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ContinuousWave: The Whaler GAM or General Area
posted 06-02-2002 02:06 PM ET (US)
what is the best all around outrage for ride, stability, comfort, ect. wanted to use any where, from lakes to open ocean. I have been interested in whalers since childhood after fishing the great lakes, but have no actual hands on with the whalers. I was thinking abouy the following years 1970-1989 and from 18 thru 25. and also wanted to know about advantages of outrage cutty compared to outrage.
posted 06-02-2002 05:35 PM ET (US)
I have the same exact question! I am leaning toward an older 18'Outrage. I have heard some folks here talk about powering with a 125, 135hp motor. What about early 90 Outrages?
I am looking at bayfishing in Galveston, TX.
posted 06-02-2002 06:13 PM ET (US)
It really depends on your usage....I've owned an '85 18' OR and presently a '90 22' OR, notched transom. For VERY limited offshore/rough water, the 18' is hard to beat. The 22' has more room and handles the rough better. If I had my ultimate choice...a 25' with WD would suit me!!
posted 06-02-2002 09:19 PM ET (US)
Ward- Reels correct, depends on your usage. Sounds like you wish to move the boat around, lake to lake etc. 25' OR and 22'OR are abit much to trailer regularly-although certain folks on this site do so. Don't get so much boat that trailering it kills your frequency of use. I live in FLA and see trailer queens all over the place-bought too much boat. .03 the 20'OR is a nice in between Outrage. They did not make as many of these as the 22'OR but they are basically the same only more managable on a trailer. Unless you realllllllly need the cuddy up front, don't kill the bow area. .03 David
posted 06-02-2002 11:38 PM ET (US)
I own a 18' OR, a Montauk, have had extensive rides in 21' Low Profile, 25' REvenge, 22' OR.
18' OR for Bay/Ocean up to slight choppy to choppy. 22' OR for Bay/Ocean Choppy to Rough.
Trailering a consideration and economy, both cost to run and own, consider the 18' OR the best choice. Need to go no matter what, go with a 22' OR.
posted 06-03-2002 11:44 AM ET (US)
What type of boating experience do you have?
How much fishing/boating/diving/etc do you anticipate doing with the boat you get?
Who are your main passengers?(wife/family/kids/fishing buddies)
With what will you pull the boat? Storage?
Just some questions I ask myself when looking to buy another whaler.
I have owned several classic whalers (17'montauk/18'OR/19'OR/20'guardian) and currently have moved up to a 25'OR cuddy.
The 18' is a great boat and has its applications as stated in the other posts.
The 22' and 25' are bigger and heavier and need more attention. The 20'guardian (OR) was the best all around boat and easy to trailer. Look around this site and read the posts of the other members. All are happy owning a whaler, but what ever you end up getting, you will always be looking...
Just my two cents.
posted 06-03-2002 12:09 PM ET (US)
People often joke about "two-foot-itis" (the tendency for people to want a boat that it just two feet bigger than the one they have now), but there are some underlying reasons why this happens.
There is a big difference between an 18-OUTRAGE and a 25-OUTRAGE. No comparison between the two in terms of:
If you have no problem with paying the price, handling the weight, storing the size, and hauling the trailer that it will take to own a 25-OUTRAGE, then there is no reason not to get one.
Usually, some combination of the above factors keeps the rest of us from just jumping right in.
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