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bdolnik posted 06-07-2001 09:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for bdolnik   Send Email to bdolnik  
Hello all, I've been reading the forums and articles and am now ready to ask some specific questions.

I am currently looking for a 13'-17' Whaler as a project boat, late model to be restored to new condition. I'm working with a small budget so probably the smaller size is going to fit better for me.

(1) Here are some photos of a 13' I am looking at -- would anyone care to comment on what they think a fair ballpark price for such a boat would be? I like the fact that it does not have a motor. I'm thinking not more than $1200 since I will also have to pay for shipping.

(2) Could a boat like the one in the photo be buffed out, or would it need a complete new gelcoat?

I guess that is enough for now, I appreciate any answers, thoughts, experiences anyone cares to share.

Thanks in advance!

Toad2001 posted 06-08-2001 03:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Toad2001  Send Email to Toad2001     
The boat looks ok.
Elbow grease and a motor is all she needs from what I can tell.
Power with a used motor to keep your investment low and you shoud be ok...
Try and scoop it for a bit less so that after all is complete you won't have more invested than what its worth...
Good Luck.

(I'd buy it if its a sound hull)

Kelly posted 06-08-2001 09:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
The thing I like about that boat is that it appears to have all the pieces, i.e. rails, steering wheel, ... I bought a much older 13'with a 2x10 for a seat, a poor paint job, a three piece rub rail in the box, wood purchased for the interior, a Nissan 15 in good condition, a good trailer, and that was about it. It cost about $1,600. That was before I found this site. I was hot to get a Whaler, and this was the first one I found that I could afford in my area. Mine is fine for what it is, but somewhat of a lost cause for a true restoration due to the paint job. But heh, it is still a great boat and got me into Whalers. My wife thinks I'm selling it now that I have a 17' that I am working on, but no Whaler collection would be complete without a 13' in there somewhere. Buy it. Kelly
Kelly posted 06-08-2001 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
I looked at the pictures again, I see Toad2001's point regarding the motor, but I wouldn't be afraid of buying a new motor. Fixed up, that boat will fit in and be respected in any port in the world. For my money, I would rather have a new motor unless I found just the right deal on a used motor. These are great boats, but they are kinda slow if the motor doesn't work. Kelly
bdolnik posted 06-08-2001 01:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for bdolnik  Send Email to bdolnik     
One more quick question :)

Does anyone know about how much it would cost to ship a 13' boat from California to Florida? GEEZ, don't think I could have found one any further away!

Thanks Toad and Kelly for your comments, it's always nice to get a sanity check on these kind of things.

willyjoe1 posted 06-09-2001 04:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for willyjoe1  Send Email to willyjoe1     
this boat you have to spend alot $$$ to be able call it " ready to fishing", you have to pay for the boat + motor + console + tank + battery to make run, than you still have to spend more to make it pretty or look original,for what i see this boat, the control panel installed at wrong place, the rail mount on the wood, this wood should use to holding mahogany thwart seats , that mean she got more hole on the hull, you should buy the boat at florida without shipping cost, hey, other member said "florida is the best place for buyer not seller" , good luck to you.
kamml posted 06-09-2001 10:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for kamml  Send Email to kamml     
Determine what you want to spend in total for the boat with a mounted engine in restored condition. Based on that amount look at the market place and see what else you can find.

It has been my experience that the boat and motor combined will be generally priced less than those items separately. I believe it pays to buy them as a package. Plus it is easier to determine the performance of the package in the water than on the bench. And if you go to the expense of mounting the motor and decide that you don't like after you test, well you see what I mean.

And if you think this advice is worth something, let me give you some stock market tips.


Wagon1 posted 06-09-2001 10:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Wagon1  Send Email to Wagon1     
My wife claims I only take my boat out so I have an excuse to wash it(she is partially correct). My 72 13 was in worse shape than that one when I started. I just put a new 2002 Merc 40 hp 3 cyl short shaft on her. Restoration included: all new mahagony that I milled out, epoxied and varnished, custom consol (looks like the anniversay edition with storage)new 13" stainless destroyer wheel, rails, lots of work on the trailor, all new elec, etc. I probably could have bought a new 13 for what I have in her. Smart? No. But she is absolutley beautiful (can you sence the humility) and I wouldn't trade her for a brand new one. If you're ready for the commitment of time and money, go for it. If you're interested, I can e.mail you pics.

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