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george nagy posted 06-04-2002 05:29 PM ET (US)   Profile for george nagy   Send Email to george nagy  
I was wondering what a 1981 striper should have come with originally? How different should it look from my 1987 outrage?

Should it have a bow rail?
What should be where the tank is in my boat?
Does anyone have pics?

Tom W Clark posted 06-04-2002 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
george,

No such thing as an 18' Striper. Striper model was made with the 15' and 17' hulls only.

george nagy posted 06-05-2002 09:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
Well Tom I'm not sure about that. If you look at the reference section you will see a striper listed. Also I think there were some early model names that were used only in the first year like 18' MONTAUK.
JBCornwell posted 06-05-2002 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Well, that's a surprise! I have zero recall of any BW18' called either Montauk or Striper. None of my brochures mention either.

I do recall a non-BW 18' boat called a Striper being on the market for a while.

Now I gotta go look through everything I've got.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

Tom W Clark posted 06-05-2002 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
george,

You are right about jimh mentioning a tankless 18' Striper model in the Reference Section http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/18Outrage/ but I think this is in error. We should invite jimh to explain where he got that information.

I have gone through all the price lists from that era and there is no mention of an 18' Striper model anywhere. There is nothing in the catalogs either.

It doesn’t really make sense that there would be a tankless 18' hull. What would they have done with the the fuel tank cavity? Build a new mold just to build a boat without one important feature?

What I do know, is that Whaler made an 18' Newport in 1982 only. This may be the source of the confusion. The most odd thing about this boat is that it was built for single motor with a 20" transom. They actually cut a notch in the transom and capped it with metal to create this. Why? I do not know. One of the stranger bits of Whaler trivia.

If you want the definitive answer you can contact Chuck Bennett at Boston Whaler cbennett@whaler.com and he will tell you whether or not an 18' Striper model was ever built.

george nagy posted 06-06-2002 12:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
I have seen a twin engine newport with no notch. As for the tank cavity maybe the used the space for some much needed storage. I'm wondering if it did exist maybe whaler abandoned it due to small fuel capacity. In those times outboards used alot of fuel and 63 gallons would be the answer for twins as well. I think a smaller tank with a 4 stroke and a front or rear baitwell would be a nice addition to an 18'. Too bad whaler abandoned the older hulls, with the basic hulls and slightly different cockpit and console arrangements the options were limited only to one's imagination.
Tom W Clark posted 06-07-2002 05:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
George,

You were right! I just heard back from Chuck Bennett. Hand written notes indicate that perhaps as many as four 18' Striper models were built, and without the fuel tank.

He also said they DID make an 18' Montauk model, maybe 10 or 15 of them, and that they were not exactly like an Outrage 18 because they did not have a built in fuel tank.

The first 18' Newport models also did not have the fuel tank.

george nagy posted 06-07-2002 05:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
Just heard back from chuck too! Jimh did you catch this for your reference?

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