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ericlhorne posted 12-12-2007 12:56 PM ET (US)   Profile for ericlhorne   Send Email to ericlhorne  
Is there anyone on this site that lives in/near Alabama that would be willing to check out a 21' Outrage (1972) for me? I am in Maine and don't want to drive 1300 miles to pick it up before a trusted pair of eyes has given it a look.
mikejana posted 12-12-2007 06:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for mikejana  Send Email to mikejana     
Alabama is a big state, where is your quest?
I live in Perdido Key, Florida- Gulf Shores & Orange Beach AL are close to me.
Drop an email if that helps- Mike

4whaler posted 12-12-2007 06:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for 4whaler  Send Email to 4whaler     
I live at the other end of the state in Huntsville Alabama about 15 miles from the Tenn. border. I can check on it if its around here, which I doubt. I own most of the Whalers here...(4) =;`) only seen two others on the water and one in the shop in the last 17 years. Mostly bass boats, pontoon boats, ski nautiques and crusiers, some pretty big ones, since we are connected to the Gulf of Mexico by way of the Tenn. River.
ericlhorne posted 12-12-2007 08:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for ericlhorne  Send Email to ericlhorne     
Thanks, guys. I guess this is what they mean by Southern Hospitality. You're both a bit too far away...
Ferryman posted 12-13-2007 12:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ferryman  Send Email to Ferryman     
Where in AL

I have a buddy in Montgomery who would probably swing by and have a look for you

Old Cypress posted 12-14-2007 07:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Old Cypress  Send Email to Old Cypress     
Live in Birmingham, would be willing to go take a look for you.

I am driving (On Business) next week from B'ham to Destin, FL Could stop off on the way if you needed me to.

standard 17 posted 12-14-2007 08:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for standard 17  Send Email to standard 17     
I'm in Fairhope.
persispersis posted 12-14-2007 11:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for persispersis  Send Email to persispersis     
I hear that Fairhope is the nicest town in the US. Doug
jshowel posted 12-15-2007 06:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for jshowel  Send Email to jshowel     
I will be in the Muscle Shoals area over the Christmas Holiday. (Far North West Corner of the state) Let me know if I can help.
ericlhorne posted 12-15-2007 08:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for ericlhorne  Send Email to ericlhorne     
Hi folks,

You are all so great. I have had a local person check it out and it looks like I'm headed out tomorrow from Maine to AL for a cannonball-run. I have two small children, so my hat is off to the wife for letting me do this...I think you folks on the site are the only ones who would understand how a hairbrain trip like this actually makes perfect some.

Any Alabama foods I should try?


highspeed_jd posted 12-15-2007 08:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for highspeed_jd  Send Email to highspeed_jd     
Good luck on your trip. I hope that everything works out for you.
Casco Bay Outrage posted 12-15-2007 11:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     
Eric -

Safe trip! Hope the storm doesn't get in your way.

I did a round trip from here to Virginia Beach, Va (1300 miles) for my Outrage.
I still think about the trip with a smile on my face.

Let us know the results.


Wet Willy posted 12-16-2007 07:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Wet Willy  Send Email to Wet Willy     
Good luck with the Maine to Alabana trip, I can relate, I am north of Atlanta and bought a 13 dauntless on e-bay south of Tampa, it was a quick 1100 mile round trip I did it in two days total. As for the foods, you need to go to Dreamland BBQ. there are many locations throughout Alabama>
Good luck and safe travels
ericlhorne posted 12-16-2007 09:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for ericlhorne  Send Email to ericlhorne     
Hey folks,

Thanks for all the warm wishes...we have a delay at the launch pad...I woke up this AM with a bad head cold and a blizzard outside (I was hoping the forecasters were exagerating...they weren't). I'll have to stand by for another window.

Old Cypress posted 12-16-2007 10:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Old Cypress  Send Email to Old Cypress     
It depends on where you are going. I can give you a couple of restaurant recommendations as I am sure the other AL folks can.

Let us know what part of the start you are going to and we will point you in the right direction.

mojack posted 12-17-2007 08:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for mojack  Send Email to mojack     
Hi Eric,
If you are going through Birmingham I would also highly recommend Jim and Nicks for some really great bar b q. If you come down close to Daphne or Fairhope, give me a shout :-). I did a trip like that one time for an old wooden boat about 15 years ago. Drove from Daphne, AL to Melbourne, FL (about 10 hours one way) after seeing many pictures of the craft. The owner neglected to tell me the pictures were old. Came home empty handed. I do know where you are coming from though.
Good luck!
Landlocked posted 12-17-2007 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
I'll second the reccomendation for Jim and Nicks! We always stop when we travel through. Usually Jim and Nicks on the way down and Golden Rule on the way back up. Can't beat Alabama BBQ.


superdave_gv posted 12-20-2007 08:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for superdave_gv  Send Email to superdave_gv     

Is this the boat in Wedowee? This one has been for sale for quite some time (otherwise I wouldn't have posted the link). There was someone on here pondering about taking a long trip for this project boat several months ago.

jeffs22outrage posted 12-20-2007 11:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
That boat was on my list and I was really, really, thinking about buying it. It needs a lot of help and many years of exposure to UV I am sure have not been kind. The other thing that concerned me was I had received an image of the hull on the trailer (which was built for a four winns I think) where you could see the hull was resting on the trailer bunks right on the chines while the entire keel was unsupported. I was concerned about the boat making a long trip with the ill fitting trailer thus causing a lot of stress on the hull.

In the end a friend who had bought a 21 like this project warned me. I trusted his opinion and I am glad I just bought a perfect, complete, OEM classic for more money. I did not want to have another project on my hands like my last 22.


I will say, this is speaking for past experience, A complete finished perfect turn key whaler and a project whaler will most likely cost the same in the end. Sometimes the project could be more. The projects can be a lot of fun and are great learning experiences. If you get the boat post some images of it. I would love to see more of the boat and see if the images that were sent to me were really how the boat currently looks. Best of luck!

ericlhorne posted 12-27-2007 04:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for ericlhorne  Send Email to ericlhorne     
Thanks for the posts and the advice, guys. This boat has been for sale for a long time. It is so far from me I am starting to get cold feet about traveling so far - no matter how good a deal (and who knows if this is a deal).

Does anyone know of any ribbed 21's (projects) that are a little closer to me? And cheap?


ericlhorne posted 12-27-2007 04:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for ericlhorne  Send Email to ericlhorne     
(I'm in Maine)
Casco Bay Outrage posted 12-27-2007 09:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     
Eric -

I too got cold feet about traveling to Virginia Beach. Then again, it was August and not now, dodging snow every other day.

Give it some thought. The right answer will come.

Was hoping we would get a warm up so I could pull the boat out of the snow bank and launch. Rats. Snow and more snow this weekend. Guess it will be a while longer :(



ericlhorne posted 01-05-2008 09:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for ericlhorne  Send Email to ericlhorne     
Someone bought the AL one. I hope they enjoy it. If anyone knows of a ribbed 21' fixer-upper in the NE let me know. Not much to spend...
themclos posted 01-05-2008 09:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for themclos  Send Email to themclos     

I sent you an email. Let me know if you don't receive it.


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