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tombro posted 06-11-2003 09:38 AM ET (US)   Profile for tombro   Send Email to tombro  
Hi all,
I'm just about set on buying my first Whaler, a 150 Sport with the pre-rigged 60hp. Not new to boating, and have owned six thus far, including twin engine canyon runners. I have come to the point in my boating career where I want a bare-bones skiff, that I can moor in my garage. Something that is durable, that I can safely take my wife, daughter and Labrador out on. The 150 Sport seems to fit the bill. I have looked at other skiffs, ie, McKee, Carolina, Scout, Maritime, etc, but have always liked the little Whalers. I know that I could get a Montauk for just a bit more, but, like I said, I've been there and done that (with Makos). It's just too much boat for me now. Tell me I'll be thrilled with the 15, please, if you can.
prj posted 06-11-2003 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
tombro, welcome to the forum.

I don't believe we have yet heard from any owners of the new 150 sport, if this is the model you refer to. I believe these were released for the 2002 model year.

I have seen the boat at a winter show and was impressed by the hull lines. Its the seemingly inflexible interior that I remain skeptical about.

In its first iteration, from the 70s to the early 90s, the 15' hull came in multiple configurations designed to accomodate fishing, cruising, sporting, etc...

Have you considered looking at these early hulls or is the lone offered configuration appropriate for your intended use?

Check out the reference section of this website for more information specific to the early models.

Techmage posted 06-13-2003 07:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Techmage  Send Email to Techmage     
Im picking up my new 150 Sport tomarrow, and hope to take it for a nice spine. Im hopeing the Gulf is not too choppy so I can open her up. Ill post what I think.
sportroyalwulf posted 06-14-2003 01:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
I recently purchased a sport 150. My first whaler. Most of my previous experience has been with 20' or less fishing boats used in michigan, and indiana. A little bit on lake michigan fishing for steelhead and salmon.I originally wanted to get a montauk but my garage is small and driveway would not permit. The sport 150 was an excellent choice for me. I got it the thursday before labor day and took it to Big Platte Lake in n.w michigan. The weather was such that on one of the days the lake was quite rough, windy and rainy. Well that was not going to stop me. The 150 performed great idleing to troll (caught a 36 inch pike) or seeing what it could do flat out. Had the boat loaded with four adults and a teenager; works well as a sunday cruiser. Cofortable, smooth and quiet. I don't know why I did not get one of these years ago. My only suggestion would be to be sure and get a set of side bunk guides installed on the trailer. I give this boat and unconditional reccomendation for the uses that you mention.
Techmage posted 06-14-2003 06:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Techmage  Send Email to Techmage     
Ok, I got my 150 Sport today. Took it out and ran smooth at first. jumped up on plane at 3000 rpm's, but when i came back off to 1000rms about it started sputering and jerking. It has the 60hp merc. I was able to return to the ramp at under 1000rpms without feeling like it was going to shake itself apart. Its sounds almost like its getting its fuel inconsistantly.
Mako posted 06-15-2003 03:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mako  Send Email to Mako     

Basic stuff in case you haven't done this already: Check the fuel line connections for tightness (including the filter) and make sure the vent on the gas tank cap is open. You should hear air moving if you squeeze the sides of the tank in. If that doesn't work, change the plugs and put in new gas. You might have too much oil in the break-in tank causing your plugs to foul. Hope that helps.

tombro posted 06-16-2003 07:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
Thanks for the replies. Looked at the boat in the flesh at the dealer yesterday, and we are all hooked. It will just fit in the garage. It is a lot bigger and beefier than I had thought. I'm leaving a deposit this weekend, and hopefully will be up and running within a month.
bob wallace posted 06-17-2003 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for bob wallace  Send Email to bob wallace     
Had my 150 sport for a montlh now - love it - the only problem I've found is that it needs a bigger fuel tank - 6 gals don't do it - 36 mph at 5000 rpm - 60 Merc needed carb ajust when new - buy the boat you'll love it.
scaleplane posted 06-17-2003 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for scaleplane  Send Email to scaleplane     
When the subject is a Whaler 15 Sport, I just have to add my two cents.

Mine isn't new - a 1976 15' Sport with a '76 Mercury 500 50 HP motor. Nice shape - picked it up last year about this time. Just had to have new motor wiring (insulation had hardened and was falling off)and a tune up before I put it in the water.

