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jameso posted 02-19-2002 12:05 PM ET (US)   Profile for jameso   Send Email to jameso  
Check this out [oblique reference to boat for sale on eBay advertised as a Whaler "MALIBU" model]. Did I miss a model or does this belong in Jimh's latest page?
MikeG posted 02-19-2002 01:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for MikeG  Send Email to MikeG     
I doubt that [boat shown on eBay] is actually a BW. It probably just had the decals put on it. At best it may be a "splashed" hull but it doesn't even look that close. The seller claims his family owned it since new. I wonder if they know that it isn't a BW. Sounds shady.


seasicknes posted 02-19-2002 01:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for seasicknes    
[Boat shown on eBay] doesn't look like a whaler.
Tom W Clark posted 02-19-2002 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
No, [boat shown on eBay is] NOT a Whaler. Doesn't take much to slap a Whaler decal on anything. Apparently doesn't take much to confuse people either.
Bigshot posted 02-19-2002 04:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
It is however a POS:)
triblet posted 02-19-2002 05:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
[Link to boat shown on eBay, which I suspect will tend to be very temporary, leading to an annoying condition called "link-rot" where hyper links on a website point to links that no longer work. I changed the link to just the picture, not the auction for the misrepresented boat.]


seasicknes posted 02-19-2002 05:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for seasicknes    
I asked him "What's the serial number?" This will tell us the make of it.
Tom W Clark posted 02-19-2002 05:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Serial number won't tell us anything. IF the boat has a HIN (Hull Identification Number), that MAY tell us the manufacturer.

It will only have a HIN if it was made after 1984. First three letters of the HIN indicate the manufacturer but if the boat came from a state that did not require a title to a state that did, or if it was built before 1984 it may have acquired a HIN with a MIC (Manufacturers Identification Code) the denotes "home built" or "new title".

Here's where to research an MIC: Hyperlink

jimh posted 02-19-2002 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[I have edited this thread as noted. The reason I have removed hyperlinks to "auctions" on eBay is because of the temporary nature of these links. I do not anticipate that eBay will maintain these links and pictures for at least two years into the future. I do not wish to have the FORUM filled with "link-rot". --jimh]
jimh posted 02-19-2002 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
To the best of my knowledge and according to some factory documentation I have, Whaler did not market a model called a MALIBU.


seasicknes posted 02-19-2002 09:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for seasicknes    
I have seen this type of boat somewhere. And so far it eludes me......

jameso posted 02-19-2002 09:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
To Tom W Clark, sorry you did not perceive my sense of humor in this,,,but I think your comments about confusing people are out of line.
Yeah, my 03 Jim Armstrong
Tom W Clark posted 02-19-2002 10:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Relax, I got your humor. I wasn't referring to you but rather the seller. I have seen many boats for sale on Ebay and elsewhere that were not Whalers but labeled as such and it always amazes me...

jimh posted 02-20-2002 09:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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Reliant posted 02-20-2002 11:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Reliant  Send Email to Reliant     
Gee I wonder if the seller will also include a Malibu Ken and Barbie to go with it ;o)
lhg posted 02-21-2002 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I think some wag here suggested that after "Conquest" and "Ventura", the name Whaler would next use would be Malibu
Lil Whaler Lover posted 02-22-2002 08:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Lil Whaler Lover  Send Email to Lil Whaler Lover     
Looks like and old brand called Ski Barge from the 1960"s, or at best a rolled gunnel knock off of it from that great mecca of boat manufacturing creativity in our deep south (FL).

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