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eyesore posted 11-03-2002 05:47 PM ET (US)   Profile for eyesore   Send Email to eyesore  
My whaler was given to me by a guy who owed me a few hundred bucks. It came with a pretty fresh 1972 Johnson 3 cyl.65 horse Johnson/ (runs nice) It was used as a knock around yard boat by a marine towing company and had a two and a half foot crack in the bottom,tug boat bumpers all around the gunwales and a really nicely built super utilitarian aluminum center console.Iwas told it was a 1972 Montauk. An e-mail reply on a different topic I received from Tom W. Clark (thanks,Tom)stated that it can't be a montauk because they weren't made until 73.Without the console or any trim,can anyone tell me how I can identify the model?Also does the engine seem sufficient?
keltonkrew posted 11-03-2002 06:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for keltonkrew  Send Email to keltonkrew     
You should have a number that was applied by BW when the boat was made. If it was after 1972 (I believe) it has to have an identifying hull number. That number I believe can be located in the front locker or the transom area. Find it, go to the reference section of this board and find where your number would fit, that should be the year.

BTW, I'm still looking for my number as the previous owner painted everything and I haven't removed the paint yet.

Tom W Clark posted 11-04-2002 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
eyesore,

You should be able to identify the model year of your hull if not the month of manufacture by looking at the hull identification number (HIN) which your hull may have if it was built after November 1, 1972. If it was built earlier than that there may not be a HIN on your hull.

If there is a HIN it is most likely molded into the gel coat on the outside of the transom near the top edge of the starboard side. If the boat is newer than 1973 or 1974 then the HIN will take the form of an aluminum tag pop riveted to the outside of the transom. If the boat has received hard service it is very possible the tag may have been broken off or the hull may have been damaged where the molded in HIN is.

If there is a HIN, the last four digits/characters will tell the tale.

To identify the particular model of 16’ Whaler your boat started life as you will need the serial number of the boat. This number is often called the “stenciled number” and will appear in the inside of the transom centered in the splashwell.

If you can find the stenciled number you may be able to contact Whaler and ask them to look up in their records what this boat left the factory as as well as when it left and to where it was sent. There is no guarantee that Whaler will have the records on this particular hull but they are very good and will often be able to provide at least some information on it. The stenciled number itself will not tell you anything about what model the boat was.

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