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linzell posted 02-10-2002 02:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for linzell   Send Email to linzell  
I've been looking for a 16/17' Whaler used for a while and just looked @ one today - owner claims BW made boat for a Malibu boat Co. in 1986. Its about 16' long, has Whaler decals all over it, an elevated front casting deck with a pedestal seat, a small center console, and two small seats/baitwells aft. There are large chines about half way up the gunwales and it is a more pronounced tri-hull than what I'm used to seeing from a BW. The boat just looks too flimsy for me to completely believe this story. Anyone heard of this relationship in the past?? Is it legit?? Is this one of the bass boats that BW made in the 70's-80's?? Any info would be appreciated - if it is a BW, the price is right and I need to make a move.


dfmcintyre posted 02-10-2002 05:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
No relationship that I'm aware of.... and can't recall anything in the Whaler literature either. One never knows though.

Couple of questions:

Is the hull completely foam filled? Does the floor of the hull have the traditional BW non-skid (it's something that has not changed in decades. Even between the old 60 series hulls and the later ones, the non-skid is the same)?

I'd also check the HIN, located on the outside, starboard section of the stern. It should start with BW.

Best - Don

JBCornwell posted 02-10-2002 05:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Howdy, Linzell. I suggest that you go to the Cetacea section of this site and study the pics of Whalers there.

My guess is that you have come upon a poor fake. If you can, post a picture of the suspect boat and get some expert opinions.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

Tom W Clark posted 02-10-2002 08:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

It's not a Whaler. Lots of non-Whalers out there with Boston Whaler decals on them. Malibu Boat Co. makes ski boats. Got any digital photos of it?

Don McIntyre,

I always thought the non-skid was the same through the years too, but it's not. I just learned this from a sample of CSW which is sitting on my desk. It is fundamentally different than the non skid on my Whalers from the early 1980's. CSW is a 1970 model and the non-skid is a two way cross hatch or checker board of high and low squares, like a basket weave. The non-skid on newer Whalers has a three way pattern running at 60 to each other.

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