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ALR posted 03-14-2003 09:48 AM ET (US)   Profile for ALR   Send Email to ALR  
I am looking for information on the Boston Whaler 16 SL which was apparently built for just a few years in the early 1990's. I am considering the purchase of a boat which is being advertised as a Ventura 160 but which appears to actually be a 16SL.

Tell me your experiences and thoughts about the 16SL for use on inland lakes and rivers for a little fishing but mostly family fun.

What should be paid for a 1991 16SL with an average trailer and motor, bimini, cover but no electronics?

I would appreciate anyone's thoughts, and thanks for you assistance. ALR

JCB posted 03-27-2006 08:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for JCB  Send Email to JCB     
Cut and paste this link into your intenet browser. I currently own a 16SL and LOVE it.

I use mine for exactly what you describe. here is a message I sent to my buddy.

Its hard to believe I am about to trade in my whaler for a house! I didn’t think I would ever sell this gem.

I have been on boats since I was 10 and (not to toot my own horn) this is the best multi purpose boat I have experienced. The Whaler has sneaked into the flats of Charleston to flyfish for spot tail and it has pulled waterskiers, tubers and wakeboarders in lakes all over the southeast. Probably the most memorable and exciting trip was last year, the Bogue Inlet Invitational. This was a fundraising fishing tournament just north of Swansboro NC. We went into the big water through one of the sketchiest inlets in NC. What an adrenaline rush! But the Whaler conquered, my dad brother and I spent 3 days catching Spanish Mackeral, blues, and sharks.

Tom W Clark posted 03-28-2006 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark

You don't give much information about the boat and its equipment so it is difficult to offer a valuation, but if the condition is typical and it has an original 90 HP motor, you can figure it's worth $7,000 to $9,000

bobgilsp posted 03-30-2006 02:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for bobgilsp  Send Email to bobgilsp     
I bought a '93 16sl in the summer of 1997. It was 4 years old & had been well maintained. The price range Tom Clark mentioned sounds about right. The important thing is to get a thorough sea trial and to inspect it thoroughly. Hire a surveyor if need be, or get a knowledgeable boater to check it out. The boat is well made & holds its value if properly maintained.
The 16sl has a lot of convenient storage lockers including that long ski locker between the 2 consoles. It has more freeboard than a Montauk & a deep-vee hull. It can handle heavy chop & keep you dry. It is a versatile runabout that is good for skiing, tubing, fishing or cruising.


Matthew posted 03-30-2006 02:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
To further backup Tom's suggested range, there is a 1993 16SL powered with a 90 hp Mercury, and a 5 hp nissan kicker, with a bimini and Hummingbird fishfinder for sale on the Seattle's Craigslist site for $7900 OBO.
Bulldog posted 03-30-2006 04:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Did "ALR" really post this 3/14/2003, are you guys replying to a three year old posting?....Jack
Tom W Clark posted 03-30-2006 04:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Jack, you are correct. This is a three year old thread. Why on earth did JCB dredge it up again?

jimh posted 03-30-2006 09:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The only way these old threads come up is via the SEARCH function.
bobgilsp posted 03-31-2006 10:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for bobgilsp  Send Email to bobgilsp     
Good catch, Bulldog. I hope ALR is contented with whatever his decision was back in 2003.
st posted 04-05-2006 02:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for st  Send Email to st     
ARL's profile today shows that he owns '87 Montauk!

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