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blindeman posted 07-29-2009 02:55 PM ET (US)   Profile for blindeman   Send Email to blindeman  
1963 classic Boston Whaler, 17' (16' 7" specifically) "Currituck" model. The Currituck was introduced as a step up from the Sport model and included mahogany seating and console. The Currituck does not have a stand-up console as the more expensively outfitted Sakonnet, Nauset, etc. and the eventual Montauk. Same hull; just a difference in how each model was outfitted. According to BW, my boat was built in 1962 and sold as a 1963 model. The original serial number is still in place on the inside hull.

Visit my WhalerCentral page for more info and pics:

I bought this boat a year ago but just don't use it enough. It is in great condition for a 40 year old boat! It has a 1994 Johnson 88 SPL motor, which I believe was marketed as a commercial version of Johnson's 90 hp consumer motor. It's a perfect match for this hull. I've gotten it up to 40 mph with 2 people aboard on a calm Chesapeake Bay day. Of course, it has power tilt/trim and tele-flex steering from the console. The driver's seating area has a custom-made white vinyl removable seat cushion that is comfy on choppy water. The boat seats 6 comfortably.

Since buying the boat, I've done a lot to update the boat. First off, the motor has been maintained exclusively by Don at Cape Charles Marine, a Johnson retailer and service center. Don, the mechanic, is himself a Whaler owner and knows the value of these boats. If you are interested in an objective opinion about my boat, you can speak to Don personally. He is not a relative, friend, etc. Just the guy that I trust to work on my boat when needed. To get the boat ready for the water this Spring, this is what Don has done: 1) cleaned the carbs, 2) changed the oil in the lower unit, 3) installed a fuel/water separator/filter, 4) installed a new Viper stainless steel propeller, 5) replaced the fuel pump, and 6) gave the entire engine full diagnostics and compression check (all is good).

What I've done since buying the boat:

* Bought/installed a new Sunbrella-fabric (red) bimini top. Required on the Bay so you do not toast out there. It also has a cover that zips on/off to protect it when not in use.
* Installed a new Piranha Max depth/fish finder. Again, required in the Bay to keep you from running aground.
* Installed a new (hand held with a console mount) VHF radio (Uniden Atlantis 250). Gives access to all the marine bands as well as the weather/NOAA channels.
* Installed a Garmin eTrex GPS unit on the console as well. It provides GPS coordinates in case you need to tell someone (Coast Guard) where you are and it gives you boat speed in either knots or MPHs.
* Bought a brand new marine battery. The old one was fine. I am just anal about making sure the juice is there when I turn the switch.
* Bought a new 6 gallon gas tank and fitting. There was already one 6 gallon tank. So, now it has 12 gallon gas capacity, giving you twice the cruising range.
* Bought/installed a new gas line and bulb. Again, just anal about that stuff. You simply detach it from one tank to the other when you want to switch tanks. Simple, easy.
* Bought new dock lines and anchor rode (line) and chain. It has a danforth anchor which works fine in the Bay. I just wanted new lines/chain to make sure it stayed put when I needed it to.
* Bought/installed a wooden paddle so if I had to paddle the thing, I could.
* I bought all the Coast Guard ready stuff you need. The local Coast Guard inspected my boat this Spring and gave me a certificate approving that I have all the required stuff (anchor, flares, etc.)
* I have 2 life vests and a seat cushion/throw that will go with the boat. Bought them new as well.
* I replaced the jack on the trailer with a new one that swings down when parked and up when tailoring the boat.
* I have the engine oil, Sta-Bil gas stabilizer, etc. that will go with it. I also have a decent boat cover to keep it covered in the Winter.

The previous owner installed a Pioneer marine stereo/CD system encased in marine housing mounted under the console. It has 4 speakers. I have turned it on a few times, but I really do not use it. I do not want more noise on the water. I want less.

