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posted 01-03-2009 11:10 PM ET (US)
The Ventura looks like a good family boat for the Cape and Maine coast. Would love any leads--also any advice on whether these are boats that can be easily trailered (behind a pickup), beached on a ton of little islands, and used for towing munchkins in a tube. All with safety and comfort in a 3-5' sea.
Thanks in advance.
posted 01-03-2009 11:58 PM ET (US)
You would tow little munchkins in 3-5' seas????
posted 01-05-2009 12:02 PM ET (US)
Not sure what model you’re looking at, but I purchased a ’99 18 Ventura last spring. The Ventura is a great family boat, perfect for some light fishing, beach/island hopping, and tubing. Certainly safe, but I’m sure about “comfort in a 3 - 5’ sea.” I can say from personal experience that a Ventura will offer a more comfortable ride than a similarly sized bowrider/sportboat, but the couple extra feet of the 20 Ventura would be even better under those conditions. Whalers tend to be heavy, but at only 18’ or 21’, the Venturas fall within the tow ratings of many pickups. Check the max tow rating of your vehicle against the weight of the boat to be sure.
Unless you plan to buy new, the dual consoles can be difficult (but not impossible) to locate here in the Northeast. Can’t hurt to call the local Whaler dealers and let them know what you’re looking for. There were a few Venturas on the Cape when I was boat hunting. That might be your best bet. Good luck with you search, and feel free to ask any specific questions that might come up.
posted 01-05-2009 12:06 PM ET (US)
Sorry. That third sentence above should read, “Certainly safe, but I’m *not* sure about “comfort in a 3 - 5’ sea.”
BTW - I'm on the Norh Shore in MA.
posted 01-05-2009 07:46 PM ET (US)
I have a 210 Ventura that I bought in May 08. I am very happy and consider it a excellent all purpose boat. I have taken 3 friends fishing on Lake Ontario and taken the family tubing / skiing on Canandaigua Lake (and elsewhere)
It weights over 6200 pounds loaded on the trailer so you need a suitable tow vehicle (I use a Chevy Avalanche). I would not be afraid to go out in any reasonable weather. It handles Lake Ontario nicely. Or to put it another way, if there is a safer 21 foot open bow boat I haven't seen it.
It has rod holders, fish box, livewell etc for fishing and comfy seats, widnshield, and head for family outings.
I also love the 225 Verado, people don't beleive it's running!
Not cheap and most dealers don't stock Venturas are a few drawbacks
posted 01-06-2009 04:45 PM ET (US)
We have a ’98 Ventura 20 and we love it. It is the best all around whaler in my opinion. It is easy to pull with my truck or the minivan, but the mini van struggles pulling it out of the water. My boat is slightly less than 4600 pounds loaded with the trailer. We have had her 20 miles offshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and she does just as well in a small lake pulling the kids on the tube. It doesn’t handle as well in rough seas as our 25’ but the 25’ weighs twice as much.
Buy the Ventura and you will be happy, and the wife will be happy too, even happier if you get the model with the head.
posted 01-07-2009 03:43 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like a great boat and one that would fit well with the family. The 7k towing capacity of my truck should be up for it--and as long as I don't tow the kids in 3-5' seas everyone should be happy.
If anyone has any leads on either the 19-21 foot version, I would apreciate it.
posted 01-09-2009 10:57 AM ET (US)
I purchased my Whaler from Carl at Nauset Marine last year. According to their website, he has a 2003 21' Ventura for sale. Here's the contact info in case you're interested:
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