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JohnNorthEast posted 08-12-2003 06:37 PM ET (US)   Profile for JohnNorthEast   Send Email to JohnNorthEast  
I recently saw an old Menemsha with an 88 hp Johnson ( I believe) . Any one know what the top end speed of a boat like this would be? Also what is the ride like? Menemsha owners any observations...

Sheila posted 11-07-2005 12:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
I have a 1968 Menemsha with a 1986 Johnson V-4 90 hp motor. My home waters are the Pacific ocean, so conditions usually limit our top speed.

I've had her at 35 mph (speed over ground per GPS) without a hiccup and if the conditions had been better, I believe she could have given me a bit more.

She's a very stable fishing platform. I do work the throttle when coming off the face of a swell to eliminate pounding.

Feel free to email me if I can answer more questions. My email is my profile.

Tom W Clark posted 11-07-2005 12:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

This thread was started in 2003.

WHALERS4SALE is dredging up every thread he can find with the word Menemsha in it and then tacking his SCREAMING ad to the end of it. Very tacky.

jimh posted 11-07-2005 01:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Deleted FOR SALE notice posted by some newcomer with very poor manners.
Sheila posted 11-08-2005 01:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Thanks, Tom. I'm embarrassed. I usually check the date...

Jim, you're right. That guy had quite poor manners. And didn't they quit making Menemshas in 1972 or 1973? He was claiming to have a 1975 for sale, if my memory serves.

PeteB88 posted 11-10-2005 12:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Nice work Jim maintaining site integrity. Thanks!!!


Tom W Clark posted 11-10-2005 12:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Well, as long as this thread is being churned...


The 1975 Menemsha you are thinking of was a boat owned by forum member "whaletail" whose thread was brought to the top as well. It was indeed built in 1975.

For some strange reason Whaler actually built a few of them in 1975 with the Desert Tan interior even though the regular production of them had stopped in 1972. This is a pretty good piece of Whaler trivia and one you ought to know given your status as "Queen of the Menemsha" ;-)

You can read a bit more here:

Sheila posted 11-11-2005 03:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Tom, thank you for the promotion. I've always thought of myself as certainly no more than Princess of the Menemshas ;)

And now that you remind me of that tidbit, I think I read it before. I did, of course, search on "Menemsha" here and read every thread returned last spring, when we were acquiring them.

Now I have a tidbit to pass by you: We bought Tamahine Hinano from her second owner. He inherited the boat from the original owner, who purportedly was buddies with a Boston Whaler executive and bought the Menemsha on that executive's advice back in 1968. (He then hired the second owner, then a teen, to drive him and his wife around Long Island Sound once he discovered that he enjoyed sitting on her enjoying a cocktail more than he enjoyed driving her, but that's another story....)

Anyway. The seller told me that the original owner had told him that the BW executive had told him (whew! with me?) that Boston Whaler contracted for the cuddy monocoque and had to order 500 of them, and therefore, somewhere there were a bunch lying around. Or at least, there were a bunch lying around back in the 1970s when production ended. Have you ever heard of such a thing?

Sheila posted 11-11-2005 05:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Oh, and Jeff had Winkie out solo on most Pacific seas. He had her up to 39 mph per GPS. So, I guess I weigh 4 mph?
17 bodega posted 11-11-2005 12:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
I'd settle for the Menemsha orphan.. they are just very cool boats. The obscurity and odd looks add to it's mystique, as well as the short production run. Most of the Menemshas I've seen "in the field" are well used and battered which serves as a testament to their fantastic utility to their owners. Paint it yellow and it would fit in "yellow submarine" perfectly. Maybe a 60's creative psychedelic moment.
Sheila posted 11-11-2005 02:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
That should have read, "calm Pacific seas..."
17 bodega posted 11-11-2005 04:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Also that should have read "its mystique"
elaelap posted 11-11-2005 04:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
I posted a year or two back about the resemblance I notice between the Menemshas and the coolest car I ever owned, a late-'50s two stroke, front wheel drive, dusty red SAAB. Man it was fun to see the expressions on people's faces at a gas station as they watched me pour several quarts of oil into the gas tank before filling up. My ex- and I traveled all over in that little car, including a wild ride from Berkeley down to San Blas and back with maybe a hundred bucks between us, sleeping on the beaches and living on tortillas, beans & rice, fresh fruit and great beer, trailing plumes of aromatic smoke from the two stroke oil/gas mixture and from that green leafy substance that only cost ten bucks an ounce way back then. Ah, youth...


Speedo66 posted 11-14-2005 07:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Speedo66  Send Email to Speedo66     
There is a certain "cool" factor about this boat that is interesting to see in action. Little by little over the course of this past season I think just about all of the boat owners where I slip my Menemsha have stopped to say hello and take a closer look. A few have asked to take pictures. Some of these are owners of some pretty serious boats, and I'm always surprised at the interest in mine.

I certainly wouldn't put this boat in the "beautiful" catagory, but I guess "pretty is as pretty does". It's a competant, nice riding, sturdy boat with good weather protection and dry storage that doesn't cost a fortune. Since the smallest current Whaler with a cabin costs over 40 large, I think Menemshas are quite a bargain.

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