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daver posted 07-29-2000 09:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for daver   Send Email to daver  
I'm looking at buying a '76 13' with a '94 johnson 40hp w/trim and tilt. Was wondering if I would have any trouble pulling an adult skier with two to three adults in the boat? What do you think the top speed would be with 2 adults in the boat? E-mail me with with any addvice. Thanx!!
Bruce Boehle posted 07-30-2000 12:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bruce Boehle  Send Email to Bruce Boehle     
I had a 13'SS with a Johnson 40 on it. For tubing it was fine. Skiing was ok but it had some trouble yanking the skier out of the water. If you want it for skiing I would go bigger.


daver posted 07-30-2000 10:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for daver  Send Email to daver     
Thanks for your input Bruce!! I was origianaly looking for a 15 or 17 footer, but they are very hard to come by in my area (southern indiana).
eolson posted 07-31-2000 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for eolson  Send Email to eolson     

I've got a 15' Sport with 1985 Johnson 70HP engine. My family has become completely addicted to waterskiing since we bought the boat last fall.

We were out last weekend with 4 adults in the boat and an adult skiier in the water. Managed to pull the skiier out on 2 skis without much trouble.

Our normal load is 2 adults and 3 kids, one of whom is in the water behind the boat. Everybody gets yanked up just fine on 2 skis.

We haven't had any luck getting up on a single slalom ski yet. Could be insufficient power or insufficient skill - I'm not sure which. Could be both.

The 15 puts up a nice small wake that's a joy to ski across. Unfortunately for my son, the small wake isn't much fun to kneeboard across (no air).

We have a hard time fitting all of our gear in the 15' - 2 pairs of waterskis, tube, kneeboard and wakeboard - plus 5 people. It does fit though! When there's a will...

I'd go for a 15' or 17' with maximum rated power, even if it takes a while to find. Best of luck!

Gainesville, FL

eolson posted 07-31-2000 09:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for eolson  Send Email to eolson     

One more thing, when my wife or I are cutting back and forth really hard, we pull the back end of the Whaler 15 around quite a bit. It's disconcerting to be driving along and suddenly have the rear of the boat sliding over to one side and then another.

Another reason to consider the larger/heavier 17'.

Gainesville, FL

whalernut posted 07-31-2000 04:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Daver, I have a 73` `16 Currituck and it would no dout pull a skier easily out of the water with the 85h.p. Johnson. If you like the bench seats, Whaler made the `16 Currituck, `17 Sport, `17 Newport, and the `17 Striper. These boats would be a great choice for you for all around use. I use my Currituck mostly for fishing, but also enjoy just Whalering around. I am going to pull tubers and skiers next! Good luck-Jack Graner. P.S. They still make a `17 Standard with the bench seats and side console!
goldstem posted 07-31-2000 06:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for goldstem  Send Email to goldstem     
I had a '76 13 with a '76 40. I think a '94 would have noticably more power. anyway I had two props for that boat. the cruising prop would get about 34mph with two aboard.

the ski prop made skiing noticable easier. however deep water slalom starts did take some work. we usually only had the driver and spotter aboard. We actually managed to get two slalom skiers up once (that took some work!) and even got a friend up once on a ... canoe paddle!

but, if you have the $$$ the 15 and 17 would be better choices. I would think the 17 would be especially nice as a ski platform.

Barry posted 07-31-2000 06:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     

I just bought a '74 Montauk with a '94 Merc a little over a week ago. All we've used it for so far it skiing and tubing. Usual load is myself and 2 or 3 9-12 year old boys. The boat janks them right out of the water on 2. It appears it will do the same on 1 but they haven't mastered that yet. And this is with a 21" pitch prop that the engine only turns 4800 at wot. I've got a bent 19" prop in the shop being repaired that should work even better.

We stow the big tube out of the way in the front and the skis on the floor across the back. The reversable pilot seat works great for a pair of observers. I stand up or lean against the rps while driving. I just added a swim platform with a 3-step telescoping ladder to make it easier for people to reboard.

I'm located in Ohio and there aren't too many BW's around. (This boat came from St. Louis.) However, there was an '88 Montauk and a '73 Nauset for sale locally a week ago.

Good luck,

andygere posted 08-04-2000 04:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
My '72 13 with an '84 Merc 40 was (is) a decent little ski boat if your expectations are not too high. It pulled me up on a single ski (170#) without too much labor, but top end left a little to be desired. I considered it to be a fairly fast boat without a skier. The Merc, by the way, was (is) a fast motor, but a piece of junk. Also, I am an average slalom skier, and I would move the boat a bit in a hard turn. Also, the boat didn't always recover enough after a hard turn to pull up the slack rope. For just fun recreational skiing, it was plenty adequate. It worked fine for wakeboarding (we called it skurfing) but didn't have much wake to jump. Hope this helps.

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