own a 15 super sport and 4 canoes. Plan to cycle 36 miles tommorrow AM and maybe do a few ski marathons this winter.
posted 10-31-2008 08:37 PM ET (US)
What was I thinking, I'm 55!
posted 10-31-2008 09:14 PM ET (US)
I couldn't resist. Here's tally of the numbers up to my post (55). And its a standard distribution, see link. - Lou
posted 10-31-2008 09:41 PM ET (US)
OK, I'm in I'll be 53 in April.
When I was working in Kwaj. on the power house the army had boston whaler outrages we could use to for diving.
I've been hooked ever since.
Bought my Outrage by looking at the classified ads for Tucson in my office in Luxembourg.
Asked my wife to go and look at it and if it was nice to buy it.
Didn't see it for six months after that.
Now I don't like to be away from it.
I was born in Oceanside CA. so it seems surfing and the ocean were always a part of my life.
Now diving is my passon but I don't get out as often as I used to.
I can still slomon ski but not far.
It's hell getting old but wouldn't go back for anything.
posted 10-31-2008 09:53 PM ET (US)
as the original poster of this thread, 7 years ago, I think it is amazing how many names within the thread are no longer active members, too bad really.
Fun to read through, heck I did not know my old geocities site was still active.
Note the civility? What happened?
posted 10-31-2008 10:06 PM ET (US)
I'm a young lady of 66 yrs old.
Been on the water my whole life. First boat ride I remember was at the age of five up in the San Juan Islands from Burrows Island to Anacortes in a USCG open double-ender. I remember the diesel engine in the middle. We went into town once a week for supplies. Had some pretty hairy rides with the wind wipping up and spray everywhere. Mom had her hands full trying to keep us girls covered up, while Dad would just laugh.
I've always had a boat, sail or power. On my second whaler.
posted 11-01-2008 06:24 AM ET (US)
I guess I will jump in, I'm 68, think, act and play as if I was 58, most people think I'm 58. I live by the motto "Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional". I have owned many boats but the Whaler has been the most satisfying not the best.
posted 11-01-2008 09:40 AM ET (US)
60... don't feel it and really don't like being it...love my 170 Montauk and as someone posted earlier still don't know what I'll do when i grow up :) maybe take that trek up the Atlantic, over to St Lawrence Seaway and down the Mississippi...
posted 11-01-2008 05:55 PM ET (US)
I remember this thread being active back when I first joined. I was a newbie-do back then and shy to post. So, now do I get to claim my age in 2001, or do I have to go with my age today?
posted 11-01-2008 06:28 PM ET (US)
Only 63 and my Montauk is only 31. We are both doing OK so far. The Montauk is still an amazing boat after all these years...not so sure about me.
posted 11-01-2008 06:51 PM ET (US)
heading for 56
boats I had 12' small wooden runabout in 1967 small white Merc on it 25HP? Worked on it all winter and it sunk in 2 days when I knocked the bootm out.
Rode in a 13' Whaler in '68 and it brought me back again. When i started to year for another boat I went straight to the Whaler dealer for a Classic hull I always wanted.
Father bought me 14' Chrysler Charger in 1968 55 hp
1983 25' Checkmate Convincer one 200 then two the next year and started racing it in 1984
1986 28' Checkmate built as a race boat won ABPA World Championship B class 1986
1987 36 Skater race boat won true UIM / ABPA World Championship 1987 Key West
1988 new 32 Skater with canopies missed World Championship by less than 10 point out of 1200 as I remember it.
Ran in a bunch of other peoples 32 Skaters some as fast as 145 mph.
36' Skater triple out board 2 World Championships stopped in about 2000.
Now a 19 Montuak which I love and love big water with it for a thrill.
Road race a 99 Corvette for fun now and have had a bunch of Sport bikes and want another probably a Ducati 1098
posted 11-02-2008 06:43 AM ET (US)
53 years old, and have been continuously operating powerboats since 1972, although I began boat fishing on both fresh and saltwater around 1960.
Have owned 8 boats so far, and am on my second Whaler, a 2005 210 Ventura.
