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SCDolphin posted 07-29-2008 03:45 AM ET (US)   Profile for SCDolphin   Send Email to SCDolphin  
I am new to this forum. What would be a good year range to buy 15-17 whaler. I don't want to have a rotted transom problem from a really old one.


Hal Watkins posted 07-29-2008 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hal Watkins  Send Email to Hal Watkins     
From looking at this site for several years, my target would be 1988. I had a 1988 15' Super Sport. It did everything I wanted till I took my wife for a ride in a new 170 Montauk. Hal of Waseca, MN
Don Jr posted 07-29-2008 11:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Don Jr  Send Email to Don Jr     
I would suggest 1958 - 2008. They're all good, it just depends on how much money you want to spend. If you buy a boat that's in great shape and is twenty years old, it will cost as much as a brand new one. Are you looking for a fixer upper? Also, you need to specify an exact length. Will 15 feet be big enough? There's some people on this site that are seriously thinking about moving up from a 15 to a 17. You might be able to buy one of their boats if you can wait until they're ready.
Don Jr posted 07-29-2008 12:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Don Jr  Send Email to Don Jr     
I didn't mean to say you could buy a new boat for the price of a classic in good shape, but you could sell a boat you bought new, for what you paid for it in twenty years if you keep it in decent shape.
boatdryver posted 07-29-2008 07:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Or, if you find a used 15-17 ft whaler that doesn't need much money put into it and buy right you will lose very little in depreciation in 2-3 years when your needs have changed and you want to move up


Tohsgib posted 07-30-2008 11:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
As far as I know and have owned, never seen a 15-17 with a rotted transom. Soft floor spots here and there but NEVER a rotted transom.
Don Jr posted 07-30-2008 01:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Don Jr  Send Email to Don Jr     
Just listed about 2 hours ago - There's a 1966 - 17 ft Nauset for $4250 on Craigs List in New Jersey. It says it's turn key, just needs the Mahogony refinished which is as easy as spreading mayonaise on toast.

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