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luife posted 06-01-2005 05:20 PM ET (US)   Profile for luife   Send Email to luife  
While looking at several pictures of the 130, I noted that the front locker cover does not have the black rubber locking device that the 150 and the Montauk have. My questions are, does the cover pops open when underway in a chop? What do you do to keep it close while running? If the cover opens underway I assume it slam back when closing? I would guess that this will damage the cover with time. I will appreciate the input of anybody with experience with this boat model. Thanks in advance for your help.
dittybag54 posted 06-01-2005 05:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for dittybag54  Send Email to dittybag54     
The locker cover on my 130 Sport is so heavy that when it starts slamming up and down, then I know we are in some real trouble and should turn around to go back to port. No kidding; mine sits as steady as Gibraltar; even in a pretty rough chop. My back will break before my locker lid flies up more than a fraction of an inch.

On the other hand, the front console flexes like a bowflex when someone is sitting on it in a chop. Mine won't be for sale anytime soon as it's a great boat no matter how you slice it.

Royboy posted 06-02-2005 12:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
I have a 2000 13 Sport, which has the same bow locker cover as the 130's. It has stayed put in everything I've been in, and that includes some pretty rough water (up to the occaisional 4 footer).


jimmy c posted 06-12-2005 10:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimmy c  Send Email to jimmy c     
We have a 2001 130 the hatch should have two clear little round bumpers on the inside of the opening edge of the hatch to stop viabration.
if yours are missing you can get a card full of them for a few dollars at the hardware store.
Of more consern than the hatch is the flexing of both the console seat and the pilot seat. Hitting rough water they flex a great deal.My pilot seat has stress crack on the edges.
Whaler says they never heard of the problem hence no fix...
Any one else expearanced this problem ? got a fix?
aubv posted 06-13-2005 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     


I noticed in looking at a number of 130 sports over the last week that the newer ones have a vertical support under the pilot seat. They may also have a vertical support for the front console seat.

While you can't see the supports on the 130 in the 2005 catalog, you can see the supports on the 150.

I have a question for those who have 130 Sports and have used/owned the older 13 design. Which one do you like better and why?

jimmy c posted 06-13-2005 09:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimmy c  Send Email to jimmy c     
The 130 is a much more stable platform,dryer,smoother ride.
WE use our exclusively for fishing.
On the 130 the fuel tank and battery are under the pilot seat leaving the rear deck completely open and totally useable...boat is wider giving more deck space.
The only thing I do not like is the console is ploped on the foward 1994 13 GLS had a real console and the foward seat was easly removed via three thumb screws.
on the 130 only one person can sit on this seat because of the console....almost useless.
I am thinking seriously of supporting the seat/console and cutting the seat off at the console to free up more deck space for fishing.
I do not like the back rest on the new 130 pilot seat,makes it difficult to swing around to stern when fishing.
Overall I have had many classic 13,s I personally prefer the newer 130 for what my use,s are, stable,simple,easy to clean....
jimmy c posted 06-13-2005 11:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimmy c  Send Email to jimmy c     
I have my fire ext. attached to the underside of the front hatch ( good out of the way place for it) this keeps the hatch down.
luife posted 06-14-2005 10:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for luife  Send Email to luife     
Thanks to all for their reply. It has been very helpful.

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