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Cetacea Page 26

November 18, 2000

The GTX

The GTX was a "sport" boat built from 1982 - 1986 on the classic 18-foot vee-hull of the more popular Outrage series. In many ways the GTX was an extension of the Newport model available in the 17-foot hull. The interior is in the style now known as a "bowrider" and featured dual side consoles with a walk-through windshield. Twin bucket seats were provided at the helm and port consoles, upholstered benches wrapped around in the bow, and a wide upholstered seat filled in the rear of the cockpit. Behind the rear seat is quite a large area which provided space for mounting an engine and I/O stern drive. The I/O powered GTX was the most common, but Tom Desmarais <TD1AXIOM@aol.com> once owned an outboard-powered GTX model. Thus our photographs are of his quite rare boat.

 

[Photo: 1986 Whaler 18 GTX]
1986 Boston Whaler 18 GTX
The front cockpit is covered with canvas. The upholstered seats are in their factory original trim. On the transom is a 1986 140-HP Evinrude.

PhotoCredit: Tom Desmarais

 

[Photo: 1986 Whaler 18 GTX overhead]
1986 Boston Whaler 18 GTX
Beneath the cover the bow cockpit contains wrap around upholstered seats.

PhotoCredit: Tom Desmarais

 

[Photo: 1986 Whaler 18 profile]
1986 Boston Whaler 18 GTX
In profile on the trailer. The black bottom paint hides the classic hull lines somewhat.

PhotoCredit: Tom Desmarais

 

[Photo: 1986 Whaler 18 GTX overhead
1986 Boston Whaler 18 GTX
The interior after some modifications.

PhotoCredit: Tom Desmarais

 

[Photo: 1986 Whaler 18 GTX at dock Essex, CT]
GTX dockside at Essex, Connecticut
L-R: Nick, Mike, Tom, Bob, and "Ridge" (lounging). The GTX accomodated all ages and sizes for Whalering.

PhotoCredit: Tom Desmarais

 

[Photo: 1986 Whaler 18 GTX on beach Old Lyme, CT]
GTX at Old Lyme, Connecticut
What could be better than beautiful weather, a great boat, and your family enjoying a day on the water?

PhotoCredit: Tom Desmarais

 


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