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Eastport 205 reviewed in Dec Boating
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posted 12-15-2004 07:46 AM ET (US)
In a nutshell, they liked it. Said the standard 150 Merc was spiffy, and that a 200 Optimax would be downright sporty. I found the citing of 20-degree deadrise interesting. Although I have seen an Eastport at my dealer in the flesh, I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to that aspect. Could provide a sweet ride, if that number is valid. Whaler never mentions deadrise in the catalogs, do they...?
posted 12-15-2004 08:10 AM ET (US)
The Eastport has a rounded stern profile providing a large transom pad which is why it goes as fast as it does for the weight that it displaces. There is no way that boat has a 20 degree deadrise at the transom.
posted 12-15-2004 08:28 AM ET (US)
I suspected as much, in keeping with the Legend hull profile. Otherwise we would have a Conquest hull. That rounded hull is why it gets such good mileage in their test.
posted 12-15-2004 11:10 AM ET (US)
Although the center of the bottom may be rounded on the Legends, there is a straight section from inside the strake (or lowest strake), rising up to the sponson. I've measured the angle of that section on my 150 Sport to be approximately 14 degrees, and believe that angle to be even greater on the 190 Nantucket, shown here:
I believe this is what Whaler considers the "deadrise," and in that case, 20 degrees is easily possible on the Eastport.
posted 12-15-2004 11:16 AM ET (US)
Here are some other "Legend" transoms:
posted 12-15-2004 02:03 PM ET (US)
My old 1971 Outrage 21 has the rounded hull at the transom, and also gets great gas mileage. So did the 16' Whaler from 1961. Forty years later, have they come full circle on some features of the Classic hull engineering? Amazing.
posted 12-16-2004 09:08 AM ET (US)
Whaler specs show it as 18-degree at the Transom
posted 12-16-2004 12:41 PM ET (US)
Something tells me it's trapped air that gives this and most non-true deep vee hulls (Whaler and others)a better ride than anticipated by solely looking at a number on paper.
posted 12-19-2004 11:00 AM ET (US)
I found Lenny Rudow's review (in BOATING MAGAZINE, December 2004, p. 34) to be a little unusual. He spent the first two paragraphs talking about the instrument panel, yet there are no pictures of it. The next paragraph raves about how there is an unused fuel pick-up on the fuel tank that you could use to run an auxiliary engine. But where do you mount that engine? The transom notch and splash well are for a single engine. Performance is "spiffy". Handling is "better than one might think."
Most astonishing is this coincidence: the blond woman passenger in the magazine photo is remarkably similar to the blond woman shown in the Boston Whaler factory literature. They appear to be wearing the same blouse!
The speeds and fuel figures reported are not identical to the factory tests, but they are amazingly close. The differences between the magazine numbers and the factory numbers average less than 5-percent. Those are very consistent test results.
posted 12-21-2004 08:29 AM ET (US)
Yes, Jim, I thought the focus on that helm and fuel cell unusual, too. I totally missed the blonde! Was focusing on the shearline rather than the neckline.^_^
Hope to climb aboard one (the boat, that is) at the NY show on the 2nd of January.
posted 12-22-2004 08:49 AM ET (US)
Jim: as a former editor at Boating and other marine mags, I can report that it is not unusual to use supplied photography from the manufacturer to illustrate the articles you read. This explains why the female passenger looks familiar. In fact, you also may have notice on occasion when the motor tested in the article does not match the photo. Usually this is pointed out in the story, but not always. Peter
posted 12-24-2004 12:28 AM ET (US)
Peter's comment reminded me of one of the many things I like about the boat reviews I find in the periodicals TRAILER BOATS and POWERBOAT REPORTS: they almost always use their own pictures, taken during their own actual on-the-water tests. I am especially fond of the photography of Zenon L. Bilas, who usually shoots and writes for TRAILER BOATS and its sister publication, BASS & WALLEYE BOATS.
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