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New 150 Sport
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posted 10-14-2006 02:24 AM ET (US)
Well I just bought a new 150 sport for $14,995. It was a 2005 model but still in shrink wrap. It came with cushions and a swim ladder, I added an anchor, extra fuel tank, cover and a spare tire. I have had it a week and am very pleased! I love this boat! I am in Santa Barbara, CA and use it almost 100% in the Pacific. It's my 2nd Whaler, I still own a 1979 13'.
Trimmed out I am up over 33 mph. It exceeds my expectations as far as staying dry in chop, especially compared to my 13'.
Is there a way to grease the connections for the trailer lights? Do I need to take light apart to get to them or are they protected?
Has anyone ever heard of a windshield for the console and or some sort of canvas or plastic that might fit around the bow rail to provide some protection from the elements? I went to Mills Canvas website and it appears they do not offer anything like that for the 150 sport.
I noticed the seat cushions stay wet. I have taken to occasionally removing the foam and turning the covers inside out to dry.
I am going to install a small piece of adhesive backed thin rubber to the bow to protect it from damage on the bow roller on the trailer.
posted 10-14-2006 08:59 AM ET (US)
On a newer package, you might have LED trailer lights, which don't fail as quickly as bulbs.
If you have traditional Wesbar type taillights, you can remove the lens cover and coat all wiring connections with dialectric grease to improve corrosion protection.
posted 10-14-2006 01:32 PM ET (US)
I do have LED's
posted 10-14-2006 07:56 PM ET (US)
Congratulate yourself, you got a great boat at a great price! I've got an '04 model and I love it. Can't beat the fuel milage from that 4-stroke.
The only thing I might add is a recommendation if you are considering a bimini The factory one I'm sure is wonderful, however it's also over $1000. I bought one with Sunbrella fabric from Overton's for less than $300 and I'm very happy with it.
posted 10-15-2006 09:10 AM ET (US)
Oh, the other thing about the factory bimini is that you can have it in any color you like, as long as that color is black.
Overtons, and most others, offer you a choice of colors.
posted 10-15-2006 08:45 PM ET (US)
Anyone have any tricks for keeping that bright white non skid deck clean? After two weeks it looks terrible and I am assuming I'm like everyone else here meaning I am nearly obsessed with keeping my Whaler looking and running perfectly.
posted 10-15-2006 09:09 PM ET (US)
Ok forget my last post, that'll teach me to ask before searching. Just searched that question and found more than enough info!
By the way I broke 35mph today on a lake with glassy conditions, myself and one other aboard, plus two full fuel tanks and fishing gear. Couldn't see through my watering eyes!
posted 10-15-2006 10:49 PM ET (US)
Suggest you hang 2 12" fender balls on both sides of the bow flair area, the flared bow loves floating docks.
posted 10-16-2006 10:27 AM ET (US)
I'll echo TL's suggestion, as I had a couple gouges that I needed to repair due to contact of said bow flair with floating docks.
posted 10-16-2006 02:46 PM ET (US)
Boy, do they ever!!!!!
posted 10-22-2006 06:17 AM ET (US)
I found a fender ball adrift at sea and it was the best investment I ever made for my 2003 150 Sport. It even had the proper length of rope attached. I use it all the time.
PS - I could not locate the lost and found department out in the Atlantic.
posted 10-23-2006 10:40 PM ET (US)
I am not sure what you are refeering to when you say "fender ball". I cannot find a product with that name. I do have regular fenders for my boat. Can someone give me a website, i cannot find it on westmarine or baotersworld.
posted 10-23-2006 11:50 PM ET (US)
Trailer lights in salt water always: burn up, leak, break, crack, get hit, do not work. I removed my lights from the trailer and made my own setup. I hang the lights(with the tag) on the outside lifting rings and run a line in the boat.I then remove it when I use the boat. It takes longer but my lights always work. Why is your bow being damage by the front roller, you need to have a tie down strap, rope, turnbuckle from the front eye down to the trailer. sounds like when you are towing your boat it is bouncing on the trailer in the front thus damaging the area by the front roller section. Go to a custom canvas shop they can make you a rap for the front rail. You are in a small boat everything gets wet, sounds like the seat covers have to be hanged after each use or they will rot, also is the foam close cell(does not pick up water) cause it will have to be hung also. Spray the engine down with wd-40 and the trailer with lps3 (3M product). Trailer spray your nuts and bolts, springs, and lug nuts with this it dries like a hard grease but kepts the salt and rust off...good luck
posted 10-24-2006 12:00 AM ET (US)
fender ball is use in long line fishing, it is just a round ball like with one end with a hole for a line, They use them in south florida for anchor balls(for bring up the anchor with out pulling it up) they are also use for mouring anchors for sail boats.I have only seen them in red or white. Try different cleaners for fiberglass and let it soak on the surface, I have seen people use small pressure cleaners with some type of soap added...good luck
posted 10-24-2006 06:35 PM ET (US)
posted 10-28-2006 09:40 PM ET (US)
Another use for the fender ball in the Atlantic is as a marker for a dive party drift diving on a reef. The scuba divers exit the boat with the rope attached to the ball while a driver in the boat keeps track of the ball. Any scuba divers returning to the surface come up the rope close to the ball so the pickup boat can easily find them.
posted 11-01-2006 09:29 PM ET (US)
thanks for the replies, i am not sure about those fender balls though...they look pretty goofy, but maybe less goofy than a hole in my hull....i would post pics but i do not know how.
posted 11-02-2006 04:25 AM ET (US)
I agree entirely ryland and question the need for the big goofy looking round fenders on a boat your size. Three of the 5"x20" Taylor fenders work just fine for my 170 Montauk. Two years of docking at some local docks in fairly poor shape and not a ding on that side of the hull.
posted 11-02-2006 01:44 PM ET (US)
"thanks for the replies, i am not sure about those fender balls though...they look pretty goofy, but maybe less goofy than a hole in my hull....i would post pics but i do not know how."
You will be able to find out how to repair dings in fiberglass in the repair section.
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