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JCB1962 posted 02-11-2009 05:50 PM ET (US)   Profile for JCB1962   Send Email to JCB1962  
I'm Curious to hear some opinions. I bought a 1976 15 ft Sport about 4 years ago with an older Merc 50 that runs great, but is getting on in years. It may not be the original engine, but is probably a late 70's model. I've maintained the boat and engine well (professionally maintained every season), put money into it with some custom seat cushions, a custom cover and a new stainless steering wheel. At most, I burned up about two 6 gallon tanks per summer since buying it. It's on a lift out of the water in the summer and stored inside in the winter. The wood is solid, but could use a refinish. I paid $5,000 when I bought it. Based on the current economy, and the fact it dosent get used much, I'm seriously considering selling. Any ballpark suggestions?
L H G posted 02-11-2009 07:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for L H G    
I wonder if some of the people here know that particular boat?
Wasatch Whaler posted 02-11-2009 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Wasatch Whaler  Send Email to Wasatch Whaler     
Last April (before the economy went south) I bought a 1976 15 'Sport with a 1976 Evinrude 70 from the original owners. It came with a nice galvanized trailer as well.

The whole package was in excellent shape. Not perfect, but considering it's age, pretty darn nice. I paid the asking price of $3,500 and would do so again, in a heartbeat.

My impression is those who have owned 15' Whalers and have sold them regret selling them.

prj posted 02-11-2009 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
That Sport is a familiar configuration on the 15, looks like the fourth photo down on page 9 of Cetacea:

Unfortunately, selling even the vaunted 15' Whaler hull in this economy is going to cost a few dollars over what might be considered fair. I'd expect to see around $3500 - $4000 offered for your boat.

I'm one of those guys that Wasatch Whaler refers to when he mentions sellers regretting their decision. That 15' hull certainly is a great one. I miss my Striper to this day.

Jeff posted 02-11-2009 09:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     
Larry good point. Wonder if it is Jim's old boat.


While we here in the Detroit area are having a less than stellar time as far as the economy goes, these old boats dohave value. I think you would be able to sell the boat for what you bought it for. There is a good market for a 100% freshwater only boat and they do have the ability to attract buyers for far outside the Great Lakes region. Post some images and people should be able to give a better judgment on value. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at the email listed in my profile (the small face and question mark next to my name). I live outside of downtown Royal Oak and am willing to help.


BTW I grew up with a 15 supersport and miss it all the time.

JCB1962 posted 02-12-2009 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for JCB1962  Send Email to JCB1962     
I cant believe with the little info I disclosed you all managed to determine it was Jim H's old 15. It is - but I make no claims or representations based on that. The reason I told my wife I bought it from Jim was for my kids to use, as they were getting to the age, and I wasn’t ready to turn over my Mastercraft to them. But in reality, it was because I've always loved the old classic Whalers. Reminds me of how boating was when I was a kid. The kids have really shown little interest in it when they can zoom around on Grandpa's hot new Jet Ski. I tool around in it on Sunday afternoons a little, take the dog for a ride, but mostly, it sits on the lift covered up. I'm still not sure what I'll do. I'm just trying to have some contingency plans ready should I fall victim to the current economic downturn, which is a frighteningly real possibility here in Michigan. If that happens, I'll need to monetize some assets, and that boat is on the list. Thanks for the help and your thoughts on the matter. If I do sell, it will be on this sight first.

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