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2001 13 Sport Owner posted 01-30-2001 05:35 PM ET (US)   Profile for 2001 13 Sport Owner   Send Email to 2001 13 Sport Owner  
Would love to hear what you think about the affordable new 13' Sport.
Mako posted 01-30-2001 06:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mako  Send Email to Mako     
Check under the general topic, then go back about a month to the thread '2001 13 Sport' or something like that. There's a pretty extensive discussion of the new Sport's ride qualities there. A lot of the die-hard whaler guys are down on the boat, but I love mine...
2001 13 Sport Owner posted 01-31-2001 12:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for 2001 13 Sport Owner  Send Email to 2001 13 Sport Owner     
Thanks for pointing me to the right direction. You are absolutely right about the die hards. However there was one person who has actually owned an older Sport and just bought a new one. He said he thought the new Sport was a better product. He also noted that many of the people bashing the new Sport simply could not compare based on the fact they had not owned either. I am sure many die hards love the old classics with wood and other features they consider to be Whaler trademarks, but for new boat owners like myself, this 2001 13 Sport allows us to own a great boat at a very reasonable price. While it is not a Classic Whaler, it is still a great boat that is safe and unsinkable! I will get a chance to take mine out this weekend and look forward to seeing how it performs.
B Bear posted 02-04-2001 02:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for B Bear  Send Email to B Bear     
I don't have a 13 Sport, but I would like you to know that I am happy to see pride of ownership that is shown here. My Father had once told me it was his dream to have a Boston Whaler, that never happend for him. I though, have recently bought a 2001 16 Dauntless and my Dad is beaming (72 now). Owning BW classic or new still sets you apart. I have been told by many that Boston Whaler is the best, then and now. I believe that there are many in this fourm that feel the same way.
It is a Premium boat, and I for one am glad that you own one.

Welcome!

Bear

andygere posted 02-04-2001 02:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Bear,
How about a review of your Dauntless 16. I saw them at the boat show this year and they looked quite nice.

Andy

jimh posted 02-04-2001 11:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I was looking at the 2001 13-Sport Whaler at the boat show last night.

I really like the way the rigging is done on that boat. All the cables--battery, fuel, steering, and controls--are run through a black nylon webbed covering. The primer bulb is strategically exposed so you can pump it right behind the pilot seat.

The fuel tank and battery are mounted under the pilot thwart seat. This really cleans up the rear cockpit. Stainless hold-down eyestraps retain the battery box and fuel tank. I didn't see exactly how you fill the tank. Maybe you have to unstrap it and pull it out from under the seat.

The battery is mounted on the starboard side, I guess to keep the cables as short as possible, although you might want the weight on port side to counterbalance the weight of the pilot.

The forward locker is nicely hinged. It won't be lost overboard.

Looking at it made us recall a boatshow we attended several years ago, I guess it was 1997. We were still avid sailors and had not bought our first Whaler. We were looking at getting a dingy or inflatible for use in sailing (We chartered a nice sailboat but it always came with awful dingys. We couldn't afford our own sailboat, but we could afford a dingy.)

At that time the special 40th Anniversary 13-Sport was available, but it was quite expensive. Jumping back to the present,
as we stood looking at the cute 13-Sport, Chris said, "You know, if they made this boat back then we probably would have bought one."

--jimh

Clark Roberts posted 02-04-2001 02:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
I like the new Sport 13 and I'm probably the original die hard! I like the high seating with stowage inderneath for batt and tank and the console mounted high with generous space underneath.... probably because it's the exact set up I came up with for my 13 Alert "Dive 1"... the only shortcomming of the original classic 13 was seating and helm too low! I have owned countless classic 13's (currently own two) and a 13 Dauntless (doggy performance and handling) and will most like own a few of the new 13 Sports eventually. Am interested in the strange looking "reverse chine" detail and how it corners.... Clark.. Spuce Creek Navy
bigz posted 02-04-2001 03:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Just to add my two cents --- the new Sport 13 looks to be a real winner --- we went over it pretty much like JimH tooth and nail at the Philly show very impressed --- would love to take a spin in one --

The other thing you see on all the new Whalers is the rigging out is first class --- tidy, neat and very "ship shape" --- but then again they are Whalers and one expects the best ---

Tom

Mako posted 02-04-2001 04:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mako  Send Email to Mako     
The boat corners pretty flat, without sliding sideways or requiring a lot of effort to initiate a turn. It feels similar to the old 17-footer I used at work. I'd describe the handling as "vice-free".

The widely-spaced sponsons (which give the hull that 'reverse-chine' look) lend a good deal of stability at rest, helping to balance out the vee-shaped front of the hull. Excellent for fishing and diving.

