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Fiddler posted 04-12-2000 07:14 PM ET (US)   Profile for Fiddler   Send Email to Fiddler  
I'm in the market for a center console and interior for a whaler which I believe is the predecssor for the Montauk. Any idea where to find something to replace the homemade wooden console the boat currently has?
Any leads on seats, ect. new or used would also be appreciated. Thanks!
I'm in the Madison WI area.
Ed Stone posted 04-13-2000 05:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
Hey fiddler,
What year is your Whaler? What kind of shape is the center console now?
Good Luck,Ed Stone
Ed Stone posted 04-13-2000 05:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
Hey fiddler,
What year is your Whaler? What kind of shape is the center console now?
Good Luck,Ed Stone
peter welch posted 04-13-2000 07:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for peter welch  Send Email to peter welch     
I was faced with the same problem and wound up with the center console out of a Sea Pro 17 that had been relegated to commercial fishing duty. The guys that helped me restore the boat were in the boating business and just happened to come across the console. The seat was a bigger problem. A local marine welder built the base. Then a cabinet maker made a teak back that is a copy of the Montauk seat back. I have just started to see an aftermarket reversible seat that might provide a less involved solution. Peter
mattr posted 04-13-2000 08:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for mattr  Send Email to mattr     
Peter -

Although I don't own a whaler at this time (soon I hope!), I am in the market for an older 16'hull. To me, a big part of owning an older classic is trying to restore it to as close as possible to the original - both in parts and look. I thought if I could find an older hull, I could easily find aftermarket consoles and seats (West Marine, etc.) but then when I look at the pictures on this site and see older whalers in decent shape, it is hard not to want to do the whole "original" wood deal. Having a working whaler is one thing, but having a classic is another.

I am anxious to see how your boat shapes up -I am also jealous - hopefully I'll find my whaler soon!

mattr posted 04-13-2000 08:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for mattr  Send Email to mattr     
Peter -

Although I don't own a whaler at this time (soon I hope!), I am in the market for an older 16'hull. To me, a big part of owning an older classic is trying to restore it to as close as possible to the original - both in parts and look. I thought if I could find an older hull, I could easily find aftermarket consoles and seats (West Marine, etc.) but then when I look at the pictures on this site and see older whalers in decent shape, it is hard not to want to do the whole "original" wood deal. Having a working whaler is one thing, but having a classic is another.

I am anxious to see how your boat shapes up -I am also jealous - hopefully I'll find my whaler soon!

Fiddler posted 04-13-2000 11:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Fiddler  Send Email to Fiddler     
Thanks for all the replies. The boat is in ok condition for its age, I think it's a 1967. However, it's got a cheap looking plywood consold and nothing else. No lights, no cushions, no engine, controls, ect. However, the price was right (free), and it has a nice trailer so I took it. Now I'd like to get it to usable condition.

ps- Is there anything I should look for especially that may need repair?

peter welch posted 04-13-2000 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for peter welch  Send Email to peter welch     
mattr--My renovation has been finished for about four years now and I truly love the boat. When I started, all I had was a bare hull vintage 1966. It started life as a Currituck but over time the interior wood took a beating and the original owners son-in-law tore the wood out with an eye towards a restoration that never happened. While I began the project with high hopes of restoring the boat with all authentic Boston Whaler parts, reality soon presented itself. Old parts are very scarce--I didn't have this site as a resource--and cost became a real consideration. The cost of a loving restoration, especially if you can't do the work yourself, will exceed the cost of finding another boat that simply needs some TLC and a few repairs vs a renovation. My total cost, including a new Evinrude SPL 88 and controls came in close to $18,000. The boat looks like new, draws compliments at every boat ramp I visit and is damn near perfect for where I use it. If I had it to do over, though, I would probably opt for a project boat that still had all of its factory parts that I could simply rehab. Peter

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