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MichWhaler posted 06-03-2000 05:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for MichWhaler   Send Email to MichWhaler  
Can anyone give me a reason why I would NOT buy an edgewater 185cc over 18' outrage. I was nearly sold on the outrage 81'-92' when I spoke to the inside rep at Edgewater he stated because they use a more reinforced hull they are better. I brought up the Wheeled trailer discussion (not for use with whaler) and he told me that their models will not buckle/deform with this style trailer. He said the lay up is thicker. He also said their hull design with the variable dead rise would make a MUCH better rough water boat. I know I'm speaking to Whaler owners here, but what better group to ask. I know the salesperson at Edgewater is of course biased on the subject. Now I JUST DON'T Know what to do. Please enlighten me.


whalernut posted 06-03-2000 07:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Jon, Bob Dougherty that used to be with Boston Whaler left Whaler when Brunswick took over ownership. He then took his knowledge to Edgewater, but I heard he left Edgewater. People that know Edgewater said that they were awsome when he was there, but since his departure, Edgewater boats have gone down in quality. I have heard this more than a few times. They say the fit and finish and overall quality has gone down alot. Hope this helps. Regards-JACK.
Flying Nutshell posted 06-03-2000 07:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Flying Nutshell  Send Email to Flying Nutshell     
Not sure if it matters to you, but you might compare underside of hatches, interior finish of storage compartments etc, as Whalers are finished, Edgewaters are not. I much prefer the attention to detail, versus the unfinished look of an Edgewater.
Ed Stone posted 06-03-2000 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
Hey Michwhaler,
I've looked at both at the boat shows here in fla.(and they do have a lot of boat shows here)I wanted to like the edgewaters,But they don't compare.Like some one said before the hatches alone are not even close to the same quality!Their 18 in my opinon is not near the boat as BW's late model 17 outrage(NEO?)I bought my discontinued 17 outrage from a Edgewater dealer that had 18's right next to the 17 BW.(I would not have traded my 97 outrage for there 18 straight up)
On the news here in Fla. last week some boaters were overnighting in the gulf.There boat devolped a leak and sunk in less than 5 minutes.They only had time to get 3 life jackets for the 4 people on board,They even tried calling on their cell phone but never got through before the boat went under.After being rescued the next day they said they believe the cooler save their lives!Thats the reason I own a Boston Whaler!
See Yaaa,Ed Stone
tbyrne posted 06-07-2000 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbyrne    
I test drove a 1999 Edgewater 14 before purchasing a 2000 Sport 13. While I was initially attracted to the V-hull on the Edgewater, I was appalled by how much the boat rocked when I (at 175 lbs.) stepped on the stern gunwale. While the Edgewater ran well in the chop, I couldn't get past the tippy feeling at rest.

I presume the little "bat wings" on the new Sport 13 were designed to address the issue of instability in small boats with deeper v-hulls. While the new Sport 13 is not as rock steady as the old Classic 13, it is far more stable than the Edgewater - and it costs about $3,000 less.

dfmcintyre posted 06-07-2000 06:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Regarding the tippy feeling between the same length...

It's a tradeoff, with a v-hull you get more roll or "tippy" but a better ride at speed in chop.

With a flatter bottom, you have less roll but worse ride in chop.

Your choice....

One other disadvantage with a deep v-hull that many don't mention, but I'll bet we've all encountered, is the lack of directional control when idling. You constantly have to correct to keep a straight course at idle. Some call this "hunting", as in she's always hunting for the correct course.

After a few, it think my wife believes somehow I've transformed from a flat bottom to a V-hull...... and I'll leave it at that.

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