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Maximus posted 11-10-2001 08:54 AM ET (US)   Profile for Maximus   Send Email to Maximus  
Why doesn't my 1967 Montauk-like hull have a center tube running from the rear bilge up through the floor to the center console. I don't have the original serial number, so I can't check the original configuration. What type of hull had no center tube? It's really no big deal, just curious.
Tom W Clark posted 11-10-2001 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Maximus, if you don't have a tunnel then you probably don't have a Whaler. All the 16'/17' hulls have the tunnel. I know of no exceptions.
JBCornwell posted 11-10-2001 11:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
I agree with Tom. There have been several attempts to copy and others that tried ME-TOO. You may have a counterfiet Whaler or just a copy.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

dscew posted 11-10-2001 06:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
My 99 17 Standard had the tunnel, but the forward end of it was not open, since the boat didn't have a center console. It had a glassed in non-skid plate which would be cut out if a center cosnsole had been added. My guess is that any side console models would not have had the opening cut out, including the older ones. Also, many 17s were made as hulls only, with no seats, console, or other attachments. I would assume these had the forward glassed in plate in as well. This would mean that the center console is the exception which would require the cutout.
Maximus posted 11-11-2001 05:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Maximus  Send Email to Maximus     
I promise you the boat in question is a genuine Boston Whaler classic 16ft 6in hull originally from Chatham, MA (including remnants of the original gel coat). The age of the boat brings into question the original configuration of the hull. Didnt BW set up some of the early hulls as right hand side sit downs (like the 13). Would these have not had the center tube, as dscew mentioned?

In addition, the rear bilge may have indications of some glass work. The center console and gas tank are covering the location where the other end of the tube comes out. I have never moved the console to confirm the presence of the 'other end.'

The boat is set up with a teak center console, some custom bow compartment work and a recent V4 Johnson. The perfect boat.

Jerry Townsend posted 11-13-2001 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
I have a 17 Outrage - about 1996 model. I have heard of the center tube and assume it is an internal drain system - but where does it exit - can you see it? - where? I first heard this term when I noticed the bilge filled with ice/water (the drain hole had frozen closed) up to the electrical/fuel line penetration. I was concerned that water had gotten into the fuel tank area. The dealer said to forget it - since the boat had a center tube.
Tom W Clark posted 11-14-2001 11:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Maximus, if you have a Whaler then the tunnel (center tube) is there, filled or plugged though it may be. When you remove the console you will see either the other end of it or a patch over the hole. This is not how it was built. Unlike dscew's 1999 17-Standard, which apparently has the tunnel covered, all the older boats had the tunnel, even the original Currituck and the Sport models that superseded it.

dscew, is your tunnel open at the rear?

Jerry, your 1996 17-Outrage is built differently but yes, it has a tunnel, though not for drainage. Its purpose is to allow the steering, control cables and electrical cables to be fed to the center console out of sight.

dscew posted 11-14-2001 04:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
Yes, on the 99 Standard, the tunnel was open at the rear. Nothing in there, but room for a bilge pump if desired. I don't own the boat any more, but I still have my 74 Katama, which of course has the tunnel full of cables. I had planned to put a Nauset console in the Standard, but the Katama came along and solved my console problem. What a boat!
sklein posted 11-24-2001 04:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for sklein  Send Email to sklein     
I purchased a bare 1999 17 standard new and built my own Montauk. As shipped, the cable tunnel was glassed over both front and rear. Before taking delivery, I confirmed with Boston Whaler that all 17's are built with the tunnel. I was very happy after cutting the holes that the tunnel was indeed there.


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