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PROUD NEW OWNER OF A 150 SPORT
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posted 12-11-2008 03:45 PM ET (US)
I decided to purchase a new 2007 150 sport from a dealer up above St. Louis. Picked the boat up for $14,889. Full warrenty and it had a ladder, comfort package, tackle tray and a battery. Has the Big foot 60 Mercury with the SS Prop.
Towed it back to New Orleans and to my surprise I came home to several inches of snow. It figures new boat and we get our once a decade snow event. Weather looks good for the weekend mid 70's
Any break in the motor hits besides what's in the mannual?
Look forward to any and all advise as a new BW owner.
See you on the water....
REd Beans and Ricely
posted 12-11-2008 04:22 PM ET (US)
Congratulations on the new boat. You will love it. The 150 Sport is a very capable little boat.
Changing the steering wheel is a very common modification.
I just followed the manual for my break in with no problems.
posted 12-11-2008 08:03 PM ET (US)
That was a steal! I bought one a couple of years ago (paid more than you) and plopped it in the water without any modifications. The only advice I have for you is to take it out as much as you can - it's a whole lot of fun, and while it on tops out at about 35 mph, you're so close to the water you think you're going 60. It's all about easy, and it's cheap to run too. I take mine into the ocean as frequently as I can, and while I stay inshore, I feel pretty secure in this little craft. Congrats.
posted 12-11-2008 08:48 PM ET (US)
Make it a point to replace the cheesy plastic steering wheel with something more nautical like the Schmitt SS steering wheel with finger grip and integrated control knob. You will come to appreciate this modification.
Good luck with your 150. I have a lot of fun in mine up and down the NJ ICW and inshore coastal waters around Cape May, New Jersey. With the wind at my back I have topped out near 40mph in the almost glass like cape may canal.
emailed you a photo of the install.
posted 12-11-2008 08:55 PM ET (US)
Congratulations......that's a great package and you are sure to have many years of fun!!
posted 12-11-2008 09:20 PM ET (US)
BoatersWorld has a great price on the 15.5 ss schmitt wheel.
posted 12-11-2008 10:11 PM ET (US)
Did you get it from Lewis Marine?
posted 12-12-2008 05:15 PM ET (US)
Add a 2nd gas tank, no place to mount the spare on the Karavan trailer, I keep mine in the truck, get guide posts for the trailer helps a LOT! Get a racor fuel filter installed under the seat starboard side pn/S3240 with the clear bowl,use stabil, get a couple large round [balls]style fenders so you don't end up putting the bow flair on a floating dock and chunking up the gel coat, p.s. I have a 2005 15' sport, great boat, taking it down to west palm next week.
posted 12-12-2008 06:49 PM ET (US)
Yes Lewis Boats
Thanks for the Pics of all the additions to think about.
The Destroyer Wheel. gas filter and a second gas tank look like my XMAS 2008 list items.
Disappointed about the "no place to mount a spare" reply. I have seen too many boats on the side the road with trailer flats.
The Mercury manual recommeds not adding any additional gas filters as it might starve the engine. Looks like the concensus is add one anyway. The gas filter part# given is from BW or from some other source?
Red Beans and Ricely
posted 12-12-2008 07:35 PM ET (US)
I also bought my 170 Whaler from Lewis. Brian and Tim were great to deal with..easiest purchase I have had. They had a few things to do after the sale and it was no issue. I'd definitely buy from them again.
posted 12-12-2008 07:59 PM ET (US)
I ran my '07 150 sport w/60hp bigfoot this past season without an additional fuel filter.
I sometimes think this puppy runs only on fumes !
I've had conversations with Reps at Merc. and my Merc. service provider and both were adamant that an additional fuel filter for this engine is an option not a requirement. I had the engine winterized recently and there were no fuel contamination issues whatsoever.
Should you go down that path there are other optional solutions to filtering fuel.
posted 12-12-2008 08:22 PM ET (US)
Opinions needed on who has added a hydro fin on their 60 Mercury / 150 Sport and why. I have a friend who has a 130 Sport and he swears what adding the hydro fin was the best $ he spent on additions to his boat. I haven't droped her in the water yet but weather permitting this weekend I will break in the motor. I was wondering if I should be thinking hyro fin for XMAS also?
Red Beans and Ricely,
posted 12-12-2008 10:20 PM ET (US)
Do a search on CW using, doel-fin or hydrofoil, as an example, there are others.
posted 12-13-2008 09:04 AM ET (US)
I can't speak for the 150 with a 60, but the hydrofin was a huge positive for my 130 sport with a 40.
