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Seadweller posted 10-01-2004 04:03 PM ET (US)   Profile for Seadweller  
I purchased a pre-owned, '02 130 Sport that can't have more than 20 hours it. It was in as-new condition when I bought it, with the exception of the helm seat. It was badly cracked on both ends, with spider cracking all along the leading and trailing edges.

I went to the Whaler dealer, and noticed that the new seats have a center support, something that was evidently overlooked in the '02 model run. I called BW and expressed my dissappointment in the design, and even though I wasn't the original owner, they asked me to send them pictures of the seat.

When they saw the pictures, they agreed to send me a new seat, free of charge! Within 3 weeks, my new seat arrived (it had to be shipped to the dealer), I installed it, and now I'm happy as a clam! Not that alone, but I received the updated seat with backrests!!

Service in the boating industry is questionable, and my hat's off to BW for really caring about the customer, and standing by their products.

dittybag54 posted 10-02-2004 12:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for dittybag54  Send Email to dittybag54     
My hat is off as well; congratulations on the boat purchase and the good experience. My wife and I just had a wonderful day today on our 130. It was spent running about 26 MPH for 30 miles on a mirror smooth lake, watching birds in a cove and ended with a most clear and quiet sunset. This is our first Whaler and is one of the smallest boats we have ever owned; but we enjoy it big-time and it fits in the garage with room to spare. The other car lives outside now; that's how much we like the boat. Sometimes I miss sailing but the simplicity of the 130 suits us in the same way. You will enjoy the boat.
Whaletosh posted 10-04-2004 11:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    

How much did you pay for your boat. I am selling mine and need to come up with a price.

Seadweller posted 10-04-2004 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Seadweller    
dittbag54 - This is the smallest boat I've ever owned too, also our first Whaler, and we are really enjoying it. Our other boat is far too much "work" for much of the tooling around we like to do; going to waterfront restaurants, flats fishing, the local sandbar, etc. Not that alone, but it burns far less than 25GPH!!!!

Whaletosh - I paid $4,900 for mine, but feel I was fortunate to get quite a deal on it. I saw it advertised at a local boat dealer, and they simply wanted out from under it. It was advertised for $5,900, I offered $4,900 and was shocked they accepted the offer. The guys in the service department weren't happy when they found out what it went for!! The service manager said I could make $2K on it easily. Even at $5,900, the boat would have been a bargain evidently. I just happened to be the first one to the marina. All of the other 13' Whalers I saw from '01 up were $6,900 and higher, which is why I rushed down to the marina when I saw the asking price.

dittybag54 posted 10-05-2004 07:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for dittybag54  Send Email to dittybag54     
Wow, seadweller. What a good deal you seem to have gotten. Was this for boat, trailer, everything?
Seadweller posted 10-06-2004 01:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Seadweller    
Yes, boat with 40HP Mercury, trailer and cover. The only option on the boat is a depth finder, so I'll need to add a bimini and cushions if needed (actually, the bimini is mandatory)....

I'm in Florida, but the boat was originally purchased in Michigan as a tender for a 50' Pacemaker. Fresh water use its entire life (until I bought it of course). I can't imagine the boat has more than 30 hours on it....

Funny thing is my wife brought up the subject of a smaller boat so the family could do some local tooling around, going to waterfront restaurants, fishing, etc. Our other boat requires a deliberate plan, so we don't use it that much unfortunately. I figured I'd take my time looking, and on the first day of looking I was this one advertised on The salesman said they just put the ad in, so I guess it was meant to be.

With that said, I did have to put in a small lift, so it wasn't as much of a bargain afterall!! 8)

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