Mahagony seats and console - really classy. I recently installed a "substitute" rear thwart seat made of mahagony-stained poplar with two nice, soft seats attached. Didn't want to destroy the original seat. Also installed a 12 gallon under-the-seat tank.

The 15 gets up on a plane very nicely and handles rough water in the Chesapeake much better than our 17' Sea Ray I/O! I couldn't be more pleased.

It's not a new 150, but it's a Whaler!

prj posted 06-17-2003 05:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
Look at all the 150 owners popping outta the woodwork!

How about some more performance statistics with boat specs for this model. I was more than a bit surprised when this (presumably) heavier and larger 150 came out with a reduced max. hp rating.

Are all satisfied with the 60 hp outboard?

What is WOT? RPM at WOT?

Tell us some more.

tombro posted 06-18-2003 07:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
Yes, keep popping out. I am sold, and am signing the papers this coming weekend. I am happy to report it will fit in bay 2 of my garage, where I can tinker and baby it all winter. Any more reports on the handling would be appreciated. I see it is beamier than the old 15, and almost approaches the old Montauk in deck space, as it is wider. That boat rides great, I've rented one on several occasions and it handled very well on the big water we had it on. Hoping for a similar experience w/ the new rig.
kshoaps posted 06-18-2003 06:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for kshoaps  Send Email to kshoaps     
I've had my 150 Sport for about a month. 60 hp four stroke EFI Bigfoot with 13.75 X 15" factory aluminum prop. VERY quiet And very easy to start. Planes at 3200 (11-12 mph according to Humminbird Matrix 35).

I cannot make it porpoise at all. Engine is mounted in middle holes and bottom cavitation plate is exactly even with bottom of boat (also has a smaller secondary cav plate a couple inches above the first).

Very roomy, like the removable seat.

Very nice riding in our small lake.

Only problem is that the maximum speed is only 30-31 at 5600 rpm.

Tried moving the engine up one hole putting the cav plate about 1/2" above keel. This Possibly raised the top speed by only one mph and made the boat "skitterish" in high speed turns. Also caused the prop to break free of the water in any chop more than 4-5". Finally it put the water intake awfully close to the surface (about 1 1/2" below at static balance. I lowered the engine to prevent damage from over revving when the prop ventilated.

All these numbers are with 200 pound driver and 3 gals of gas.

The slow top speed is a real disappointment as I expected close to 40 mph.

Any ideas? What prop to start with?

bob wallace posted 06-18-2003 08:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for bob wallace  Send Email to bob wallace     
wide open throttle is about 5600 rpm - 60 hp merc 2 stroke - readily does 32-36 mph - planes at 3000 rpm - rides very well in chop up to about a foot at WOT - need to slow down for anything bigger - good prop is 10 3/8 by 13 pitch (OEM) - I can do 32 miles on about 7.5 gal of gas which is about 4 MPG - the only 2 problems I see is that it needs a much bigger fuel tank and the consol is rounded which makes gauge mounting a challenge - only had it a month but really love it.
tombro posted 06-19-2003 07:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
I imagine cruising speed would be about 24 mph @ around 3600 RPM to get that mileage you mentioned? I'll be carrying 13.2 gal in two tanks and want to know my effective range. Putting the deposit down on Monday. Yippee!!!!!!!!!
Already thinking of how I can trick it out. Stainless wheel, prop, maybe a small windshield...? Even a little piece of wood *somewhere*.
Techmage posted 06-19-2003 10:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Techmage  Send Email to Techmage     
I took my new 150 out again, this time on the canal. I checked my air vent on the tank and it was not fully open. after opening it all the way it ran fine.
sportroyalwulf posted 06-19-2003 02:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
I want to hear more about props. I want to get a spare since I already nicked mine. I think mine is a 15 pitch.
prj posted 06-19-2003 04:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
150 guys: Go over to the Performance section of the Forum with questions regarding props, speeds and related issues. Several knowledgable contributors will be happy to assist.

