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chumboy posted 05-07-2001 01:01 PM ET (US)   Profile for chumboy  
I have been looking for a boat for my dad who is getting ready to retire. It is for use in the bays and rivers around his home in Edenton, NC. Anyway, I have run across a 15' Whaler, 1984 model with the same year 70 hp Evinrude motor. The boat is in very good condition, the hull and interior look almost like new. The old Evinrude looks pretty rough, but ran ok on muffs on the trailer. A few questions if anyone would like to help out. First, the motor has had a "doel fin" added at some point, the owner said it was on the boat before he got it. I would think this boat with 70 hp would be over powered if anything, and wonder why anyone would put one of those on. I have not been able to sea trial the boat yet to see how it handles, so I was just curious what others thought about that. Second, the plastic molding that holds the rubber rub rail is cracked/broken in several places, how big a deal is that to replace. And lastly, the owner says he will take $3500 for the boat, motor and galvanized trailer which is in ok shape. If I buy the boat and the Evinrude poops out, will I have too much invested in a 15' if I have to repower. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
dreid posted 05-07-2001 01:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for dreid  Send Email to dreid     
Having shopped for a 15' for some time and based on your description, I'd say, "Buy it". Check out and you'll quickly see nearly all 15' rigs answering your description list above $4,000; plenty of them over $5,000. Have a mechanic pull a compression check on each motor cylinder. If the motor has good compression, your dad may still get several years out of it. Yes, the 70 h.p. can make a rocket out of that hull (we're talking over 45mph reported by some folks here), but that is the max rating for a 15' recommended by Whaler and the Coast Guard. In my opiinion, the Doel Fins are great, providing quick hole shots and adding some stability under power that I imagine is appreciated on the 15' hull due to its greater "V". Sounds like a good deal. Good luck.
Tom W Clark posted 05-07-2001 01:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

First of all let me say that all of your questions have been asked and discussed extensively by others on this site in the past. Look back through the postings. But here are a few thoughts:

It sounds like the $3500 price is very good. Whether the motor is good or not is best determined with a sea trial and an inspection by an outboard mechanic. I suspect that motor is just fine. The OMC three cylinder "looper" was one of, if not the, most popular and reliable outboard ever made. If the boat looks to be well cared for then the motor probably was too.

I have never used a doel fin but many people here swear by them. I can, however attest to the fact that a 15' Whaler with an OMC 70 will just fly! I had a 1979 15' striper with a Johnson 70 and there was no shortage of get-up-and-go. It was a great ski boat that would just leap up on plane.

whaleryo posted 05-07-2001 02:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaleryo  Send Email to whaleryo     
I recently bought a 1984 15' Sport with a 70hp Yamaha (1987 rebuilt in 1998) with a 5 year old trailer for $4500. I was the first one to answer the ad and the owner tells me he continued to get calls for about two weeks. The boat flies with the 70hp motor but is not over-powered. Sounds like you have a good deal.


JimU posted 05-07-2001 05:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
My first Whaler was a 15 foot stiper with an omc 70. For the price you appear to have a good deal. If you replace rub rail with a new Barbour Plastics two piece rub rail it will cost about $150. And it's not to hard of a job
george nagy posted 05-07-2001 05:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
Well, What model is it? I had an 82 with an 83 evinrude and it was the best! If you have good compression and it runs good buy it, or I will! No really don't just go by the paint on the evinrude. They run forever, but the metallic paint doesn't last too long! Good Luck!
eolson posted 05-08-2001 06:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for eolson  Send Email to eolson     
Go for it!

I bought a similar package ('84 Whaler 15, '85 Johnson 70) for $4000 in October '99. Engine since died, and was completely rebuilt for $1200. Runs like a champ, and I absolutely love my boat! Repowering with a new outboard is not the only option...

Best of luck,
Gainesville, FL

where2 posted 05-08-2001 08:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Considering I paid around $6k for my '85 15' Sport with '85 70hp Johnson (garage kept)in '96 with like new trailer. I think the price is reasonable. 70hp is only overpowered if you're uncomfortable running 40-50mph with the seat of your pants 12" above the water. Yes, the hull does chine walk between 43mph and 50mph, but you won't spend all day running that fast.
I do not regret having purchased mine. When the ocean whips up before a thunderstorm, I'd love to have something larger under me (a 42' Sportfish would be nice), but when I spend a weekend boating on 12 gallons of gas, the 15' whaler wins hands down!
If the mechanic gives it a clean bill of health, then go for it...
chumboy posted 05-08-2001 09:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for chumboy    
Thanks for all responses, I have arranged to sea trial the boat this weekend, if all goes well, I think I will get it for my Dad. Just one small thing to repay him for the many gray hairs I must have caused in my younger days.
hooter posted 05-08-2001 01:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
Chumboy, If ah'd a give back to mah Pappa a lil less grief an more a what you're offrin your pa now, I'd be a lot happier lookin back now he's gone. Well done! Be sure ta spin what time ya can in dat rig wid him. You'll be glad ya did.
jimh posted 05-08-2001 11:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Whaler 15 Sport with 70 HP and trailer for $3500?

That is a great deal. Jump on it!


Matthew posted 05-10-2001 02:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
I have a 1981 70 hp Johnson on my 15 ft sport of the same year-- that engine is still running great after 20 years in the salt! Even if the Evinrude needs some work it is generally easy to find a mechanic who know that engine--its been around for alot of years.

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