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JimU posted 07-25-2001 09:57 AM ET (US)   Profile for JimU   Send Email to JimU  
I was visiting with a friend who works for USGS. His shop uses Whalers of all sorts. The largest one was a commercial 25 foot plus Whaler that he said was not an unsinkable model as it was not of the sandwich foam construction. Are there such Whalers?
Tom W Clark posted 07-25-2001 10:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Apart from the recently discussed "Voyager" there are "Boston Whalers" that are not foam sandwich construction. In fact, they are not even fiberglass! Whaler produced (how many I don't know) some aluminum boats for civil and military service. The first that I know of was produced by (I want to say Munson Marine) here in Edmonds, WA under a subcontract from Whaler. Whaler designed it but did not actually build it. How this strange arrangement came to be, I don't know. I believe other similar, but different, boats were built as well.

Whaler's line of "Super Cat" catamaran sailboats were also not foam sandwich construction, but I doubt the USCG makes use of many of these.

Bigshot posted 07-25-2001 10:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
They also made defaltables in the 80's. POP!
triblet posted 07-25-2001 01:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I got pix of a BW inflatable over the weekend
and e-mailed them to JimH for Cetecea.


Bigshot posted 07-25-2001 03:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I have a few catalogs with them in it. Never understood that except that 13's were on every boatdeck in the world except for inflatables. maybe they wanted the name to be monopolized. The catboats were even more puzzling. The Harpoons i understand being I was raised on a squall. The Impact will probably flop but who knows. This would have been more fitting if Reebok still owned them. Then it would be like a sneaker boat.
hardensheetmetal posted 07-25-2001 03:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
I'm not sure if it is still there, but you can get a good look at one of the 36' Aluminum Whaler on


Tom W Clark posted 07-25-2001 05:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Wow! The only civilian built boat of its type, and only $340,000 used.

Built by Pacific-Victor of Seattle


jimh posted 07-25-2001 08:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Now that is an interesting boat!
hardensheetmetal posted 07-25-2001 08:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
What and no air conditioning! Damn, and I was about to send them a down payment.


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