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sailmatt posted 06-30-2005 03:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for sailmatt   Send Email to sailmatt  
Hey, I'm new here. Long time Whaler fan, since I was a kid begging for a 13 (20 years ago). Found this site a few days ago while surfing and narrowing down boat choices. I can't say enough about the value of this site. I am in the market for a family boat, to include some fishing, some exploring, some duty as regatta chase boat (I sail too), and an occasional trip to the coast.

I'm very excited about the 190 Nantucket.

1. Has anyone put a T-top on a Nantucket? I like the utility that provides, but have not seen one on a Nantucket. There is a really nice 1996 Outrage 20 (CT) on Yachtworld with a great t-top setup. Seems like that top would work on a 190 NANTUCKET.

2. The 150 OptiMax sounds like the way to go. I'm not going to be in a position to buy for a 3-6 months. Should I hold out for the Supercharged 150 Verado? I'm leaning towards a four-stroke motor, for my own reasons (seen a few debates on here, and don't want to start another).

3. What seems to be the right pricing for a Nantucket 19? The dealer near me has a new 2005, with 150 OptiMax, Fishing Pkg, Bimini, Swim Platform for $35,900.

4. What is the preferred seating setup? Leaning post or pedestal seats?

5. Sounds like the Dauntless really does better with trim tabs. How about the Nantucket?



Whalerider posted 06-30-2005 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerider  Send Email to Whalerider     
Welcome aboard! Gotta hand it to Jim for running this site for our benefit.

I have owned my Nantucket for slightly over a year now and have put around 110 hours on it. I also have a hardcore flats fishing boat (actioncraft) that was just too wet and rough ridding for my young family, so got the Nantucket to allow them to join in on the fun more often. They love the Nantucket and overall I am fairly happy with it.
I have had very few problems other than one (see my post about the livewell) and this has been corrected in the 2005 models, so not a problem for you. My usage is 75% fishing, 20% tubing/skiing and 5% sight seeing. I would give it an A+ for family stuff, a B for fishing and an A for fit/finish. The service I have received from my dealer is outstanding!

Mine was rigged like the one the dealer near you has and was priced slightly less, but not by enough to fret over. I don't know where you are located, but boats down south are priced less than ones up north.

I don't have a T-top, but have priced one (@ 2grand) and will probably add it soon. The bimini is very nice but a pain fish around. I haven't seen a Nantucket with one anywhere, however I received an email from a Nantucket owner that does have one and he though that it unbalanced the boat. He also said he would not recommend adding one. That's the main reason I haven't added it yet .still thinking about it.

I have the 150 Optimax on mine and for my use I wouldn't consider less. Read what SalA has written on this board and I think he covered it very well. In my opinion he has the perfect engine on his....the Yamaha 150-4. If a Verado is an option, well that may be the ultimate.

I started off with the pedestal seats mainly because my wife wanted them. When I was trying out the boat I noticed that no matter how I adjusted the seats that it was uncomfortable to drive, couldn't sit and reach the steering wheel. I got them anyway because I stand up when driving and there was lots of resistance to the leaning post from the family. I never got used to the da*m seats so I now have the leaning post and when the wife goes along I put the seats in. I don't recommend the seats.

Trim Tabs I have Lenco 9x12 tabs with the indicator switch. I installed them myself, was an easy to do and took one afternoon. I have never heard anyone say I wish I didn't have tabs! They really make my Nantucket ride MUCH better. Highly recommended.

I have made several mods/changes to personalize the Nantucket for my use. The ones I like the best are- Removed the high bow rail for a low one, better for fishing.
Installed 3 batteries; wired so that 2 are for the 24 volt trolling motor, 1 for the engine. But I can flip the perko switch and use one of the trolling motor batteries for a backup starting battery. Also added 3 flush mounted rod holders to the area between the cup holders on the motor well. Never enough rod holders! The best change of all a Powertech 4 blade prop. I have detailed performance data if you're interested.

This is my setup:
Nantucket 190 w/ 150 Optimax
4 Blade Powertech Prop
Fishing Package
Bimini Top
Swim Platform
Pedestal Seats and Leaning Post
Custom Low Bow Rail
Minn Kota RT 80AP w/ copilot
Lenco Trimtabs
CMC Jackplate
Garmin 182C GPS
Lowrance LMS 330 Depth Finder
Icom 402 VHF with 4' Digital Antenna
More to come


Whalerider posted 06-30-2005 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerider  Send Email to Whalerider     
Whoops I did a cut and paste on my Nantucket set up.
I no longer have the CMC Jackplate on it. Sold on Ebay for a $150 loss.
The jackplate makes a huge difference on my Actioncraft but didn't do anything useful for the Nantucket. Obviously it helps in shallow water operation but the Nantucket is not a shallow water boat anyway. So for me, it was just a useless gadget. Not recommended.