Post your outboard size, prop size, rpm, speed, typical load and desired results, i.e. hole shot, top end. Solutions will abound.

bob wallace posted 06-19-2003 09:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for bob wallace  Send Email to bob wallace     
your about right - 23 to 25 mph at about 3400 to 3600 rpm - I have 2 ea. 6.5 gal tanks now and feel comfortable doing 45 miles or so - found a 14.5 gal Tempo tank that fits exactly (I think) under the seat - ordered it from west marine today - tempo # 650170, 12 High (with cap) - 15 Wide and 28 long - I can also carry an extra 6.5 tank as a spare - love this boat - the stock prop seems to work just fine - WOT is about 5200 to 5600 - next project is dual batteries.
bob wallace posted 06-19-2003 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for bob wallace  Send Email to bob wallace     
WINDSHIELD FOR 150 SPORT - that's my next project - anyone got any ideas ? - I'm sorta stumped on this one, no idea where to start !!!!!!
tombro posted 06-20-2003 07:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
Thanks. Sounds great at that rpm, just about right. I've used Tempo tanks on a Mako I owned years ago. I carried 2 extra 12 gal tanks to boost my fuel up to 225 gals for offshore fishing. I know they make a lot of configurations, and would feel much better not having to switch lines during the course of a day. 45 miles is a good range. I see myself probably traveling about 25 miles max in a typical day's outing, though.
I'm very curious about the windshield issue, too.
bob wallace posted 06-20-2003 10:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for bob wallace  Send Email to bob wallace     
went out today to see just how far I really could go on 2 ea 6.5 gal tanks - 56.2 miles by my GPS - here in the florida keys we have some very shallow water (>2 ft) in some of the channels - if a tank goes dry in the shallows and you have to stop and shift tanks you'll never get back up on plane with out dragging the skeg/prop - I need the bigger tank - had 6 hours on the motor when I started and ran at 3400 rpm - love this boat !!!!!!!!
Budman posted 06-24-2003 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Budman  Send Email to Budman     
Bob- Interested to know if that Tempo tank fits, etc. Bought a 2003 15 sport for my wife to help with the kids during sailing school & at regattas here in the midwest. Since May 15th have had to fill the stock tank 4 times. It would be great to fill it and forget it for twice as long, at least. Your right, it is a great boat. For us, this little/big boat does it all, and will surely remain in our family for many years!!
lhg posted 06-24-2003 07:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I would think the long and low Tempo or Moeller 17 gallon tank would fit nicely under the pilot thwart seat. I'm sure the Pate people make a tank a similarly sized for this boat.

As an alternative to the 150, one might also look at the 17 Alert version of the old classic. Although it is longer, which means it may ride better, it is basically the same sized beam and weight hull, and the same price too, but a much heavier duty hull. Several BW dealers are now stocking these, and they seem to be popular. Since it is rated for 100HP, you have more speed/power capability, and although I can't understand why, you can get other than a Mercury engine on it!!

I would think a 90HP engine would be ideal for a new 150 Sport, incidentally, and should get her up to 45/50 MPH. Even the old 15, a much smaller and lighter craft, is rated for 70.

bob wallace posted 06-24-2003 11:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for bob wallace  Send Email to bob wallace     
pate makes a tank that will fit almost perfectly also - it's about $250 more than Tempo - the 150 has limited room for a big single tank - if the tank I ordered from Tempo fits OK I'll order another for the other side and add a swith over valve - Why Mercury you ask - Boston Whaler and Mercury are owned by the same company !!!! - I'm happy with the 60 hp and can't think of any reason I'd want to go bigger - don't intend to race it or anything - so far it's a great little boat !!!!!
tombro posted 06-25-2003 07:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
The Tempo tank fits under the helm seat...with the thwart? My dealer told me it would not, and equips his with two 6.6 tanks. BTW, I pick my new 150 Sport up on July 19th. Now to stock up on marine supplies..half the fun!
Techmage posted 06-25-2003 01:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Techmage  Send Email to Techmage     
Well I took my new 150 out into the Gulf this weekend to see how it would handle. A storm had just blown through with 30+ knot winds which made a nice large swell after the wind stoped. It was too rough going into the waves at speed, but off plane at 1500-2000 RPMs it was a real smooth ride. I put it in idle and the boat was very stable, didnt pitch all over the place. when I headed back in I set the boat speed to match the wave speed and ran with them, made my brother much happier than when I was going out. Although entering into the Pass with some break because of outgoing tide had him gripping the rails ;) and yelling to slow down....

