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pabble posted 04-30-2002 11:07 AM ET (US)   Profile for pabble   Send Email to pabble  
I bought a 25' Boston Whaler at government auction recently, and am reconditioning it for resale. I don't know much about these boats (never could afford one!), so I would appreciate help in learning what I have and finding parts. I see very detailed references and descriptions in this forum about hull design, etc., and learning the specs would be most helpful. Also, if I could see a picture of one it would be great to compare what I have with the original - I don't know if anything is missing or has been altered.

It's a 1986 model, center console with bimini top, 260 MerCruiser with Alpha stern drive. the hull number is BWC8A882F586. I have a couple of pictures if that would be helpful. Also, if anyone can let me know the price range it would be appreciated.

After having the boat only a couple of weeks I can see it will clean-up very nicely, and I'm starting to think about waiting a while before selling - could be a great summer! My email is

jimh posted 05-10-2002 11:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
A great deal of information about 25-foot Boston Whalers is available on this site. You just have to browse, read, and look for it.

The vast majority of the people who have contributed to the development of this site are not attempting to show a profit from the buying, selling, or refurbishg of their Boston Whalers or the free exchange of information about that process. Indeed, given the amount of time it generally takes to restore an older boat, it is uncertain that anyone could actually make a profit at it. Jim Biro bought a 25-Whaler from the government. Then 6,000 hours later he had it back in fine shape.

People share information on this site based on a generally accepted understanding that none of them is really involved in making a profit from what they learn.

I think your situation is somewhat different than the normal participant, which may account for the lack of response to your inquiries.

Bigshot posted 05-10-2002 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Too general of a question! I watched that boat on the auction....just out of curiosity. I would personally drop a big block or radical small into it and have a 60mph fishing machine. Ask questions one by one and you will get what you need.
peteinsf posted 05-10-2002 05:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    
Was that the Frontier i/o or the game warden looking one with the green stripe?

Of course it could have been one I missed!

peteinsf posted 05-10-2002 05:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    
Duh, he said "center console"
pabble posted 05-16-2002 09:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for pabble  Send Email to pabble     
Thanks everyone for the info, and to get me oriented to this forum. I've been traveling since posting the question, so pardon my delay in acknowledging your help.

The boat was originally offered through GSA, used on the Rio Grande River in Texas. It's now in the shop for a tune-up and I should have it in the water within a couple of weeks. I'll follow the suggestions and do more searching on this site for info, then ask specific questions. Perhaps I can sneak one in here though - the boat has a dive door, which is missing. It appears it should be fairly easy to make a replacement, but wonder if anyone can refer me to a picture of the original, or has a creative ideas or specific suggestions for replacement.

Thanks again - this site is very helpful, and makes me want to own a Whaler!

jimh posted 05-16-2002 02:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I have often wondered how the dive door cutout was accomplished in the gunwales of larger Whaler hulls. It seems like there would be two ways to accomplish this:

One way would be to mold and built the hull as normal, then just cut out the door, using the piece cut from the hull as the door.

A more complex way would be to insert special forms into the molds to create the cut out. Then a separate mold would me needed to make the door to fill the cutout.

I am not certain, but I have a hunch that the door might be made by the first method I described above. Anyone know for sure?

Tom W Clark posted 05-16-2002 03:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
There was a description of this very process here on the FORUM within the last few months. I cannot remember the exact thread.

As I recall from that thread, the dive door originally was cut out of a complete hull but then CPD figured out how to block out the mold and produce a cleaner and less expensive cutout. I do not believe the cutout is used as the door in either case.

In pabble’s case, I think he needs to call CGP (formerly CPD) and have one made for his boat.

Fishcop posted 05-16-2002 06:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fishcop  Send Email to Fishcop     
We had a dive door on a couple of our 20' Guardian boats. Seems to me that the thickness of the door was not the same as the rest of the boat. Looked like the door was made from something other than the original cut piece. It was a nice option for bringing in lobster and crab traps...not so good to listen to it rattle all day.
I don't know how you will use the boat, a replacement from CPD is expensive. Check to see if a local shop can fab you a door out of fiberglass or stainless.
MazatlanRay posted 05-18-2006 12:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for MazatlanRay  Send Email to MazatlanRay     
Why do all the surplus Whaler's with dive door cut outs, always have the dive door missing? Can they be run effectively in the ocean without major problems without the dive door in place? Anyone with experience having a replacement made or buying a replacement? How and where? I want to buy a Whaler with dive door for scuba diving and would think it would be better to have something in place while making long runs to my favorite dive sights. Any help is appreciated.

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