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SuburbanBoy posted 09-04-2001 02:55 PM ET (US)   Profile for SuburbanBoy   Send Email to SuburbanBoy  
It appears that the 15' was discontinued in 1994 and resurrected in 1997 and 1998. What is the difference between the last versions, and the much more common earlier versions? I was considering a 97' advertised as a "Sport" but in all of the evaluation guides (and our excellent reference section), the Sport production ends in 94' and they reference a Standard in 1997 and 1998. Are the latter boats just stripped down versions? Or, are they an attempt to market the commercial line of hulls? I seem to remember some discussion about this issue, but can't locate it. I am trying to establish value for this unit. If I proceed, I will update the Forum with a summary of my experience.



lhg posted 09-04-2001 03:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Your information is basically correct, although I don't know the actually years. These boats were labeled a "Standard", and had a different Desert Tan color, usually with red side stiping. They could be bought as either a bare hull, or with the CPD fiberglass side console, and starboard thwart seats and hold down rails. These tended to warp badly, but the little side console was fine. You could get the "Standard" in either a classic 13, 15 or 17 hull. Somewhere buried in my BW files, I have the list pricing.
JFM posted 09-04-2001 03:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
I have all the Whaler catalogs from 1998-2001, there is no listing for a 15' in them. I have never seen a 15 other than the photo's of the sport model. Regards, Jay
dgp posted 09-04-2001 04:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
My '97 catalog shows the availability of 13, 15 & 17 Standards. The picture (with Johnson engine) and "illustrations show optional console and thwart seat."
Standard Features: Desert tan gelcoat color; Bow eye / lifting eye; Bow anchor locker with fiberglass cover; Single thwart seat with panel risers; Ski eyes with lifting eyes (pair); Bow norman pin; Rub rail; Motorwell and sump drains; Molded-in deck non-skid pattern, Red graphics, striping and logos.
Notable Options/Accessories: Dual thwart seats with panel risers; Fiberglass console, stainless steel wheel, Teleflex 'No feedback steering; Blue or Green graphics, striping and logos; Mercury or OMC pre-rig (side mount control, tachometer, voltmeter, trim gauge, shift and throttle cables, engine harness); Navigation lights; Side rails.
Specs: LOA 15'3", Beam 5'8", Draft 8", Weight 580#, Persons capacity 5, Min HP 40, Max HP 70, Shaft length 20".

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