My Old Boat

Boston Whaler 1987 Revenge 20 Walk-Through

No Longer For Sale, as it has been sold.

As a result of a classic case of 2-foot-itis, I sold my wonderful Boston Whaler CONTINUOUSWAVE. This is the smallest of Boston Whaler's cabin boats, but it has the same size berths as any, a generous 7-feet long. It is also the lightest and most easily trailered cabin boat, and has an all-up weight (boat, motor, and trailer, plus equipment) ready for the highway of under 4,600 pounds, allowing it to be towed without requiring a large 3/4-ton truck or SUV to pull it.

It has only been used occassionally the past three years, and spends its off-water time in an indoor storage facility. The boat's major usage has been in fresh water.

A complete listing of the boat/motor/trailer package that was offered for sale is provided below. The boat is currently in storage in SE Michigan and can be seen by appointment during business hours M-F or at other times by prior arrangement.

I hope this boat will be purchased by a classic Boston Whaler enthusiast who will continue to care for it, maintain it, and use it in the style to which it has become accustomed: genteel cruising and boating in the waterways of North America.

To give you an idea of the mobility and capability of this boat, in the four years I have owned it, the boat has been trailered from Michigan to Missouri, North Carolina, Washington, and Ontario. It has been in the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, three of the Great Lakes (Michigan, Huron, and Erie), Lake of Ozarks, Georgian Bay, Lake St. Clair, and the Detroit River.

Jim Hebert


Please see the recently added Photo-Album which has a series of forty photographs of the boat, engine, and trailer. These were taken in May and will show you the current condition of the boat.

British Columbia August 2003
AUGUST 2003: During a 12-day cruise along the coast of British Columbia.

More photographs of the boat are available in the Cetacea Gallery.


1987 Boston Whaler REVENGE 20 Walk-Through Outboard

Hull ID Number: BWC5847BA787

Standard Equipment:

--77 gallon internal fuel tank
--Two swivel seats
--Three storage lockers under V-Berth
--Forward anchor locker with hold open latch
--Mahogany under gun'l rod racks
--Bow eye with lifting eye
--Ski eyes
--Bow cleat with chocks
--Recessed aft cleats with hausepipes
--Pair of flush mount rod holders
--Two lexan windows with screens
--Two lexan bow deck hatches
--Two seven-foot bunks port and starboard with screens
--Plexiglass sun screen instrument panel
--Stainless steel bow rail
--Fire extinguisher
--Louvered companionway door
--Slide-away walkt-through ladder
--Battery Box kit with hold down straps
--Cabin cushion set
--Upholstered cockpit storage panels
--Bilge pump with automatic control switch
--International navigation lights
--Heavy-duty rub rail
--Stainless wheel
--Switch panel with 2 pre-wired accessory switches, fuses, buss bar
--Anodized aluminum walk-through windshield


L.O.A.   = 20-feet 3-inches
Beam     = 7-feet 5-inches
Draft    = 13-inches
Boat Wt. = 2150 pounds
Swamped Capacity = 4000 pounds
Person Capacity  = 10
Maximum HP = 200
Minimum HP = 90
Transom Height = 25-inches (single)/ 20-inches (twin)
Fuel Capacity = 77 gallons


Ritchie Compass
Hydraulic Steering
Dual Engine Tie Bar


Two additional flush mount gunwale rod holders


This boat was initially delivered in 1987 to a California
dealer who rigged it and provided the trailer
(hence the Pacific brand trailer),  thereafter
selling a boat/motor/trailer package to the original owner.
This gentleman re-located to Michigan shortly afterwards,
and the boat was trailered east and used in fresh water in Lake Huron.
The original owner sold it to an individual near Kalamazoo,
Michigan, who anticipated using it for fishing in Lake Michigan,
but who ended up keeping it on an fresh water inland lake
(Gull Lake) in seasonal dockage (June-September).

I purchased the boat in  August, 2000. It has been stored indoors
and on a trailer since then. It has been used primarily
in fresh water, although in the past 18-months the boat
has spent six days in the Atlantic and twelve days in
the Pacific Ocean, its only saltwater exposure in the
the last decade, as far as is known. 

The hull is in excellent condition, with original
gel coat finish showing no cracking, no soft spots,
no waviness. All hull drains intact, well sealed,
no signs of water intrusion.

The boat was bottom painted, but has not
been re-coated in at least four years.
The bottom paint has been removed from the transom.

There are no known hull repairs. Some minor gel coat repairs
have been professionally made at a hull chine but are only
detectable under closest inspection. There is no waviness to
the hull sides. The hull showns no sign of containing any
entrapped water. There are a few minor screw holes where equipment
has been removed or relocated which have been filled with 
resin and are not cosmetically obtrusive.

The gel coat is in very good condition, and it retains its
Desert Tan hue without oxidation or fading. There are no
spider cracks.  

The teak wood is in excellent condition. Recently all cockpit trim
has been removed, lightly sanded, coated with teak oil,
and re-installed, with additional oiling applied as needed.

The cabin varnished brightwork is in new condition, with a
original gloss finish and no sign of wear or use.

The mahogany rod holders are in good condition but need
their varnish refreshed.

The original cabin cushions are in excellent condition and are 
clean and free from any mildew or odor. The boat has been
used extensively for over-night accommodations, and the berths
make an excellent bed--better than most shorefront motels.
My wife and I have slept aboard this boat for more than 20 nights
in comfort.

