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KeysNole posted 10-28-2001 10:32 PM ET (US)   Profile for KeysNole   Send Email to KeysNole  
I came across this forum while looking for all the information I could possibly find about Whalers, and it seems as though I am in the right place.

I have recently made the decision to purchase a small used Whaler, as there is a huge selection here in South Florida. After letting several "I wish I had bought that one" boats go, I would like opinions on these:

1975 13' with a horrible paint job, bad trailer, 1993 50hp Johnson with trim and tilt, and a poling platform. Engine and hull are great, trailer is rusted out, and the paint job looks like it was done by a child. All wood would need to be replaced. $2500

1971 13' hull, 1994 25hp Johnson (pull start). All wood in great shape, and boat repainted to look like it just came out of the factory. Good galvanized trailer. Also $2500.

I am afraid the 25hp might be a bit underpowered for my tastes, but I could always upgrade later. Anyways, I would appreciate any input on these two boats, and will be looking at several others in the next few days.

Tsuriki BW posted 10-29-2001 01:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Quick comparisonů
#1 1975 13'
#2 1971 13'

#1 1993 50hp Johnson with trim and tilt
#2 1994 25hp Johnson (pull start).

#1 the paint job looks like it was done by a child.
#2 boat repainted to look like it just came out of the factory.

#1 All wood would need to be replaced
#2 All wood in great shape

#1 trailer is rusted out
#2 Good galvanized trailer

#1 $2500
#2 $2500

What do you think?


JBCornwell posted 10-29-2001 08:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Ahoy, KeysNole. You have a no-brainer on boat #1. Overpowered, lousy paint job may be hiding injury from overpower, trailer is junk. Worth maybe $400-$500.

Boat #2 sounds better. You would probably want to replace the engine with an electric start, 40hp OR LESS engine IFF it has remote steering, 20hp or less if it is a tiller control.

This boat performs very well with 25 hp; 25 mph with 2 aboard. As engines get heavier they get harder to control and a LOT faster.
Don't exceed the rated max HP of 40.

Boat #2 is probably worth $2000, $2500 if it had electric start and remote steering.

Good luck.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

jimh posted 10-29-2001 08:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
One nice thing about a pull-start engine: you don't need a battery. That saves 50-lbs right there. The pull-start motor probably doesn't have power-trim or tilt, and of course it doesn't have a starter motor, so you've saved another 20-30 lbs. again. That is the equivalent weight to about 2/3rds of a person (22-year old babe in a bikini) that you won't be hauling around, so the performance should be decent.

We actually used to water ski with a 13 and a 25 HP OMC.

The pull-start engine will give you an incentive to keep it running in excellent condition (so it starts on the first pull).

If the 1971 hull is sound there is no big worry about it. Referring to the REFERENCE/13 section, the 1971 hull should still have a blue interior, should have the new-style rounded motor well, should have the "smirk" bow, the cut transom, and the newer style rub rail. These are all nice features. The only big drawback is the 15-inch transom height.

Does this sound like the boat you are looking at?

JFM posted 10-29-2001 10:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Welcome KeysNole, I vote boat #2. The only thing not to be worried about is I think jimh may be, just maybe, wrong about the smirk. I have a 1972 13' and I think that was the first year of the smirk and the last year for the blue interior gel. Regards, Jay
KeysNole posted 10-29-2001 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for KeysNole  Send Email to KeysNole     
Thanks for the replies. Those are just two examples of boats I am looking at. Boats down here go in the $2500 range, with some are in great condition and some falling apart. I figure I will just wait and see what I can come across.

By the way, boat #2 has steering controls, but is a pull start. I thought this was kind of odd. Also, he replaced the original rub rail with a rope style one, something that turned me off.

Boat #1 has sold. It only took the guy about a week to sell. Darn these boats sell fast.

I am off to the Ft. Lauderdale boat show as we speak. I am going to see if any local places have any used Whalers. I will keep you updated.

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