My advice is to try the boat before you make the decision. For me the fin got me up on plane much quicker, allowed me to stay on plane at a much lower speed, and was a huge help when I had additional people on board (more than the usual 1 or 2)...
but, get the boat out on the water and see if you really need it.
posted 12-13-2008 01:01 PM ET (US)
Forget that fugly do nothing, hydrochit, you won't need it on the 15', the 15' runs great as is!
posted 12-14-2008 02:21 PM ET (US)
Congratulations and it sounds like you got a great deal! Good choice getting the 150 over the 130 - you'll likely keep it longer than a 130.
For boat wash just don't use dish soap, which will remove wax. I think they're all biodegradable now, but I buy whichever one claims to be best for the environment. For wax, I've been happy with 3M One-Step Cleaner & Wax.
You can mount a spare tire on the Karavan trailer using the kind of mount that looks like a giant U-bolt. I have the Smith locking model (#27201) from Boaters World. Since the trailer frame is narrow (when you look at it from the top) the mount ran out of threads before it was fully tight. I solved that by adding a block of wood (2x4) on the outside and drilling two holes for the mount to go through. I used to have the spare tire mounted on the Whaler sticker near the front of the trailer. Recently I got a new tow vehicle (Subaru Outback) and wanted to keep my tongue weight as low as possible, so I moved the spare tire in front of the fender where it adds very little to the tongue weight. This required replacing my 2x4 outside spacer block with one that went behind the spare wheel rim. This spaced the tire about the same distance as the fender is spaced away from the hull. I like having the spacer behind the rim instead of in front since the spacer now contacts the trailer frame and the tire rim instead of the tire rubber contacting the frame. With the previous method the rubber had to be compressed a bit for a secure fit and I was afraid this might eventually damage the tire (although that's how this kind of mount is supposed to fit). With either location the tire is about six inches off the ground, which is plenty for the speed bumps in my neighborhood.
I bought my spare tire online from Easternmarine (#1350024). They had the best price and it shipped quickly. The tire is the same model and the rim looks identical (okay, the little triangle holes in the rim are about 1/8 inch bigger, but who can tell besides me?).
The factory trailer does a great job loading the boat without guide posts. Just don't fully submerge the bunks and it will load perfectly every time. You only need guide posts if you retrieve in a real heavy side current. Even without posts you can deal with a strong current by not backing down as far (which means you'll have to use the winch a little more). I did eventually get guide posts so I could better see the empty trailer when backing down steep ramps.
I haven't changed my steering wheel. I find the Whaler wheel is comfortable, easier to grip since it's thicker, and doesn't get hot or cold. I had stainless Destroyers on my last two boats, but haven't had the urge to change this one. I can't imagine needing a control knob on a boat this size. You really don't need to turn the wheel much to get from lock-to-lock like you do when docking a big sports fisherman. And unlike a sports fisherman when you're underway you'll be turning the wheel faster side-to-side and the knob might get in the way.
You'll want the second gas tank unless you just go out for a couple of hours at a time. I don't see a need for an additional fuel filter with portable tanks. I just make sure I don't let the fuel sit in one tank for more than a month or so. Additional filters are mostly needed with built-in tanks (due to water vapor coming in from the vent) or if you get fuel from questionable sources (which is easier to avoid with portable tanks since you can carry them onshore to fill up). If you install a filter, then putting it under the seat where Trafficlawer has his seems best on the 150. I think Mercury's recommendation against second filters is the concern it might starve the engine, but any filter I've seen allows way higher fuel flow than the 60 HP needs at full throttle, so it shouldn't be a problem.
I haven't seen any need for a hydrofoil-type product on my 150 Sport with 60 HP FourStroke and stainless prop. My boat planes quickly and porpoising is not a problem. Whaler did a good job matching this boat and motor. Go out several times with different loads and in different amounts of chop before you go drilling your motor and lowering its value.
I typically boat with my wife and two young kids. The best modification I made was to get an additional Whaler port backrest cushion (#1744846) and make a filler for the rear bench step-thru notch. Now, all four of us can sit on the rear bench when we want to and no one falls backwards into the stern! It's still easy to step into the stern.
