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JC posted 10-16-2000 01:49 PM ET (US)   Profile for JC   Send Email to JC  
I wanted a Whaler for a long time! This weekend I bought a project boat, a 13 I belive it to be an early model. I have searched the hull several times and the only ID numbers I can find are 886 in the bow locker. Is this a HIN number or production number?
rwest posted 10-23-2000 05:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for rwest  Send Email to rwest     
I checked the reference section for numbers on the 13 footer. It shows the following:
1958-1961...........100 thru 4499

If your number is right, you must have one of the very earliest of the 13 footers.

Sounds like it is a museum piece. Woner if Whaler would be interested in getting it back due to it's early vintage?

Gep posted 10-23-2000 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
Congradulations, your whaler is a very early model as Ron said, I have hull number 2033, and I'm pretty sure mine was manufactured in 1959. Do you have any photos of it? Does it have the side console and thwart seats?
Good god man give us details!
lhg posted 10-23-2000 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Speaking of early hull numbers, for anybody
who's read my testimonial in the 13 reference section, I owned a 1958 13 with hull #110.(see picture there, also)
All along I thought it was the 110th 13 footer made. Now I'm shocked to learn it was the 10th, a true Classic, and I never knew it at the time!! I bought it used, badly oxidized but otherwise a perfect hull, in 1968, and completely restored it. Obviously, never should have sold it(Spring 1971). Maybe it's still "floating" around the Albany NY area? Not too many people know that those early ones used a "powder blue" interior gelcoat, as opposed to the later "turquoise blue" color.
Gep posted 10-24-2000 06:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
I read your testimonial top to bottom and your Whaler looked great in the picture, too bad you sold it. Kind of amazing that they manufactured over 2000 hulls in that first year or two. As Ron said, do you think Whaler would be interested in getting back those early year boats? And by the way, no I didn't know that they used a "powder blue" gelcoat, but I didn't remember mine being as blue as some in the pictures, I just thought it was faded. Now I'm wondering if I had mine repainted the powder blue or the tourquise blue.

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