Just put her away for the winter yesterday after a great day Friday, trick or treating for stripers and bluefish off New Jerseys' Barnegat Inlet.
posted 11-02-2008 11:28 PM ET (US)
I am Female launching a Shooterjet 13 in my area for a long time..It is really awesome in launching that kind of boats...
posted 11-02-2008 11:31 PM ET (US)
I am Female launching a Shooterjet 13 in my area for a long time..It is really awesome in launching that kind of boats...
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posted 11-03-2008 08:23 AM ET (US)
36 years old. Been sailing 26 years. Grew up on Lanier. Dad had an old Browning. Friends had a BW 13. I've owned numerous J boats, beach cats. Own my first Whaler now (as of 2/08). Always wanted one. Don't own a sailboat anymore :0)
posted 11-03-2008 09:41 AM ET (US)
More spammers. Great.
Lets let this thread die.
posted 11-04-2008 10:25 PM ET (US)
26 and feeling younger all the time.
I have a 78 Montauk and plan on keeping it for many years to come. Have been a Whaler fan all my life and finally got my first last summer.
posted 11-05-2008 06:53 PM ET (US)
Just turned 49.
Boating and fishing as long as I can remember.
My first experiences were in a mahogany runabout on Lake Michigan with my grandfather.
These days I share the tradition with my own kids on my old 16' Whaler. Salt water runs through my veins.
posted 11-05-2008 07:47 PM ET (US)
I am still a little green...29
...but spend my days at work (engineering/marine consulting) dealing and walking the decks of ships of all sizes (Aircraft carries, High-speed ferries, mega yatchs, tugs)...
Started on a Laser at ~11 or 12 years old...then got a sailboard...
Then moved up to various sailboats, some with keels, some without.
Finally realized that going nowhere fast was the pretty cool. Got an old glassply and put some hp on it.
Progressed into fishing, racing other peoples big sailboats, and distance cruising, and cruising comforts.
Then last year fuel took its toll, and limited the big boat operation to ~1200 RPM and below (8-9 knots). But managed to commute to the office by Montauk for most of the summer.
Curretly run on:
Montauk 17' (fishing and commuting machine)
And I found a local Grady 25' that fills some gaps in my usage, I've watched the price drop a bit in the last few months, gonna see how low it goes. (We'll see what my significant other thinks.)
posted 11-05-2008 10:52 PM ET (US)
I'm 45, on my third Whaler, grew up on boats beginning as an infant on my Dad's Crestliner, Owens, and then Trojan in that order. My love of boats led me to New York Maritime where I graduated in 1985. After a stint as an officer on Merchant ships I settled down to start a family with my wife whom I met windsurfing. Bought my first Whaler after my children were born and I started to miss the sea.
posted 11-05-2008 10:58 PM ET (US)
Ron - As a kid I was always told "never buy an Owens because they sink like rocks". What was with that? I can't imagine Owens being any different then any other boat in it's time.
posted 11-05-2008 11:55 PM ET (US)
Maybe my Dad heard that same saying about an Owens as we only had it a couple of seasons but not before I spent many overnights as a child sleeping aboard while docked in the marina. He sold it before I was 10. Funny how the years fly by.
posted 11-06-2008 01:35 PM ET (US)
63 yrs young ....7 Whalers, 2 Makos, and 1 Contenter later and 31 years in the Navy I'm still running around with my hair on fire. Life has been grand for sure.
posted 11-06-2008 06:33 PM ET (US)
Well, I am past 70 years old and have never lost my love for boating. I bought my first boat 55 years ago. It was a 10' Penn Yan Swift. I retired 10 years ago and moved to a lake in Virginia. I have 6 registered boats with 5 of them kept elevated in a boathouse where the lake never freezes. I have a Johnson powered pontoon for friends. I have an old 13'-7' Bayliner Capri with a 60 hp pt/pt Merc that I hope to keep forever. I have a PWC. I have a 16' Scanoe powered with a Tohatsu. In the last couple of years, I rigged up a couple of Whaler Tenders. The 9' has a great little 15 hp Yamaha tiller and the 11'4' SS has a pt/pt 30 hp Nissan. Life is good! I do so love my little Whalers........