Another modification I did was to mount an Igloo Marine 54 cooler behind the driver. I didn't want to drill holes in my floor that might leak some day. So, I made a cooler bracket in 3/4" Starboard similar to the one on the front console of a 170 Montauk, but without a hinge. It's attached below the backrest storage area. I used the Whaler 150 Montauk cooler bungies since they're stronger than the fabric covered kind I could get locally. So that I could open the cooler from the bench seat (cooler hinge aft), I put a notch in the middle of the bracket (to reach the cooler latch).
As for other modifications, I got the Percs SOF-LOC holders to mount a shortened paddle above where the stern light is stored. I use a handheld waterproof VHF since I'm always close to other boats and also within cell phone range. If you go offshore or your boating is more remote you might want to get a fixed mount VHF like Fish Stick. An alternative antenna mounting location is on the bimini like Moe did (see picture links: www.continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum8/HTML/001906.html ). I have a GPS/chart plotter/fish finder and another cup holder on the console where Fish Stick has his, but my cup holder is behind the GPS so it doesn't block the screen.
Click on my Boston Whaler album for pictures of my modifications: http://s300.photobucket.com/albums/nn14/thesneds/
posted 12-14-2008 04:17 PM ET (US)
Go to Walmart and get 2 cheap clear car floor mats for use under the gas tanks, since the tank plastic feet will wear away the gel coat of the floor smooth. Put the mats under the tanks and strap down.
posted 12-14-2008 09:46 PM ET (US)
Well , as I catch my breath, .....
10 - 15 mph winds 3 to 4 ft waves and we went out.. To break in the propulsion system..... 60 hp Mercury big foot SS Vengence prop...
My bride blessed the trip with "Are you NUTs be careful"
WE, haven't picked a name yet, thought I needed to get to know her prior to giving her a name, set out for a 3 hour cruse to break in the Mercury.,,
15 minutes from the drive way we were in the water and
We weathered some of the worst waves and weather I have ever traveled and only about a coffee cup of water splashed into the hull...
No hydro fin required on this pupppy.. She is fittted with a Mercury match made in heaven... Up at my commend and slight trip to make it perfect...
I only caught some bad waves because I was concentrating on the RPM's not the waves..
I know that the faster we went the smoother the ride ..
At 6,000 rpm trimmed out we were flying and the honeymoon began.. It seemed the faster we went the smoother and dryer the ride,,
I have owned a boat for the past 32 years and have never been more impressed with the way it handeled the rough conditions.... WOW even now if I close my eyes I can feel the RUSH.... The name selection has swung from "Serenity" to "Tough Enough" in just one short cruse....
ONLY NEGATIVEs were:
* Need to tie down the ICE Chest.. forum support solved.
Thanks to the GREAT FORUM helpful sugggestions. I have my work cut out for me... As always it's not the having but the fun in getting there...
Red Beans and Ricely...
posted 12-15-2008 11:39 AM ET (US)
Dri-Dek http://www.dri-dek.com/?gclid=CPaUrIWHw5cCFQsMGgodXDrIRA allows drainage and has a smaller foot print.
posted 12-15-2008 03:24 PM ET (US)
A minor point, when you mount your spare, put it on the passenger side. If you need it, you will be further away from traffic than on the driver side.
posted 12-15-2008 06:31 PM ET (US)
Thanks. I haden't thought of the passenger side spare but it is a key safety item.
Dri-Deck looks promising. Did you put it under the seat pads also to allow additional drainage.
Thanks to all keep those cards and letters coming as I always say "why run into the trees if someone offers a map around them"..
Red Beans and Ricely..
posted 12-15-2008 09:39 PM ET (US)
Dri-Dek, I use it under the cooler, the tackle in the bow locker & fuel tank.
I've seen photos of small boat whose owners who have used them over the entire deck.
posted 12-16-2008 04:04 AM ET (US)
Davej - That is not a minor point you make - it is a major safety point and a darn good one! It may seem like just a small thing but it is a Great suggestion that I'm sure many, like me, just wouldn't have thought about.
Good point! Thank you.
posted 12-16-2008 12:12 PM ET (US)
You don't need a water seperator with an above deck tank of 6 gallons unless you frequently get a bad tank of gas. I have never used them and in 30 years have only received 1 or 2 tanks with water in it. As for the doel-fin, they are a must on 13's but never needed them on larger whalers. As far as the wheel goes, I love these and you can get the SS knockoffs on E-bay, etc for under $100.
posted 12-16-2008 06:10 PM ET (US)
In 40 Years of boating I have seldom had bad fuel, but than in 40 years we did not have ethanol crap to contend with so the small racor is a small investment to make to keep crud from fouling your injectors, but than again if you have faith in your gas retailer go without it.
posted 12-16-2008 08:06 PM ET (US)
Cajuncoonaus, congrats on the new boat, sounds like you got the "Whaler Fever", no cure for it, most of us just live with it! The spare tire thing sounds like a good idea, but on my boat the winch handle is on that side, which has always bugged me as you have to step over the hitch from the drivers side. Enjoy the new ride!....Jack
posted 12-16-2008 08:40 PM ET (US)
With the stif wind Sunday and being by myself I had a tough time keeping the boat centered on the trailer while I drove the truck up the ramp.