Oh, and I jumped some good waves to test that attitude and it stayed level. pitch didnt change at all.

lakesidelou posted 06-25-2003 06:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for lakesidelou  Send Email to lakesidelou     
I took delivery of my 150 sport last July. I had previously owned a 1988 13' sport gls and was planning to purchase the new 130 sport when I learned that the new 150 was about to be introduced. I decided to give the 150 a try. I have absolutely no regrets! The 150 seems huge compared to the 130 plus the ride is the best ever! I have not encountered any problems with the boat or the Merc 60 hp Bigfoot motor. For me it's a great combo. Sure the Bigfoots beefy gearcase robs some of the boats speed but then if I had wanted a speedboat I would not have bought a Whaler in the first place. Plus the heavier gears give me some peace of mind when it comes to motor longevity. My dealer, "Portage Entry" suggested dual 6.6 fuel tanks which I had them install on top of whaler tank mats. This set-up works fine for me. So Whaler fans if your considering a new 150 sport but are still a little hesitant don't be just go for it! Sure its a little pricy but after all it is a Whaler and we all know what that means at resale. time. Happy Boating!
Buckda posted 06-25-2003 06:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
RESALE? Over my dead body.

I have the classic 15 foot hull (1989 GLS)...and I can tell you, new boats might come and go...but when I die, someone in the family will inherit my 15.

Would love to pull up alongside a new Sport 150 to compare and contrast....anyone of you going to the North Channel or Apostle Islands Rendezvous' this summer?


tombro posted 06-25-2003 07:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
Awww...c'mon, stop rubbing it in. I have to wait three weeks from this Sat until I take delivery. I'll just continue nesting in the garage, making ready for the big day. (sniff)
lhg posted 06-25-2003 07:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
A serious question for all of you 150 buyers: Was the fact that it ONLY comes with a Mercury outboard a source of any concern to you, that may have made you not buy, or buy reluctantly?
bob wallace posted 06-25-2003 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for bob wallace  Send Email to bob wallace     
Tombro - I measured 30 inches from the port gunnel to the midship seat brace, the seat is 12 1/2 inches above the deck and the width fore and aft doesn't matter - the Tempo tank is 28 inches long, 12 inches high with the cap, and it's 15 inches wide - should fit fine with room to spare - it's back ordered but should be avail by 7-10-03 - I'll let you know how it works out. the Mercury motor question didn't really worry me - Mercury is owned by the same people that own Boston Whaler - had a 86 35 hp that ran very well - heard stories about Mercury but pretty much the same stories about OMC and Yamaha also - Mercury has to be a decient motor or they would not sell very many - lots of Mercurys here in the Keys - wouldn't buy one of the new higher HP with the Opti-max though - many bad stories about that engine !
tombro posted 06-26-2003 07:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
The engine doesn't concern me in the least. I have owned a 40hp Mariner (same engine), a 200hp Mercury Black Max, and my last boat was powered by twin 175hp Merc Black Max engines. They were all fished hard, well maintained, and never let me down, even when run 200 miles in a day, through storms, etc. All in saltwater, and were never even flushed once!
jimh posted 06-27-2003 07:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[Changed "15 Sport" to "150 Sport" where appropriate--jimh]
sportroyalwulf posted 06-27-2003 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     

On the sport150.
How did your dealer rig the two 6.5 fuel tanks. Crossover/switch valve? How is the second tank secured to the floor?

whalernut posted 06-28-2003 08:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I am a huge Classic Whaler guy, but I have to say I really like the 150!! I was at Surf "N" Turf marine in Erie,PA. and they had a few new Whalers including a Sport 150 loaded with the full bow rail and canvas and comfort package. It had the red striping and a 60h.p. Mercury. It was bigger and roomier than I expected and the hull lines were very nice. The bow light(changeable) was cheep and cheesy, and I would rather have the 3-peice Barbour rubrail(maybe changeable), but the one thing that I thought should be different was the seating and console, even maybe like the 17` Standard console and a touch wider than the Standard console, but in all i liked the hull lines and interior space!! The biggest drawback to me was the Easy Loader trailer, could they have made that thing any skinnier and cheaper-Geesh!! Ya, the one thing about this boat Whaler should change is the seating and console, or at least offer an optional console, a little larger and conected directly to the floor. I beleive the rig I saw was priced complete at $12,000 plus, but under $13,000. Jack.
Techmage posted 07-15-2003 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Techmage  Send Email to Techmage     
Well my Engine started stalling again. This time I made sure the tank vent was wide open wich it was and the bulb was hard. I took it in to the dealer, and he ordered 2 parts, a Stater and something else. they were bad strait from the factory.
Moe posted 07-23-2003 08:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
I have a question, especially for you guys who've had a Classic 13 before. Does the 150 pound anywhere near as badly as what I've read here that the 13 does when in chop? I've read about back-breaker, kidney-killer, etc. Sure, I expect to have to come off plane in a small boat in seas maybe 2' or larger, but don't want to have to do it in smaller chop (my wife has a ruptured disk and can't take a hard ride).

