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Vancouver_Dave posted 07-19-2001 06:53 PM ET (US)   Profile for Vancouver_Dave   Send Email to Vancouver_Dave  
I am trying to determine what condition/age of a 15/17 boat I should consider for moderate saltwater use. I want to use the boat for fishing and crusing around Georgia Strait. I have read articles posted on the site (great help, thanks) and are aware of restorations and repowers. Could a 10, 15 year or older boat be reconditioned safely for this use?
Dick posted 07-19-2001 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
The age of a good hull makes no difference. It's the condition that matters.

I know of a 1988 17 Newport for sale in Blaine. If you would like more information e-mail me.

jimh posted 07-19-2001 08:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I have a 1976 Whaler 15-Sport in the garage that looks like the day it popped out of the mold. We've been 12 miles offshore in Lake Superior with that boat and never gave its age a thought.
where2 posted 07-20-2001 08:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
I have to agree, it's all in the care the previous owner(s) have given the boat, or in the sheer amount of $$$ you want to sink in the boat to help your piece of mind. My '85 15' Sport with '85 70Hp Johnson is not affraid to go out the Palm Beach inlet into the Atlantic Ocean (gulfstream 3mi offshore). But, I keep up with the maintenance, and do preventative maintenance rather than just post problem fixes with duct tape and bailing wire. Think ahead of the potential problems. If you want a list of potential problems, get a VHF and listen to the locals calling Sea-Tow on any weekend. "This is Guzzler, I'm 3 miles offshore in 250 feet of water, and I think I just ran out of fuel..." or "SeaTow, this is Aimless, I'm 5 miles offshore, and I need a tow. My steering cable just broke..."
The saltwater aspect just means you have to stay on top of maintenance issues that much more, and simply rinse the boat after you use it. I've seen 5 year old boats that look rough because the owner doesn't know or doesn't care to rinse the boat with fresh water after a day in salt water. (Kinda like a 5 year old car that never gets washed or waxed). Take care of your toys and they will take care of you. Know your rig and let it build a sense of trust in you.
kamml posted 07-20-2001 12:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamml  Send Email to kamml     
I go out off Tybee Island in a 77 Montauk with out a worry. Of course its not a 60 mile gulf stream boat, but is perfect for just offshore and almost any inland water. The one feature about the Whaler product that can not be ignored is the tremendous reserve floatation built in through the construction and design of these boats. And that is something you don't get in almost any other boat design. Plus you have the support of a terrific and very experieinced user group (myself excluded).
Vancouver_Dave posted 07-20-2001 12:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Vancouver_Dave  Send Email to Vancouver_Dave     
Thanks for your comments, observations. Cheers!

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