Does anybody have any suggestions on the post or guide rails to use on the trailer?
Did you get them from Karavan trailer or from your local trailer supplier?
Did you go with the tall post or the bunker rails which run several feet along side the boat?
Karavan sent several options today when I inquired of my options,one was rollers on either side.
Please reply with any and all comments on trailer guides which will help keep the boat centered on the trailer prior to pulling it out of the water.
Thanks in advance.
Red Beans and Ricely...
posted 12-16-2008 09:06 PM ET (US)
Forgot one more question. The cool marine coolers did Ya'll order them on line from Igloo? Acadamey Sports and the other di box stroes don't stock them around here.
Red Bean and Ricely..
posted 12-16-2008 10:40 PM ET (US)
You might try loading the boat another time before getting the guide posts. It depends on how steep your ramp is, but if you leave about 1/3 of the trailer bunks out of the water it should load perfectly. The boat will center well and you'll just need to winch the last foot or less. If the boat wasn't staying centered when you were driving up the ramp, then you had the trailer way too far in the water.
I have the tall PVC pipe covered posts that are 40 inches high. Don't waste your money on the ones with built-in lights as the lights don't seem to last long. Plus, your year trailer came with LED lights anyway, right? Mount them about 1-1/2 to 2 inches from the boat. You want them tight enough to help center the boat in the bunks, but not so tight that they stay in contact with the boat once loaded. I had the carpeted bunk style on my previous trailer and didn't like them. If I made the mistake of backing in too far, then they were too far down to help.
I got my Igloo 54 Marine cooler online from Boaters World. My local stores didn't stock the 54, which seemed to be the best size for behind the seat (largest size that wasn't taller than the side of the boat). Boaters World had the best online price at that time. If I remember correctly it wasn't available on Boaters World's website, so I had to order through Amazon and it was shipped by eAngler, which is owned by Boaters World. Not sure why they only sold the 54 through Amazon.
posted 12-17-2008 02:45 PM ET (US)
Hi, I owned a 150 Sport, bought new in 2003, for almost 3 summers, used almost exclusively in saltwater. Here is how I customized:
> Installed the Schmitt Destroyer wheel, as mentioned above, with an Edson ss powerknob.
That's all I can think of right now. They are great little boats, and I sometimes miss having an easily trailered, garage kept boat for inland lake use. We had the red Mills bimini top, which I matched with red braided docklines for mooring at restaurants. I was always surprised how many compliments this little rig got from people.
posted 12-17-2008 03:49 PM ET (US)
I may put this on my 2003 150 sport this year.
posted 12-17-2008 08:55 PM ET (US)
All great ideas...
Any particular wax anybody would recommend? Or 3M boat wax is what I will use....
Has anybody put a name on the stern and did you buy the graphic on line?
Any particular anchor anyone would recommend? Usually will be anchoring in less than 10 feet of water.
Any particular anchor rope or other items that have proven to last longer or worth using?
Thanks for the help in advance....
Red Beans and Ricely...
posted 12-17-2008 11:55 PM ET (US)
With a new purchase, your Boston Whaler dealer should have provided you with a "Coast Guard package", a basic starter gear kit consisting of;
PFD type II (3)
I use collinite fiberglass cleaner #920 & #925 wax, combined you can go an entire season on one wax job.
It's your choice but naming graphics look better on the sides where there's more room.
posted 12-18-2008 08:04 PM ET (US)
Did not get the "Coast Guard package", but I still feel Lewis Boats gave me a VERY good price on this boat....
Thanks to the group for all the suggestions..
Bought the Dri Dek...
Bought some tall PVC pipe covered trailer posts that are 40 inches high...
Bought some suction cups and straps to hold ice chest..
Trout, Red's and Drum are running and weather permitting I plan on chasing a few between now and the end of the year..
