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Chaps posted 06-08-2002 07:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for Chaps   Send Email to Chaps  
I'm giving strong consideration to purchase of '88 Full Cabin (kind of a clunky model name for a company that conjured up "Outrage" and "Revenge" et all, don't ya think?). Anyway, is this hull generally highly regarded in terms of seaworthiness and ride? It is currently powered by twin Suzuki 225EFI on a Whaler drive (about 1000 lbs of engines) and I would eventually want to go to 4 strokes. Would adding approx 250 lbs to the transom of this vessel be a mistake??
jimh posted 06-08-2002 10:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Many Whaler fans think the 27-foot classic hull was the best boat ever drawn by Bob Dougherty and built by Whaler. The Whaler Drive option is just icing on the cake.

There are several 27-foot owners active in the FORUM. I am sure they'll have some comments.

bigz posted 06-09-2002 07:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
The 27 as far as the hull look no further than the fact the hull is still in production after 20 years in the Commercial Division for the answer of sea worthiness and ride!

225 hp engines are fine, and the boat is rated at 600hp, as far as additional weight of 4 strokes there wouldn't be a problem. The best performing model is the standard outboard transom model, second a full transom with after market brackets, and lastly the Whaler Drive model.

The early/mid 90's 27 WA offers better accommodations than the original full cabin.


We own 2 27's at present. One of which we cruised from Dayton Beach to Southern NJ 2 years ago about 1200 plus miles through all types of conditions.

Chaps posted 06-09-2002 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chaps  Send Email to Chaps     
Thanks for your reply Z. You say BW Commercial still building this same hull? I've seen a couple of larger open Whalers running around our port district recently with large gun mounts and guys wearing camo, could be the 27's of which you speak? The boat I am negotiating to buy has been modified to incorporate a full, heated pilothouse so the traditional looks are gone but the functionality is super. When your itinerary includes 1000 mile runs to Alaska in May staying dry and warm takes dibs over tradition!

Was wondering why the Whaler Drive would perform differently than bracketed motors? Is there a trade-off, like better handling, ride or economy?

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