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bigboy6969692 posted 01-17-2002 07:20 PM ET (US)   Profile for bigboy6969692   Send Email to bigboy6969692  
I am thinking about buying a 11' used whaler with a 15 HP johnson on it. Can anyone tell me about these boats and how they perform? What do you think the top speed of this would be with one 140 lb person in it, or 2 people? Is it dry ride? Any info would be great. Thanks -Ben
LKS posted 01-18-2002 12:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for LKS  Send Email to LKS     
bigboy --
We have an 11' tender with a 15 hp, but it's a Merc. Since no one's replied re Johnson, thought I'd share insights with a similar hp motor.

We boat on Lake Michigan, and on a calm day w/a little chop, it's a fairly dry ride, 1-2 footers and you'll get a few splashes.

With one person on board, we've had no problem getting it on plane. Two full-sized adults--it's tough. Have not checked speed, but I'd guess it's around 25 mph w/one person on board, maybe a bit higher. If the one you're looking at has the side console, I'd consider moving up in hp; if tiller steering, 15 hp may be the max. Suggest that you check the specs for max hp and weight ratings. (They've been posted here before, but I can't get to them from here; expand threads in either this forum or the General forum to show posts for last 2 years and, using your browser's search function, search on 11'.)

Good luck! -- Lor

Taylor posted 01-18-2002 03:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
I was looking at some pictures the other day, and saw one of our old 11 foot tender. I miss that boat, but I don't really miss Dad's 50 Chris that it was attached to.

The 11' whaler was a great boat with a few kids or two smaller adults. As the weight of passengers edged toward 400lbs, planning became difficult. This was with a 25HP Evinrude(?) Max HP for the side console version in 20, the package came with a 25 that had been 'detuned' to 20, or so they said.

It was a little boat that could go a long way.

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