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Jim Turnbull posted 03-21-2002 07:28 AM ET (US)   Profile for Jim Turnbull   Send Email to Jim Turnbull  
Hi, everyone....Is it just me or has the Brunswick Corporation started steering Boston Whaler towards the rocks?
I have had a number of 13s over the years and currently own a 2000 13 GLS, which I'd argue is probably the last of the good ones.
I have also owned a Montauk.
No question, the twin sponson hull gives a stiff ride, but that's what makes a Whaler a Whaler.
I recently had a new 2002 13 Sport out for a ride and,while it has a softer ride, it isn't half the boat in my opinion....it has cheaper fittings, a plastic steering wheel, a smaller console, it is 6 inches wider, 4 inches shorter and 50 pounds heavier than the classic 13s. It won't go as fast either.
My 13 GLS with a 40 HP Mercury 2 cyclinder, 2 stroke fitted with a 15 inch pitch stainless steel prop gives me 40 MPH - measured with my GPS receiver.
The new 130 Sport, fitted with the same engine and prop, tops out at 34.
As for the new 2002 170 Montauk, I'm not sure how they can hope that we'd believe that it could possibly go as fast as the twin sponson hulled Montauks, when the use a 90 HP engine, but increase the weight of the boat by 450 pounds!!!!!
If Brunswick Corporation continues on this Vee hull AccuTrac-design frenzy, I'm afraid all they'll end up doing is severely driving up the value of the Classic Whalers....the older 13s and Montauks.
For those of us who have one, maybe that's not a bad idea.
Hey, I'm a twin sponson fan and always will be!!!!!
mbking1 posted 03-21-2002 06:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for mbking1  Send Email to mbking1     
You make some some valid points. I have seen the new ones and although I don't hate them, I feel a real sense of letdown and an end to a classic product and quite possibly the Whaler reputation. I'm going to baby my 99 Montauk even more now. Mark
Salmon Tub posted 03-21-2002 07:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Salmon Tub  Send Email to Salmon Tub     
here is the scenario:

A suit walks into an office and says, boss, we are loosing our edge - this line we own, B. Whaler used to corner the market on this foam filled hull idea. Now every one has jumped on the band wagon. All boats are filled with foam, and does it realy matter if they do it with styrofoam blocks or even a can of foam from Home Depot for that matter? What do we do.

The boss thinks a bit, and says when I went to the school of hard knocks, I learned that if you get screwed, you screw back. Are their boats different from ours in any way?

The suit goes: yes, for the most part, the competition uses the traditional V-hull design.

The boss goes, great, they copied us, we'll copy them. We'll show them they can't corner the standard run of the mill V-hull design market. And so the accu-trak was born

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