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Alan Hiccock posted 03-07-2002 06:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for Alan Hiccock   Send Email to Alan Hiccock  
I'm the Capt. Dude who bought a mint '88 15 sport w/a 70 Yamaha , well I thought I'd share some of impressions on the boat. First off I'd like to say YEEEEEEEEEEEEE HAWWWWWWW
this thang's FAST! I'm talking 50 mph's fast. She's hitting 6 grand with a 13x19 prop. Im really impressed with this boats feel, solidness, dryness { for it's size} and love the way she feels everywhere from sitting still to 50 mph's.It doesnt rock badly when moving around in it while not moving. At WOT she feels like no more then 1' of hull touching the water. Chine walking was very little, porpoising easily trimmed away. I took it for a 2.5 hr. joyride & NEVER even had a spray hit me or any water over the bow/deck ect. and I ran it right up to the breakers in Jones Inlet NY. And the Yammie.. man I never knew it could be so good, that is one awesome engine.
I'm 40 yrs. old and have put easily 4000 hrs. on 5 different boats I've owned but none reeked of quality as this little rig does. Now I understand why people stay with whalers I think I will be, VERY impressed,
Alan the vessels " scalawags "
bc posted 03-07-2002 09:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    

I to have recently purchased a 15 and observed the same things. Mine is a 70 johnson and probably running in the low to mid 40's. I also noticed not much boat is in the water while on plane. Mine is the striper version.


Alan Hiccock posted 03-07-2002 09:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Alan Hiccock  Send Email to Alan Hiccock     
Doesnt it just have a special "feel" to it?
After I docked it , hosed it down and snapped on the custom cover, I sat there about 10 ft. and just stared @ it thinking to myself over & over .. that little thing was the boat that I was just out on that kept me dry, laughed at the 1' chop, & performed like that? It's a compact little design thats well engineered.
I really am taken a back by this little boat. I think it's because I just got out of 2 Carolina Skiffs & an old Chris Craft, also the speed reminds me of the Checkmates of my youth too.
Ohh, the only criticisim I have is the bow's storage locker fills with water from the clamshell bildge system . It they went to the trouble of plumbing a line & brass thru hull , why didnt they send it out the gunnel or higher on the hull or something to keep this from happening?? My lunch got soggy!
Clark Roberts posted 03-08-2002 07:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Alan, welcome to the 15 Whaler admiration society! I got my first back in the mid 70's with a 65 Evinrude (a rocket) and have had many different ones since (30 Mariner tiller, 40 Merc, 50 Merc, 50 Evinrude, 70 Johnson, several 70 Mercs..). The performance with the 30 tiller Mariner was surprising and it really hustled and had good hole shot. And you know what it will do with 70hp! This is a wonderful hull and nothing in the 15' range comes close! That's my story and I'm sticking to it! Happy Whalin'... Clark.. Spruce Creek Navy
Alan Hiccock posted 03-08-2002 09:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Alan Hiccock  Send Email to Alan Hiccock     
Thanks Clark,
I was still giddy from my shakedown cruise in my 15 when I posted , didnt mean to sound so Childish. Heck maybe that's what these boats do, bring out the kid in ya once again.
Glad I bought her!
Bigshot posted 03-08-2002 10:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Wait till you put that 13x19 Stainless on it. There is a brand new one on E-Bay....go get it.
Alan Hiccock posted 03-08-2002 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Alan Hiccock  Send Email to Alan Hiccock     
I think I would go for the 13 & 1/4 X 19 " cupped" if I go SS.
I'm a little hesitant using a SS prop on a bay boat , although it was a fluke thing I once took out a gearcase when I hit a cement block helping someone get his disabled craft into a ramp I never been to before on a nasty Jan. day.
I might go for it though and be extra carefull if it means an extra 3-5 mph's. I'm going to GPS the speed first. I'd be willing to bet it's over 45 now. I'm really into the fishing & sometimes find myself into skinny water.
Bigshot posted 03-08-2002 11:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
You won't regret the SS. especially if you are hitting 6k. The SS will be awesome. The one on E-Bay is NIB I believe.
whaleryo posted 03-08-2002 11:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for whaleryo  Send Email to whaleryo     

Don't you have a plug for the bow locker? Mine stays pretty dry with the plug in.

I usually use the locker for holding any Blue Claw crabs I happen to come across. They seem to like it and it keeps my ankles from getting pierced.

Glad to hear you enjoyed the ride. I haven't been out by myself, but even with another person on board the 70hp Yamaha really does the trick!


where2 posted 03-08-2002 12:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Fast, and fun. That pretty much explains it. I remember the first night my dad and I took my 15' out. He was amazed how well it held on in turns even running 35-40mph. Having been used to a similar sized dual console tri-hull in my teens, the 15' Sport was no contest, far and above my expectations.

On my 70hp OMC, I've been trying to get the perfect sized vent holes behind the prop blades (13-1/4"x19" SS w/ Cup) to give better hole shot, while preserving the top end. I keep my 13-1/4"x17" alum. around for popping up slalom skiers, but WOT RPM is too high to use it every day.

After taking it out Sunday morning for breakfast with my wife, I had to wash and wax the Whaler before I put the cover back on and left it on the dock for another week. It looks new with a coat of wax. :)

Bigshot posted 03-08-2002 12:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
My front locker stayed dry with the plug out at rest.

The nice thing about the 15 is it hauls with only a 50 on it. I prefer the 70 but I had one with a 48 spl and it was impressive.

I found ventilation holes on my 15 made my cruise suffer. I think they perform better on heavier hulls. My $.02

Alan Hiccock posted 03-08-2002 02:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Alan Hiccock  Send Email to Alan Hiccock     
Of course, stick a boat plug in there daaa, I never even thought of that!
I think it stayed mostly dry till streached out on the bow with a boat cushion . It's pretty comfy up there, good place for a seista . Thanks for the prop tips also

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