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Can I get some opinions on this boat?
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posted 04-24-2008 05:23 PM ET (US)
Here it is:
I went to look at the boat today. Lots of soft spots around the helm seat. I could actually hear it creak when I pressed down on the floor. There was clearly space between the deck and foam. Deal killer? The engine is what attracted me. It was great.
posted 04-24-2008 05:34 PM ET (US)
I would be very careful. Soft spots are delamination from the foam and rotted plywood backing, usually due to water intrusion under the deck. Whaler didn't always bed screws when mounting the seats, helm, and railings, so there could be water problems lurking. In addition, the opening into the tunnel was frequently not sealed (exposed foam and plywood), another area for water to get into the hull if the boat sat with water over the deck. Also check the through hulls very thoroughly.
The boat looks nice, so does the power. Just be thorough, and get a second pair of eyes to go over it with you. Good luck!
posted 04-24-2008 05:42 PM ET (US)
Have a look at the bottom picture on this page.
It shows what you need to do to fix a floor that is full of soft spots. Does not look like fun to me. You can hang any motor on a transom with ease. Fixing a poorly cared for boat is a lot more work and a lot more money.
While most here are honest there are always those who will swoop in a steal a deal if good enough. Had this boat been a good one and you posted the link right to the ad you may not have gotten a change to go back and get it. Always try and save the images from the ad then host them else where on your own site. Then link to the images and post the important info (condition and price) in your posting here. Protect your findings.
posted 04-24-2008 09:06 PM ET (US)
I was looking for that picture not too long ago, I wonder how they ever made out with it?
Also, that was good advice about posting too much information. I've always been accused by my wife of being too trusting.
posted 04-24-2008 09:33 PM ET (US)
Here is the boat finished. It is at the bottom.
posted 04-24-2008 09:53 PM ET (US)
That is one sweet Whaler, they put a lot of work in her. So, I guess you really can never really kill a whaler, unless you give Tom a chainsaw! :)
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