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ryland posted 10-14-2006 02:24 AM ET (US)   Profile for ryland   Send Email to ryland  
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'.
It trailers beautifully behind my Tacoma with plenty of spare power as I had to take it home over 300 miles from the dealer. I have studied the threads here, taken notes and will heed the important maintenance suggestions with regard to salt corrosion. Any further advice would be greatly appreciated as far as experiences, performance, maintenance, etc.


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.

Mambo Minnow posted 10-14-2006 08:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
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.

ryland posted 10-14-2006 01:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryland  Send Email to ryland     
I do have LED's
Speedo66 posted 10-14-2006 07:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Speedo66  Send Email to Speedo66     
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.



Speedo66 posted 10-15-2006 09:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Speedo66  Send Email to Speedo66     
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.


ryland posted 10-15-2006 08:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryland  Send Email to ryland     
Next question:

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.

ryland posted 10-15-2006 09:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryland  Send Email to ryland     
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!

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 10-15-2006 10:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Suggest you hang 2 12" fender balls on both sides of the bow flair area, the flared bow loves floating docks.
tombro posted 10-16-2006 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
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.
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 10-16-2006 02:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Boy, do they ever!!!!!
vink posted 10-22-2006 06:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for vink  Send Email to vink     
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.
ryland posted 10-23-2006 10:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryland  Send Email to ryland     
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.
contender posted 10-23-2006 11:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
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
contender posted 10-24-2006 12:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
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
royaloakwhaler posted 10-24-2006 06:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for royaloakwhaler  Send Email to royaloakwhaler     
Fender Ball 10001/10380/10001/594/11207/5

where2 posted 10-28-2006 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
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.
ryland posted 11-01-2006 09:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryland  Send Email to ryland     
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.
bigjohn1 posted 11-02-2006 04:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
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.
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 11-02-2006 01:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
"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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