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How long will a Whaler live?
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posted 01-02-2004 01:11 PM ET (US)
I just got a 72' 17 foot Whaler, and the hull appears to be
in great shape. Before I spend a lot of time and money on it I was wondering how long a hull like this will last?
posted 01-02-2004 01:14 PM ET (US)
Do you have any children who enjoy boating?
posted 01-02-2004 01:19 PM ET (US)
It will out live you!
posted 01-02-2004 01:25 PM ET (US)
To try to put it in perspective, we had a '62 13' that my brother and I were not gentle on. It was always stored in the water during the summers (Salt until 1988 and fresh thereafter) and stored in the woods during the winter. We bought it in 1981 and my dad finally sold it last year. Oh yeah, and he sold it for more than he originally paid for it.
Your hull should last at least another 10+ years if you take even decent care of it. Just keep repowering it every dozen years or so like we did and enjoy it!
posted 01-02-2004 02:22 PM ET (US)
I think your grandson will love it.
posted 01-02-2004 07:47 PM ET (US)
I have a 64 Eastport which is running as well as it did when it was new. It is used 9 months of the year. I also have a 1972 13 which is just as good as a new one. If you take care of these boats and do those minimal maintanence chores each year, they should last 40 years or more.
posted 01-02-2004 08:26 PM ET (US)
I have a friend who destroyed his Whaler 15 sport model. It had an unrepaired hole in the bottom & the foam fillig got saturated. The water filled foam deformed the bottom of the hull. It also had a shattered look to it. He checked with a fibergalss repair shop & was told that it would probably cost more to fix than it was worth. He ended up selling it cheap to someone who was going to fix it himself.
posted 01-04-2004 07:26 PM ET (US)
Well they are not really alive to begin with but.....nobody is quite sure what the half life of fiberglass really is. I think if you put it in a tomb, it would last hundreds of thousands of years. If you do like the rest of us an use it weekly...maybe a hundred or so years of good use.
posted 01-05-2004 09:35 PM ET (US)
It all depends on where it's parked during the next earthquake, and what falls on it. (I noticed you're in California)
In Florida (where mine lives), it all depends on how well I can lash it down before the next hurricane, and what falls on it.
If in decent shape, it's not difficult to get 40+ years of service out of a fiberglass hull, given a little maintenance now and then. My father has a 1961 Drift-R-Cruz houseboat which docks in brackish water. It needs some attention now and then, but it still continues to provide pleasure to him and his grandchildren... (he bought the houseboat in 1970!) The 2001 50hp Yahama 4-stroke is a big improvement over the 1973 50hp Evinrude that was on it when I was a growing up... Much, Much quieter!
posted 01-08-2004 04:54 PM ET (US)
I bought my '71 16/17 Katama back in Oct '02, repowered in March '03, and have put 320 hrs on the new motor since, mostly offshore out of Bodega Bay. My boat will outlast me, I'll bet.
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