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mtbadfish posted 05-26-2002 11:21 PM ET (US)   Profile for mtbadfish   Send Email to mtbadfish  
Just wondering if there are many Minnesota Whaler owners hanging around this site. I had my rig parked in front of my house the other day and there was a fellow taking a long look at the boat. I went out and talked with him a while - turns out he has an 18' Outrage and lives about 3 blocks from me here in St. Paul. Might not seem odd to those on the coasts, but here in Minnesota it's a definite anomoly.


Gep posted 05-27-2002 12:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
I live in St. Paul myself. There's a couple of us around here, not many though.
Hendrickson posted 05-27-2002 12:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hendrickson  Send Email to Hendrickson     
I live on Rainy Lake and have 13' Sport, a 15' Sport , a 16' Nauset and a 20' Revenge. Bought my first Whaler in 1986. Have trailered as far as St. Andrews Bay at Panama City and Mobile Bay. Just brought the Revenge back from Arizona with a three-quarter ton Suburban and found out that wind and weight can be quite a challenge on mountain passes. There are a few others up here. Several 13's, several Montauks, a Newport and a 22 Revenge. Of course the DNR and National Park Service have several Whalers, mostly 18' comercial, grey hulls. My 15 originally came from the dealer at Lake Minnetonka.
Hendrickson posted 05-27-2002 12:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hendrickson  Send Email to Hendrickson     
Just remembered, I know a young guy that has a perfect 1993 19 foot Outrage.
mtbadfish posted 05-27-2002 02:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for mtbadfish  Send Email to mtbadfish     
Hey, it's great to see more of the faithful here in the Northland. We are so outnumbered by Lunds and others that I only occasionally run across people who have any idea what a Whaler is, though it is much better than in the 70's when no-one up here had a clue. I just recently bought my first Whaler, but have spent many years fishing in my Dad's '74 Nauset and later on his Outrage. To the best of my knowledge Windward Marine in Minnetonka is the only surviving Whaler dealer in the state. I have been making yearly pilgrimages there for years, usually on Saturdays so I can have Sunday to talk myself out of taking a home equity loan to buy a new one. That is now settled and I still can't get over the looks of the classic's.

Hope y'all enjoy the summer - it looks like it might be a short one!


dscew posted 05-27-2002 09:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
You and I have probably met, if you spent some time at Windward. I worked there in '98; great Whaler dealer, and very knowledgable folks, too. I have a 74 BW Katama and I ply the waters of Minnetonka regularly with it(I live a block away). You would be surprised at how many Whalers there are around here.
Boston Marine posted 05-27-2002 10:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Boston Marine    
I am also a Whaler owner. Currectly own a Montauk and use it on Lake Superior.
Do you remember the drowning that happened on Crystal Bay in 1998 when the father and his two boys were thrown out of the boat? I was called on by the Henn Co Sherrif to come out with my high freq sidescan sonar to locate the body of the 17 year old boy who drowned after 1 week of being down.Take a look at my homepage under "My First Whaler" and you might recognize the Whaler in the picture from the newspaper.
RichAA posted 05-28-2002 01:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for RichAA  Send Email to RichAA     
There are a few around. But not so many that we don't still wave to each other... :)

1983 Sport 15

hauptjm posted 05-28-2002 02:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
I know this is a stretch, but a couple of hundred miles from y'all is one of the best Boston Whaler dealers in existence. Twin Cities Marine down in Two Rivers, WI is a great source of parts and service.
kmacafee posted 06-07-2002 09:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for kmacafee  Send Email to kmacafee     
I live in St. Paul and have a 76 Montauk that I regularly use on the Mississippi/Minnesota rivers.
David Pendleton posted 06-11-2002 11:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I've been thinking about organizing some kind of MN Whaler owners rendezvous on the St. Croix or Mississippi Rivers.

If you're interested, email me and I'll try to organize something.


David Pendleton posted 06-12-2002 01:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Speaking of dealers, I heard Cochrans moved their Whaler operations from Walker to Rogers. Don't know if that's true, though.


There is a Whaler Rendezvous in Sister Bay, WI (Door County) July 11-12.

And another in Bayfield, WI August 2-3 (I'm organizing this one).


glenn posted 06-13-2002 12:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for glenn  Send Email to glenn     
I live in St Paul and have a 1970 Sakonnet, with a 90 Honda. Used primarily for fishing and river riding. Some modifications but I am Keeping the wood in good repair
RMBW posted 06-17-2002 10:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for RMBW  Send Email to RMBW     
What about a midwest Whaler contingency to Bahamas next year. Here in little Wisconsin Rapids,Wi we would have 4 to 5 boats to fish the Florida Keys in June. You probably need more than a 17' for the Bahama run. I had gone on a Whaler sponsered trip in the 70s and had great fun to Bimini, Bahamas. I do not know the pros and cons of such a trip now. It would be less costly than the other trip on this sight and great fishing. I'am not knocking this other trip at all, just that more boats would be able to fish Bimini, as that it is only 60 miles from Florida. Has any one been over their lately?Thanks. Mike
David Pendleton posted 06-17-2002 10:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I am seriously considering the Bahamas trip next year. I would be nice to be able to travel in a group both on the road and across the Gulf Stream.

We've got plenty of time to talk about it, but for now, you can consider me 'in'.


vermilionwhalers posted 07-29-2004 02:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for vermilionwhalers  Send Email to vermilionwhalers     
Here's bumping an old item! I found this link by googling "montauk minnetonka." We've a 1983 15 Sport CC (repowered w/a 2004 Merc 4 stroke - sweet!) which has been doing a lot of hauling up at Lake Vermilion for the past couple years. We live in Minnetonka. I'm currently in the market for a used Montauk or Outrage.

Oddly enough the guy at Windward thinks I ought to buy a new Nantucket instead. Can't figure out what all the fuss is about all these used boat enthusiasts...

Whalers are few and far between up here. At Vermilion, I keep getting asked if I'm with the DNR!

catadromous posted 07-30-2004 11:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for catadromous    
I live in Minneapolis and have a 1967 Sakonnet and a 1964 13' that used to have a console, but no longer does.I boat on the Mississippi most of the time and see a few Whalers around. I'd be glad to attend a get together around here.


JohnJ80 posted 07-30-2004 01:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
Dauntless 15 on the St. Croix River.

Quite a few whalers down there.


Plotman posted 07-30-2004 03:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Plotman  Send Email to Plotman     
I live in Duluth, and one of the small Marinas on Park Point has a 17 Outrage, a 22 Revenge, a 15, and a Mememsha. I have an Outrage 22 and a spare.

Last weekend we took a cruise around Madeline Islands in the Apostles (my wife wanted to look at the houses) and I easily saw a dozen whalers on private piers around the island.

Having a boat that doesn't sink matters on the big lake when the open water surface temperature stays in the 40s till the middle of July....


sodden_skier posted 07-31-2004 12:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for sodden_skier  Send Email to sodden_skier     
I'm 90 miles from Minneapolis in Chippewa Falls, WI and would be happy to attend a rendevous on one of the rivers. Sounds like fun!

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