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JFM posted 07-31-2001 08:53 AM ET (US)   Profile for JFM   Send Email to JFM  
Do any of you guys know what the layout of this boat is? One just came up on boattrader. Is it the same as the ventura model? Thanks, Jay
will posted 07-31-2001 02:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for will    
I have seen one. It looks like an aluminum, v-bottom lake boat (Lund makes the boat I am thinking of). The SL does not look like a conventional Whaler at all.
Whaletosh posted 07-31-2001 02:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
It is built the same way as all Unibond Whalers. It has some nice features, one being an in floor storage bin (I THINK, NOT SURE). The windshileds on the one I saw were not as good as other Whalers, but should work okay.

I was told by a relaiable source that they are trim sensitive. Other than that I have read that they are reasonable perfromance.


bigz posted 07-31-2001 03:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
To add a little to Sean's comments. She had a split console port/starboard, actually a lot of built ins including gas tank and seating for a 15.5 ft boat, max. hp was 90.

They were designed with a new style deep V hull,as "Will" mentioned, believe introduced in '93, and did maintain a "smoothed" out so called creased smirk so that she was a dry boat at speed. They had stakes fore to aft to help stabilty/tracking. I don't think they appear like the aluminum Lund but they are definitely suited more to inland lake and waterways just my opinion. Nice family boat.


JFM posted 07-31-2001 04:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Thanks for the info. It sounds like it did not have a very long life. Also may not be a suitable substitute for the Montauk my son and I have our sights set on. Regards, Jay
Whaletosh posted 07-31-2001 04:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
I would concur with that. A Montauk would be a better choice. More room and has been refined more. I know that at least one forum member has a 16 SL and is quite happy with it. If he is out there he would be the one to get the best information from. I am only basing mine on what I saw and have heard. nothing beets first hand experience. Fit and finish on the SL was all Whaler on the one I saw. My only complaint was the windshields.


RussBel posted 07-31-2001 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for RussBel    

I believe that the 16 SL was made from only 1991 to 1993, during Reebook's ownership of Boston Whaler.

I have not seen one of these boats for years. There were not many made. Here are the spec's and some additional information

Length: 15' 6"; Beam: 6' 6"; Draft: 10"; Weight: 1025 Lbs; Swamped capacity: 2500; Lbs.; Minimum size engine to plane with a light load: 55HP; Maximum size engine: 90HP; Engine shaft: 20”; Fuel tank capacity: 24 gallons.

The boat has a fairly deep-vee hull that’s rounded at the stern, a non-classic whaler looking bow, and much higher freeboard than the classic 15 footer. I believe it has higher freeboard than the Montauk 17. It also has a 4" wider beam than the 17. It has port and starboard consoles with numerous built-in storage compartments, including an insulated cooler, with padded seat above, molded into the front of each console. It has 2 pedestal swivel seats aft of the consoles. Flanking the motor well are port and starboard seats with storage compartments underneath. Aft port and starboard storage compartments are molded-in under the cockpit sole. They look to be about 1.5' x 1'. I expect that they are fairly shallow inside. There is a huge (for a small boat) under-sole centerline compartment about 6' x 1.5'. It was designed to hold numerous water skies or lots of fish. Towards the bow there is an anchor locker, similar to other Whalers.

In conclusion, this looks like a very well thought out boat, with many features that you wouldn't expect to see until you get into larger boats. I don't know whether the 16 SL is a good performing boat. I've never cruised or fished on one.

Miami Beach, FL

JFM posted 08-01-2001 01:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Thanks again for the info. The seller emailed me pictures of the boat. It looks like a great family runabout but nothing like a substitute for a Montauk. It was close by (100 miles away) thought I would give it a try. Also, that sweet outrage on ebay did not meet the reserve and now the guy won't sell it. Still looking, Jay

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