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DaveNJ posted 08-20-2002 11:22 AM ET (US)   Profile for DaveNJ   Send Email to DaveNJ  
I really want to get a 13' whaler and after all of the shopping for used ones that may require restorations, etc, it seems I would be paying less just to buy a used or new 2001-2003 Whaler 13'.
Has anyone tried out these new 13' whalers ?
I am a bit concerned that the hull weight went from around 360 to 600 lbs.

I can get a used 2001 with 25hp 4 stroke + trailer for under $7000 and am considering it.


andygere posted 08-20-2002 11:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Go back and look at earlier posts on this topic, there is a lot of good discussion from "new" 13 owners. I think the general consensus was that the 25 hp was not enough power for this hull.
tbyrne posted 08-20-2002 02:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbyrne    
I had a 2000 Sport 13 with the 25 hp, and it was just enough power. I usually went out fishing by myself and found the motor to be adequate for my needs - I estimate that it ran in the mid-to-high 20's. I ran the boat in rougher waters than most 13 owners (Eastern LI Sound/Race/Fishers Island Sound), so I rarely ran at full throttle anyway. The 25 also trolled beautifully - no fouled plugs ever!

If I wanted a boat for teenaged kids to use, I'd stick with the 25. Fast enough to be fun, but less dangerous than 40 hp.

However, if you are a speed demon who runs on calm water or pulls skiers/tubers, I'd wait to get a 40. BTW, I see no real advantage to the 30 hp 2-stroke (not much more power, not as clean running as the 4-stroke).

Finally, I think the newer 13 is, on balance, a substantially better boat than the "Classic" 13 (and yes, I have owned both). Rides better, better layout, more storage, can stand to drive (easier on aging bones). Good luck!!

Samars posted 08-21-2002 08:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     

Can't speak for the new 13 foot Whalers, but there is something to be said for the older whalers with wood, history and of times gone by.

I have a 67, 13 footer, not the fastest (25 Evinrude, nor the prettiest. But I have yet to pull into a crowded launch or a gas station and not have someone (young or old) make a comment or ask a question about her.

She rides fine in my opinion, lake Erie or the small inland lakes she takes me in PA. I have customized her like all Whaler people and she fits in the garage.

There is just something about an old Whaler that makes one feel good and happy when we're on one.

I am not saying to go out and purchase a beat up old Whaler that you need to sink a lot of money on...but just a thought about what is means to get a good reliable older classic that you can "make your own".

Take care and good luck

DeePa posted 08-23-2002 08:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for DeePa  Send Email to DeePa     
but if he buys a new boat, it will eventually become classic...
Swellmonster posted 08-24-2002 05:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Old whalers are like "meatloaf and mashed potatoes"
They are just so comforting and secure..
jimh posted 08-24-2002 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Perhaps in about twenty years or so the young teenagers of today will feel the same emotions about the 130-SPORT t that the guys 50-60 years old feel about the 13-Classic Whaler.
jbtaz posted 08-27-2002 12:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for jbtaz  Send Email to jbtaz     
I have a 13 sport w/40hp merc EFI and bow rail and cushion package. It is great. Smooth ride and plenty of power. 4 stoke is nice and quiet.

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