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Jarhead posted 11-10-2003 07:54 PM ET (US)   Profile for Jarhead   Send Email to Jarhead  
Dropped by the local Whaler dealer today to get a look at the new Nantucket. Awesome boat BTW.

While there I spotted a 130 Sport sitting alone sporting a big bow. Of course I had to see what the deal was.

Found out it was the last remaining '03 130 Sport on the lot. Marked down and looking for a good home.

Well I HAVE been looking for a skinny water boat for the Florida Gulf waters here...

Anyway I was able to get another few hundred knocked off the price soooo tonight my 160 Dauntless has a new baby sister...

Look out Redfish here I come....

Barney posted 11-10-2003 07:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Jarhead, Good job. That poor little guy needed a good home. I think you'll love that little boat. Two Whalers are better than one! Jim
Moe posted 11-10-2003 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Congratulations, Jarhead! Which motor? Other options?


Jarhead posted 11-10-2003 10:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
Thanks guys...

It came with a 25ELPT 4s Big Foot P-T/T and comfort package.

I figure the 25 will be enough for what I need [fishing inshore, flats and saltwater creeks. And the helm seat backrests are a plus for this old coot...

ryanwhaler posted 11-10-2003 11:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
Sould like you got a good deal on it, congrads on your new boat.

Did you get the fishing package?

JoeH posted 11-11-2003 01:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for JoeH  Send Email to JoeH     
Jarhead, if you name is any indicator of your current or past occupation call it a birthday gift. Happy Marine Corps Birthday ( 10 Nov )SEMPER FI. Joe
Jarhead posted 11-11-2003 06:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
Happy 228th Joe. Semper Fi...

Ryan. I don't believe they offer a fishing package on the 130 Sport. But I plan on setting it up for the flats which will include a live bait well, tie down cooler, rail mount rod holders, rod storage, sonar-GPS, hand held VHF and a few other odds and ends...

Hey, who needs a bank account anyway? ;)

sumnerdav posted 11-11-2003 11:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for sumnerdav  Send Email to sumnerdav     

As you add stuff let us know what you get and how installation goes.

Good going!

Semper Fi

Arch Autenreith posted 11-11-2003 01:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
From yet another jarhead....Semper fi, Jarhead.
Arch Autenreith posted 11-11-2003 01:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
Sorry. I forgot the important thing...Congrats on the new 'baby'.


Moe posted 11-11-2003 01:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Man, I know what you mean about those backrests! What a godsend for the lower back!

Good choice on the motor. 30 lbs less than the 40 2-stroke and 40 lbs less than the 40 4-stroke. That weight savings will be a factor in transom draft, especially if you want to add a jackplate... like Clark Robert's 13 in the Spruce Creek Navy Cetecea page (although he used a short-shaft):

No bow rail to get in the way of a trolling motor installation may also turn out to be a good thing.

Keep us updated!


13DAUNTLESS posted 11-11-2003 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for 13DAUNTLESS  Send Email to 13DAUNTLESS     
Congratulations on the new 13. I have had my 13 Dauntless for 5 years now and have been in all kinds of water. I couldn't ask for a better small boat. I am sure you will enjoy the 13 as I have mine.

Good Luck,

Jarhead posted 11-11-2003 05:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
Just got back from doing the engine breaking, most of it anyway.

It was such a nice day [mid 80's, a few clouds and a light breeze] that I decided to do some shallow water exploring along the Suwannee River.

I took the 130 Sport places I never would think of going in the 160 Dauntless. Just trim the engine up and cruise [slowly] in inches of water. ;)

One the other hand there's places I take the Dauntless that the Sport will never see...

Thanks for the congrats guys...

Moe. Good link on Clarks 13. I noticed he has a fin on his 25HP. I decided early on today that my engine would benefit from one as well. Needs a little help staying on plane at lower RPM. I was amazed however how fast the Merc. 25HP 4 stroke got the Sport up on plane.
sumnerdav. Will do on the updates of the fish rigging. It'll be a day or two [or thirty] before I get too involved. Bought two new Whalers this year. Need to catch my breath. By breath I mean $$$ :)

Semper Fi on this Veterans day...

13DAUNTLESS posted 11-15-2003 02:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for 13DAUNTLESS  Send Email to 13DAUNTLESS     
Did you get your steak knives for the double purchase? Enjoy and thank you for serving


Jarhead posted 11-15-2003 05:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
You know Brian I must be slipping. I tried to get them to throw in some extras but failed!!!

Hell, I even failed to get them to give me a discount on a Lowrance LMS 320 sonar/GPS or a Minn-Kota Riptide trolling motor. I ordered both from Cabela's today along with two SE Sport Hyrofoils, one [SE-200] for the 25hp and one [SE-300] for the 115HP.

BTW. Cabela's has free shipping on the Minn-Kota Tidewaters if anyone's looking...

Jarhead posted 11-26-2003 05:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     

You asked for an update so here's the first.

Monday I dropped of the 130 at the dealers to be fitted with a Lowrance LMS-320 GPS/sonar w/ Ram Mount, Riptide 55# 42inch trolling motor and a Keel Guard.

Got a call this morning telling me it was ready for pickup. WOW... They did a terrific job.

Of course I had to check everything out so I ran down to the Suwannee this afternoon for a little fishing/shakedown trip. Everything worked perfectly but the fish refused to cooperate. [damn fish]

Next on the list is a bait well, which I believe is going to be a 5 gallon bucket with a battery powered aerator, and a 54Qt. cooler/fish box that will be mounted on the front deck. The cooler will be mounted using four corner mounts so it can be removed quickly and easily to allow access to the bow locker.

