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Alan Hiccock posted 02-03-2002 08:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for Alan Hiccock   Send Email to Alan Hiccock  
Yesterday I drove 100 miles to check out an '88 15 sport with a new yamaha 70, I made an offer on it after seeing the website photos.
One thing that I noticed that I was suprised to see is there was what looked to be a piece of hardware {similar to those little chromed brass covers on transoms over holes where d.f. lines go through} attached to the starboard side of the {keel?} hull towards the front of the boat , it was bottomed painted & Im pretty sure under the waterline. After being excited about this boats cond. and the yamaha power now Im considering blowing off the deal after this hit me & reading here about delamination here .
Question - is this by chance a factory installed thing??? If so what. I cant understand who would drill a hole and install anything in that location??
The broker Im dealing with is out of town for few days so I havent confronted him about this yet.
Thanks for any help & reading this rambling post!!!
Capt. Alan.. LI, NY
Tom W Clark posted 02-03-2002 08:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Relax, that clam shell ventilator was put there at the factory to serve as a venturi for the through hull drain in the bow locker. Most Whalers have them.

It keeps water from jetting up into the locker if you choose to leave the plug out. It will also drain water from the locker even if the drain is below the waterline so long as the boat has a few knots of way on it.

Alan Hiccock posted 02-03-2002 08:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Alan Hiccock  Send Email to Alan Hiccock     
OHHHH way cool, I thought it might have been something designed by BW as a vent or something then I thought some bonehead installed something there..well anyways looks like I'm the bonehead. I called the broker guy and left a message, hes going to think I'm nuts well its true anyways..

Tom Clarke, you have no idea how much I appreciate your reply., now back to the super bowl! thanks again, if all goes well by next week I'll own one of the nicest 15 sports w/a new yammie 70. just in time for my 40th b'day. hmmmm maybe something to this mid life crisis thing!?

Arch Autenreith posted 02-03-2002 08:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
Good luck, Alan.

As it looks like you are doing make sure you do your homework before you hook it up to the ball.

Don't know if you want to but can you show us the links to have a look-see and get other's here to get thier input? Just a thought.

On the other hand maybe I should keep my big mouth shut and not say anything. That's a thought also.


Alan Hiccock posted 02-03-2002 09:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Alan Hiccock  Send Email to Alan Hiccock     
After I pick her up Ill post the picts. & then after it warms up a bit I'll post some of me taking on the breakers @ Jones Inlet NY with the sucker. The only thing I figure I have to do is install one of those small swival seats on the thwart bench for a little support for my beaten up middle aged body, did I mention I'm going to be 40 in a month FOURTY?!! I think Im gonna get me another Harley too next week.. Havent ridden in over a decade, hey thats sounds cool start riding again..
OK, so long.
TightPenny posted 02-04-2002 10:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
My fat butt started getting tired of my Sport 15 about at that age. Took another 9 years before I took the plunge for my Montauk (almost or maybe actually busting my buddies coxcyx on a tugboat wake in the Arthur Kill was the final determining factor).

As to extra support, I always used two or three Type IV PFD to allow me to sit more comfortably to deal with the rough ride. The boat takes a heck of a lot more than your aging body will. Good luck on your purchase.

I only had mased out with a 60 on mine, and that was about as much motor as I wanted, but then I was about 47 when I up-powered from the original 50 I had on her.

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