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Jim Bennett posted 04-03-2002 02:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for Jim Bennett   Send Email to Jim Bennett  
I would like the official definition and clarification of what this means. Is it the weight of a completely finished hull with all hardware, rubrail, seat, console, wood, internal gas tank, etc. without any motor, or is it a completely stripped hull without any of the above.
I have asked basically the same question of Chuck Bennett but have yet to receive reply.
My project 73 OR 21 is currently in the totally stripped state except motor only (no steering or wiring) is mounted and the topside has new coat of two-part polyurethane paint. Am wanting to weigh it on trailer tomorrow to get weight of rig. I know dry weight is supposed to be 1600 lbs., motor supposed to be 406 lbs (from Merc dealer, and I have wt of trailer. Interested to know what my stripped hull weighs and whether that is the "dry" weight.

Any feedback will be appreciated.

Tom W Clark posted 04-03-2002 03:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Dry weight would refer to the weight of the boat as it left the factory. It would include all standard equipment but not the (usually) dealer installed motor, rigging and accessories. It would not include the weight of fuel either, hence the term "dry weight”.

The weight of just the hull itself could be considerably less than the dry weight and may well be various between years or even individual hulls. I am not convinced that the weights listed in Whaler literature are necessarily super accurate.

dfmcintyre posted 04-03-2002 04:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     

I took my trailer to a certified scale, which was easy as the reno shop was about 3 miles from the scale.

Weighed it.

Next day when the boat left the shop, it had:

Motor, all instrumentation and trim pump.
Wood hatchs, console, RPS. All trim (rubrail, SS grab rails, etc)

Did not have any fuel tank(s) (remember for one year I ran with two 12's under the seat), canvas, cushions, etc.

It weighed 1650lbs, after taking away the trailer weight, natch.


Jim Bennett posted 04-03-2002 04:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     
Thanks Tom & Don for the info from both of you.
Believe I will go ahead and weigh rig as-is and when reassembled,hopefully in June, have it weighed again.

Don, for your info, finished wiring all my console this week (instruments, switch panel, fuse panel) while back in Ohio. Will retuern to Florida on Fri until June 1. Plan to attend a Tampa Bay Rendezvous on Apr 13 but will have to go in my Aquasport. Looking forward to that rendezvous and the Port Huron Rendezvous in July - hope my OR is ready by then. Have to work hard to make it.


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