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kb5xg posted 09-21-2010 08:45 PM ET (US)   Profile for kb5xg   Send Email to kb5xg  
I guess my new [Boston Whaler 130 SUPER SPORT] will be ready in a week or so. I can't wait, but I guess I will have to. I had a knock-off in 1968, first new boat ever, Kingsland Yearling, powered by old 1950's Johnson 25-HP. Second boat I ever owned at age 14. Used it until 1972 when I was broke for college and needed the bucks. Couldn't afford a Boston Whaler boat but it was what I wanted. Now 38 years later the dream comes true. Looking forward to delivery. Glad I found this site.
sosmerc posted 09-21-2010 09:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for sosmerc  Send Email to sosmerc     
There is something very special about Boston Whalers.....you will certainly enjoy!
kb5xg posted 10-09-2010 10:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for kb5xg  Send Email to kb5xg     
Boat is here and I cant wait to dunk it. Will have to be tomorrow or the next day, Jeep battery died on way home from dealer, had to steal battery from boat to get home and now have to fix jeep for work and all, so dont get to play in the boat.
andrey320 posted 10-09-2010 11:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for andrey320  Send Email to andrey320     
Very exciting! Where are going to take it?
Take pictures and let us know how it goes.
kb5xg posted 10-10-2010 09:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for kb5xg  Send Email to kb5xg     
Took it to Ft. Gibson Lake, NE Oklahoma, live about 3 blocks from launching ramp. Ran it for about 1 1/2 hours on break in. I am amazed at how fast it is at 3500 RPM, guessing around 23 or 24, didnt take the GPS. It will go next time. Need carpet for floor so dog can stand up. I am pleased with the first outing. Cant take pictures of it running by myself, will try to get wife to go next time so she can shoot pictures from the dock while I do a drive by. I think I am really gonna like it. Not many whalers in my part of OK and had some nice comments from people at the marina. :) happy now, just wish I could stay home from work and play with it.
andrey320 posted 10-11-2010 07:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for andrey320  Send Email to andrey320     
Great to hear that you got to take it out! A brand new boat must be so exciting! Have you owned a boat before?

(I was close to looking at a new 13 SS before getting the Dauntless 15)

kb5xg posted 10-12-2010 07:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for kb5xg  Send Email to kb5xg     
Yes, I currently own a 18 ft pontoon for a family boat, not the best thing to fish out of by yourself, just too big and bulky, also a little too slow for watersports. It will pull a tube but pretty slow. This is my 4th boat. I had a whaler knock-off in 1966 as a kid. The whaler runs great and I think it will do exactly what I want it to do. Fish by myself and pull family for water sports. It may be strange having two boats on the lake at the same time but I think i can make it work. One boat for watchers and the other for the do-ers.

andrey320 posted 10-12-2010 02:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for andrey320  Send Email to andrey320     
Oh no! Poor you... have to deal with having two boats on the lake.... Hahaa - just kidding.

What options did you get on the new 13?

kb5xg posted 10-12-2010 07:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for kb5xg  Send Email to kb5xg     
Ordered with a bimini top, really necessary in OK in the summer, also the Icechest seat option, and bow rail to keep the grandchild at bay. Folding back helm seats with cushions. I think it looks pretty sharp.
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kb5xg posted 10-14-2010 08:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for kb5xg  Send Email to kb5xg     
Took the boat back out today to get more time on break-in. With GPS was hitting 32.6 mph @5800 rpm. Will this get any faster as the motor loosens up some with more break-in time.
DaveInAL posted 10-15-2010 11:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for DaveInAL  Send Email to DaveInAL     
I'm new here. I just got my 130 SS last month and have been running it on the lakes here created by dams on the Tennessee River. I have been reading your experiences and would like to compare notes. I just installed the bucket helm seats and it made a big difference in comfort. I'd like to get a bimini eventually. Good to see your GPS data. I seem to forget mine when I go out.

Dave

kb5xg posted 10-15-2010 11:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for kb5xg  Send Email to kb5xg     
Dave, I was playing with the trim and had to move it up more that I ever have with any motor to get to the 32.4 on the GPS. My dealer bought the bimini locally instead of through whaler, so it was about 400 less. I havent opened it yet, I think the hardware is the same but I have no basis for that statement, It removes really easily. In two outings I have shipped less than 1/4 cup of water from splash and drips off of shoes and bumpers. I have been in some 1.5 foot waves and did not even get splashed from spray,

I really like the boat.

Len

DaveInAL posted 10-15-2010 01:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveInAL  Send Email to DaveInAL     
Did you do the install on the bimini yourself? I was wondering how well the aftermarket types fit. BTW I'm wa3gwk.

kb5xg posted 10-15-2010 03:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for kb5xg  Send Email to kb5xg     
No, I let the dealer install, at the same time they did the bow rail, but doesnt look like it would be that hard. You can look at the instructions at whaler.com choose 130ss and you can look at the installation instructions.

kb5xg posted 10-15-2010 10:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for kb5xg  Send Email to kb5xg     
I left the drain plug out when launching today, I knew it was bound to happpen, only took a few minutes to run the water out of the boat. Getting better about getting the boat on the trailer when loading, just putting the back end of the bunks under about 3 inches. leaves the front out and above the water maybe the last 5 inches of the bunk stays dry. Still have to wade to get boat on and off the trailer, will get really uncomfortable this winter. Fenders of the trailer have about 2 inches of water on top of them when launching, Water at the winch is just about knee deep and the back wheels of the tow vechicle are barely in the water. I walk down the trailer and stand on the bunk to start the motor, turn the boat sideways off the bunks and load in. Then drive to the dock which is 40 or 50 feet off to the side of the launch ramp, three vechicles can launch at once, the bass tournament guys have it down to a science, they move down the ramp and hit the brakes launching the boat off the trailer. Another boat picks them up and takes them to the dock, they can launch about 75 boats in 20 minutes. They have really big tournaments at this ramp and park. I have seen upwards of 150 boats in some of the tournaments. They can load up almost as fast, they power load them all,

I noticed your a ham too.

Len

DaveInAL posted 10-17-2010 02:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveInAL  Send Email to DaveInAL     
I'm getting better at launching also. The first couple times, I got in the water and pushed the boat off. The last two, I backed it down the ramp then got in the boat and started the motor and backed off. My wife then drove the vehicle and trailer off. I will have times where I am doing this myself and I don't have a process for this yet.

Thanks for the info on the bimini, I'll try to get that done next year. The 130 is really a nice little boat!

Kelry posted 10-20-2010 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kelry  Send Email to Kelry     
I hope you are enjoying your boat. I live in KS and boat on Stockton Lake in SW MO, so it is nice to see you are nearby.

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