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LilSniffWhaler posted 05-31-2002 02:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for LilSniffWhaler   Send Email to LilSniffWhaler  
How do the old whalers ride? The ones who lack the "smirk"? Do they ride nice? yes, no, maybe??? Or are they better than the new whalers that have a smirk....but the ones with the smirk tend to not "slam" as much as the old ones....will the 17 do it...slam that is?
whalernut posted 05-31-2002 03:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I have a 73` `16 Currituck without the smirk and it rides rough in anything more than a chop(I knew that going into it), but that aside it drives effortlesly, it is very stable(my favorite), and I think they look nicer than the smirk hull, but I do like both. Also, the Non-Smirk hull is about 3-400 lbs. lighter than the Smirk!! You only need about 50h.p. to propell it very nicely. Jack.
Don Fisher posted 05-31-2002 04:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Don Fisher  Send Email to Don Fisher     
To be honest, they both ride rough in choppy water and smooth in smooth water. The "smirk" boats will keep you drier and also (in my opinion) ride better. I have been in the new hulls as well (the Dauntless 16, for one), and it didn't ride that much better than the smirk Montauk. In fact, at speed, the Montauk was more confidence inspiring in that they seem to be able to "turn-on-a-dime" while the Dauntless had a tendency to slide the rear end more.
JFM posted 05-31-2002 04:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
LSW,if your big like me, get yourself a manassiere (man's bra). Or if female make sure you have one on:) Regards, Jay
Done Fudgin posted 05-31-2002 10:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Done Fudgin  Send Email to Done Fudgin     
My 1970 Whaler was named: "A-Kin-Bak".....Nuff said!!!
Eric posted 06-01-2002 02:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
They ride hard and wet. However, they are good for what whalers are known for, they get you there and back. See: offshore in the Nauset.
Ger posted 06-01-2002 04:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ger  Send Email to Ger     
I have a '72 Katama and in a chop or "confused" conditions due to lots of traffic, she is a rough ride. I don't find it to be wet, though. Not much water over the bow. I have what Whaler called the "Toboggan" seat and when it needed re-covering, I had the upholsterer make the foam twice as thick. Also, I discourage people I like from sitting in the front seats. It's still a cool boat, though. Have you ever ridden in a '55 Corvette? Or a Triumph TR-3? Everything is a trade-off, I guess.

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