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Tom W Clark posted 03-20-2009 11:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for Tom W Clark   Send Email to Tom W Clark
jimh posted 03-20-2009 11:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
It looks like the hull is a smirked hull.
Tom W Clark posted 03-20-2009 11:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Jim -- You've developed a very good eye.
17 bodega posted 03-21-2009 12:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
So would that make this boat a "re-do" meaning the camper shell was removed and placed on another boat or did Whaler make another version of MENEMSHA after the smirk hulls began production?

jimh posted 03-21-2009 12:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Tom--I studied under the Zen Master on-line...
Bulldog posted 03-21-2009 08:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Wow! I would have thought there would be a difference in the hull design enough to not allow it. I wonder how it came about, could it have been a hull warranty replacement, performed by Whaler?....Jack
Dan posted 03-21-2009 09:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dan  Send Email to Dan     
Is that a 140 motor? Yowzer.
Tom W Clark posted 03-22-2009 03:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
There are several remarkable things about this boat.

Though the bow is not visible, I concur with Jim; this is a smirked hull.

We know the Menemshas were made from 1967 to 1972 but we also know that a few more were made in 1975 with Desert Tan hulls. I go that information from Tom Kuhlman (a.k.a. whaletail) of Brookings, OR who got his information about Menemsha production from Chuck Bennett of Boston Whaler.

Kuhlman was told his Menemsha was the last one made. I have a photo of his boat. It is not a smirked hull.

The first smirked 16'-7" hull was made some time in 1975. I believe these were all 1976 models though I also believe there were some non-smirk 1976 models as well.

None of that matters if the last Menemsha made was non-smirked and then here is one that is smirked, and a very nice and complete one at that.

TransAm posted 03-22-2009 03:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for TransAm  Send Email to TransAm     
I think his hull numbers are too close together. The second photo, albeit a bit fuzzy, demonstrates why they should be further apart.
andygere posted 03-22-2009 04:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Perhaps this was a late model non-smirked Menemsha that had its hull replaced under warranty with a smirked hull. Neat boat.
Tom W Clark posted 03-22-2009 04:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Andy -- Yes, that is a possibility, but if it started life as a 1969 model, it seems a but far fetched.

Though the interior and exterior molds of the smirked and non-smirked hulls are completely different, they do share the same dimensions and it is very possible the outline of the gunwale and the sheer are the same, or close enough that this transplant could be done.

I have a friend interested in this boat so I may have some additional information in a few days.

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