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1983 18' GTX
|Author||Topic: 1983 18' GTX|
posted 03-21-2002 06:54 PM ET (US)
Can anyone help me with info on the GTX? I have seen one that looks greta but I have been warned away by a dealer. Something to do with a starter that sits too low? Does it tend to flood and stall it? Any other bad things that should keep me away? This boat just had a new 4.3L Merc put in it and is pretty. It looks like it would be a kick to run around in. Thanks in advance.
posted 03-21-2002 08:43 PM ET (US)
I've only seen a couple of them, but what I saw I liked. The I/O and plush, ski boat-type of interior concepts were foreign to Whaler, so I don't believe they sold real well. I don't know about the position of the starter in relation to the bilge, but most GM marine blocks have the starter on the bottom, aft end of the engine. Tough to get at but I don't know if they flood. I think the hull is an older Outrage design, which is loved by many on this forum. It looks much more like a family runabout than the typical Whaler, but the same solid characteristics are there.
posted 03-21-2002 09:52 PM ET (US)
If that's the one that was on ebay and got pulled off, it looks great. GTX is a great boat for a lot of reasons, ride being tops. What other ski/cruiser would probably increase in value, give you a great performance package, and still be able to handle a little offshore as needed. Freshwater cooled is neat, too, as well as the neck snaps people do when you ride by. Reminds me of walking with a really knockout woman, without the fear that she's looking back.
posted 03-22-2002 09:31 AM ET (US)
I had one of the first 5 produced (lived on Cape Cod) the other 4 went to Whaler Execs. The boat was a total disaster due to the bilge situation. The placement of the pump was such that part of the engine would be sitting in water before the float switch would rise to start the pump. Also, the windshield door would "break through" the the rest of the windshield with even the smallest of waves. We sued Whaler to get all of our money back and did not have a hard time getting it. Bad design. Don't do it.
posted 03-22-2002 10:14 AM ET (US)
MD, doctor or mad dog? Here you go http://continuouswave.com/whaler/cetacea/cetaceaPage26.html
posted 03-22-2002 11:20 AM ET (US)
Thanks for the feedback folks. Is it safe to say a '96 17 Dauntless is a better bet?!
posted 03-22-2002 11:22 AM ET (US)
JFM, none of the above; Maryland. Fear the Turtle!!!!!!! Go Terps!
posted 03-22-2002 01:22 PM ET (US)
MD, if you want that type of boat, you may want to look at the Whaler Ventura. Regards, Jay P.S. I gotta go with UK!
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