The trailer is a Magic Tilt, I think. Galvanized. Nothing fancy but gets the job done. I trailer it to the Cape Charles marina or the ramp in Oyster where I put it in. It is a very easy boat to launch. 2 people; 10 minutes and you are in the water.

All total, I've spent $2,103 but my asking price ($5,500) is less than what I paid for it plus the improvements. My goal is to buy a couple more sea kayaks for the family that we can use this summer/Fall.

I live full-time in Richmond and get down to Cape Charles (Eastern Shore) on weekends. I will be down there the next 3 weekends, I believe, and can show the boat then. I can take you out in the Bay (weather provided) and run it through its paces for serious buyers. Everyone loves this boat. The guys at Cape Charles Marine think I stole this boat for what I paid for it (what I'm asking). Don thinks it's worth $7-8,000. I think that's a stretch. But, $5,500 is a deal, considering everything I've done to this boat. It's a good looking, well-running classic Whaler. You can pay $30k+ for a new Montauk, or you can get the same basic boat for far less. Mine is water-ready and wants to be used/enjoyed. You can email me via craigslist or call me directly @ 804.874.9325. No marketers, retailers, etc. please. I use this phone for business, so potential buyers only call. Much appreciated!

NOTE: the boat is physically located in Cape Charles, VA on the Eastern Shore. It's a short hop over from Va. Beach, Hampton, etc. and 2.5 hours from Richmond. You must come to see the boat; I will not take the boat to see you. If you need directions, I will gladly provide them! Thanks! I hold the title, registration, etc. I look forward to talking about this boat to all interested! Cash/certified bank check only.


Bo Neato posted 07-30-2009 07:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bo Neato  Send Email to Bo Neato     
Sounds very nice. How do you have that SPL propped?
blindeman posted 07-30-2009 08:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for blindeman  Send Email to blindeman     
Sure, ask me a hard one :) Seriously, I'd have to look at it to tell you. It's embossed on the prop itself but I can't for the life of me tell you what the specs are. I can tell you that it's about a month old, stainless steel, and a Viper. I think it cost approx. $400. I'll try to get that info to you ASAP. I'll either go down there this weekend or a buddy of mine will who can text me the info. Thanks!


Tohsgib posted 07-30-2009 12:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
For a blind man you sure know how to type a good ad ;). People should take note of this instead of writing "Whaler for sale..e-mail me" and then wonder why nobody is biting. Kudos and good luck with your sale, should be a quick one.
blindeman posted 07-30-2009 06:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for blindeman  Send Email to blindeman     
Yes, I've been cursed with that username moniker all of my semi-adult life :) Seriously, I just want folks to know everything about the boat that I can tell them. That way no one wastes anyone's time. When I bought the boat, I wanted the seller to be totally honest with me since I have 6-year twins that I was going to be taking out on the open waters in this boat. Anyway, thanks for the comment.


blindeman posted 08-03-2009 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for blindeman  Send Email to blindeman     
For those who like to know such things, the new stainless steel Viper prop that we had installed on the boat this Spring is spec'd at: 13 7/8 X 17



blindeman posted 08-03-2009 03:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for blindeman  Send Email to blindeman     
More on the prop...

Per OMC: "13.88 x 17. Viper V4 boat RH propeller. Prior part number 177259. Genuine Evinrude BRP. Stainless steel with TBX prop hub for V4 motors. Longer swept blades and larger diameter give this prop a better grip on the water and faster top end speeds. Excellent on any recreational boat, from runabouts and cruisers to deck boats."

Boots posted 08-16-2009 07:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Boots  Send Email to Boots     
Is your whaler still available? I have a friend looking.
blindeman posted 08-18-2009 12:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for blindeman  Send Email to blindeman     
It is -- sort of. A couple bought it but is having it looked over by their mechanic. I'm waiting for them to let me know if they wish to finalize the deal. I will try to either finalize or ask them to bring the boat back by this coming weekend. You can email me at and I can let you know the status.


Bruce Lindeman

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