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Treypescatorie posted 05-22-2003 09:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for Treypescatorie   Send Email to Treypescatorie  
I took off the starboard access panel by the throtle to install a mount for an antenna. I noticed the the box used for the cooler below the pedistal seat was loose( it seperated like it was never atached). It was completly broken fron the fiberglass webing that secured it. The fiberglass job looked like it was done on a friday at about 3 o'clock and they wanted to go home for the weekend. The matting completely seperated from the box. It scares me to see this. The parts of the boat that you can see look like there built like a tank .What else is going on inside the hull. I took the other panel on the port side and found the same thing.
I have not contacted Whaler yet so I dont know how they are going to handle it.
Check your Conquest!
David Pendleton posted 05-23-2003 01:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Welcome to Whaler.

Most of the new Whalers I've examined were Friday boats, my 99 Conquest 23 included.

The days of your Dad's Whaler are gone. Just be thankful you don't own a Sea Ray...

HawaiianWhaler posted 06-12-2003 06:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for HawaiianWhaler  Send Email to HawaiianWhaler     
I have a 21 Conquest and its storage boxes appear rock solid. They have remained so despite the rough seas we fish in here in the middle of the Pacific, and in spite of our stuffing them full of lures, meat hooks, fighting belts, harnesses, ropes, tackle boxes, and such, all of which add up to considerable weight. If yours are truly working loose, I hope your dealer and Whaler resolve the problem. Other than poor access to the batteries, I find my Conquest to be a great boat.
dauntlass 18 posted 06-12-2003 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for dauntlass 18  Send Email to dauntlass 18     
Hawaiian Whaler on my 21 ft. Conquest I remove and replace the port battery thru the access hatch in the motor well.I got smart in second year of ownership.My bait tank and storage box under helsman and companion seat are rock solid.The boat is really good on hinges and hatches nothing broke or loose yet.I have had the pockets{access panels] out on my Conquest on both sides I coat the screws with Ge Silicone Sealer when reinstalling screws.
dogface posted 06-22-2003 07:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for dogface  Send Email to dogface     
Also remember that your Daddy's Whaler was probably 15 feet long and hardly complicated. Complicated boats tend to have more problems. What has Whaler said about the cooler boxes? As usual the negative attitudes always seem to appear when ya talk about a problem with a new boat.
Treypescatorie posted 06-22-2003 02:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Treypescatorie  Send Email to Treypescatorie     
I have not contacted Whaler yet but I will let you know of the outcome.
I posted this message so that other conquest owners would be alerted to a possible design or workmanship problem.
There is an old post on leaky headliners on the 21 conquest and several conquest owners had the same exact problem. Under the windshield gasket there was a hole drilled to route the anchor light wire and there was no sealent used to seal the hole. Part of my headliner was damaged by this.
I still feel that whaler is a top of the line boat, but when you pay top of the line money for one I would expect a speedy and correct resolution to the problem.
dogface posted 06-23-2003 07:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for dogface  Send Email to dogface     
Wouldn't you think that it shouldn't be that hard to get quality control "in control" I mean really they can't inspect the boat as it is being constructed and to check and double check for such things as holes not being filled and fish boxes not properly secured. I could give you an entire list of things that could have been done better on my 28 Conquest. I gave up worrying about them and fix the problems as they come along. I must say though their is no other boat I'd rather be on when the going gets tough. Whalers rule. My boat is my baby and I treat it as such. I can't handle it when something is broken. She gets my immediate attention evan before my Wife,, hee hee.
Treypescatorie posted 08-07-2003 04:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Treypescatorie  Send Email to Treypescatorie     
Just wanted to give an update to thip post. I brought the boat to the dealer. The fiberglass guy that did the repair said that I had a legitimate gripe, he said it looked like the boxes where never glassed in, and then they realized it after the boat was assembled and then fiberglassed them in. But they did not do the job corrrectly .They should have grinded the box before attaching the matting .Thats why it seperated.They took pictures and sent them to Whaler.Whaler said that they do not do work like this. I know that I didn't do this so it was either whaler or santa claus.
The botton line is the dealer did the repair and I got the boat back in a timely manor.

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