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Rick13 posted 12-28-2007 01:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for Rick13   Send Email to Rick13  
I am looking for a 13' standard model (tiller steer)with trailer. Prefer something in the late 70s to early 80s vintage, but would look at older hulls depending on condition. No projects. Power not necessary. Thanks. Rick
whalerjim2 posted 12-28-2007 05:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerjim2  Send Email to whalerjim2     

I saw your post. The following is not mine but I remembered seeing it on Craigslist > Florida > Sarasota - Bradenton.

Good luck,

Rick13 posted 12-28-2007 06:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rick13  Send Email to Rick13     

Thanks. I will check it out. I am a novice when it comes to whalers, but looking at the transom, shouldn't the interior be blue? If this is the case, will this effect value?


whalerjim2 posted 12-28-2007 08:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerjim2  Send Email to whalerjim2     
You are correct, the interior should be blue. Also, the logos should have been applied in the opposite direction.
As far as value, that is in the eye of the beholder. I have only owned three and if I'm in the rebuild stage I look for something with a solid floor and transom. My last search a few years back was for an 1988 Super Sport and it took quite a while before I found the exact boat which for me was no modifications ever, nor bottom paint. It does have a ding here and there but also it has the original logos, interior, and rails. To me that's like driving a classic car. Best of luck in your search and when you see one you like go knock on the owners door. Maybe he/she will sell it. That's how I found my first one.
Binkie posted 12-28-2007 08:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Binkie  Send Email to Binkie     
Not a promising boat for $1500. If you can`t get the decals on right, well I don`t know about the rest of the boat. Why is interior painted, and with what kind of paint, and the exterior gelcoated. I would weigh that boat It should be around 280 lb. Stripped like that. Weigh the whole rig with 3 bath scales. Then three people should be able to lift the boat off the trailer, then weigh the trailer. Boat could very well be waterlogged. If you can`t get the transom up off the trailer by yourself walk away.


Rick13 posted 12-28-2007 09:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rick13  Send Email to Rick13     
Jim and Rich,

Thanks for the replies. I too wondered why the interior was painted instead of using gel coat. I think I will pass. I want to find the right boat. Did Whaler make many 13 standard models? I can't remember seeing any posted. It seems the 11 was more common in a tiller steer. Am I looking for a "needle in a haystack"? Thanks.


whalerjim2 posted 12-29-2007 08:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerjim2  Send Email to whalerjim2     

Once again you are correct, tiller model 13's are scarce. Probably one reason is if you nail the throttle while sitting in one you'll notice it'll stand almost straight up before taking off with all the weight aft. You'll find yourself putting the fuel tanks and all extra weight forward to compensate. This is one of the reasons for the movement of the thwarts forward on differing years of the sport models. Even today, the CAD designed 13 has a lot more room between the aft thwart and the transom. It's all about balance which equates to safe performance. If you have your heart set on one, you may want to find an older sport and pull out the interior. Just save all the wood, stainless screws, and all cables. If you find that needle let us know, we all like hearing about successes. Mine now is an older Super Sport 17'.

Another tip is to keep an open mind when looking, depending on time, money, experience or help, and space, you can do amazing things with something that doesn't look too good at first glance. Actually, the rewards of the appearance of the finished product will be better than the ride in a choppy bay.


whalerjim2 posted 12-29-2007 08:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerjim2  Send Email to whalerjim2     
PS - What's your budget? I did have another boat in mind ...

I spoke with the owner and the motor has recently been tuned.


Rick13 posted 12-29-2007 01:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rick13  Send Email to Rick13     

Thanks for the info/advice. I thought about finding a sport model and moving the seats aft to reach the tiller. I still may do that depending on my search. I may be wrong, but it appears you get a little more room with a tiller vs a steering wheel.

The Whaler in Tampa looks nice and at a good price, but if I am going to get a sport with an engine, it has to be a Merc and something more local(I am in WI). If you run across any standard, please send the info my way.


Binkie posted 12-29-2007 07:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Binkie  Send Email to Binkie     
As always, the simple way is the easy way. Why not look for the more common Sport model, remove the console and install stick steering and remote controls. That way you have both the benefit of a standard model, and a Sport model. categoryid=Steering&subcat1=Stick%20Steering&subcat2=na


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