posted 11-06-2008 06:42 PM ET (US)
I just truend 50 this summer and have been around the salt water all my life. First discovered Whalers when I was 12 and owned my frst Whaler a 15 sport when I was 19. Had that for 5 years then I bought a Glastron SSV 17 outboard. Had that for many years than wet back to the current Newport I have now. During this time I had the pleasure of working with the the only 2 whaler dealers that are were in the povince of Nova Scotia and have been involved with boats, and motors my whole life. Like other people I need to be close to the salt water...could not imagine being far from it.
posted 11-11-2008 01:58 PM ET (US)
40 - I've been around the Gulf Coast all my life. Although not lots of boating experience, I spent the summers when I was growing up at my parents beach house in Crystal Beach, TX. My dad had various beater boats that didn't usually run too well, so we fished mostly from shore and waded out. Always admired the Whalers around the area and only wished. I have a 1975 13 now to play around with in the shallows, but hopefully someday will move to larger one when my son gets to be a teenager. Doug Teel
posted 11-11-2008 07:01 PM ET (US)
45 here in Redond Beach, CA. My family first bought The Whaler when I was 12. The family had mostly ski boats prior to The Whaler. I've been on boats since I was 2.
My five year old, who was first on The Whaler when he was about 4 months, would post something but he doesn't know how to type yet.
posted 11-15-2008 11:21 AM ET (US)
Well I am on the last half of 49. My love for whalers goes back to the Flipper TV series. For you younger guys that was the black and white TV generation. It took me 40 years to get my first boat an 8 foot sabot sail boat that lasted me a couple of years with limited use. then 5 years ago I bought a 1979 11 foot whaler and 2 years later knew that that was too small. Last winter bought a project 1964 13 foot whaler to move up to but haven't made any progress on it but 2 weeks ago with the failing economy I had the opportunity to buy 1983 Montauk my dream boat. It has taken the best part of my life to get here with allot of very tough times in there. I am looking forward to the rest of my life playing with others used toys but the big dream for me. Thanks to all on this website and to Jim H for hosting it. I truly hope Jim out lives me so I don't have to worry about the day this site retires.
posted 11-15-2008 12:57 PM ET (US)
age? Same as JimH.
13 - restored a wood duck pram. I used resin but no cloth...the thing leaked like a siv.
14-17 helped my Uncle build a 2 x 8 x 16 ft barge out of plywood. We used this barge to pack lumber/tools used to build a remote cabin at Loon Lake Oregon. 20 hp white Merc with tiller. Also began waterskiing & fishing with many different sport boats.
18-20 (1970) US Army incl Rec Fish Guide in Valdez Ak. Many different boats (my first Whaler experiance). Also had tickets to Woodstock and didnt go. No BS.
22, Oct 19, 1973 official first day of all facets of Towboating on all parts of the Columbia River Estruary.
32, 1983 - I was tired of coming home a stranger and retired from long haul Towboating & worked day jobs on many different Tugs/Companies.
34, July 1st, 1985 - not enough sense or smarts to find another career, I purchased a small Tug buisness that is still working today. Got married, 3 kids. Im home every day...never know when, but Im home.
Sport boats Ive owned incl;
posted 11-15-2008 06:22 PM ET (US)
"Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional"
That's great thinking. It's along the line that my wife wants on her headstone:
"She died doing something she shouldn't have been doing at her age"...
Best - Don
posted 11-16-2008 12:23 AM ET (US)
42 and wonder if I was born a couple centuries too late.
Rebuilding a '71 Katama my dad brought home when I was 6. I sill have the '71 El Toro I bought with my paper route money in 6th grade. Used to ride my bike to the fish plant to get bait, go down to Chuckanut Bay in the whaler and check the pots, then ride home with the crab in my backpack.
Fishing, hunting, sailing and shooting since the age of 5.
posted 11-16-2008 11:49 AM ET (US)
53 years old
Galveston area most of my life.
21 Hydra Sport
Grew up fishing the Galveston bay area for speckled trout, flounder and reds. Ventured off shore for a few years, lots of fun.
