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newboater posted 11-09-2001 05:15 PM ET (US)   Profile for newboater   Send Email to newboater  
Hello all,

I've pretty much committed to buying a 74 13' Whaler. I'm really excited about the boat. It's in unbelievable original condition and has been stored in doors all its life by its original owner. It has the original 40Hp Evinrude that looks to be in great shape as well.

I was just looking at the website, and then got to thinking, is there anything I should beware of or look for that might scare me away from this boat?

I didn't tap out the hull, for voids or delamination, and I kind of doubt there is a big problem based on the over all condition of the boat.

Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.


Dave S.
San Diego Ca

jimh posted 11-09-2001 07:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
It is an amazing thing, but since they are made mostly from fiberglass and aluminum, Whalers and Evinrudes don't really deteriorate that much if given decent care.

I wou ld be more concerned with the engine than the boat. Break it in gently and it will probably run for a long time.

I have a 1976 Mercury that runs like new. A 1974 Evinrude should [run like new], too.


Samars posted 11-10-2001 12:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     

I aggree with Jim....The Evinrude I have on my 13 is a 1968...cared for and maintained...runs like a champ.

newboater posted 11-10-2001 12:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for newboater  Send Email to newboater     
Thanks guys!

I am pretty mechanically inclined, and have enough experience with 2-stroke engines to feel comfortable with the older motor. I'd rather have points and a carb than EFI anyday!

I just wanted to make sure there wasn't some big problem that all these boats had I should know about.

More later, I go pick it up in the morning.

Thanks again,

Dave S.
San Diego Ca.

Brent posted 11-11-2001 01:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Brent  Send Email to Brent     
Sounds like a great boat, If it is not too rude what kind of price range are we talking about? It might be worth $50 or so to have the motor checked out because if it has that selectric trans. I know from experience that you have to be especially careful. It sounds like this might be too late anyway, wishing you the best.

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