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jackswhaler posted 05-03-2005 11:48 AM ET (US)   Profile for jackswhaler   Send Email to jackswhaler  
Ever since I first fished from a friends 13 ft Sport down in the Pensacola area 30 yrs ago, a Whaler has been my dream boat. A week ago I launced my new Nantucket for the first time and my dream has come true! And, it's even better than I expected. Just looking at it is exciting! It sits in front of my cottage on the Delaware Bay so when I open the door to walk out, there it is, gleaming in the sunlight -- or moonlight. A lot of people stop to compliment it and everyone who has been on it is impressed.

Launching and retrieving is almost as easy (although not as carefree) as with my little 16 ft aluminum boat, at least at high tide. I'll try consecutively lower tides until I reach the edge of my comfort zone. Our ramp is steep and short and muddy at the bottom of a low tide, so I'm sure there will be a limit that my two-wheel drive truck and I can handle.

I opted for the 135 Optimax and the power is great. This past Sunday I had four adults and two large children on it and it felt no different getting up on plane than it did the previous weekend when I was alone. We had it doing 42mph on the river by the speedometer. I did have a little snag when we got back to the docks and the throttle wouldn't come back into neutral. I took it back to the dealer on Monday and they had it fixed in an hour. After first checking the throttle lingage, then the lower unit, they found the culprit. Evidently, there is a bracket inside the lower cowling that secures the shift lingage going into the gear box. Of the three bolts that hold the bracket in place, one of them was never properly tightened and it backed out enough to impede the linkage from full travel. They took pictures to send to Mercury before snugging everything down and replacing the cowl. I can't say enough about the great service I got through the entire purchase process with my dealer, Taylor Marine in Milford, De. I would highly recommend them!

Now, I can't wait for next weekend, and the next, and...

Sheila posted 05-03-2005 01:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Congratulations, and thanks for the report! Have you named her?
JoJo posted 05-03-2005 02:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for JoJo  Send Email to JoJo     
I am picking up my 2005 Nantucket on Friday, 5/06, for a brief water trial...what should I say to the Whaler rep before splashing the boat regarding this as my dealer is 68 mi. from my dock....I would appreciate a response as I do not wish to duplicate your problem. Thanks so much in advance.


jackswhaler posted 05-03-2005 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for jackswhaler  Send Email to jackswhaler     
Thanks, and no, I haven't come up with a name yet. Still working on that.

JoJo, there is no way to predict the minor situation I had. With anything mechanical, something can always go wrong. Fortunately, this was only a minor human error in failing to tighten a bolt properly. The throttle idled back enough to dock the boat by killing the switch when I got close. So no harm was done. You really have to have faith that you've bought a really good boat and motor and deal with the small issues as they come up. This forum can help guide you around any major concerns.

My sea trial was just a learning experience on all of the systems. Don't be afraid to take notes and ask a lot of questions to be sure you understand what they're telling you. A good mechanic will give you a lot of tips on the dos and don'ts. Then, read the manuals and you'll see a lot of what he said will be in the manuals. If you're not real familiar with boat and motor systems I would try to take someone who is. They'll know a lot of the right questions to ask. Good luck!


Yiddil posted 05-03-2005 04:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Congradulations!!!! On Your New Nantucket!!! Having Launched My then New Nantucket "DAS BOAT" MAy 15th 2004 I can understand the excitment you are experiencing!!! You will not be dissapointed even a year later..I am amazed at how wonderfull my Nantucket is!!! It only gets better and better....This year I couldnt wait to get her back in the water and launched her in early April...Ive already been out like 4 times...trying to beat last years record runs......Being off everyday...the minute I hear good weather Im gone!!!I raise my Boston Whaler Flag over the house to let people know its a boating day and thats were Ill be!!!

Best Damned boat Ive ever owned!!! Enjoy!!!the Dream!!! I am:)

kline posted 05-04-2005 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for kline  Send Email to kline     
Jack, I am making my first fishing trip in the Delawre Bay on Monday. Where are you on the bay, have you heard of any Striper hot spots? Worms or bunker?

I'll keep a eye out this season for another Nantucket with a 135!

Royboy posted 05-04-2005 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Always nice to meet someone with impeccable taste in boats! Congratulations.

130 Sport

jackswhaler posted 05-11-2005 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for jackswhaler  Send Email to jackswhaler     
Thanks Roy!

Steve, sorry I've been away. I'm at Bowers, about mid-way near Dover Air Base. I've been painting the cottage so I haven't been able to get out fishing yet but they're catching stripers, weaks and flounder. Most of the action I've heard about has been around Brown Shoal on the lower Bay. Where are you located? - Jack

kline posted 05-13-2005 08:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for kline  Send Email to kline     
I am on the Jersey side. We fished 6 Buoy and then to 34. We picked up 1 striper at 27 inches, really nice fish, fought great, went on 3 good runs. There were about 7-8 boats at 34, didn't see anyone doing much. The tide was coming in, I would have rather fished the outgoing , but couldn't work out the timing. Monday was a beautiful day and the boat ran great (first time out this year).

We come over and fish around #1 Buoy on your side of the bay
we had some good days there last Fall.

Keep an eye out for a fellow "Whaler"!

Sal A posted 05-13-2005 09:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
Conrgatulations Jack!

I think our Nantuckets are all generating a great following. I know everyone asks me about my boat in my marina. Even the Bert guys! I am due north of you in Barnegat Bay, and I jump into the ocean through the Manesquan and Barnegat inlets. Best of luck.


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