If you drive a tan Buick LeSabre sedan, you are going to see quite a few of them on the road that are exactly like your car. If you drive a Classic Boston Whaler 22-Outrage you will also see many of them on the water, too, but I am beginning to think there really are no two Boston Whalers alike. Between subtle changes in the boats themselves as they evolved over many years of production and owner added modifications, every Boston Whaler is a unique boat. Here is a look at several of them.
David Ratusnik of central Florida sent these photographs of his 1986 Boston Whaler 22-Outrage. The most interesting feature is the big engine bracket that moves the 225 HP Johnson about 24-inches behind the boat. But that is just one of several modifications, options, and accessories that make this a very unique example of Classic Whaler. David <Ratusnik@mail.ucf.edu> writes:
"The canvas dodger in forest green was done by Rich Eastwood, who used to do Whaler's recreational canvas before Brunswick took control. He currently does canvas for Whaler's Commercial Products Division out of Port Canaveral. He was kind enough to help me out with the dodger, using old aluminum poles, replacing the fittings with lovely stainless. It is a nice setup that we keep up all the time with the exception of when I fish with the guys.
"The transom cargo net is "3-stretch" fishing net, encircled with 1/2-inch nylon rope. I have stainless hooks port and starboard that hook into eyes on the inside of the transom at the teak.
"The bracket was on the boat two years ago when I purchased it. You do not have a picture of [this style bracket] in the fine brackets section of the [website]. It is identical to an Armstrong single in length--sticks out approximately two feet, never measured it--but seems less refined than an Armstrong. I believe the bracket was locally done in Pompano Beach therefore it does not have a "real" manufacturer like Armstrong, et al. The welds are a bit more obvious, plus the style is more at sharp angles, not rounded in anyway at the edges. I've seen them in the Engines/Parts section of various BoatTraders. They go for about $500 for a single although I've seen them even lower at times. The piece that slips over the transom is quite large, as well it should be. It is attached with six or seven large thru-transom bolts. I assume the white stuff seeping out a bit around the bolts is 3M Marine Grade caulk.
"Love the Forum. --David"
For more information on the advantages of using engine setback brackets like the one seen here, there is a comprehensive article available.
While some of us do go a bit offshore in the oceans in our Boston Whalers, Javier Zaera lives offshore in the Atlantic, several hundred miles offshore in the Canary Islands. He recently purchased a very nice 1988 Boston Whaler Outrage-22, and sent these wonderful photographs of the new boat and his family. It is said the happiest day in a boat owner's life is they day he buys a new boat, and the excitement and joy of that moment is clearly evident. Javier writes:
"Saludos from Gran Canaria,
"Here at least some of the first pictures from my new-old Boston Whaler. We could sail her only twice before we took her out of water (renew work). She remember me to a flying fish when we go full gas, enough power as well for water ski. I think we are going to have nice time together.
"In the pictures you can see little Aninka, Miryam and me.
"One of the reason why I was looking for a Boston Whaler is that I'm going to make a photo archive from the cetacean from this part of the island. Most of the time they swim in between 4 and 15 miles out from the coast, and I like the confidence this boat gives to me.
"I have already an other M/Y ( The "Spirit of the Sea") but is for work --dolphin and whales search trips--and has to go back to the harbour every 2 hours.
"Perhaps you can see something interesting in this Whaler, will be nice to know more about.
"P.D. I'll e-mail the pictures in small groups, think is better to receive. And please, escuse my English." [No problem with your English, Javier, it is much better than my Spanish, sobre esto estoy seguro!--JWH]
Brian Blazer has sent me quite few pictures of Whalers for the pages of Cetacea, and recently forwarded one of another Outrage-22. Brian writes:
"I was going through some old pictures, and I came across this one of the Whaler I sold this summer that I thought could be added to Cetacea. It is a 1991 22-Outrage with Whaler Drive. If you look closely at the transom storage area, you can see that the wood hatches have been gelcoated. This was a great way to eliminate yearly maintenance. Also, you can see the Stingray Hydrofoil on that big Yamaha V-X 250. Not being able to install trim tabs, this was the only way to eliminate the torque list.
"Another note of interest is the dock height. As you know, I have a slip in Ephraim, WI in the Door County peninsula. That finger pier was raised during the high water year of 1986. The picture was taken last spring. You can really see just how low the water has become. At the stern, the water depth is about 3 feet."
Chris Juall of Sarasota, Florida owned this pristine classic, a 1987 Outrage-22 in tip-top condition. He sent several photographs and writes:
"Thanks for all that you've done with this site. Isn't it amazing how many people are Classic Whaler enthusiasts? I wanted to email you some pics of my 1987 Outrage 22. I am very proud of her as I've made her look as close to new as I could. Even though my wife and I have decided to sell her I would love it if she could make a Cetacea page." [His brother-in-law's brother bought the boat, so it is still in the family, but now in Minnesota; Chris got a 2001 Edgewater-225 to replace it. --jimh]
In searching through my files, I found another interesting Outrage-22 photos, which I will append here.
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