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mywhaler posted 10-30-2001 06:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for mywhaler   Send Email to mywhaler  
Hi all! How are you? I love this site. Well, I went to the boat show and saw some really nice boats. I looked at the new Whalers, and some of the new models are interesting. They had a 17' standard there with a 90 Yamaha for--if I remember correctly--aroung $16,000. Wow! Mama mia! Anyway, I was lured in by a rather over excited Edgewater salesman and looked over their boats. I really think that their original boats look very similar to the original Whalers, and furthermore, their new 26' looks really similar to the new Whaler 26' especially under the rubrail. I wonder who is fooling who here. Which came first the chicken or the egg? One thing I found to be somewhat interesting is their "lifetime" warranty. Well, anyway. the show was great as usual.
Taylor posted 10-30-2001 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Good eye.

If you have a look at the reference section of this site you will see that one of the main designers of the classic whalers, partularly the 17' hull was Bob Dougherty who founded Edgewater boats.

See and search for Edgewater.

There is an interesting comparison here: under 'what-might-have-been'

So have you looked at used boats? What are you going to get?

mywhaler posted 10-30-2001 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for mywhaler  Send Email to mywhaler     
Yes I am familiar with Edgewater's history, but am not clear as to who is influencing who now. I have been looking for a larger boat in the 22'-23' range with single power. I've been searching long and hard for a reliably designed and built boat like my Whaler. I am thinking of a used 22' Outrage; found one with a '95 200-HP merc EFI, only I'm not familiar with Mercs.
jimh posted 10-30-2001 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Up here in Michigan the Edgewater boats are somewhat rare. They seem fairly well represented in Florida. They certainly do resemble Whaler's classic hulls, and with good reason as pointed out above.
where2 posted 11-01-2001 12:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Which rep did you speak with? They usually bring the same couple year after year to the Miami Show in Feb... Never been to Lauderdale show. (strange since I live in WPB).

As the Edgewater line grows more "mature", I continue to consider the option of picking up a used one (they are hard to find used, even in Florida). Even one built in '97 will have a lifetime warranty on the hull. A BW built in '97 will have another 5.5 years today, less tomorrow.

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