Red Beans and Ricely ..
posted 12-18-2008 10:38 PM ET (US)
The more often you launch & run your new 150, mods & projects that fit your needs will come to you.
Following that, you will have the sport customized to suit yourself, in the in between time, enjoy !
posted 12-20-2008 01:39 AM ET (US)
to red beans rice with smoked sausage,
I have had a 150 Sport now for about 5 years and boat solo all the time. I installed the side bunk boards from Basspro they are about 4 feet long and cradle the boat very well, in addition I have the taller guide posts which
I have added a 15 gallon Moeller fuel tank with stainless steel mounting clamps beneath the port side of the bench seat. I also mounted a 82# thrust trolling motor on the bow and two large batteries to port side in front of the middle seat. I found that this made the boat run level with one person onboard.
Coolers, mounted a pair of Igloo 54 qt coolers with the mounting corner cleats and tie dowm straps at the stern.
For electronics, mounting is a little tough and I wound up using a Ram Mount sytem with a stacked swing arm mount. The gps is mounted on the lower section and can swivel enough to aim the screen at the helm seat position. The second screen for the fishfinder is mounted with an additional swivel to a swing arm and allows me to turn it around to the bow when fishing up front. This ram mount works well and I did install a steel backing plate beneath to prevent breakout through the fiberglass console.
Just tossing out some ideas o things you may want to consider in rigging out your new boat.
Congratulations and enjoy your new whaler.
posted 12-21-2008 09:37 AM ET (US)
If you decide to buy your boat name online I suggest contacting Janis at Magic Brush ( www.magicbrushsign.com ). Janis (Draftmanswife) is a member of this forum and a Whaler owner. Their company is factory authorized for replacement decals for older Boston Whaler and EdgeWater boats. She may have good suggestions as to size and location for the name.
I use a Danforth S600 anchor, 9 lbs, which sets well everytime in the sand and mud where we boat. It fits well in the anchor locker, with the top of its 24" shank ending up right next to the bow lifting eye. Another suggestion is the Fortress Guardian G-7. It's only 4 pounds, so it's great if you have crew that can't lift much. However, it's almost twice the price. I used a Fortress for overnighting on a 22' boat and it never broke loose. You could get by in most situations with the next smaller size of both of these anchors if you're really trying to keep your trailer tongue weight down or save a few dollars. However, I'd rather have a little extra holding power just in case.
As far as anchor rode, a 3/8 inch three strand line with 1/4 inch galvanized chain should be plenty big enough.
posted 12-21-2008 08:06 PM ET (US)
All good stuff and I am following up on all the suggestions.
Weather did not cooperate this weekend so I did not get to put her in the water.
Looking forward to a few days off after Christmas and hopefully the wind will dye down.
One question... A snap popped off on one of my comfort package cushions. I figured I go find an upholsterer place.
Any other suggestions??
posted 12-21-2008 09:49 PM ET (US)
When installing a VHF radio, ensure that the radiating antenna is a safe and Coast Guard recommended minimum three feet from you.
Let me know & I will email my radio install photos.
posted 12-22-2008 06:23 PM ET (US)
Thanks Chop, I won't be installing a fixed radio right now. I don't go out very far and my Cell Phone picks up fine where I am boating.
I might look into a depth/ fish finder/ GPS however? Where to epoxy the transducer with all that foam between the deck and the water??
Seems like right below the console would be most convient but don't want to have to try several places...
Anyone have a great experience with a certain make/model depth finder/fish finder and maybe a GPS all together if they make such a thing?
Red Beans and Ricely,
posted 12-23-2008 05:28 PM ET (US)
You will need to use a transom mount transducer for any fish finder, unles you cut the deck, and remove the foam where you want to install the 'ducer. Transducers will not work through the foam in a Whaler hull.
There are many combo units available, that have the GPS, chart plotter, and a fish finder all in one.
In the first picture posted, you can see I use the Garmin 178 C, which is discontinued, but Garmin and several other companies still produce nice color units, perfect for this type of application.
posted 12-26-2008 10:57 AM ET (US)
I neglected to add in my previous post regarding a Garmin unit that it was a combo unit, with a transom mount transducer, dealer installed. I believe it was a 178 B&W model, discontinued.
posted 12-26-2008 05:08 PM ET (US)
You didn't happen to buy any of BW's bolt on adjustable rod holders, did you?
I notice they are no longer on the web site as an available option.
posted 12-26-2008 05:11 PM ET (US)
Ignore my post, I saw that you bought a 2007 new model and not a 2009.
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