That's the plan [today] anyway...

Ya'll have a great Thanksgiving. :)

Moe posted 11-27-2003 01:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
I have two sets of those corners for our two ice chests, but am reluctant to mount them any place where they could be tripped over. I think if I could put the cooler next to a gunwale or the rear of the bow locker, I could get away with two corners for each cooler, next to that vertical surface, where they wouldn't be out and tripped over.

In your case, I'd try to get a cooler that would fit on the lower deck in front of the middle seat/helm console and behind the bow locker, longitudinally, while underway. You could then move it wherever you wanted, including up on the bow locker, or even put it between the seats, while fishing from the front. This would give you much better visibility while underway, not to mention keep the center of gravity lower.

While underway, you could put the bait bucket between the seats on the port side, between where you're going to have the fuel tank and the trolling motor battery. A short bungi cord between the bucket's handle and the side rail should keep it over there. You could move it up on the bow locker while fishing from the front, and wouldn't have to bend over so far.

Just some thoughts...

Jarhead posted 11-27-2003 06:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
Sorry Moe. After reading my last post I can see that I was unclear about the cooler location.

I was planning on putting the cooler in front of the forward seat while underway and mounting it, vie the corner mounts, on the bow deck while fishing. The cooler would double as a seat an make access to the trolling motor easier.

In other words, I could sit down to fish and still be high in the boat. Also I wouldn't have to bend over so much to control the trolling motor.

Right now I plan on the bait bucket being aft. With the trolling motor, trolling motor battery and cooler forward and the cranking battery, fuel tank midships I think I can stand a little weight in the back. Besides, I can use the exercise walking back to rebait. :)

Thank you for your suggestions. I appreciate the thoughts...

Bill Davis posted 12-04-2003 10:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
I can't wait to see a photo essay on this project, either here or somewhere else on the web, Jar. Why, I would even come from Tallahassee to the Suwannee to see this baby tricked out! I have been enjoying my 130 for a couple years now, inshore saltwater fishing and coastal exploration my love. But it is my first boat and I am learning slow. I put two swivle seats [no backrests on the 2000 model] and a Lorrance and have a gps handheld with a bracket, fire extinguisher [had a game officer tell me the anchor bin is a "closed compartment" meaning an extinguisher was required], and Perko rod holders on the rails. I let my cooler sit free forward of the front seat, on the deck. And my bait well is one of those insulated buckets with "cool bubbles."

I really want a trolling motor and am wondering how yours looks and works. Does it have a big footprint? Is it removable? Easily? I like your idea of the cooler as trolling bench.

I have thought about getting a telescopic pole and a hanging bracket for that.

I have a bait-cutting board to figure out how to install, too.

Have fun and KEEP us POSTED. It would be great to see some pix! "Congratulations" as the brokers say to the buyers.....


RobTWake posted 01-01-2004 12:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for RobTWake  Send Email to RobTWake     

Congrats on the latest member of yor family!

I have been absent from the forums since earlier in '03' when we both compared notes on our upcoming Dauntless 160 deliveries.

Hope your summer with your 160 was as exciting as mine. I decided I missed the big water too much and moved my 160 to a marina in the western basin of Lake Erie (Toledo Beach-great people BTW!). Had a great time exploring and fishing but I did miss the smaller lakes when Erie gets a bit restless.

After reading about your current post on your new Whaler I have been inspired to put some love back into my old '72' sport which I moved up from Sanibel about decade ago. She was my first Whaler and was my primary transportation before I was able to get my driver's license.

It made for so many great experiences in my youth that I feel that I owe it to the boat and myself to bring it back into service, as you mentioned it would be perfect for the shallows and places where the 160 can't go.

I hope you are getting out on the water this time of year, was just down in Fla for Christmas and was so envious of you lucky souls who can keep your boats in the water all year long...I can't tell you how depressing it is when we have to put your baby away for the winter!

Happy New Year to all you Whaler lovers! Hope we all have great times on our boats this upcoming year.



Jarhead posted 01-01-2004 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
Bill, sorry I missed your reply. Rob, glad to see you back...

Bill... I really didn't like the idea of having cooler cleats on the bow platform, The less things to trip over the better I like it, so I use a piece of Easy Liner instead of cleats. Easy Liner is a rubber like perforated shelf linner I bought from Wal-Mart. Comes in a 12" BY 12' roll. I cut it to fit the bottom of the cooler. Holds the cooler in place well. Non-adhesive, non-skid and tuff. I just lay it on the bow platform and put the cooler on top. When underway I put the liner in the cooler and the cooler in front of the forward seat.

Oh yeah... I use the padded cooler from the 160 Dauntless on the 130 Sport. Works great and real easy on the old butt.

I'd love to post pics but I'm afraid it just ain't gonna happen. You, and just about all, are however officially invited to come on down for a Suwannee excursion. The flats fishing hasn't been that great lately so I've been fishing the Suwannee two or three times a weeks.

Rob... I too have had nothing but great times with the 160 Dauntless. Plan on a Gulf trip next week if the temp. holds. Just got a couple of new Penn 5500SS's matched with Ugly Stik's I want to try out on the Red's. If not it's the 130 for inshore/river.

I envy you the restoration of your '72 13'er. I sold my old 13' about 10-15 years ago. I've kicked myself in the butt many times over that move... :)

Okay, fingers, and brain, are about done for so ya'll have a happy new year...

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