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posted 05-28-2002 10:05 AM ET (US)
How many MENEMSHA owners are on the forum? Supposedly there were only 235 of these made. Raise your hand if you have one.
posted 05-28-2002 09:12 PM ET (US)
I have a 1968 Menemsha S/N 38144.
Bought this winter and had it transported from Texas to Massachusetts (remind me not to do that again!) but it was the boat I've been looking for.
The boat is very original with all the bits, including transom railings intact, and I am now in the long process of restoring.
Would be nice to know who else has "Shas". We are a shy lot I think, but "Menemsha" in the thread subject usually will draw us out!
posted 05-30-2002 02:39 AM ET (US)
I'm here. I've got SN 3A9045, ID # BWCA7876M75A, which turns out to be the last one built in '75 - hence the name, whaletail.
Replaced all the mahogany with teak, installed a Springfield Marine jack plate, and mounted a 2002 Honda 90 hp to that. Next is electronics... got my eye on the new Garmin 188c.
All in all, I think she's great! I like the extra weight up front to compensate for the Honda, no wind or water in the face, and so far, lots of comments at the dock!
posted 06-02-2002 10:44 AM ET (US)
Not me, but my POSSLQ has a '69 Menemsha - great original condition with the head plugged to comply with present regulations.
Engine is 85hp Mercury that runs like the day it was built.
posted 06-03-2002 09:18 AM ET (US)
Thanks for the replies and comments. [I] hope there are some more out there to hear from. Minke [I] remember seeing a thread on here several months ago saying you were going to tow a "'sha" from [Texas] to [Massachusetts.] [Sounds] like a trip. [How] bout some horror stories. [I] am from [Massachusetts]. [Methuen] area. [Currently] in [Pensacola, Florida]. [I] purchased my "'sha" from a fellow in [Panama City] who took it in trade years ago, was going to restore it, and as usual with these projects, got overrun by time and circumstances. [I] fell in love with it at first sight cause of the unusual lines and cabin. [I] had no idea it was so rare until [I] found the forum. [When] [I] bought it, there was only the hull, cabin, a very worn out wood console, and trailer. [Using] the console as a template, a cabinet maker friend remade it into a centerpiece of beauty. [Had] the gunwale wood replaced with mahogany. [Took] out the original bench seats and potty, and reconfigured the forward section into a day bed and sleeper with wall to wall upholstered pad that raps around the center console. This allows for a lot of storage area underneath. [Reconditioned] the original pilot seat with built-in cooler and made a bigger footprint for the stanchion supports that the smaller ones had indented into deck. [Put] a 15 gallon fiberglass tank under the seat that feeds the 90-HP [Johnson] which is controlled by the MT2 [Morse] controls. [Had] a friend make me the vinyl decals and boat [numbers] in royal blue. [Painted] the bottom with royal blue epoxy and finished that up with a red bootstripe. [Bought] a blue bimini top to top it off. [Will] hopefully very soon have some pics to add to Cetecea. I have a lot of ideas and what it was supposed to look like from the local dealer who found one and had it reconditioned and now sits as a centerpiece in his showroom--not for sale. [I] have been told by two people that they have seen two of these in Georgia being used as some kind of survey or work boats. [I] know that [I] could not have accomplished most of this without the help of the folks on this forum. Anyway [I] know that this boat is different because wherever we go it draws a crowd of folks with the same questions and comments. [I] have been offered to sell it while at a traffic light . [Woudl] like to hear from more of us "'shas" and any ideas to make it even more special is always welcome. [Thanks] again all
posted 06-03-2002 03:16 PM ET (US)
I've seen about 4 my entire life. One is in NJ around Spray Beach...moored.
There is a guy I see down here every now & then. I also saw another for sale on a back road near me about 6 months ago. Went by a few weeks later and it was gone.
posted 06-03-2002 08:59 PM ET (US)
I toyed with the idea of flying to TX and towing back or driving all the way down and back, but some reason prevailed and I found an auto transport who would fit it on with some cars for less than the boat haulers $1+ per mile rates. The boat arrived perched precariously on the top level of the carrier, completely covered in road salt and grime but otherwise ok.
It will probably take me a while to do all the restoration (I don't have a cabinet maker in residence!) but this year will get in the water with some minimal work on the mechanicals and then spend some quality time this winter in the barn.
Interested in how you and White Bear or his POSSLQ plugged the head? I was thinking using neoprene transom/baitwell plugs in the thru-hulls but not sure what to do.
posted 04-28-2009 11:04 AM ET (US)
[Please note: this thread has been dormant for seven years--jimh.]
I bought my 1969 Menemsha last year. I found it on this site actually. I've had whalers all my life, but this is a whole new experience. I love it. I have two little boys who enjoy being in the 'clubhouse' up front, they stay out of the weather and sometimes even nap up there while we're out on the water. I'm alone in the boat with them a lot, and therefore needed first and foremost something very maneuverable that I could dock easily by myself (last boat - 24 foot Grady White did NOT fit this criteria!) but that also gave us some cover.. which the menemsha obviously does. Like others, I have received lots and lots of feedback on it's distinctive hull.. I mean, a whaler with portholes? It doesn't get any better.
posted 04-29-2009 04:34 PM ET (US)
For those interested, there is one in South Jersey for sale. [Give this sort of information in MARKETPLACE.--jimh]
posted 05-01-2009 04:28 PM ET (US)
Greetings from Michigan! My Menemsha is a '69 in nice condition, considering age, and it is pretty much original throughout except the head was removed. Everything runs fine with a 45hp Honda which I've grown to love, especially in this area (Traverse City, MI). Thought it would be underpowered at first but it steps onto a plane smoothly and probably cruises around 25 mph without wot. We had a sport 15 with 70 Evinrude, which is a good combination also. Look forward to hearing from other owners of our increasingly exclusive club--
posted 05-02-2009 06:50 AM ET (US)
I have been soliciting members for pictures and information on their Menemshas, trying to gather an informal data base of existing Menemshas. Why? Not really sure, not even sure what I'll do with the info (won't publish any info without the owners permission, of course).
If you have pictures and information as to the history of your Boston Whaler Menemsha, feel free to send me an email!-k
posted 05-02-2009 09:11 PM ET (US)
I bought a Menemsha from a relative a year ago. It is believed to be a 69'. I found out the hull was replaced in 84' so the interior is white. It is good shape. I just had it out yesterday in strong wind and waves.
posted 05-02-2009 10:56 PM ET (US)
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