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New 15' sport for 02?
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posted 01-07-2002 05:37 PM ET (US)
I was recently talking to my local dealer and he said they are going to be coming out with a new 15' sport to follow in the same footsteps as the new 13' sport. I think this is an area that they haven't been able to fit since they dropped the old 15' sport series. Those new 15' center consoles were to small and expensive. This 15' sport could be a nice boat. I think the 13'is ok if you look at the price and think of it as simple boat. I wonder about this 15' does anyone have any info or pics? I wonder what the price would be for the total package? If they could keep it under $10k with decent hp it would probably sell like hot cakes!
When I pressed the dealer about them dropping the montauk he said they were not. I have heard contrary information on this site. Perplexing I guess we have to wait.
posted 01-07-2002 08:34 PM ET (US)
George, havn't heard anything about a new 15 but I did see some pics of the 27. Pretty neat looking boat if you like pointed bow whalers. I hope to have some pics soon.
posted 01-07-2002 09:14 PM ET (US)
The new 21 Outrage is also a pointed bow Whaler. But I think it is a nice hull design, much more along the lines of the earlier Whaler hulls, and is almost a dead-ringer for Dougherty's last design, the 31 Whaler hull. I was fortunate to see the new and the old 21 Outrages side by side to make these comparisons. It is a huge improvement over the bulbous (convex curves) bow design of the previous, and huge, 21 Outrage that it replaces. And it has lower freeboard, and believe it or not, is a more tan gelcoat color! It is much more "Whaler" looking, and a better looking Whaler hull than I have seen in many years. They have practically eliminated the Euro transom in reality, as the swim platform is now all but gone, even though the rub rail still looks "Euro", which I'll never understand. But I still wish it was designed to handle twin engines, which it won't, causing me to have trouble calling this an "Offshore" boat. Won't handle a kicker either.
The console is a nice, clean and smaller scaled design, improving interior space, and no longer doubling as a "jiffy john". A welcome change, since exchanging wasted and little used bathroom space for open fishing and boating space makes a lot more sense.
But I don't like all the "sea ray" influenced interior curves and shapes, which just look like design gimicks. Hardly necessary in this well designed exterior hull. Nor do I like the bow rail detailing, extremely low like the CPD rails, and cheaply detailed at the ends. Offshore, I want a high bow rail for a standing passenger's safety, not something you have to bend way down to grab.
When you see this boat coming toward you, inspite of it's ridiculous Sea Ray "210" name, you will immediately recognize it as a Boston Whaler. We have been waiting for this return to Whaler's design roots for some time, and it may be approaching, and I am happy to see it.
Perhaps this web site is having some effect after all!
posted 01-08-2002 10:35 AM ET (US)
George, look at OutrageMan's post on the Portland Boat Show. Perhaps the 15 he saw is the new Whaler 15. Brain please let us know what you saw. Regards, Jay
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