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Why the SL 16 gets no respect?
|Author||Topic: Why the SL 16 gets no respect?|
posted 04-24-2003 01:45 PM ET (US)
I review the Forum regularly and have yet to see kind words about the SL 16. They seem to hold their resale value well and weren't they designed by Bob Dougherty? What problems have been encountered with this model?
posted 04-24-2003 02:24 PM ET (US)
The boat was designed by Peter VanLancker when Reebock took over. It seemed like an effort to replace the Montauk hull, but it didn't sell very well.
posted 04-25-2003 10:24 AM ET (US)
I suppose it's a good boat, but it's just plain ugly. :(
posted 04-25-2003 11:01 AM ET (US)
I don't think it is even a good boat.
A poor design built like a Whaler is still a poor design.
Red sky at night. . .
posted 04-25-2003 01:35 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the comments, but I was hoping for some specifics concerning performance or handling. Such as: rough ride, porpoises, chine-walks, bites in tight turns, sinks too often, etc.
posted 04-27-2003 06:47 AM ET (US)
The other day I saw a post regarding the 16SL and I too wondered why the bad rap.
Typcally you get specifics from these guys not just bad boat or poor design.
I don't own one but am curious to what facts make this a bad boat. Did VanLancker and crew do anything right?
posted 04-27-2003 07:55 PM ET (US)
I think it's a good looking boat and with the hull design should handle well.
It was only built from 1990 to 1994 and I suspect that is was dropped in favor of the 15 Dauntless which was introduced in 1993.
posted 04-28-2003 07:46 AM ET (US)
Never owned one but drove one some years ago and here are some details as my old brain remembers. The power was a 90hp Yamaha (max rating) and prop type/pitch ??? and compared to my Montauk (90 Merc) at the time was slower out of hole and top end. Seemed to resist trimming up and therefore had considerable wet bottom. Turning was slow and considerable "lean"...etc..etc...now, I'm comparing to my Montauk (alongside all the time and driven by 16SL owner). Comparred to most other 16-17 footers it would come out close to the top rating most likely. I liked the built in stowage and long below deck locker as well as the very nice seats and helm set-up. Most noticable was the very deep notched transom which would allow wash over when reversed (and most likely in following seas). A pretty boat for sure but bottom line is that I would not buy one even if very cheap! Happy Whalin'... Clark... Spruce Creek Navy
posted 04-28-2003 10:47 PM ET (US)
I recieved a call tonight from a potential customer in Orlando Florida who wants to take my 86 MC that I have and do a partail trade w/ him. The NADA values come up around $5500 for the SL 16 hull. Anyone have any photos that thy could send me on the SL 16? The potential buyer of my MC has no DIGITAL SAVY or internet experience.
Thanks in advance
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