These photographs first appeared June 29, 2000.
This week we have something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. [The "borrowed" something is the "Stump The Band" phrase.]
1972 Boston Whaler 16 Katama MARY 3
This classic whale(r) roams both fresh and salt water in the Metedeconk River and Barnegat Bay area of New Jersey. I like the red-white-and-blue flavor of the bottom paint with the red waterline accent. Because of the complex hull shape it is very hard to get bottom paint on a Whaler and have it look level. This job looks perfect. The canvas windscreen lashed to the surrounding railing is a Katama trademark. Cropped offscreen is a FORCE 75 HP motor.
Gerry Roedel, who restored this classic, writes:
"I purchased my '72 Katama 16, (christened MARY 3 to join a proud line of boats which have given me great pleasure and service through the years) in June 1999. She wasn't in bad shape--just needed some good old TLC. I wheeled out the hull and used BrightStar Fiberglass Restorer on the interior gelcoat. I stripped the mahogany and gave it a coat of West System with several coat of spar varnish. I replaced a few broken rail fittings,the decals, and registration numbers, used some Flitz, Maguires and she looks pretty good! She came with some rather nice canvas. The Bimini is a near perfect Mills, and the forward shelter, which works great in inclement weather, is in very good shape although it lacks a Mills label."
PhotoCredit: Gerry Roedel
1972 Boston Whaler 16 Katama
In as much as the Katama whale(r) hasn't been bred in about 25 years and is seldom seen these days, this second view is warranted. The Katama was one of the first models to feature a molded center console and molded seating.
PhotoCredit: Gerry Roedel
1991 Boston Whaler 21 Walk Around BACKLASH
Cruising Lake Huron is a great test of big water boating ability, and Steve Farnsworth's newer "neo-classic" Boston Whaler shows her nice lines at planing speed somewhere along the North Channel. A Mills flying top is set, snuggled under a Lakeside Marine custom aluminum radar arch. A Springfield Marine jackplate holds the 200 horses of Yamaha outboard ten inches off the transom. By the way, that's Larry Goltz at the helm. During a cruise of Georgian Bay he and Steve traded boats for an hour or two.
Steve says: "I met Larry at Portage Entry's 1st Annual Boston Whaler Rendezvous on Kelleys Island, Lake Erie in 1991 and we have been good friends ever since. At that time I had a 1989 15' SS. Backlash has been to Green Turtle Cay, Abacos, Bahamas twice as well as the North Channel, Georgian Bay, and Lake Michigan numerous times."
[Editor's comment: The water isn't always this flat in the North Channel.]
PhotoCredit: Steve Farnsworth
1991 Boston Whaler 17 Outrage
Doug Merrill, wife Lisa, and baby are out for a cruise in their 17-foot Outrage, modified since the last time we saw it. The original leaning post has been removed in favor of a restored Reversible Pilot Seat from a 1973 Outrage, mounted on 3-inch risers.
In the tidal waters of this Bass Harbor, Maine, anchorage there are plenty of lobster boats, and right behind Doug is another interesting Whaler. Let's play "Stump The Band" with this one: can anyone identify the boat behind the Outrage? Post your answers in the Cetacea Forum follow-up section.
PhotoCredit: Doug Merrill
1970 Boston Whaler 21 Outrage
This is hull number 0000289 of an whale(r) design, whose model name came from comments about the shape and form of the prototype hull--"outrageous!"
Owner Dan Smith writes:
"All original parts are present and accounted for, including the wood hatch cover, trim and console. It has a 200 HP Yamaha and an 8 HP Yamaha kicker. The radar arch has a fold back canopy that covers the entire aft area for comfortable fishing and diving in the Florida sun. She cruises at 50 MPH and can reach a plane in about 3.5 seconds with the present motor. This is a beatiful boat and she usually draws a crowd of 'old-timers' at the boat ramp and marina. It is shown here before I had a chance to put the Whaler logo on (white) and the numbers. My next project will be to put hydraulic steering on without getting rid of the SS steering wheel."
I think this whale(r) has been caught and released already; see Page 2.
PhotoCredit: Dan Smith
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