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hardensheetmetal posted 05-03-2004 06:48 PM ET (US)   Profile for hardensheetmetal   Send Email to hardensheetmetal  
I am putting thew cart in front of the horse a little. I have my 16' Maritime Skiff up for sale and would like to get back into another Whaler (this will be #8 I believe). I tolfd myself I was not going to look at any boats until I sold the other, but that doesn't seem to be working, as I check boattrader, Ebay, Yachtworld, and any other online classified I can find on a daily basis.

My purpose for thew new boat will be as shuttle from our bigger boat in Westerly, RI, down the Pawtucket River to Watch Hill. This could at times involve four adults and a dog. The boat my be used occasionally for fishing in Little Narraganset bay and just beyond Napatree Beach. I would like to keep the boat ties to the swim platform of the bigger boat, which has a 12'-6" beam. The slip is shared with a 35-40' sailboat, so i don't really want to stick out too far past my own half of the slip. I am not looking to carry or tow the Whaler as we have a small Avon RIB for that purpose.

I originally was looking for an 11 Sport. I found a late 70's model without power, in need of some light restoring, for around $1,500. I liked this idea, as I have never owned an 11.

I have ruled out an older 13(60's or 70's) as I have owned several of these and would like something different. I also don't want to buy an outboard that will need replacing soon.

I started looking at newer used 130's. While I am not in love with the looks (high steering console), they all have fairly low hour motors and have not been beat. I do have a problem with some of these boats being sold for almost what the cost new ($8,500.00), I realize they are about $10,000.00 now. Several of the baots I have seen have the 25hp 4 stroke, which seems low to me. Some have the 30hp 2 stroke, for which there is no performance data on Whalers web site.

I also considered a n 80's 15 as I have never owned a 15 either, but I think it may stick out too far into the slip. Most of the 15's I found were about $1000.00 less than a used 130, but had 10-15 year old motors.

To further confuse things, I came across an early 80's 13 that needs some easy cosmetics (refinish wood and a rubrail), but has a fairly new (99) 40hp 4 stroke for less than 5K asking, but no trailer.

Anyone have any input? Or know of any of the above for sale in New England?


pgm posted 05-30-2004 01:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for pgm  Send Email to pgm     
Birbarie Marine Sales, Brandford, CT has an 1989 11' sport w/15 Johnson - looked at it today, very clean boat, but too small for me. Max capacity states only 3.
hardensheetmetal posted 05-31-2004 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     

Thanks for the info. Was it a sport or a supersport? Did you happen to notice how much they wanted for it?


Moe posted 06-01-2004 09:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Four adults and a dog are going to be packed in a 130 Sport, much less in a 6" narrower Classic 13, or smaller boat. It'll also be sitting pretty low in the water.

I wouldn't want less than 40HP with that load, and you'll still probably have to swap the prop for one with less pitch.

Keep in mind the motor, tilted up, will add about 2' to the boat length.


hardensheetmetal posted 06-03-2004 08:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
Moe-(and everyone else)

Thanks for the input. I ended up buying a nice 2001 130 with a 40 2 stroke, bimini, brand new trailer,and a brand new coushion set for about $1,000.00 more than I would have paid for a decent used classic 13 with a 10-20 year old motor. 13 should work very well where I plan on keeping it, 15 would have been a tad to big, and 11 would probably have been a little too small.

Thanks again

Moe posted 06-04-2004 11:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Congratulations! You'll be glad you didn't go smaller than the 130 when loaded up.


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