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fina posted 11-26-2003 04:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for fina   Send Email to fina  
I am considering adding a whaler drive to my 22' 1988 outrage. Is it worth doing and are they available used or aftermarket?
Barry posted 11-26-2003 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
I've never seen a used one. Brunswick Commercial & Government Products currently only produce one for the 25.

Your best bet would be something like an Armstrong bracket.

Is it worth it? That depends on what you are trying to accomplish.

alkar posted 11-27-2003 01:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for alkar  Send Email to alkar     
If memory serves, the current Commercial and Government Products price on that whaler drive is close to $10K. At $10K it would not be worth it in my opinion.(Lhg sent me the current pricing sheet. I can probably dig it up if you need an exact quote.)
fina posted 11-27-2003 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for fina  Send Email to fina     
10k is out of control. You already answered my question.

Thanks for your help.

swede5 posted 11-27-2003 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for swede5  Send Email to swede5     
Fina, I may be a little confused. You stated you are looking for a whaler drive. Someone mentioned something for 10k. I am also considering one for my 22 revenge. I was told by a friend that Stainless Marine (Stainless Marine .com) sells brackets with platforms integrated. I am not sure if this is what you are looking for but They appear to look great and are reasonable at approx 1300 to 1600 bucks. The set back distance can be 18", 23" and so on. You can also get them with boarding ladders etc. Let us know what you think.
alkar posted 11-28-2003 12:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for alkar  Send Email to alkar     
For a good summary of engine brackets see:

The whaler drive unit has the added advantage of substantial additional buoyancy. If that is not important, the aftermarket alternatives offer much more bang for the buck.

jimh posted 11-28-2003 04:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The $10,000 cost (in the current Brunswick CGP price sheet) is not just for the Whaler Drive appendage itself, but for all the rework of the hull and deck moldings, building up the transom to full height, addition of rear deck, deck hatches, hinges, etc.

This option was approximately $6,000 when still in the recreational catalogue, c. 1992.

In my reference article this is discussed in more detail.

If interested in information about the Whaler Drive, see:

For information about adding a bracket to a standard notched transom Boston Whaler boat, see:

These comprehensive articles with photographs and illustrations will allow you see the details of the Whaler Drive appendage and other bracket designs.

fina posted 11-30-2003 05:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for fina  Send Email to fina     
Thank you for your help.

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