I understand the older 15s were more of a deep-V and sacrificed some stability for a much smoother ride, but the 150 looks to me to have the same hull as the 130 which I was considering. I'm also wondering if the 130 is better than the 13 in this respect.


sportroyalwulf posted 07-23-2003 01:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
Can't make the comparison because I have not spent any time in a 13. I had my sport 150 on lake michigan in 1 to 2 foot waves that were wide and gently rolling. Ran wot and was doing a little jumping. Not really chop. Some bumping while going up on plane. Fairly smooth depending angles taken over waves. But I don't any any back issues that I can evaluate against.
tombro posted 07-23-2003 03:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
I just took delivery of mine this past Saturday, and spent that day and Sunday jumping wakes, no wind. Monday afternoon the Jersey shore was hammered with stiff southerlies. Was by myself in a fair chop in a river, at all different speeds, with the boat performing very well for a 15 footer. I don't have back issues, however. Love the boat!
daverdla posted 07-23-2003 06:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for daverdla  Send Email to daverdla     
Glad to hear you got your boat. I have a 1989 Montauk. I am tempted by the new 150 sport. I looked at them last spring.

You're right about Monday, I went out for a little ride from Wildwood Crest to Cape May with my wife. It was really windy.

Best of luck with the new boat.


Moe posted 07-24-2003 11:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Thanks for the replies, guys. My wife spent yesterday comparing the 130 and 150, and made several good cases as to why she wants the 150 vs the 130. Looks like that's the way we'll eventually go and just adjust speed in rougher water.

tombro, contratulations on your new boat!!! Did you get the 2 stroke, like bob wallace, or the Bigfoot 4-stroke, like lakesidelou, kshoaps, and sportroyalwulf?

sportroyalwulf, kshoaps has a 150 prop thread titled "Stiletto vs Hustler" going in the Performance forum

Techmage, is that 60hp a 2 or 4 stroke. Sorry to hear of your problem with it and hope they can fix it right the first time!

tombro posted 07-24-2003 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
Moe, I got the 2 banger, like Bob W. After an initial moment of stupidity when changing tanks and inadequately connecting and venting (damn!) tank #2, I have been running happily with it. The option of the 4 stroke never came up, either in the dealers mind nor mine. The boat as outfitted is quick out of the hole, and plenty fast. I will be travelling with a light load, and don't need the extra gearing of the Big Foot, either. Very happy with it, and will hopefully get back on the water again this Sunday.
Techmage posted 07-24-2003 04:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Techmage  Send Email to Techmage     
The problem with my engine turned out to be a bad trigger. dealer replaced and I had the boat back in time for the weekend.

I decided to go with the 2 stoke. I like a lighter engine.

Moe posted 07-27-2003 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
You can now count us amongst 150 Sport owners! We bought a loaded '03 with Bigfoot 60 yesterday at Portage Entry Marine in Lakeside, Ohio. Getting two tanks, a Quicksilver hour/maintenance meter, and an AGM battery. A few pictures are here:

Picking it up, Friday. Hopefully, we'll be able to attend the Kelley's Island Rendezvous if we can get accomodations and the weather is good.

