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Jim Turnbull posted 11-02-2001 05:47 PM ET (US)   Profile for Jim Turnbull   Send Email to Jim Turnbull  
I was thinking the other day about the 13 footer that fell off that 65 foot sport fishing boat in rough seas about 35 miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
It happened some years ago....it turned out that this 13 footer drifted for a year in the Gulf Stream and eventually was found a mile off the coast of Bermuda!!!! Aside from a nick here and there and the engine being a write-off, the boat was restored and is in use in the waters around South Florida to this day.
My question is this....
Let's hear some interesting/wild, but true stories involving 13 footers or Montauks.
Let's hear how tough these boats really are!!
Can't wait to read the posts!!!!!
13whaler1965 posted 11-03-2001 12:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for 13whaler1965  Send Email to 13whaler1965     
This is not a wild story, just a comment on these boats. I was on another site and the question was list all of the boats you had owned. I was amazed at how many people had started out with a 13 whaler. I was thinking maybe the surgeon general should make them put a warning on the side. A lot of people got hooked because of this boat.
kingfish posted 11-03-2001 07:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
VERY funny comment about the Surgeon General's warning...cracked me up...

I hope a few folks jump in with stories here (I was 13-deprived, starting in late in my so-called life with a Montauk)

kingfish

Bigshot posted 11-05-2001 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Not anything really juicy but I have been 6-8 in the air on hundreds of occasions. Many of my friends have flipped them or hit buoys, etc but nothing crazy except maybe this:

Friend had a 17 newport and his sister let her boyfriend take it to get gas. We were at a friends house and saw him and I guess he tried to show off. Well he went to spray the dock and the boat hooked and he flew out. Now he is holding on the steering wheel while the boat is going WOT and starts going into circles. We jump in my buds 15 and go after him and the boat. He bends the wheel in half from holding on and finally falls off. We get him out and start after the boat. We start circling the boat closer and closer until we are running next to it. My buddy is about to jump in when the CG comes around the corner and tells us to back off(we had it). Anyway they try the same thing and can't get it and the boat is now getting closer to the bulkhead. They wait until the boat hits the bulkhead and they jump off the bulkhead into the boat. The Newport had a smushed wheel, rubrail and some decent dings but no exposed foam or structural problems. Man that guy never came around again I think. This was 1981 and safety lanyards were not standard equip yet(like he would have been wearing it in the bay).

If anyone knows Rich Weinstock from NJ ask him about his acrobatic experience in Jody's boat.

Chap posted 11-05-2001 10:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
Read on another board that a local bulkheader cuts chunks out of the sides of old 13's to move pilings around.

My family used to stay for days and weeks at a time out in the middle of Barnegat Bay at a friends duck hunting lodge/shack. They had a blue interior 13 with a 35 on the back that lived there. We used it all day long, everyday. We often ran it full speed in the channel taking turns using a crabnet to catch frisbees thrown from the dock. One morning my friend and I, we were 9 and 12, instructed by our parents, went out to drift over the flats and catch crabs for lunch. Drift with the wind and scoop them off the top of the eelgrass with nets. We came back to the dock a couple hours later. They were shocked to see us standing on the seats driving because we had filled the boat to the top of the gunwales with 100's of blueclaws. We ate crabs for days and that's how I REALLY learned how to pick crabs.
Chap

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