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billsag posted 03-24-2004 11:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for billsag   Send Email to billsag  
I am interested in purchasing a used 15-17 ft. whaler for use in Florida; Cruising, fishing, and skiing for 3 - 4 people. We looked a 16sl and my wife likes the dual console/windshield concept. I like the LARGE in-deck fish box. Can anybody that owned one let me know what your thoughts are; I have heard mixed reviews up to now.
UnderDog posted 03-25-2004 12:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for UnderDog  Send Email to UnderDog     
Hello Bill, I am a proud owner of an 1994 16SL with a 2002 evenrude 90 Hp fitch outboard, with the bimini top down I can do 51 Mph on the water. I have had 4 adults on the boat with lots of room to spare. and have even had four adults with cold water scuba gear(dry suits and extra weight lights plus 2 tanks each) also been on the california bay delta with my wife and four kids and have made lots of great memories we will keep for years to come. with the deeper v-hull she cuts thru wakes nicley. there is lots of storage in all the compartments. and she has more deck space than most montauk's I have seen. the 16sl is from what is called the reebok era. as I have been told its not a "classic" but who cares.


daveweight posted 03-25-2004 05:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for daveweight  Send Email to daveweight     
I co own a 16SL with my brother Chris, he will have all the facts/figures etc
Things we like about our very second hand 16SL
It was owned by a local town council as a saltwater safety boat for 8/9 years they did their homework before they spent taxpayers money on it.
The ride is superb especially for two men in their mid forties(I dislocated the base of my spine two years ago)and dont take too well to the harsh ride we used to get from a previous boat.
Standing up and driving is very satisfying and comfortable as are the pivot seats which are adjustable fore and aft to suit differing leg lengths.
The ability to walk between the consoles keeps passengers away from the gunwales which although very high instills more confidence in the kids
Hole shot and speed are good
Did have a porpoising problem, cured this with some driver training and changed a very strange engine setup brought about by previous owners having to carry a 6 man liferaft
Space Storage Quality of Stainless fitments General feel of quality Adaptability for fishing boat/Sports ski boat.
We have walkthrough stainless bow rails and a demountable boarding ladder which suspends from an A frame over engine when not in use.
Things we dont like
CHRISWEIGHT posted 03-25-2004 03:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for CHRISWEIGHT  Send Email to CHRISWEIGHT     

can only add a little to daves post really, sl is fitted with a 90hp classic 2 stroke Mercury wich gives the boat a lively performance a conservative 42 mph WOT @ 5250RPM on a 22p Lazer 2 prop.

In my view this boat is well liked by the people that own them and is a good family boat which is very adaptable as Dave says.

If you like it go for a test ride, I would recommend it.

regards chris

ALevy posted 03-26-2004 02:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for ALevy  Send Email to ALevy     
I owned a 16SL for 4 years. My previous boat had been a 15' Whaler that pounded so bad in the chop of the St. Johns River around Jacksonville that my wife and daughter would not go out with me. The 16SL is a great boat. Mine had a 90 HP Yamaha and we used for diving, tubing, fishing, and just plain running around. We even used it for diving in the Florida Keys where you normally run 6-10 miles offshore across Hawk Channel to get to the reef. The deep V hull cuts the chop and waves great, and is a very confortable boat for 4 people and gear. The only drawback for this boat is that if you have too much weight on one side it tends to lean when running, because of the deep V hull. Another consideration is that it is a heavy boat for its size, and you need to make sure that the boat trailer and tires are up to par. I destroyed 2 sets of tires in my travels to the Keys until I realized that two 960 pound rated tires could not support the weight of boat, outboard, gear and trailer.

When it came time to replace it with something larger, I purchased a 1997 20' Dauntless with a 200 Evinrude (I wish that it was a Yamaha). This boat with its twin consoles looks like a larger 16SL. The 20' Dauntless is the best Whaler that I have ever owned, and I have owned 8. Good luck. I think that you will really like the 16SL.


billsag posted 03-27-2004 09:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for billsag  Send Email to billsag     
Thank you for the replies. I looked at a 16sl locally
(Orlando FL) a few months ago but never did take it out for a spin. I really liked the deck configuration and the overall layout of the boat. The size is right and it is small enough to tow behind the family wagon. I missed the one locally and I saw another one go on ebay a few weeks ago about $6-7k. There was one on boattrader this past month but it sold as well; asking $8500. Does anybody know what the Fair Market Value is (1990-1994) and where I can find one in good condition?
bobgilsp posted 03-29-2004 01:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for bobgilsp  Send Email to bobgilsp     
The 16 SL doesn't get much attention on this site, due to its not being a "classic", having a short production run (1992-1994), and having been produced during the Reebok era. Don't let that discourage you. Take one for a sea trial. Its large, deep-V bow lets it handle chop. It has plenty of freeboard for handling big water. Properly set up and trimmed, it will not porpoise. It is set up to offer a lot of room for fishing, skiing, or other runabout activities.
stikbo posted 02-24-2005 10:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for stikbo  Send Email to stikbo     
I found this old thread doing a little research on the 16SL. There is a 1992 in my area with a brand new Yamaha 70hp (with 4 hrs), as new galvanized trailer and supposed to be in very good condition for $10k. Boat is in dry storage now as it has been much of it's life. I may try and take a look at it tomorrow. I hadn't really considered this boat until I came across the ad. I'm looking for somewhat of a dual purpose boat. One that I can take the wife and kids (ages 3 & 7) out for a nice day and also one where my buddy and I can do some fishing out of. Seems with the dual console and seating it would be well suited for family days. Is it going to hold it's resale as well as some of the other BW models? And would it be a good choice for waters such as Puget Sound? It appears the 16sl isn't highy rated by some on this site (other than those that own one.) Any recent feedback would be appreciated. Also wondering how the price seems with the new power? Many thanks!
stikbo posted 02-24-2005 10:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for stikbo  Send Email to stikbo     
My bad. It's a 75hp and the price is $11,500. Been looking at too many Whaler ads. LOL
Islandguy posted 02-25-2005 02:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Islandguy  Send Email to Islandguy     
Stikbo - I took a look at this boat a few weeks ago. It has been for sale for several months. I would not consider it to be in excellent condition. Condition is a subjective thing, but I would say it is in "fair" to average condition for a 13 year old boat.

There are a few places that need fiberglass repair. The helm area is very weathered, looks like it sat out in salt water. The hull itself looks solid.

I passed on this boat because I felt for the price you could get a much newer Whaler in better condition. And I did.

Like you said it has a very new engine. In my opinion most of the value is in the engine.

I would encourage you to look and see what you think. But from what little I know about the used Whaler market, there is no way this boat is worth anywhere near $11,500. And since it has been for sale for several months, those who have seen it have come to the same conclusion.

stikbo posted 02-25-2005 02:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for stikbo  Send Email to stikbo     
Thanks for the info Islandguy. I meant to ask you if you'd looked at that one in the e-mail I sent. I'll pass on it. That little old lady in Cali. that owns this boat was leading me on! Ha!
The search continues....
CHRISWEIGHT posted 02-25-2005 04:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for CHRISWEIGHT  Send Email to CHRISWEIGHT     

well its one year on from my previous post we like the boat even more than we did a year ago. she is tough and seaworthy and a years wear and tear have not touched her at all. we boat in a very rough shallow area (english channel) and two weeks ago we took her 12 miles offshore in good conditions with no worries for a fishing trip.

in the summer we use her for a family boat taking four adults and two children cruising around the solent.

she's a great boat and I think it say's somthing that the people who own them, like them, and keep them.

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