Moe posted 07-27-2003 01:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Hmmm... looks like a DNS problem. Try this link for pictures:


Moe posted 07-27-2003 02:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Oops... looks like the Forum software puts a http:// in front of a ftp:// link. Can't win today! Copy and paste this:


tombro posted 07-28-2003 05:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
Hey, that boat looks familiar! Good luck with it, you'll love it. Couldn't get out this weekend, hoping for next Saturday. Today I'm home a bit, and plan on installing a compass on the left side of the console.
DaveNJ posted 07-28-2003 11:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for DaveNJ  Send Email to DaveNJ     
I am a huge fan of the old classic 15'. I was up in CT on vacation the past 2 weeks and visited a Whaler dealer to check out the new 130 and 150. WOW! I was really impressed with the 150. There is so much room inside and the driving position looks very good. I loved it !

Due to price though, I am not sure whether to buy an older 15' or 17' hull, restore it and then repower it.

It may probably cost the same as buying the new 150 after all is said and done. May be better off getting with the 150, but not sure yet.

If there are any 150 owners in NJ that would be willing to exchange a test ride for a case of soda, let me know.

Moe posted 08-04-2003 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Picked the 150 up Friday and attended the Kelley's Island rendezvous while getting some break-in time on it. Met lots of friendly and helpful folks, some participants here, and had a great time in spite of the rain.

With people and gear, we had about 480 lbs in the boat. We also had two full fuel tanks, and the bimini was open. Seas on Lake Erie were running 1-2' but we got some 3-4' in the wakes behind the big ferries.

Trimmed in, it would come up on plane at about 3100-3200 rpm in about 3 seconds (that sure feels like a long time, doesn't it), but would sometimes fall off plane at 3200 when encountering a wave. At 3400 rpm, it would stay on plane with no problems, even when rough, and that kept me within the break-in rpm. I think that's going to be a good cruise speed for fuel mileage. Even with a few faster runs, we used about 6.4 gallons and put 4+ hours on the Quicksilver hour-meter, all weekend.

Leaving Put-In-Bay harbor (where I'd topped off after lunch), while still in sheltered water (and after the 2 hour break-in), I saw 5500 on the tach after getting it trimmed up (so did my wife)! I tried that again in the open lake, and only saw 5200, but it was too rough to stay at that speed and spend much time trimming.

Maybe this is premature, but it appears in our case the stock prop is going to be okay. Without GPS, I have no idea what the speed was. Hope to get it out on a small, smoother lake this weekend to verify those rpms.

We're totally amazed at how DRY and comfortable this little 15 is in this kind of water! There were a coupla times we got air coming off a larger wave that hurt Barb's back a little when we slammed down, but she said it wasn't bad.

The funny thing was that a severe thunderstorm came through Friday evening, and it rained and lightninged all night. I'd left the drain plug in and when we got to the boat Saturday, it was bow-high, with about 6" of rain water in the stern, going all the way up into the console. Steve Farnsworth said just jump in pull the drain plug and jump back out, and it will drain. It was hard for me to do, but I complied. Lo and behold, in 10 minutes, the stern, even with the weight of that Bigfoot, was high and the boat was bone-dry! Just about a teaspoonful next to the drain. About 1/2 gallon came back in when I jumped back in and put the drain plug back in, but I bailed that. I SURE wouldn't do that with any other moored boat! We got more heavy rain Saturday evening, but I had the drain plug out for that (due to a reminder from Steve).

WE LOVE THIS BOAT! And we sure enjoyed the camaraderie and fellowship at the rendezvous!


Techmage posted 08-06-2003 02:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Techmage  Send Email to Techmage     
Leave the Drain Plug OUT! I keep mine tyed to the netting that keeps my cables neet. If I should ever need the plug its there handy and cant get lost. Leaving the plug in is trouble just waiting to happen. 2 good rains and your battery would be in trouble. also my dealer told me break in is 20 hours, not 2.
Moe posted 08-07-2003 08:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
I'll have to experiment with the drain plug out and people in the boat while moored, but it takes on water through the drain pretty fast when I step into the rear with the plug out. You're correct about the break-in being 20 hours. I was just referring to the 2 hours below 3500 rpm.

Replaced the middle cupholder with the Ritchie F50 compass last night. Just gotta get some wire to extend its light wire over to the Nav/Anch switch.

Gonna hang the Icom 402S below the dash right below the wheel and put the mike on the dash to the left of the steering column. Just gotta make up a bracket to use the holes where the rivets are for the max engine weight plate. Using button-head screws so they'll look like big rivets. The 4' Digital antenna and rail ratchet mount are out on the UPS truck for me this morning!

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