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MGlassmeyer posted 06-19-2003 09:39 AM ET (US)   Profile for MGlassmeyer   Send Email to MGlassmeyer  
I have a '63 Sport hull # 7116 that has been in the family since new. She now needs a complete overhaul and while I like the idea of keeping it in original condition I would like to make her a bit more comfortable and add some closed storage (along the lines of the later SuperSport). Is this going to kill the value of the boat and make me the black sheep of the Whaler world?
Tom2697 posted 06-19-2003 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom2697  Send Email to Tom2697     
What are your plans for the boat? Keep it in the family or sell it? That should give you an answer.

Why not make it more enjoyable for the current owner of the boat? If you will get more pleasure out of the boat with modifications, do them. There is no sense in keeping something stock for the purpose of keeping it stock, unless your entire intention of owning it is to try to make a profit with a COMPLETELY original boat.

Bigshot posted 06-19-2003 12:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
If done nicely it will not take away from the riginality. if it was a museum piece I might advise against it but being in need of a resto...go for it. What I did years back on my 13 was make a mohogany box that fit under the front twart. Kept weight forward, allowed easy access from driver seat and looked great. Also kept crap from sliding to the back. Being forward it was less prone to filling with water when it rained like it would under the rear seat.
SMLWhaler posted 06-19-2003 01:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for SMLWhaler  Send Email to SMLWhaler     
Keep it as original as you can. Don't destroy the original look of the classic you have.
SMLWhaler posted 06-19-2003 01:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for SMLWhaler  Send Email to SMLWhaler     
Keep it as original as you can. Don't destroy the original look of the classic you have.
jameso posted 06-19-2003 01:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
I agree with the 'Big One' these are boats not some type of religious icon. Modify it to your use. With a boat that old it would probably not matter a twit to the price. Enjoy it!
My 02, Jim Armstrong
Jarhead posted 06-19-2003 05:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
Hey MGI.

What ever floats your boat... Oh man, I can't believe I said that!!

To echo what most have advised. It's your boat so do what makes YOU happy.


Ed Z posted 06-20-2003 12:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Z  Send Email to Ed Z     

I agree that you should make the boat "your boat"... I would not worry about destorying the value.. Possibly you changes would improve its value...
I do how ever disagree with Tom in that the only reason for keeping something "stock" is for profit only... I feel some things warrant remaining stock due to the small number remaining... Case in point, my Fisher Pierce 85 hp bearcat is as stock as they can get... I know of only 9 of them left (3 of which are running and in use)... Just my outlook on the issue...

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