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Hdhuntr01 posted 04-25-2006 08:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for Hdhuntr01   Send Email to Hdhuntr01  
I just bought a Boston Whaler. I am desperately trying to identify the exact model as well as a little additional information. The boat looks identical to a 1992 BW 21' WA that I have seen on this site. When I ran the information thru NADA to get an estimated value, it does not show the 21' Walk Around until 1992. (My serial number is BWCEA019E191) The boat mesaures approximately 21' plus an additional 2' for the pulpit which would be an overall length of 23'. I have been told this would be considered a 21' boat but I do not know this for sure. Overall condition of the boat is damn fine and it is running a strong 1998 Merc 225 offshore with a 5 Blade SS Prop. I cannot locate the place to fill the fresh water tank which is suppose to be 10 gallons. I also cannot determine how the porta potti works.

Any information that anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated. I have a copy of an owners manual that I received from Boston Whaler but it does not provide a lot of specifics. Also any information where original parts could be purchased would be great. I would like to replace the canvas top and enclosure.

Backlash posted 04-26-2006 08:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
Congratulations on your new boat and welcome to the forum!

The serial number indicates that your boat is indeed a 1991 21' Walkaround. The 21' and 23' Walkarounds were only manufactured from 1991 to 1993.

I also have a 1991 21' Walkaround purchased new in 1992. Here is a link to photos of my 21 which show the original Mills full canvas enclosure (still available from Mills) as well as modifications I have made over the years:

I can't help you on the location of the fresh water fill as this is the only option I do not have. I do however have the original Raritan Installation/Maintenance Manual for the manual head. I will try to scan this and include in my PhotoBucket album soon.

Please feel free to contact me directly at the email address in my profile.

Good luck with the new boat.


erik selis posted 04-26-2006 08:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
I love that boat Steve. Too bad I can't find one over here. She looks a lot bigger than 21-feet.


showcs1 posted 04-28-2006 12:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for showcs1  Send Email to showcs1     
I've been looking at the 21 WA for a long time too. Finding one in the midwest used is pretty difficult so far.
The toss up is between the 21 WA and the 23 WA, and selling my Montauk.

Great picture Backlash, looks like a fun trip.


Riptide23WA posted 04-28-2006 03:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for Riptide23WA  Send Email to Riptide23WA     
When my buddy gets back from Maine, I'll look at his 21 WA. I think he has the fresh water tank.

On my 23WA, the fresh water fill is located on the aft vertical edge of the port cabin wing, behind the companion seat. Sorry if that description is confusing; I don't know how to describe it. Anyway, the tank is under the port cockpit sole, outboard the fuel tank. On the 23WA, there's a removeable tray in the floor between the helm seats. You can pull the tray out, poke your head underneath, and see the water tank. That's how I found out that my holding tank had been removed, although how they removed it has me baffled...

Backlash posted 04-28-2006 08:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
Erik, thanks - yes it does seem big for a 21 footer.

Ron, the 23' WA is HUGE compared to the 21.

Pat, if I'm not mistaken, I thought the fresh water tank on the 21 (and maybe the 23) was located in the forward end of the port fish box. Is this the location of the fresh water fill?


Riptide23WA posted 04-28-2006 06:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Riptide23WA  Send Email to Riptide23WA     
Steve, thanks for sparing me the 1000 words. That's where the freshwater fill connection is on my boat.

The pumpout connection is located on the starboard gunnel. I would be interested to hear how you fellows like your installed head setups. When I bought my boat last year, the Raritan head had been removed. I figured that I would just install a new one, or something similar, and replace the hoses. But as I poked around, I saw that the whole holding tank had been removed somehow, which makes the project a little bigger. But, I want a permanent head on board, so I will fix this.

My only concern is if the head smells up the little cabin at all, and if so, what other compact heads might work better...

Did we answer your questions, hdhunter?


Chuck Tribolet posted 04-28-2006 07:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Peggy, who owned Raritan, used to be very active on
(before it got OTed into a poltical mudlslinging contest).
If you have problems with a Raritan, searching the
archives on Google groups would be a good idea. She answered
a lot questions there.


