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SmuttynoseIsland posted 01-03-2007 01:03 PM ET (US)   Profile for SmuttynoseIsland   Send Email to SmuttynoseIsland  
Greetings for a Whale(er) of a New Year! Does anyone have a 31-L? I'm looking for historic information on the design, manufacture, how it differed from the first 31 design, and performance data. Can anyone help?

Buzz

draftsman posted 01-10-2007 09:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for draftsman  Send Email to draftsman     
It's been a while, but I might remember a few things.... As far as performance, most of us thought it was a pig in the water, just too heavy because it was built in the traditional manner,(split, widen, lenghten, deepen), and the deck was quite heavy also. Not quite the same as doing a Outrage/Revenge crossover, much more mass to it.
Most of the changes between the two 31's were cosmetic, nicer inside layout, welded aluminum vents instead of plastic, nicer exhaust fittings, etc. Klaus Grohnert was the lead engineer on both models and my first of many bosses there. In fact, the initial 31' was my first project and introduction to the Whaler method of construction and design. I still have copies of the latter 31's deck and final assembly construction drawings, might even put them up for auction along with some other HTF and one-of-a-kind stuff taking up room in my closet. They would probably make nice posters for someones garage.
Don't know how many specifics I can remember, (it has been 20 years), but I'd be happy to answer what I can.....

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