highanddry posted 07-01-2005 04:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for highanddry  Send Email to highanddry     
We love ours, like the Opti, like the seats OK, yes I think it needs tabs for best performance. We use ours mostly for exploring and diving.
kline posted 07-01-2005 12:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for kline  Send Email to kline     
Matt, I have a 2004 Nantucket, I am enjoying my second year with the boat, I have the 135 OptiMax and am well pleased with the engine and boat. The performance is good and I usually have 3 or 4 onboard. We use the boat for cruising, fishing, skiing and as a meeting place when we jet ski. I am pleased with the entire package including the trailer.
Good luck!
JoJo posted 07-02-2005 10:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for JoJo  Send Email to JoJo     
I have an 2005 Nantucket with the 150 OptiMax. I don't see the need for tabs, yet. Have leaning post and seats, but use the leaning post exclusively. Use the boat for cruising, tubing, and diving. Love it! Best.
Perry posted 07-02-2005 12:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Perry  Send Email to Perry     
Matt, I have a 2005 Nantucket and have am going to have a custom T-Top made for it soon. I like the utility it provides and it is a good place to store electronics, antenas and outriggers. According to the hull diagram that came with the boat, there are four 1/2 inch plywood pads under the deck to mount a T-Top too. I have a 135 HP 4 stroke and the performance is great. I'm sure you will enjoy the Nantucket.
Yiddil posted 07-02-2005 04:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Have the 2004 "Nantucket Das Boat" Heres a pic or so. Cant say enough good things about this fantastic boat:)'s%20Collection.htm

lizabethie posted 07-03-2005 12:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for lizabethie  Send Email to lizabethie     
Hi Matt,
Mark and I have had the Nantucket for a little over a year, so the pricing might be a little dated.
We have the 2004 model, fishing package, trailer, swim platform, manufacturer-offered canvas (not Mills, unfortunately - leaning post/console covers,) bimini, & 115 Mercury Saltwater. We wanted a bigger engine, but we would have had to wait for the special order, so we took what we could get. Generally its performed well, but top speeds are still only around 28-30. As for seats or the leaning post - go with the leaning post. It'll save you $, and there's plenty of seating if you want to sit. You need to stand to see over the console anyway, (well, I'm only 5'3", so I have to!)

All this came to around $30K - the 135 motor (not the 4 stroke, I think) would have added $5k-$7k to the price, so I think your quote was fair. As others have pointed out elsewhere, prices are a little higher in the Northeast (please no comments, its all part of the wonderful USA!,) so your bigger engine may be coming at an even better deal.

Good luck with everything!

pennstater posted 07-11-2005 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for pennstater  Send Email to pennstater     
Just bought an 2005 Nantucket and here was my pricing w/

- 150 Optimax w/ extended 5-yr warranty
- Fishing package
- Jenson 4 speaker CD player
- Navman 7100 radio
- Navman 4350 fishfinder
- Bow cushion


trailer was on a seperate bill since we bought in PA and had to pay title and taxes there, but boat in MD. Trailer was another $1,500.

Hope this helps!

Sal A posted 07-12-2005 05:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
I have a 2004 190 Nantucket with a 2005 Yamaha F150.

My set up is as follows:

Leaning post
Bimini top
Cooler seat wih backrest
Swim platform with ladder
Mills dodger
Mills console cover and leaning post cover.
Garmin 188
Standard Horizon Quest VHF
No Trailer.

To achieve the above, I paid about $38,000.

I like the leaning post a lot.

If you are not a big fisherman, I'd also lean towards the bimini over the T-top. The sun protection is so much better. I fish some, but mostly use my boat to explore and cruise with family and guests.

I don't have trim tabs, and don't feel there is a problem with how my boat rides, but that is not to say they wouldn't be better with tabs. Everyone who has them swears by them.

pennstater posted 07-19-2005 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for pennstater  Send Email to pennstater     
Sal, does your Mills leaning post cover go over the bar? I ordered one from mills and it seems very tight when I put it over the bar.

Sal A posted 07-20-2005 08:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
Mine does go over the bar, and it is a snug/perfect fit. It was tight a bit, but has predictably loosened a small amount over the past year. But yes, it is snug.
jimh posted 07-20-2005 09:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Any decisions from sailmatt?
pennstater posted 07-20-2005 11:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for pennstater  Send Email to pennstater     
Thanks for the info Sal. It is really tight, but if it loosens a little, it would fit OK.

Best regards.

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