6992WHALER posted 04-29-2006 12:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for 6992WHALER  Send Email to 6992WHALER     

I have a 1992 23 walkaround but the owners manual cover the 21' as well.
The fill pipe is located “On the port wing of the cabin trunk”
The tank “10 gallons, below the port pilot deck-access through port wing panel”
The pump “inside the port aft quarter box”
Hope that helps

After 5 years of hunting for one in the midwest, I had to get mine on the east coast.

Hdhuntr01 posted 05-04-2006 08:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hdhuntr01  Send Email to Hdhuntr01     
Thanks folks.... I just got back in town from Talladega and read the responses. They are all appreciated. I took a quick peek at the area everyone is pointing to but unfortunately I have a vinyl padded panel there and it will be the weekend before I can pull that off. Looks like someone added this panel on both sides and installed stereo speakers there.

Steve... I looked in your album for the manual on the head and found that album however nothing is in it. Not sure if you just haven't gotten that far yet or if something didn't post as intended. Would really like a copy of that manual if possible....

Thanks to all...

Hdhuntr01 posted 05-04-2006 08:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hdhuntr01  Send Email to Hdhuntr01     
Hmmmmmm, Got a chance to look at Steve's BACKLASH... Awesome boat Steve! But noticed the same panels on Steve's boat with a little modification. So now I am not sure where everyone is referring me to for the fresh water fill...
Riptide23WA posted 05-05-2006 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Riptide23WA  Send Email to Riptide23WA     
IF the boat had a freshwater tank, the fill connection would be just under the handrail on the back edge of the cabin wing, right where the arrow in Steve's picture a few post ago is pointing to.

I checked my buddy's boat tonight. No freshwater on his boat, either.


Backlash posted 05-07-2006 11:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     

Here is the link to the Raritan manual: For some reason the dimensions were reduced for page #1 and #3 when importing into PhotoBucket.

The "padded panels" you refer to were installed at the factory. I redid mine and added speakers and storage compartments.


Hdhuntr01 posted 05-07-2006 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hdhuntr01  Send Email to Hdhuntr01     
Guys, what I don't understand is that my boat comes equiped with a fresh water pressure switch at the helm and when depressed I do hear a motor momentarily run however I cannot find the fresh water fill area where you all have directed me to look. I do have a connection at the rear starboard side of the motor. I believe this connection to be for a transom shower.
Does anyone have any further insight as to how my boat may be equipped or where the fill area may be?


Backlash posted 05-07-2006 12:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     

My boat also has the "Fresh Water" rocker switch on the dash, but since I don't have the fresh water option the switch is not connected. To the right of the "Fresh Water" switch is the "Saltwater Washdown" switch. The hose connection for the washdown pump is located below the starboard jump seat. Is this what you are referring to or is the "connection" you mention inside the motor splashwell?


Riptide23WA posted 05-07-2006 05:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Riptide23WA  Send Email to Riptide23WA     
David, as I mentioned before, on my 23WA, between the helm seats is a 2 foot long hatch with a removeable tray. Under the tray is the fuel sender and my freshwater pump. Also, one can see where the holding tank and the freshwater tanks are, to port and starboard.

Does the 21 WA have a similar hatch? If so, it should be a simple matter to observe the tank(s), if there is one, and follow the fill and supply hoses to the fill connection and the freshwater pump...


6992WHALER posted 05-08-2006 10:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for 6992WHALER  Send Email to 6992WHALER     
I may be wrong but looking at the picture of the 21 in the 1993 catalog, it looks like the water fill is very obvious on the port side of the cabin almost even with the port spring cleat.
Backlash posted 05-08-2006 12:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     

Duh! You are absolutely right! The fresh water fill is located on the SIDE of the port cabin wing, NOT at the back. This is a common water fill used in motor homes, travel trailers, and BOATS. Like this:


Hdhuntr01 posted 05-16-2006 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hdhuntr01  Send Email to Hdhuntr01     

Maybe I am looking at the wash down but the switch is clearly labled Fresh Water Pressure. When I depress this switch I can hear the pump activate briefly and it appears that some water is pushed to the transom shower. Is the Transom Shower fresh water? How does water get to the transom shower?


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