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Dave Sutton posted 11-12-2008 08:50 AM ET (US)   Profile for Dave Sutton   Send Email to Dave Sutton  
A few days ago a friend called me up and said he wanted to buy a skiff to play with here. I mentioned Whalers, and the reply was "I would love one, but cannot afford one, my budget is about $3500". So... into Craigslist we go.

I found a 1970's vintage Thunderbird walkaround for $1500, and after we discussed the classic cathedral hull concept, and all of the history of Thunderbird/Formula/etc (including memories of "Flipper" episodes in which a 23' Thunderbird was "The Boat", off we went to inspect.

The boat was what I expected, a mix of good and bad, but most of the conversation revolved around "I wonder how we can cut that crappy bowrider stuff outta it, and make a center console out of it". We decided he ought to think about it, so we started driving back to the Trawler that I live on.

Little did he know that I had *special* plans for a detour on the way.... ;-)

I asked my buddy to take the 'scenic' route up to the boat, and on the way "lo and behold" there was a Nasuet on a trailer sitting in the corner of a boatyard on the way home. I had been watching it sit there for the entire season, and it was still there. "Hey Buddy... Look there!" says I... and so we made a U-Turn and drove into the lot.

Here sat a very decent Nasuet, with a replicated console which is slightly higher and wider than standard, but with the same forward-leaning windows, forward seat, aft seat, 1988 75 HP Merc, 2 gas tanks, and a trailer that looks terrible due to rusted out fenders, but with a good galvanized frame. The console had been painted baby-blue, but when I flaked off a piece of peeling paint, the wood was West-System and shone clear and bright. I stomped the floor, no give. There were no holes drilled into the floor anywhere, and no sign of cracks or anything in the deck. The sign said.. $4000.

I looked at my buddy and said two words:

"Buy It".

Into the yard he went, back in a few minutes with the word "$3000 firm...". I asked him if he wanted it, and he said he had given a deposit, and that the yard would get it running "later today" and that he would buy pending a test run.

Last night I got a call "Hey Dave... I'm on Route 1 driving home with my new Whaler: it started right up, and I'm on my way back."

All I can say is that the only thing better than finding a new boat for yourself is finding one for your best friend.



Ritzyrags posted 11-12-2008 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ritzyrags  Send Email to Ritzyrags     
This is a great story Dave..
themclos posted 11-12-2008 01:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for themclos  Send Email to themclos     
You are a good friend indeed.


GDS posted 11-12-2008 03:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for GDS  Send Email to GDS     
You didn't forget to mention "Continuous Wave" did you?
it is definitely part of the "Whaler Experience"!
Dan posted 11-12-2008 06:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dan  Send Email to Dan     
Hey Dave, I'm thinking of buying a 1970's Winner....
Bulldog posted 11-12-2008 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Dave, Good story, your buddy did good!............Jack

PS You did good also Dave!

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