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bat posted 07-24-2002 11:12 AM ET (US)   Profile for bat   Send Email to bat  
Does anyone know if the new 34' is any better at holding together than the old 31'. Knew first hand that the 31' was prone to delamination and a host of other problems including but not limited to balance,lack of speed,stress fractures etc.
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Bigshot posted 07-24-2002 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
At $400k it better:)
North Beach posted 07-24-2002 02:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for North Beach    
Bat:

Is the 31 really that bad--I have always been tempted by them, but know nothing about them and cant afford it--love to know more about them and people's experinces with them

whaler 31 posted 01-17-2006 04:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaler 31  Send Email to whaler 31     
i bought one in 04, diesel and it's an awsome vessel. 20 knot cruise 20gal/hr stable and strong. Every thing is easy to get at and readially fixable! for under $100k these days its the best bet!
henryk posted 01-18-2006 07:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for henryk  Send Email to henryk     
I had a friend who had a 31 Whaler, with diesels. I don't recall any problems. This was 12 years ago.

I have heard of some "balance" problem with the boat, from a Whaler dealer. You may want to check the differences between the 31 and the 31L.......this was a mid-production change to the boat.......interior layout was changed. I don't know if this was done to better the "balance" of the boat.

COINJAM posted 01-20-2006 01:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for COINJAM  Send Email to COINJAM     
You can't go wrong on either the 31 or the 34 Defiance -- The original 31 w/250 Cummins was too slow -many converted to the 300's that makes it a magical combination. The 31L came standard with the 300's, more open galley and best of all, fish boxes on the back deck. I keep hearing that they were wet boats, but after 1400 hours, I can only remember one time getting soaked, and that was my fault. The 34 Defiance is really a bargain now.......Originally $350,000 plus $40,000 for electronics and toys = now some are on the mkt. for $195-250,000. Performance is superb, looks phenominal and attracts a lot of attention. Makes you feel good... especially when you run into another whaler owner.... Good luck.

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