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DaveS posted 06-10-2001 12:51 AM ET (US)   Profile for DaveS   Send Email to DaveS  
I've been a fan of Whalers all of my life and one day soon I hope to join in the fun. I had a call late last night from a friend who saw they were auctioning off 2 20' whaler hulls at the state distribution center near my house. He really tempted me...so off I went this morning, "just to see" what they looked like...one was an '89 and the other an '87. There poor ladies were stripped of all of their jewels and hardware, beaten, torn and blemished...they didn't even have lights on them...they were old state police boats that were retired...for a new york minute I thought about picking one up, giving her a good home and slowly nursing her back to health...but somehow, deep down in side, I knew I couldn't do it to one of these lovely ladies...so I passed. The one in better shape went for $1100 and the ugly duckling went for $900. Had I had a place to keep her, the time to restore her properly and a more understanding wife, I might have pulled the trigger...there is a time and a place for everything, but it just wasn't this time.
I hope the two new members of the Club take good care of these wonderful vessels and restore them to their true beauty...the beauty that says..."Whaler"...

My time, will come!!!

GAwhale posted 06-10-2001 08:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
DaveS-Remember the saying ,"If you don't need it, it's not a bargain."
In the Atlanta area there are few used Whalers. I looked at a used Newport that was in the water. The price was right, however it looked rough and the bottom was coated with a thick green slime. I remember going home and telling my wife, "I want a boat that I'm going to be proud of. I called about several used boats in the Charleston, SC area. One guy wanted $16,000 for a 3 or 4 year old Montauk. That's when I told myself I'm going to buy a new one.
I guess the larger question is, do you want to spend your weekends in the garage or on the water?
jimh posted 06-10-2001 09:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Here is a conversation I had with a co-woker:

SHE: Oh, you have a boat?

ME: Yes, two of them actually.

SHE: Wow, do you do a lot of fishing?

ME: No, I really don't fish much?

SHE: Oh, what do you do with your boats?

ME: Well, mainly, I work on them...

Chris J posted 06-11-2001 11:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
I think I spend about 10 hours of time fiddling and repairing for every hour on the water. But if I didn't like working on boats I'd probably quit buying old used ones.

Whalers can be very satisfying to restore, though, because they are relatively simple and fundamentally sound boats. You don't tend to run into too many surprises. The tnings that need repair are all right in front of you.

Bigshot posted 06-18-2001 01:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
My life is hell, I have 5 boats. Good thing is usually 1 is running at all times.

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