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geok21751 posted 04-19-2001 10:01 PM ET (US)   Profile for geok21751   Send Email to geok21751  
I live on an inland lake of about 2000 acres in South Western Michigan. I have an opportunity to get an 1976 11', with a 25hp. I would be using it for a utility boat: spotting sailing regattas, a little fishing for one or two, and general puttzing around. It would be replacing an aluminum 14' rowboat with a 9 1/2. And it would be "moored" on a boatlift. Any opinions on the 11" for this type of use? Should I hold out for a 13'?
geok21751 posted 04-19-2001 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for geok21751  Send Email to geok21751     
Actually the boat I am looking at is a 1974...
lhg posted 04-19-2001 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Hold out for the 13. It is a much more stable craft for what you want to use it for. I have never understood the reason for an 11 except as a harbor tender for the yacht crowd.
Clark Roberts posted 04-20-2001 06:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Larry gives good advice but if the price is really good then pick it up and use it until a 13 comes along... Elevens are fun little boats! Clark
geok21751 posted 04-20-2001 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for geok21751  Send Email to geok21751     
Thanks for the replies. I think that I will hold out for the 13'. This 11' is a '74, with a Johnson 25, manual pull. Unknown age, but I estimate mid 80's. I would trace the exact age but the dude wants $2000 for it all. It is in good shape-used as a dinghy for a yacht on Lake Michigan. But, my research says this price is too high. If he would come down, I will pick it up and eventually sell it to a family with a youth that can use it.
credditt posted 04-25-2001 11:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for credditt  Send Email to credditt     
I think that the 11 is a great little boat. It is great for one or two people, but for any more get the 13. I had an 11 with a 20 hp Johnson for 5 or 6 years. I loved the boat. It had the power to pull an adult skier (barely), and handled rough water admirably. It is a tough boat. Overall, the construction is far better than my dauntless 13 that I have now.
jimh posted 04-25-2001 11:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
We almost bought an 11-Whaler as our first Whaler. We were looking for a dingy to tow behind a sailboat, and figured the durable Whaler would be a much better investment than an inflatible that would rot out in a few years.

We had already bought the engine, a very lightweight 5 HP FORCE (43#), so when we bolted that on the transom of a Whaler-11, we found it was way underpowered. No planing possible with that powerplant. So we did not buy the 11-Whaler.

By the way, the seller had been using it for a duck blind and it had a few extra holes in the deck for securing the blind. He was only asking $500.

I should have bought it!

I could have fixed all those holes for $10 worth of epoxy and a bit of sanding.


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