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DCM posted 07-17-2003 12:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for DCM   Send Email to DCM  
( I posted this in the General Forum but decided it might be better placed here)

I just found out about these little RIB whalers and was curious. Anyone have one? I checked a few places online and they seemed pricey - between 16K and 19K! What did you pay?
I hear they are discontinued, and only were made for a year of two. Wonder if they will become collectible?? Anyway, was just wondering, I actually have a 13' sport I'm looking at, but if that deal falls thru I start my search for my first whaler again, from scratch! And those Impact 120's sure looked like fun!

poker13 posted 07-17-2003 05:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for poker13    
I replied to your post on the General forum. But, just in case jimh wants to delete that one, here's what I said:

The impact 120 is not a RIB (rigid inflatable boat), it's a regular BW fiberglass boat. Well, regular in its construction--its shape is something else. I asked about it on this forum about a year ago and reactions were very negative (looks like a soap dish, etc.). It was discontinued because it was a flop. It was designed to be a yacht tender, but it was so expensive that it just didn't sell. Also, it's very small, with hardly any place to put cargo.

poker13 posted 07-17-2003 05:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for poker13    
I just checked out the specs on the BW website and here's another negative: it weighs 50 lbs. MORE than the Sport 130, which has a ton more room for cargo and people and is much cheaper, making it the clear winner for use as a yacht tender. The HP rating is the same on both (25 - 40 hp). I drove a 130 with the 25, and it was seriously underpowered. It really needs the 40 to get out of the hole and go at a decent rate of speed. Now you can imagine the 120 Impact with 50 lbs. more! The more you look at the 120 the more it becomes evident it's a loser no matter how you slice it.
jimh posted 07-17-2003 06:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I have only seen one Impact. It was a tender to a very large SeaRay (60-footer). One wag in our company said, "it looks like a soap dish."
JBCornwell posted 07-17-2003 08:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Has to be the ugliest boat Boston Whaler ever put their name on.

Red sky at night. . .

DCM posted 07-17-2003 10:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for DCM  Send Email to DCM     
ok, I sense some negative opinions here :)
First off, read my new post in the General Forum - I'm the proud owner of a really sweet 13' super sport 1985. Boy is it nice. I'm real happy about it. The mahogany is a thing of beauty. Dang, I bet I hardley even sleep tonight!

But, this AM on the way to work I saw a local marine had an Impact 120 out front, a year 2001 (or 2002?) with a price tag of 10,950. It was the "Weekly Special" or sumptin.
I personally liked the looks of it. It looked like it would be a blast to ride around in. But hey, I'm a first-time boat owner & what do I know? I had the gut feeling this forum would be a dangerous place to mention that Impact. But what the heck, I had to ask!
If anyone is interested in that Impact, the company is Marine Max, the Port Clinton, Ohio branch. I can find the phone number or etc info if needed , just ask me. The price was at least 6 grand cheaper than any other price I saw. And who knows, maybe it will be a collectible rarity someday??

Dan ("Hey, I Own A Whaler Now!") Mahoney

ryanwhaler posted 07-22-2003 09:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
I've never saw a impact on the water, and I've spent a lot of time in Boston harbor looking at Huge boats, most have a RIB, 13-Whaler or a 11-Tender for a dingy.

I've saw the 12-Impact in person about five times, every time it was at a boat show or sitting on the floor at my local BW dealer. It looks small and wimpy, I would be embarrassed to be seen riding in one. Whaler should have never replaced the 11foot hull with it.

Not only did the old 11' hull have more space, but it was lighter and does not need as much power to get on a plane, whaler should bring the real 11'whalers back.

jaccoserv posted 07-22-2003 10:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for jaccoserv  Send Email to jaccoserv     
Even with a lot of power, I don't think you could get it on a plane, maybe a large military transport plane.
ryanwhaler posted 08-09-2003 07:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
Hey, guess what!!!!

I saw a Impact in use last night. It was on the back of a huge Sea Ray. It looked well used, there where black scuffs all over the rubber sides. The Impact and the Sea Ray both had FL numbers on the sides.

Lagged posted 08-09-2003 07:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lagged  Send Email to Lagged     
Ask and you shall recieve - 2 11' hulls for 2004

ryanwhaler posted 08-09-2003 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
Its about time whaler brought the 11's back.
tuna1 posted 08-12-2003 10:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for tuna1  Send Email to tuna1     
The 11 footer is back in 2004,just picked up a new 2004 catalog and "It's Back,availiable in fall of 2003"

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