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hauptjm posted 02-19-2002 04:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for hauptjm  
I got my newest edition this past weekend. In this issue, Jim Knight, explains the disaster he went through involving the fire. I can't imagine the time and effort that will be involved in updating records and such.

Jim you've got my sympathy and patience. Take your time, and whatever you decide in how to proceed is fine with me. Good luck with the whole project/mess.

TightPenny posted 02-19-2002 08:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
Is this organization still in operation?

I sent in a check almost a year ago and it never came back, nor were several e-mails answered.

hauptjm posted 02-20-2002 11:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Absolutely! Jim Knight, the man that runs the operation, suffered a fire at his home. He runs the "association" out of a building on his property that actually burned. He lost files, some checks, addresses, etc. He was able to recover the hard disk from his melted computer and retrieve the majority of information. Problem was, all recoverable property had to be relocated into a storage facility while he settled insurance claims, then rebuild the outbuilding on his property. If anyone has ever had to go through this before, you know none of it happens overnight.

This last issue (the first in maybe a year), gave an accounting of the fire , with pictures. In addition, he will have to recreate some information virtually from scratch. A tough job that I sure wouldn't want to tackle. It seems he's putting an honest effort at trying to satisfy everyone.

hauptjm posted 02-20-2002 11:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
p.s. to above:

jimh, have you been in touch with Jim Knight since he's back on board. A thought occurred to me that maybe through your site he can glean information as to subscribers, etc. I don't know how that would work, but it was just an idea.

lhg posted 02-21-2002 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Is it now possible for a Newsletter to compete with a website like this? Just look at the example of the "instant" spread on the new Montauk. This site benefits from "contributions" of thousands, and instantly.

That's a pretty tough act to beat.

NWflyfisher posted 02-21-2002 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for NWflyfisher    

You made an excellent point which raises a question. Is Jim Hebert carrying the entire funding burden for the Classic Whaler Forum out of his own pocket? If so, and considering the valuable information and discussion that takes place here and that all of us benefit from, perhaps some method to apply token contributions could be set up to help offset costs. Heck, I'd rather $15.00 go to Jim rather than waste it on the empty promise of a piece of paper MAYBE getting to me every quarter. By the way, I'm in the same boat (sorry 'bout that) as burned in Jim Knight's fire.

maxdevon posted 04-22-2002 11:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for maxdevon  Send Email to maxdevon     
Does anyone have an email for Jim Knight? I've tried emailing him at with no reply. Sent him $$ for T-Shirt. Sympathize with his fire and want to order more shirts. Thanks!
Kingsteven18 posted 04-22-2002 03:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
What was his excuse for his miserable performance before the fire? My $15 was a waste.
lhg posted 04-22-2002 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
As I said before, this website is one heck of a force to compete with, with an unlimited number of experienced contributors, a seemingly tireless & highly motivated webmaster/author, and worse than that, it's free! And the fact that one is Whaler sanctioned (and censored?) and one is not, doesn't seem to matter much either.

But I wish both resources well, as both are for a good cause!

JFM posted 04-22-2002 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
There is a new official Whaler News, via email that I received last week. It comes directly from Whaler and it's pretty good. I don't know how to subscribe. I think I received it when I applied for the transferable warranty when I had my 2000 Montauk. Regards, Jay P.S. It's all about new stuff.
JFM posted 04-22-2002 04:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
I think you can get the Whaler News by calling Whaler 1-800-WHALER 9.
Also, Jack(Whalernut) there is a comment/feedback section.
whalernut posted 04-22-2002 05:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I saw that Comment/Feedback Section on there, yea I actually go to the Whaler Webstite just to get pist off and make me love my 73` `16 Currituck even more. If I start on that Comment/Feedback section, I would go on for days pissing those people at B/W off!! I have written them many off times and they have done nothing to make the Classics again, they just don`t care what kind of boat us classic Whaler people want. Maybee I will comment on there again. Jack.
David Ratusnik posted 04-22-2002 07:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
FYI- I travel by a Boston Whaler staging site in Bithlo, FLA twice each week. Fact- constantly 20 boats sitting waiting for transport to parts unknown. Saturday, drove past the Whaler plant in Edgewater FLA and noted a big NOW HIRING sign on the outside of the front gate. Boston Whaler is doing just fine selling top tier boats. .03 David
whalernut posted 04-22-2002 07:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
They couldn`t pay me enough to work there, I would be trying to make Classics and they would fire me anyway. Unless they want to hire me to the design team(and they would hate me there to), they can hire more people who think like they do. Jack.

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