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Jeff posted 08-30-2009 09:05 PM ET (US)   Profile for Jeff   Send Email to Jeff  
Well the time time has come for us to look at moving up. This boat has been a great platform for us to use on Lake Michigan for cruising and fishing but, it does not offer a lot of the amenities found on newer boats. More seating, higher gunwales, more storage and a head. All things we are looking for to make any boat more of a family friendly fishing and cruising vessel.

This boat is even more capable of a vessel than my standard 22 Outrage. The extra weight from the increased fuel capacity and glass lay up allows the boat to handle large seas with great ease. Also, the added fiberglass lay up creates an extremely rigid hull that cuts right through the slop and rollers. The vessel can cruise at 30+ mph in 3' chop without problem. We have even ran it at 36+ mph in 4' seas. I have never been on a 22' vessel let alone a 25' - 27' vessel that handles the seas as well.

Here is what we know about the service history before we bought it in 2006. This vessel started it's life in Navy Service and was retired to the FBI / CIA and other Armed Forces training center in Geogria where it was used for training on a freshwater river. The boat was repowered in 1999 and saw little use after that.

All in all the boat is a solid vessel. All the mechanical an electronics have been upgraded since we bought the boat in December of 2006. The hull itself is in better condition than most government service vessels but, is still not perfect. It has been repainted during it's life and has it's bumps, scuffs, scratches and touch-ups here and there. Mechanically the vessel is a 9 of 10. Cosmetically it is a 7 of 10. I have attached a number of image I think represent the vessels condition well.

1989 Guardian hull list of features:

129 gallon fuel tank

Full width transom splash gate with flood doors

Large fully welded aluminum G5 battle console

Forward bow area reinforced for .50 caliber tripod mounting (none ever mounted)

Extra wide aluminum gunwales

Heavy duty reinforced cleats

Custom fab'd t-top with new spreader lights

Fully self draining cockpit and forward lockers via stern well. No brass thru hulls tubes at all in the hull

New commercial rub rail

New leaning post with storage and custom cushions

Custom fab'd stainless dash panels to flush mount all electronics as well as a custom fab'd storage tray.

Water tight console doors with custom stainless locking slam latches installed.

4 step deep water boarding ladder

Rigging and electronics:

New lenco retrofit trim tabs using the Bennett planes

Lenco in dash tab position indicator switch

Ritchie powerdamp compass

Teleflex gauges

Garmin color fishfinder

Garmin color chartplotter

Icom ship to shore VHF

Brand new Morse MT-3 twin control

Brand new teleflex Teflon coated control cables

Teleflex sea star hydraulic steering

2 Racor spin on fuel water seperators.

Twin batteries with individual perko switches

Most of the vessel's wiring has been cleaned up if not replaced

Forward and aft bilge pumps


1999 Mercury XR6 2.5 liter big block V6 150's

Motors have about 150 hours on them. We bought the boat with about 75ish hours which we were told where all freshwater. We have only used the boat on the Great lakes.

Starboard motor has the electronic oil pump retrofit

Both impellers have been replaced

Both lower units have had all new seals installed and starboard was completely overhauled.

Motors come with 3 blade Solas aluminum props. Turbo 4 blade stainless props may be included at an extra cost.

1989 Boston Whaler Government and Commercial products division heavy duty trailer built by loadrite. The trailer is a keel roller, bunk and roller bunk set up with 6 lug axles.

Trailer has been rewired with new LED lights all around
New heavy duty tired

Bearings replaced and bearing buddies installed

2 speed winch

New jack

Rebuilt loading guides

Trailer has brakes but they have been disconnected.
Pintle hitch removed and new coupler mount and 2" coupler installed.

Vessel Is located in Northern Michigan as well as the Detroit area depending on the time of year. Vessel can be sea trialed for prospective buyers if needed. Also willing to deliver the vessel up to 250 miles from the Detroit area with a nonrefundable deposit and purchase contract.

If you have any questions feel free to contact myself at: or 248.376.5662 between 9am-5:30pm or from 7pm - 9pm EST.

Entire package listed at $19,500 obo. Also, may be interested in talking about possible trade of this vessel towards the purchase of larger Classic or Post Classic Whaler (or other like quality vessels). Vessel must be in solid turn key working condition.

I am sure I have forgotten something but I will answer all questions. Thanks.

Images of Vessel as of 8.29.09 ?start=all

More images of the Vessel and movies (click on any of the folders on the left).

Jeff posted 08-30-2009 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     
Sorry the boat was bought in December of 05 not 06.
DeeVee posted 08-30-2009 10:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     

That is one of the coolest 22's I know of. IF I did not have the boat I have aleady, I would be first in line.

Doug Vazquez

Sal A posted 08-31-2009 05:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
Wow. Best of luck Jeff. And Nick, the answer is no; I resent your thinking it.
Jeff posted 09-02-2009 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     
I think the same thing. It really looks mean and it runs like it looks. It is a great all around boat but, one that has does not everything we need right now. I hope it finds it's way to someone like yourself who will enjoy it and use it like it should be.

Thanks my friend.

RLwhaler posted 09-02-2009 11:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for RLwhaler  Send Email to RLwhaler     
Beautiful boat Jeff!and priced very fair too!


Leberer posted 09-09-2009 10:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Leberer  Send Email to Leberer     
Nice ............ might be interested ....... have a 20 Outrage that I was thinking or repowering but .....
Jeff posted 09-09-2009 10:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     
Then give me call tomorrow before 11am or after 6pm and we can talk. I have a busy day tomorrow but, would be happy to give you the run down. This is much more boat than a 20 Outrage. When on it, this boat even feels like a lot more boat than my standard 22 Outrage.

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