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viexile posted 08-15-2002 10:48 AM ET (US)   Profile for viexile   Send Email to viexile  
What godforsaken engineer designed this boat? Any water gets into the deck around the tankage, the tank and foam rot. Tiny little sump in the starboard quarter. Chopper gun layup. I bought the boat for $7,000 with 200 Yamaha, low hours. Price O.K., but jeesh, I've got a wet vac sucking on the holes I drilled in the bottom 4 hours a day. I can do this, but I'm disappointed. Blisterfest. Still, as a glutton for punishment, I'm going to buy a 1973 Outrage and refurb it. It looks to be a much better constructed boat, but likely a rougher ride. The '79 should look like new when I'm done, but, again, I'm disappointed. Is there any problem with filling the sump plug hole and instead installing a bilge pump? How is the tank supposed to shed water coming in from the fuel fill area directly onto the tank? Did AMF build this boat? Did Bayliner? Hunter Marine? Jeesh.
jimh posted 08-15-2002 11:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
In 1979 the Boston Whaler company was owned by the CML group. Your boat was designed by Bob Dougherty. It was built at Rockland, MA by Whaler.

There are literally thousands of boat with the fuel tank cavity, foamed in place fuel tank that you describe.

Your boat is 23 years old. Depending on how it was kept and maintained by former owners and the environment it was used in (salt water/ fresh water / in water / seasonal etc.) its current condition could range from pristine to "beater".

Virtually all Whalers were laid up with "chopper gun" laminates.

A bilge pump is standard equipment on some models, optional on others.

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