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White Bear posted 10-27-2002 12:45 PM ET (US)   Profile for White Bear   Send Email to White Bear  
I'm interested in knowing how many of the
Menemsha model were made by Boston Whaler - does anyone have a reliable figure?
whaletail posted 10-31-2002 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for whaletail  Send Email to whaletail     
Hi White Bear,
They made 235 of 'em. - 200 between 1967 and 72. Then there was a three year break, and for some reason, in '75 they made 35 more (with tan gelcoat).
whaletail posted 11-01-2002 12:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for whaletail  Send Email to whaletail     
Oops, I meant between 1965 and 72. The last 35 have poor records at BW - Chuck Bennett was saying, "That sounds about right" to most of my questions. And said that #3A9045 was the last one off the line that he could find.
Bigshot posted 11-01-2002 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Funny....not in my 74 or 75 brochure.
Tom W Clark posted 11-01-2002 07:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
I don't think it's odd at all that the Menemsha model is not in the 1974 or 1975 catalog if they only made 35 of them. What I do think is strange is that they would bring it back into production in 1975 after stopping production in 1972.

I do not think the Menemsha was introduced in 1965. I do not know why Jim Hebert has it listed as such in the Reference section. Jim? On the specifications for 9' to 22' Whalers the Menemsha model is shown as starting in 1967 which is consistent with what whaletail has reported.

But the really weird thing is that the Menemsha does not show up in any catalog until 1969. Perhaps it was not produced in enough numbers to justify inclusion in the catalogs until 1969. It's also possible that it made its first appearance in 1967 as a 1968 model and then was included in the 1969 catalog after they sold a few.

Whaler has a history of not including some models in their literature when a model is first introduced, e.g., the Outrage 18 which was first built in 1981 but was not included in a Whaler catalog until 1983.

We do know for a fact that at least one Menemsha (whaletail's) was built in August of 1974 as a 1975 model. It has a Desert Tan interior and is the only one that color I have ever seen.


Thanks for the photos. Did your boat lack the interior of the earlier Menemshas or did you remove it?

whaletail posted 11-01-2002 08:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaletail  Send Email to whaletail     
That's the way it was. No bunks, and thankfully, no toilet. I don't know if this one was a special order or not. Maybe they ran out of toilets and still had 1 more Menemsha on the line.
I think I've asked before, but does anyone know of another '75 tan gel coat out there? There should be 34 more.
WantaWhale posted 11-02-2002 01:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for WantaWhale  Send Email to WantaWhale     
Love to own of these boats. They may look a bit strange but they have a certain "Cool" factor that is hard to put into words. I doubt I will ever find one, but if anyone in Gulf Coast area sees one for sale, please let me know.

Bigshot posted 11-04-2002 10:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
They are around. I have seen 2 in FL for sale but I never stopped because I have no desire to own one.
whaletail posted 11-04-2002 12:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaletail  Send Email to whaletail     
Hey Bigshot,
Were they tan or blue? And why no desire? You might appreciate the extra weight up front, a narrower console, protection from wind and spray, a place to get out of the sun, etc..
Plus, the rarity factor. 200+ is better than 10,000+.

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