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2009 130 SUPER SPORT at Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show
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posted 11-03-2008 07:05 PM ET (US)
OK, I've got some pics of the 2009 BW 130 Super Sport. My apologies in advance, some of the pics are a bit blurry.
The little guy in some of the shots is my son. He's getting enthused about boating.
posted 11-03-2008 07:24 PM ET (US)
Interesting little boat. Thanks for sharing!
posted 11-04-2008 08:22 AM ET (US)
Thanks for the pictures.
It is going to be interesting to see how well this model is received by Boston Whaler customers. The price point sounds good, and the boat has received a lot of attention to the details of its design. I am anxious to see one in person. I anticipate that Boston Whaler will be showing it at most boat shows this winter.
posted 11-04-2008 08:27 AM ET (US)
What was your son's reaction to the 130 SUPER SPORT for 2009?
posted 11-04-2008 09:12 AM ET (US)
That would be a nice boat with a navy blue hull and a splash of mahogany around the steering wheel.
posted 11-04-2008 09:40 AM ET (US)
I wonder if there is any room on the console for a GPS/Fishfinder. I have the 2008 model any have a nice Garmin 440 with a nice 4" screen mounted on top of the console.
posted 11-04-2008 01:04 PM ET (US)
That 130 is cheap, cheesy looking and poorly researched and designed.
In addition, it is so urecognizable as a whaler it's actually a P.O.S.
posted 11-04-2008 07:21 PM ET (US)
Looks like there is plenty of room for a GPS/FF. Obviously the mounting bracked would have to be mounted on a pretty good angle. If that is problematic for anyone a Ram Mount would also probably do very well. An internal antenna unit would save some rigging issues. Mounting the transducer would be the challenge. Not so much the mounting of it as the mounting of it in an elegant sanitary safe fashion.
Nice small boat, IMO. Perfect for teaching youngsters about boating and getting them started right with a Whaler.
posted 11-04-2008 08:30 PM ET (US)
Come on, Buy him the boat!
Gee Chop, don't hold anything back!
posted 11-05-2008 07:35 AM ET (US)
I think my son is getting hooked on boating. My plan is to teach him and his brother to respect the sport's environment, have him learn basic navigation, safety and boating skills, peer courtesy, and of course to have fun. It will end up being his (and his brother's) boat anyway. His older brother was 6 (he's now 22) when I took him out on his first boat ride. Back then I had a 22' cuddy cabin that I subsequently sold in 1999. Once you have the "water bug," as I call it, you love boating regardless of the size vessel that you can afford to own.
As for for chopbuster's assesment, if you see the 130 in person you'll notice it's Whaler genes and family lines very clearly. I do think that some of the options are a bit gimmicky, but they're obviously marketing to a younger market. My only options will be the bow rail and a swim ladder. I'll get the bimini top and cushions locally. South Florida is a huge boating market and boating accessories are competitively priced and easily accessible.
I'm curious to see what will happen to used 130 prices, if anything at all.
posted 11-05-2008 08:20 AM ET (US)
It's only cheesy if you get it in yellow.
If it is unrecognizable to you, maybe you need glasses. There isn't another boat company that makes anything like the 130 or 150, only Whaler. In white, it doesn't look much different from the old ones.
If you don't like it don't buy it. I doubt they made it for just you. You're probably one of those people who complains about all the junk on TV. Hey, you can turn it off, dude.
Actually Whaler listened to its customers. They make 2 boats now that are easily customizable. That's what everyone wanted.
posted 11-06-2008 09:35 PM ET (US)
I kinda like it.
I also like the classic 50th 130 anniversary model with the blue interior.
I imagine if they produced both models, they would sell an equal number of each.
posted 11-07-2008 07:13 AM ET (US)
If that is the new 130, it now has a hull virtually identical to that of the 150 Sport that debuted in 2003. And that 150 Sport was almost identical to the 170 Montauk that debuted in 2002. The 130 Sport hull that debuted in 2001 was somewhere between the older tri-hulls and the newer 150/170. Now it's the same.
The 130 now has a feature I liked least about our 150 Sport--the jetski console. The problem with that was that there was a ridge molded into the sole the console screwed onto. Not much flexibility if you wanted to change the layout.
As I've mentioned before, the hand rails of both the new 130 and 150 being inboard reduce the available seating room and in rough water will probably leave bruises on hips and thighs.
Finally, both the new 130 and 150 have the new "overweight Verado/transom barely out of the water" look of many modern Whalers which saw their Maximum Motor Weight magically rise 200-300 pounds when the Verados came out. Since the outboards haven't changed on the 130 and 150, Whaler dropped the sheer line at the transom to get rid of the freeboard. It's also noteworthy that classic Whalers designed for carbureted two-strokes get this "new look" when powered with much heavier fuel-injected four-strokes and DFIs.
As far as the 150 being a wakeboard boat with the Merc 60--I had one and I don't think so. This is an old man's concept of what young men want these days.
posted 11-07-2008 08:04 AM ET (US)
You know, I think the new design grows on you. If you like only the classic styles, you can always buy new Montauk, or used. Moe's comment regarding the "new look" with the heavier 4-strokes is dead-on.
posted 11-07-2008 09:40 AM ET (US)
Saw this at the show and I like everything about it except for the interior mounted handrails. I think it seemed like a good idea but in use I can only assume that they will get in the way. I think optional rails should be a choice except I can not find them on the whaler site. Other than that I think the boat is a nice clean evolution from the last model.
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