I retired from Amoco/BP a few years ago. I have also done a little traveling with the ethanol craze helping with plant start ups and training of operators. I ride a Harley, have a 68 Firebird with a hopped up 428 and 4 speed, love to cook and am a master gardener. My father was a carpenter doing mostly remodeling and some new construction so wood work is in my blood. Spent 4 years of my early life on a farm in Kansas milking Holsteins and putting up wheat and hay.
It's amazing how a person can write a few sentences about an entire life.
posted 11-16-2008 01:05 PM ET (US)
Since no one claimed the 67 year old spot I'll chime in.
I started boating when I was about 14 years old. My first boat was an old blue wood 14 ft. flat bottom boat that had a 3.7 HP (or some wierd rating in that range). I had a dream that I went to Mars in this boat - and it had a tiller handle too!
I used this boat in the Susquehanna river to get to Three Mile Island in Middletown, PA to hunt before the nuclear power plant was built. I was in this boat one spring when there was still ice on the river and sheared a pin when I was about 200 yards from the dam. I didn't have spare shear pin but found an old bobby pin in the bottom of the boat which got us to shore about 50 yards from going over the dam. I never really thought about it but that same bobby pin got us home, hugging the shore, - upriver almost 3 miles. The things kids will do!
My father bought me my second boat which was a 14 ft. Whirlwind delux whit a 25 HP Buccaneer (made by Evinrude - I think). This was a fast little boat that gave me countless years of pleasure.
When my kids were 3 & 4 I bought a 19 ft. aluminum Crestliner with a cuddy cabin and 105 HP Chrysler engine. I loved the boat but hated the engine. This was in the 70's and I couldn't afford the gas to keep it running. I trailered the boat about 1.5 hours to Northeast on the Chesapeak Bay and it was too trying for the kids so we sold it for about $50 less than we paid for it so all in all it was a good deal.
The next boat I bought, with my brother-in-law, was a 16 ft. alum. batty with a 35 HP Evinrude and a jet attachment. The water we fished in the Susquehanna was very rocky and the engine was well suited for the waters. It was a very sluggish engine though.
My current boat is a 1993 17 ft BW Outrage with a 50 HP Evinrude which I'm trying to sell so I can buy a 90 or 115 HP Yamaha.
posted 11-16-2008 04:48 PM ET (US)
45 and I thought I already posted. I'm losing it already.
Cut my teeth here in Buzzards Bay about 30 years ago in an 18' Mark Twain tri-hull which my Dad brought from Illinois when we moved to Cape Cod. Dad was a former Marine and maritimer and his teaching approach was less than suttle. But I made it through enough to be able to take the boat out alone. I had almost forgotten what a big deal it was. He sold the Mark Twain and I "graduated" to his newly "used" 13 foot Boston Whaler. He had other boats(that I couldn't use) but always (and still) has the Boston Whaler.
I used to beat the crap out of my self in the waters out here on trips I wouldn't even take my Montauk on many years later. Every time I came back from one of our jaunts which I did with my boating/drinking buddy we would notice when we returned that we lost things like anchors,coolers, seat cushions, oars etc. You name it we lost it. Now I know why Dad didn't let me use any of his other boats. Thank goodness we can laugh about that without any phycical injury having occured. There was quite a bit of Natural Lite beer (seven dollars a case on the base) which was consumed. I never thought too much about this, but that little Whaler probably saved my life, given the idiotic things we used to do. By the way that same Whaler still looks incredible today. We always kept it maintained properly. Those crazy days ended in the late eighties when I had to get a job.
Something greater than myself kept me away from owning my own boat until only several years ago when I first joined this forum with my 87 Montauk (sold). Since then I had a 77 Revenge 19 (sold) and an 89 Revenge 20 W/T, which I have just sold. The "old" days are gone as ther is a child and wife involved. I'm sure by early next year that you'll be hearing about my next boat, which will most likely be a Boston Whaler. They seem to work well for me.
This forum has been very helpful along the way.
posted 11-18-2008 12:28 AM ET (US)
35 years of dinghy daysailing & club racing.
