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Bought another whaler tonight!
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posted 04-09-2001 09:53 PM ET (US)
I'm so excited about the deal I just got I had to post it. I've had my 89 Montauk for almost a year and love it, but after posting in whaler moments thread , I was thinking about how cool it would be to find an old blue hull 13 that my boys could take out alone - they're 11 and 6. Well this weekend a friend of mine who understands my whaleritis told me he saw an old 13 for sale in someones front yard on a back street in as town near me. Turns out she just bought this house and the boat came with it. She originally wanted 1000 but the sign said "700-will deal". I got it for 450!!! It is a 1965 13' with the original gelcoat inside. A very recent galvanized trailer (the lights even worked) and a 1976 Evinrude 6 HP tiller steer. The transom has never had a hole drilled in it. Unfortunately the outside was poorly brush painted and the rubrail doesn't look original but I'm not going to complain. It even came with a gastank, a crabpot, horn, flares, bait bucket, lifejackets and the owners manual in perfect shape. The motor runs and looks like it has very low hours. I'm so psyched and so are my boys!
posted 04-09-2001 10:30 PM ET (US)
Good job. It is hard to pass up buying Whalers. I myself get caught up in the moment and nobody understands why we get so excited.
The main reason I want to build an additional new large garage is that I have work space to work on several rigs at a time.
My wife thinks it is for additional storage space for what I currently own. Wrong, it is for future toys.
Have fun! Allen
posted 04-09-2001 10:41 PM ET (US)
You should be arrested for robbery! The lucky way to buy a Whaler is from someone who doesn't know what they've got! Sounds like a "Standard" model, with only thwart seats. See my recent post and build a Sport 13 interior. Congratulations and have fun!
posted 04-09-2001 11:01 PM ET (US)
lhg- yes it is a standard. I do want to change it to a sport - where can I find your post? I will have to wait for two reasons 1- my boys think the tiller steering is way cool 2- I won't have money for another motor for a good while and a 6 HP motor hooked to a steering wheel seems silly. It is so nice to have this site to talk about this stuff with people who understand.
posted 04-10-2001 10:44 AM ET (US)
You just made an unbelievable impact on two young men. What a great milestone. These boys will remember these days till they are old and gray. I can't wait until my son (and hopefully future siblings) is in the same place yours are in today. We can here the "excitement" in your message. Congratulations on a good buy and being a great Dad!
posted 04-10-2001 08:03 PM ET (US)
Congratulations! I have an 11 month old Boy, and can`t wait to take him out in my 71` `16 Currituck, cruising at first and then soon comes the fishing. One day I would like to buy another Blue boat to restore with my son. Whenever a good opertunity arises on a good deal, I will buy it and then wait for him to get a little older. You`re getting me fired up! Regards-Jack Graner.
posted 04-10-2001 08:08 PM ET (US)
You lucky SOB, I have been looking for a good deal like that for a long time.
posted 04-10-2001 08:14 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the dad compliment. I am lucky but before I wised up and started buying whalers, I lost my you know what on every boat I bought.
posted 04-10-2001 09:29 PM ET (US)
I can think of another good reason to hold out on the sport conversion. I remember being 11 and I think I would use every horse I had!!! I think six horse will get the job done and keep the boys out of trouble. I got a good deal on a 13' for my little buddy, my 59 year old dad! I think he is just as excited as your little guys! Dads are pretty cool!!
posted 04-10-2001 10:55 PM ET (US)
When I was about 8, my Dad bought me an old fibreglassed-plywood cartopper that we cleaned up and repainted. It came with 2.5hp green Johnson (I think), if memory serves, it was a 195? motor, and ran great for 100's of hours of my full throttle "ab"use. The boat wouldn't quite plane, and I always wished I had a "big" 5-7.5 hp, to go faster. Eventually, when I was around 10, I moved way up to an aluminum cartopper with a 3 hp, 1963 Johnson (white). It too would almost plane. The moral is, it was much safer going relatively slow on my own, and it still got me hooked for a lifetime of the pride and enjoyment of boat ownership. (Plus kids always go full throttle, and its obviously much cheaper for Dad to run the smaller the engine.) I remember a whaler on the lake, and always stared at it, not knowing exactly what it was, but knowing at first glance it was a serious boat. Anyway, we have a lifetime to progress and go fast. My last boat before my current trawler/whaler package was a 30' Doral with twin 4.3 Vortec engines. (an honest 50MPH). The days with my 2.5 were just as enjoyable.
posted 04-11-2001 07:22 AM ET (US)
TC, those boys are very fortunate to have a 13 Whaler at such and early age, but more fortunate to have a dad like you! Happy Whalin'.. Clark.. The Old Man and the Sea
posted 04-12-2001 10:00 AM ET (US)
I'm with hauptjm, what an impact a little 11' whaler had on me when I was a kid, took the boat everywhere and still have vivid memories to this day, great move, my three year old sits on our current whaler with me all winter saying, "it's more fun in the water dad!!!" keep us posted.
posted 04-18-2001 11:50 PM ET (US)
Well done, TC, to fit your kids up. Last year I bought a '69 11' Whaler for my kids (14, 12 and 7) to bomb around in on Pend Oreille Lake. Unfortunately it has a 50 HP Johnson on it, which makes it a bit too shifty and weird for the kids. I was worried all the time they were out in it (although my 14 year-old son thought it was a blast!). I'd like this summer (assuming summer ever comes) to put a smaller engine on it, maybe a 25 hp.
Anyway, great move. Kids and Whalers are a wonderful combination.
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