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mbear posted 05-10-2009 06:10 PM ET (US)   Profile for mbear   Send Email to mbear  
1991 Boston Whaler Guardian with twin 1997 115hp Johnson oceanrunners. $18k’ish located in S. CA

I bought this from a government auction June 2006 then spent 2 years tearing it apart and putting it back together (before kids). It is located in Southern California and has been fun but the wife wants something more comfortable with a cabin for her and the kids. According to the Government Services Administration the boat was an underwater demolition training boat in San Diego. This is a heavy duty boat that has a ride significantly smoother than a standard outrage. The military pimped this ride. I’m only listing on this board for now because it was such a great resource for me and people here love and know this boat. I know it was worth more before the economic tsunami and I certainly have more in it than I’ll get for it, but it’s a boat… that’s part of the deal.

Forward positioning on the full height aluminum console leaves a huge back deck area for diving or fishing. And makes people take a second look to see if you are law enforcement. I use the boat for spearfishing mostly and there’s nothing better than sliding in and out of the 60” dive door with chafe plate, well except putting a big fish on the boat through the door.

The interior and exterior were professionally repaired and re-gelcoated with haze grey and new bottom paint. Remember this was actually a military boat, There was a lot of stuff to fix and I created even more because I wanted it to look nice and be right. In addition I was paranoid about water intrusion (and working alot) so the boat dried out for close to 2 years even if it didn't need it.

Cool military/ guardian stuff!
-Guardian construction with heavy duty layup, gel coat, and structure.
-Aluminum front deck and superstructure.
-2x Freeman cast aluminum hatches.
-60” dive door with Chafe plate
-2.5 inch receptacles built into the aluminum gunwales to enable sun tent with aluminum bows
-Full height aluminum console with tempered glass windows
-Gunwale Lifting eyes (4) so you can lift it onto your battleship or lift it with your helicopter.
-Aluminum gunwales with starboard rail.
-Heavy duty cleats with aluminum rub rail guards
-I believe this is a black dot. I took a picture before it was gel coated but have to find it.
-heavy duty aluminum engine guard
-Larger diameter rails with high bow rail
-Transom Gate

Replaced redone or installed in the last 2 years.
-New hydraulic steering lines and new seastar hydraulic cylinder
-New Throttle cables
-Wiring and fuses
-2x open pattern rubber mats
-Three new bilge pumps
-New heavy duty rub rail
-New custom 82 gallon fuel tank, all fuel fill and engine fuel hoses replaced, new filters and spare set.
-New spark plugs, additional new set of spark plugs on boat as spares
-New Props (old props come with the boat as spares)
-New gel coat in and out.
-New bottom paint
-Heavy duty custom rails powdercoated
-Gunwales painted
-New tempered glass windshield.
-New Northstar m84 color multifunction; gps, fish/sonar, video, engine/fuel mgmt, radar (not installed)
-New Northstar VHF with new antenna
-Central Deck removed and underside re-glassed with new
-hatches installed. No soft spots!!!
-New stainless deck tie downs.
-Anchor, chain and rope
-Locking hardware on seating
-Seating added, second hand but comfortable, added lots of needed storage, replaced lock hardware
-New Batteries
-New VRO pumps/tanks
-New Trailer wiring and car plug
…… Various other items I’m not remembering

2x 1997 Johnson Oceanrunner 115’s
Just serviced with new water pumps and various seals. Replaced thermostats on both engines. Please feel free to request contact information for mechanic to inquire about service history.
WOT 42mph (gps) Cruise at 30.
Compression is good on all cylinders Port #1-125, #2-120, #3-125, #4-125
Starboard #1-120, #2-120, #3-125, #4-120

Trailer- dual axle “Float On”, the trailer gets the boat on straight every time, I usually launch and retrieve solo with no problem and no motors needed. Trailer is constructed of 4”x6” I-Beam, and is heavy duty. It is not tuned up for a long haul, it gets the boat from storage to the ramp just fine and has working lights. It has a pintle hitch and needs a jack which pretty much guarantees nobody can steal it. brakes are not functional, has a spare tire, new winch strap, truck wheels never touch the water as trailer has a long reach.

It’s not a perfect boat, that would be boring. Cosmetically there are a few items that could be done but it is close enough to perfect for me so when I weigh the merits of a day on the water versus a day on land the water wins every time. The splash well and the console were not refinished in the rehab. I fabricated a starboard type material sun shield on the console, rub rail needs end caps, transom gate has a dent (navy), the door at this point is about perfect for me but maybe not for you, the interior gel coat has some crazing. The console actually looks kind of cool with leftover military numbers on it. At least that’s what I tell myself. Just enough stuff to make for manageable projects but nothing that keeps you from taking it to Catalina the day you get it.

Link to pictures if I did it correctly

Matt Beary
949 887 9272

mbear posted 05-10-2009 06:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for mbear  Send Email to mbear
mbear posted 05-15-2009 01:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for mbear  Send Email to mbear     
Any Interest? Here goes craigslist.

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