All decals are factory original and most all are still intact. This
includes the WHALER hull logotypes and numerous cockpit and deck
decals with advisory messages (e.g., "No Drill").

The boat is used only seasonally, and typically the boat is only
in the water for a few days at a time. The longest continuous
use in the past four years was a 12-day stretch in August, 2003.

Total Recent Usage:
2004 = 0 days
2003 = 15 days (12 in Pacific, 3 in Lake Huron)
2002 = 8 days (6 in Atlantic, 1 in Lake Huron, 1 Lake St. Clair)
2001 = 15 days (6 Lake Michigan, 9 Lake Huron)

Recently the hydraulic steering system was upgraded.
A Teleflex HC5370 side mount actuator was installed and a new seal was installed
in the Teleflex helm pump. The hydraulic fluid was replaced and
the system was bled and sealed.



PACIFIC brand tandem axle galvanized steel trailer
with Atwood surge brake actuator, drum brakes on rear axle
with fresh water flushing attachment,
custom fit all-welded four bunk support with two long inner
bunks near keel centerline, winch post,
spare tire carrier, and highway lighting. GVWR of trailer is
6000 pounds. The hitch couples to a 2-inch ball.
This is a premium, heavy-duty trailer. The manufacturer
is still in business, and is considered a top-line trailer
builder. He told me "we build them to survive the roads
in Baja California (Mexico)." The trailer uses premium
stainless or high-strength galvanized steel fasteners.
There is no sign of rust or corrosion.


The wheel bearings and seals were replaced and re-greased 
in September 2000. All wheels have "bearing-buddy" style caps.
All seals are intact and no grease is thrown from the axles.
The brakes were inspected and adjusted in Septmeber 2000.
The brake fluid was replaced in August of 2003, 
new bleeders installed, and the hydraulic system was bled.
In the past four years the trailer has been hauled
10,000 miles on the highway without any problems.
The current total weight of the boat/motor/trailer is
estimated to be about 4,500 pounds with a tongue weight
of 240 pounds (five-percent). The trailer tows well and
shows no sign of instability or fish-tailing. The drum brakes
release for backing. The lights are wired for a flat-four
standard trailer electrical connector.



(2) 1987 YAMAHA 70-HP Model 70ETLG
with Precision-Blend oil injection,
integral oil reservoir tank under cowling,
tilt/trim switch on cowling. Three cylinder,
two-cycle with three single throat carburetors,
electronic ignition.

Serial Number: 6H3L463961 and 6H3L463963

Yamaha dual side-mounted remote controls
with stop/run/start ignition switch,
safety lanyard emergency stop switch, single
lever shift/throttle with reverse lock out control,
and trim/tilt switches.

(2) Yamaha Muti-function digital tachomoter/tilt position/
oil-level/warning alarm gauges
(2) Yamaha analogue voltmeter
(2) Yamaha K-17 (17-inch pitch) three blade steel propellers
(2) Yamaha Owner's Manual
(2) Yamaha Outboard Motor Tool Kit and Pouch
(1) Set ignition keys, Yamaha OEM
(1) Aftermarket Yamaha Engine Maintenance Manual
(1) Spare parts kit, with spare tilt relay, 10 new
NGK Resistor spark plugs, misc. gaskets.


The stator coils for battery charging and tachometer
pulses were replaced on both engines in 2000/2001.
The lower units of boat engines were opened, inspected
and re-sealed in 2002 including new collar nuts
at the propeller shafts. New water pump impellers were
installed in 2000 and again in 2002.

The engines are in excellent condition, have almost
new appearance, and start and run well. There has been
no damage to the skeg of the lower units. All decals on
the cowlings are intact and like-new. The engines turn
to 5400 RPM at wide-open-throttle and drive the boat to
34-MPH. The engines maintain the boat on-plane at 3800 RPM
and 23-MPH. The boat can be easily driven at low speed
on a single engine with good control for trolling or
long no-wake operation.



LOWRANCE Model X65 LCD Fish-finder with skimmer SONAR transducer,
paddle wheel speed and temperature transducer. This unit
gives good depth readings at all boat speeds and has
been calibrated against a WAAS GPS for speed accuracy
of +/- one mile-per-hour at all speeds. The transducers
are mounted on the transom. The display is mounted on a
bracket at the helm console (i.e., not cut flush into the
helm so not a problem to remove or relocate). Includes
a plastic storage case when display is removed from boat.

ICOM VHF Marine Radio Transceiver with
8-foot premium fiberglass whip antenna on rachet mount.
This radio is also mounted on a bracket and could be
easily relocated if desired. 



Boston Whaler Desert Tan Battery Box kit (second battery)

(2) Lead-Acid Group 24 12-Volt Marine rated Batteries

25# Danforth Steel anchor, 10-feet galvanized steel chain, 100-feet
nylon three-strand 1/2-inch anchor rode

Miscellaneous dock lines,fenders, hold downs, etc.

Cockpit cover 

Bimini Top


A complete Wm. J. Mills & Co. weather protection canvas
system is available for this boat, but is not included
in the boat/motor/trailer package. This factory original
canvas package dates from c.1992, is in very good condition,
and includes:

--Flying Top
--Side Curtains (2)
--Aft Drop Curtain

Copyright © 2004 by James W. Hebert. All rights reserved!
Last modified: May 23, 2004

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