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ocwhaler posted 03-28-2003 11:06 AM ET (US)   Profile for ocwhaler   Send Email to ocwhaler  
I am getting ready to take delivery on a new 21' Ventura (02 leftover 200opti saltwater Merc). Can anyone out there give me any feedback on this model. I went with the Ventura so I could do some fishing and my wife liked we could also enjoy the bays of OC MD. Whalers are fairly new in the OC area as there is only one dealer who recently stared selling them. I'm sure they will catch on when people see them on the water. I'm confident I made the right decision to "INVEST" in a whaler. Thanks! Larry
BOB KEMMLER JR posted 03-28-2003 11:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for BOB KEMMLER JR    
Did you get it from the boys at Taylor marine?They are a good bunch of guy's.I plan on doing some fishing in the bays and the manmade reefs close to shore.So if i see ya,you'll have to let me check that sweet rig out.Tight lines to you!
ocwhaler posted 03-28-2003 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for ocwhaler  Send Email to ocwhaler     
Bob, Got the boat from North Bay. Look for me "Green eyed lady II" Will also be looking to do some wreck and bay fishing etc. Email me and maybe we can hook up and go out together. Thanks. Larry
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 03-28-2003 02:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
I just traded my 21 Ventura, 2001 with an Yamhaha 200 hpdi. It's a great product if you give me your tel# I'll be delighted to call and give you the specifics.
reddecks posted 03-29-2003 03:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for reddecks  Send Email to reddecks     
I took delivery of my 2003 21' Ventura with Merc 225 4 stroke a few weeks ago... Still working on getting it outfitted (Arch mounted VHF and Cell antennas, 600L sounder, GPS, radio, battery charger,etc..)

Only comments I have at this point are - I love it.... I've crawled through every in of this boat and have found nothing but quality components, wiring, glass work, etc...

The only thing I may change down the road is adding an additional thru-hull so the bait tank and wash-down pumps don't have to share the same thru-hull pick up.

Did the first 10 hour break in on a nearby lake. I've only had her out on the big pond once so far but it was a "good" test. The swell was a solid 4-6ft @ 10-12 seconds with light winds (10 mph). She handled really well once I got the hang of the tabs. It would be really interesting to see how she handles without the tabs for comparison.

The weather curtain canvas sure make for a warm ride too.

Picture of boat (on trailer)at

Enjoy your new whaler...

DaveH posted 03-31-2003 12:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveH  Send Email to DaveH     

Beautiful boat. What are going to install on your arch?

Shrdlu posted 03-31-2003 01:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Shrdlu  Send Email to Shrdlu     

What is the break-in service schedule for the Merc 225 4-stroke? (I have a Dauntless 220 with that motor on order.)

reddecks posted 04-03-2003 12:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for reddecks  Send Email to reddecks     
DaveH: For the Arch: Installing two 4' Digital Antennas (VHF and Cell), Garmin mushroom GPS antenna, and eventually a small radome and stinger anchor light on a pad.

Shrdlu: I don't have the manual in front of me at the moment.. However, I know it states essentially that the break-in procedures are for the first 10 hours.

Hour 1-3: 3500 RPMS max not staying at any particular RPM for an extended period of time.
Hour 3-5: 1 minute bursts up to 4500
Hour 5-10: 1 minute every 10 to WOT

I'll grab the manual in the morning and reply with specifics.

I've got about 15 hrs on her so far. Monday was a beautiful day on the water (flat and calm - did 120 miles). WOT was only 5200 @ 43MPH GPS (3 people with 50G fuel, 20G water, fishing gear, etc...).

Plenty of speed as far as I'm concerned but I think the owners manual states WOT should be 5500-6000 (I think). May need a different Prop?

The prop is a Merc Stainless (4 blade)and I believe it is stamped with 19 (need to confirm).

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