Just passed my 1 year anniversary with my '88 Sport 15. Enjoyable and rewarding.
Still own my Laser and a yellow plastic Escape 9, but a bum knee kept me out of them this season, not sure what the future holds there.
Next (and ultimate) boat in my dreams will be an Alerion 27 or 33 as a final cap to my sailing habit, as soon as I can find a spare 100 grand or two. With kids approaching college age, that's waaaaay out on the horizon. At this point, hard to imagine ever unloading my trusty 15 though.
posted 11-18-2008 05:30 PM ET (US)
43 years young, 2008 190 Outrage, been boating since 6 years old, a SUNY Maritime graduate, sailed on Oil and Chemical tankers and still employed in operations ashore.
posted 11-19-2008 02:17 PM ET (US)
75.5 years ol'
Most of my time has been spent on sailboats.
My 24 year old 22' Outrage is my third whaler.. preceeded by a 17'Montauk and a 1970ish 19' Outrage.
Still launch and retrieve the outrage singlehanded... Drysailed, dontcha know.
When I get old, I'll write some more about it.
posted 11-19-2008 04:02 PM ET (US)
@ the big 60, 18 at hart.
My Dad got us a 13' with a 30hp Bundy when Whalers first came out. Now my 1978 21 Revenge with a 200 Opti keeps me happy. There have been Wellcrafts and Starcrafts and AMF PY23 boats over the years. Now besides the Whaler, a Bell kevlar 17' canoe,Pungo12 and Victory 9.6 kayaks and a Alcort Sunfish are currently in my navy. Sailed the South China Sea out of Subic Bay while stationed there in the Navy. Held a 25 ton aux sail for 10 years while my son was in the Sea Scouts so I could skipper the SES Lotus a 53' gaff rig schooner.
posted 11-19-2008 10:14 PM ET (US)
65 this past October with my first whaler, 255 conquest, my 7th boat. Finally, I can afford to keep the whaler in a slip year long and enjoy not having to tow, launch, retreve; just 4 lines and me. My wife calls it a floating condo and she is glad I do not have to risk health and limb launching...
posted 11-20-2008 01:18 AM ET (US)
23. Young and know it. Lurking for awhile here, spend more time on OSO and SOS when I have a break from class. Graduating with a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in May 09.
Spend summers on the water in the Thousand Islands, running a 19' Grady, a Montauk, and Uncle's "new" 1984 Mako 20. Completing 100 Ton Masters License this fall, had a little bit of time on some larger boats. Spent some time rigging and supporting offshore raceboats; just won the world champioship in Key West with our STIHL team.
I am reminded every day of the wealth of knowledge found in people just like from this board. Take nothing for granted and always ask questions.
Keep the the good work guys. Love the information and the personalities.
And for the Whaler, I'm looking for a clean 15 hull to re-rig and overpower. A 19 Outrage II would be a dream.
posted 11-20-2008 01:51 AM ET (US)
This thread seems to have a life of it's own and now has both age and a lot of experience.
Tomorrow the first post will be:
Also 220 postings.
For me it has been funny reading friends' postings from back in 2001. Having come one the scene in early 2004 I have been piecing together peoples stories since then. This thread has helped.
Funny, the member who started it Jason (contender25) and I have spend a lot of time emailing and on the phone talking projects as well as whalers in general. My Father-in-law even built him his new RPS seat for his Sakonnet. I actually had the opportunity to met Jason back in feb. of this year at the Miami Boat Show and it was great to shake his hand in person. All this time though I thought he was a fair bit old than I. Then I read the thread and find that we are nearly the same age.
Also, reading Buckda's early posting cracks me up. We have been boating together now for 3 years and would consider him a good friend and a skilled seaman. Now on his second whaler he one of the more respected members here and for good reason.
Finally the thing I find craziest of all, Jason (contender25) mentions in the first sentence "Jholmes". He was 23 (same age as I was in 2001) when Jason started the thread. So we are nearly the same age but when I bough his 17 Newport(cetacea page 66) last December I could have sworn he was also much older than I. Hmm. I guess I still see myself as a 15 year old boy with his hot rod 15 supersport.
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