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Novice Dave posted 07-18-2001 05:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for Novice Dave  
Since this forum has been a great help in the past, I need your advice again. I got a 2001 13' Sport a few months ago and enjoy using the boat every week. After outfitting it with electronics, canvas and seating, I find that I like working on the boat. However, there isn't much more to do to a new boat.

I am thinking of getting another Whaler as a project boat. It must fit in my 22' garage. Any suggestions?

Tsuriki BW posted 07-18-2001 05:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Hi Guys..

I just got a new car few months ago and enjoy driving it every day. After outfitting it with all kinds of accessories, I find that I like working on the car. However, there isn't much more to do to a new car.

I am thinking of getting another as a project. It must fit in my 22' garage. Any suggestions?....

Sorry Dave, just a bit of dry humor...


1. How much money do want to spend? Initially and for parts)

2. How much time do you have to spend.

3. Do you plan on selling the boat after your project is done, or use the boat. (what is the best value you can get, or what what meets your needs in a finished boat)

4. What Whaler would you really like to have as a restored boat.

Lots of things to think about. I envy you, wife would kill me If I thought about another boat.

Best of luck in your search.


Erik posted 07-18-2001 06:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Erik    
Get a old CHEAP 13' whaler and cut the middle hull out to make a Boston Whaler 13' tunnel hull sport. Yeah, then put an old 30-40hp on it and hang on! Thats something i have always wanted to do.-Erik
lhg posted 07-18-2001 07:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Novice Dave - you're destroying the "new whaler myth" that people want totally maintenance free, all fiberglass, boats! (Even that's a myth, keeping the glass oxidation free and glossy is big job by itself)

Seriously, though, I think your project boat should be a little larger, for variety, maybe something like a teak trimmed Montauk. That will give you plenty of "project" work. Look for one between 1983-1990. The mahogany outfitted, blue whalers, may be more than you want to tackle as your first project.

With a 22' garage, you could go as large as an 18 Outrage, if you want to, and if it's on the right kind of trailer.

Novice Dave posted 07-20-2001 01:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Novice Dave    
As cool as Erik's idea is I think I will look for a late eighties, 18' 6" Outrage with a sound hull. What is the right trailer and motor for this size Outrage?

bigz posted 07-20-2001 06:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Just use that 13 more and after a year or so then look for something to tinker with --- just my thoughts --- to many irons in the fire and the fire never gets put out your always stoking it --- no fun son --- Z
tarbaby posted 07-20-2001 08:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for tarbaby  Send Email to tarbaby     
I also think a 17 is the right project for you. An 18 outrage is alot of boat and it would be a very tight fit in your garage compared to a mauntauk.

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