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CAB posted 01-25-2002 03:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for CAB   Send Email to CAB  
I recently purchased a 1995 14' Rage w/115hp jet drive with less than 50 hours on it. I was unable to test drive it and the owner has since retired and has moved.
I have a few of questions I was hoping someone might be able to answer.
1. Did I pay too much? ($4500.00)
2. How fast will this boat go.
3. Can it be used for water skiing
JFM posted 01-25-2002 03:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Here we go again. 1) No. 2) Depends on weight on board and water conditions, maybe 35. 3) Yes if you are under 225lbs. Regards, Jay
JFM posted 01-25-2002 03:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
P.S. Welcome aboard Cab!
BOB KEMMLER JR posted 01-25-2002 04:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for BOB KEMMLER JR    
I just bought myself one as well, a 1995 15 115hp.I went for a test rid with the salesman 6'2" 240lbs & myself 6'205 lbs and i would say top speed with both of us was around 35mph.I dont think it is as fast as my 13w/40hp. I bought mine for $3995.00 with a new powerhead, so i would say you got a good deal, after all it is a whaler. Your 14 should top out a little higher than my 15 due to slightly less weight. Good luck with it.
tuna1 posted 01-25-2002 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for tuna1  Send Email to tuna1     
Welcome,your 1995 Rage is a RageII model which is 13'10" lenght,6'1" beam,8" draft,and the standard model weighted 1100 lbs(with no options).Top speed should be about 38mph.The Rage models are not well liked on this board,a lot of it not deserved,and unfounded. The OMC Turbo jet can become problematic.It's worst problem is overheating caused by weeds or a plastic bags blocking water flow to the powerhead from the jet pump, but it's no worst than a outboard or sterndrive.A waterflow alarm from a bait well system adapted into the system cures the problem.The oil injection system must be maintained also.Obtain a manual from a BW dealer-Part No.1033125 if you don't have one.In the right market and condition it's a $10,000.00 boat all day long.Happy boating and good luck.
bwmenemsha posted 01-25-2002 10:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for bwmenemsha    
welcome aboard...i agree with the prior comments and i speak as a rage owner...i love it....if it does not have a sand strainer/filter get one installed and you will avoid future problems as correctly denoted by tunal....i have to sell my rage to help with purchase of power for my bw menemsha....other than that its a keeper for me
CAB posted 01-28-2002 10:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for CAB  Send Email to CAB     
Thanks for your replys. After I posted the initial post, I went through some of the older post and had a real bad feeling about my purchase and was pracing myself for some brutal comments. It's somewhat relieving to know that there are other Rage owners out there that think its a great boat. Since I live in Minnesota, I will not be able to try my boat out on a lake until late April.
About the sand strainer/filter, is this an after market device designed specifically for The Rage boats?
I would also be interested in how to connect the a water flow failure device. With the problems in having the jetway clogged, sounds like this should have been factory installed device.
As a side note, I have seen a number of forums but I am amazed at the number of posts that this BW site has and the quality of information that is given. I had no idea that BW had such a following. Keep it up.
JFM posted 01-28-2002 11:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Cab, the one I looked at last year had the filter and alarm factory or dealer installed. It was a quality boat as far as jets go, maybe the best. You will see a good post in the recent past where some ideas are kicked around to convert it to an outboard or I/O. The general feeling is that it would handle and preform better with a prop. Regards, Jay
Whalerfool posted 02-07-2002 11:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerfool  Send Email to Whalerfool     
Another addition to the water jet controversy
for you propeller purists. During the crab season, looking out a the Wicomico river here in southern Maryland from my pier, I see perhaps 30 or 40 floats marking the craps traps within my field of view. Crabs are a very important part of all of Maryland's water industry and by God there is nothing better than the Maryland Blue Crab (except perhaps the lovely Maryland ladies.) But, those traps have little floats that are just at the surface of the water and sometimes thay are a little bit below your view when you are cruising along in your boat. Have you ever snagged one with your prop? Better have some wire cutters and electricians pliars on hand. I have personally witnessed my son cutting through two traps over the past two years and at least two other boats incapcitated in the same way. Now, I don't have to worry about those nasty little crab traps. My water sucker/spitter just cruises by those submerged traps with no worries about fouling a prop with a line and crab trap (these guys down here use re-bar to enforce their traps; man does that tear up the props.) Enough! A Whaler is a Whaler is a Whaler........ and they are good!
jimh posted 02-07-2002 11:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
In the short span of time they made them, the RAGE line of boats was a very strong seller for WHALER. A former manager with Whaler (who was there at that juncture) told me they pretty much saved the company by creating a new market and strong sales when the rest of the productline was not selling well.

This may be heresy to a jet-drive enthusiast, but I have always wondered what would happen if you scrapped the jet drive, installed an transom engine bracket, and hung a lightweight 2-stroke 50- to 70-HP ouboard on it.

Perhaps someone whose jet-drive has reached the point of non-repair will try that some day.

BOB KEMMLER JR posted 02-08-2002 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for BOB KEMMLER JR    
Jim that is exactly what i plan on doing, if and when something happens to the powerhead or jet outdrive.I have already looked into brackets and have talked to several people who tell me the transom should support a 75 2 stroke with no problem.The one concern i have is finding someone who can skillfully cover the openings on the hull.I do wonder if the hull is the same as a 15 dauntless,i have not seen one up close to tell.I have a feeling that they are close but the rage flattens out more the last few feet of hull.Whaler fool brings up a very good point about the crab pots, my father lives on deal island md., and you have to go a good ways out to get away from them (kind of fun at wot its like slalom racing) and its definatly no fun having to unwind a crab pot line.I imagine one stuck in the intake portion of a jetdrive isnt any fun either.Rage on!
where2 posted 02-08-2002 12:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
The Rage 15' looks remarkably similar in hull shape to the other 15' BW was offering at the time. (not the classic 15'). With adequate reinforcement between the transom and the floor stringers that the jet drive used to sit on, I would expect it would be just fine as an O/B conversion on a bracket.

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