Moderated Discussion Areas
  ContinuousWave: The Whaler GAM or General Area
  Best handling whaler

Post New Topic  Post Reply
search | FAQ | profile | register | author help

Author Topic:   Best handling whaler
ron3637 posted 06-28-2002 04:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for ron3637   Send Email to ron3637  
Any opinions on which whaler ,classic or nonclassic, was their best handling model. Give years and length. ron
prj posted 06-28-2002 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
15' due to proportions of keel/sponsons. granted, taken from a limited sample of rides, i.e., just my own 15' striper...never been on another, though spotted a 22' early 80's vintage outrage in milwaukee's mckinley, yours milwaukeewhaler?

gleaned similar info from multiple posts herein and was pleasantly surprised.

ron3637 posted 06-28-2002 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for ron3637  Send Email to ron3637     
Let me clarify my question: best handling for bay use and/or off-shore use.
prj posted 06-28-2002 04:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
ahhhh, maybe not the 15' then...
Barry posted 06-28-2002 05:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
Well, bigger is usually better in terms of ride quality. This wouldn't necessarily apply to handling. Although I would think that how well a particular model handled would have a lot to do with how it was set up. Factors would include:
number of engines,
size of engine(s),
how engine(s) were mounted (transom, jackplate, bracket, WhalerDrive),
Doel-Fin and/or trim tabs,
type of steering (cable, NFB, hydraulic),
load and distribution (batteries, gas tanks, T-tops, towers, people, livewells, etc.)

David Ratusnik posted 06-28-2002 06:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Ron- Which boat did you buy? Still kicking tires?? David
Steve Leone posted 06-28-2002 09:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Leone  Send Email to Steve Leone     
Ron, anything 17 ft. or better with twin engines and hydraulic steering. Not too many 17`s with duels although in my opinion an 18 Outrage with twin 70hp or 90hp with the Hydraulic steering and power tilt/trim corners and rides like a fancy sportscar. I do not care for larger boats. i find them hard to manuever in tight spots, difficult to trailer, they catch the wind alot more and the fuel consumption goes way up. steve out.
Peter posted 06-29-2002 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
1980's 18 Outrage has my vote.
bigz posted 06-29-2002 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
The best designed and handling Whaler in just about all conditions is the 27 model, particularly the outboard non Whaler drive ones. In recent years till '99 the 27 Offshore is a perfect boat if one desires more on the center console design, otherwise the early 90 Walkarounds come in second but there were only a few hundred made in the 4 or so years in production pretty scarce models.

In fact it has been said to me by long time BW employees that Bob D felt it was his best designed hull ever and the proof of the 'pudding' is that the Commercial Division is still selling quit a number per year. The 27 hull was first introduced in 1982 I think maybe '83 so she is now going on 20 years old with few modifications to the original base design.

PS I realize that a 27 for most members of this form that size Whaler is well beyond their scope!

ron3637 posted 06-30-2002 01:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for ron3637  Send Email to ron3637     
How about the outrage hulls in the 20-24 foot range?
OUTRAGEOUS22 posted 07-01-2002 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for OUTRAGEOUS22    
My 1988 22' outrage has a full flat floor, small standard console, T top, real self bailing hull, Its big enough for any sea and small enough for any road. Tough as nails safe as church on Sunday. Held its condition since 88 and looks almost new. The first motor 200hp Johnson worn out, second motor is a Yamaha 250hp. Fast as you want to go in a family boat 49-50mph. Flat and level in all weather no spray unless cross wind better than 30mph 5-6' seas. Hydraulic steering, doelfoil, and a Jackplate to hold that great big mean saltwater yamaha. Now thats a WHALER for all purposes. P.S. a 15hp johnson kicker and an aux tank with 25gal spare for 30mi+ offshore use only.
Tom Byrum posted 07-02-2002 01:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Byrum  Send Email to Tom Byrum     
For pinpoint slalom style handleing an 18' Outrage with twins. No contest. For bigger water an 18 could still can out manouver anything but bigger hulls are a sure a lot more comfortable. Never been on a 25 so not sure about a 25. Been on a 22 and an 18 with a single and the 18 with twins is much more precise. If you could get twins on a fifteen that may be some competition.

Post New Topic  Post Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | RETURN to ContinuousWave Top Page

Powered by: Ultimate Bulletin Board, Freeware Version 2000
Purchase our Licensed Version- which adds many more features!
© Infopop Corporation (formerly Madrona Park, Inc.), 1998 - 2000.