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elper posted 08-24-2001 04:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for elper   Send Email to elper  
I'm thinking of getting a small Whaler, and the two major options seem to be the Impact and the Sport. I'm wondering how they compare for speed, handling, seaworthiness, etc.

Anyone have input?

Thanks,
elper

Bigshot posted 08-24-2001 04:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Impacts are nice if you admire the looks of Ivory soap:) If not used as a tender, go with the sport. Resale on that impact might be a little tough in my opinion.
dgp posted 08-24-2001 05:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
My dealer has one in stock, $14,000 w/ 40HP two stroke. YIKES!
lhg posted 08-24-2001 05:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I have looked closly at the little bar of soap (the Impact). It basically looks like a little harbor exploring toy, meant to compete with the harbor exploring Zodiac toys. For it's purpose, which really only is a yacht tender, it may be fine. But for an all around boat, either a Classic or New Sport 13 is a far superior craft. Unless you own a 60' yacht, I wouldn't even consider an Impact.
It never was designed to function as one's only boat. It's a toy for the rich and famous. Unfortunately, the Classic 13's have fallen out of favor as the ultimate yacht tender, replaced by the Zodiacs. And the new Sport 13 has not taken up the use either. So the Impact appears to be a more Zodiac-like effort along those lines. These new RIB's have gained a lot of BW's previous exclusive market share, and are also doing it to the CPD lines.

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