Plus, it's a really dry ride into or out of the wind. But if there's a crosswind--Forgettaboudit!

2001 13 Sport Owner posted 02-05-2001 05:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for 2001 13 Sport Owner  Send Email to 2001 13 Sport Owner     
Finally had a chance to take my new 13 Sport out over the weekend in bay near Rockport, Texas. I was really pleased with the boat. The winds were about 10 to 15 mph and the bay was choppy and the tide was low. The boat handled the chops really well and gave a great ride traveling about 22mph. The boat is also able to travel in very shallow water with ease. Everything about the boat was better than expected. The layout of the boat is excellent - the gas tank is located under the seat and strapped in by a velcro strap, the battery is also out of the way under the seat, the trialer that comes with boat is easy to manuever and made of high quality materials. I also had a chance to fish with one other person. Overall I would give this boat an A++++ rating. Can't wait to take it out for another outing.
dscew posted 02-05-2001 08:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
I've heard that the hull under the new Sport 13 is from the mold of the 13 Dauntless, discontinued in 1998. Any truth to that? If true, that would be a pretty smooth ride, and would make sense from an engineering perspective.
Clark Roberts posted 02-06-2001 07:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
From my observations the 13 Dauntless and new Sport 13 have distintly different hulls! The Sport has the Whaler "smirk", small side sponsons, and some reverse chine detail. The 13 Dauntless is smoothe "V" bottom with none of above... I owned a 13 Dauntless and agree that its ride was quite smoothe for a boat that size... I think the side console on the new Sport is functionally a better set-up than the Daunt's center console with battery crammed inside! The side console is higher and open underneath.. washdown should be a breeze... Happy Whalin'..... Clark.. Spruce Creek Navy
bigz posted 02-06-2001 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
As Clark observed the new 13 is a totally new design. A clean sheet of paper and input from employees was the criteria used for the new design. This information was provided to me by a BW employee.

Appears it is going to be a hot tick item, particularly packaged rigged out at a list of less then 9k.

Sounds like you purchased a real winner "2001"! Thanks for the report keep them coming ---

Tom

Whaletosh posted 02-07-2001 09:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
I love most everything about my 13 Sport.

The only thing I don't like is the lack of a backrest.

Mine is almost fully rigged for near shore fishing on the Great Lakes. Just a couple more tweaks. Inland fishing is great, as is swimming, and just having fun.

I was going to hold off on the "tweaks" because I was hoping to upgrade to a Montauk or dauntless 14/16. But that all blew up when we did our taxes. See how high taxes hurt the economy? Instead of me using that money to buy something, and employ people in the process, I am sending it to Washington.

Sean

t2me posted 02-07-2001 11:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for t2me  Send Email to t2me     
Ive had a 13' sport since 1965. The new one is not as stable. If you stand on the bow of bouth, you will notice that the new lifts significantly out of water at stern. its my opinion that it was a BIG mistake to discontinue the old hull. Also its rated for less people. However, I would expect it to be a less wet boat.
whalernut posted 02-08-2001 06:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
t2me, I agree I think it was also a big mistake to discontinue the old `13 Sport, very stable and much nicer looking and more Whaler Classic looking. Regards-Jack Graner.
whalernut posted 02-08-2001 06:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
t2me, I agree I think it was also a big mistake to discontinue the old `13 Sport, very stable and much nicer looking and more Whaler Classic looking. Regards-Jack Graner.
Bill Davis posted 02-09-2001 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
About no backrest--no problem. Put a clamp-on swivle seat behind the wheel. Cabella's, for example, has them.

I have on, and the seat back folds down. Easy to install and remove. No holes to drill, and real comfortable. Mine came with the boat, put on by first owner. But it clamps right on the bench seat. I am getting another one for my Bride, as she insists. I don't know where my seller got the one I have now.

bill

awares posted 02-09-2001 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for awares  Send Email to awares     
I own a 1968 13' Whaler and will not trade it for anything. Although during my latest project of total restoration I shopped for a new motor. After all the problems I have had in finding the right motor. I have decided to buy another Whaler with the motor that I wanted avilable in the 13' Sport.

The 13' Sport is diffently a different boat
than the 1968 version. I decided to buy the boat because it offers several things I liked such as the layout and the raised seating. If I wanted the same boat I would have bought the GLS model for about $5000.00
more.

The Whaler is now offered with the 40hp Mercury 4 stroke. The standard package has been the 40hp clasic and the 25hp 4 stroke
for 2001. I contacted a dealer today and they said it is now also available with the engine I have been wanting all along.(40hp 4 stroke) It must be able to handle this motor safely or Whaler would not role this out in their discounted packages.

I need input on this package. I think I have finally found a match for me.

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