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arnereil posted 08-11-2003 09:49 AM ET (US)   Profile for arnereil   Send Email to arnereil  
I'm not new to boating, but have purchased my first Boston Whaler... probably should have gotten one a few boats ago.

It is a used 2002 Sport 13, with a 40 h.p. Merc and EZ loader trailer. My prior boat was a 16' aluminum fishing boat with a walkthru console. I disliked the boat's setup as there was little usuaable room and difficult to get off and on for swimming, dog, etc. I look forward to using the s/13 in the CT River, mostly, on hot days looking for a place to cool off. Most of the good sandy beaches on the CT River that are not privately owned are only accessible by water. I got the 13 as I may tow it to VT once in a while and didn't want anything too big... most of the time There will be one dog and one or 2 adults.

Other than getting a depth finder and a bimini top, i don't have any big plans for purchases. It came with an anchor, and i will get a fire extinguisher, but that's about it.

Looking for any comments about things i might have overlooked, or quirks the s/13 might have i should watch out for. Thanks for any feedback....Arne

GeneNJ posted 08-13-2003 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for GeneNJ  Send Email to GeneNJ     
Unless your back is different, you will need to add some form of support. I opted to add a fold down seat that can be easily installed/removed. Best of luck with the setup, it's identical to mine.
arnereil posted 08-14-2003 04:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for arnereil  Send Email to arnereil     
GeneNJ, not sure i understand.. it has a full width fold down back on the seat, along with full width cushions which i assume may have been an option.. I picked the boat up last night and all i really noticed was the back support cushion is so thick it will cover about 4 inches of the bottom cushion not leaving much room for my butt... will look more closely at that today.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a depth finder and a boat cover source...? These are 2 items i think i'd better get pretty soon to keep the boat safer, bottom and top<g>...

GeneNJ posted 08-18-2003 10:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for GeneNJ  Send Email to GeneNJ     
My seat cushions do not have the seat back, I thought that these we new for 2003, I believe the back is just for the helm seat, correct?
I'm looking for a depth/fishfinder myself, I'll wait till the Atlantic City boat show to buy it.
Jarhead posted 08-19-2003 08:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
Sounds like your planning on beaching your new sport.

You might want to think about adding a Keel Guard to you list.

Just a thought...

dinghy_sailor posted 08-19-2003 09:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for dinghy_sailor  Send Email to dinghy_sailor     
Welcome to the group....I bought a 13 ft several months ago. It was set up with a Hummingbird depth/findfinder. Good setup mounting on the right side of the center console with all wires run thru hull and the transducer is mounted on the hull near the right side of the outboard. BTW, mine is a 95' Ctr console Dauntlass. Good luck.
arnereil posted 08-19-2003 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for arnereil  Send Email to arnereil     
The bottom is so clean i'm worried about scratching it. I have heard about kevlar keel guards, but for now am hoping not to need to mess it up... i've never seen a keel guard that didn't look all glopped up with adhesive....

- the location for the depth finder sounds good... the 2003's have a cup holder there, but my '02 does not...

Filled it up with gas today (medium grade mobil). Started it up in the yard and it sounds good, but at idle speeds up and slows down in cycles... not a huge difference in rpm, but noticeable.... will put some time on it in the water before i do anything,as it has very few hours on it total, and none this year.

Am looking at bimini tops now.... part of the 'a boat is a whole in the water you keep dumping money into'...<g>..

btw, at the dealers, looked at a 15'... boy, do they have a lot more room.... maybe if the stock market treats me better.....

Right now, it's a top, depth finder, boat cover (already ordered), and 'wing' for the cav. plate.

Thank you all for your input....Arne

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