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RFK posted 08-05-2000 11:01 AM ET (US)   Profile for RFK   Send Email to RFK  
Where does the 16SL fit in Whaler history? I am interested in knowing what role this hull had in the progression toward the Dauntless/Ventura era.
RFK posted 08-08-2000 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for RFK  Send Email to RFK     
I am new, jimh, did I do something wrong in asking the question. I was just going through my papaers on my boat and found a letter from BW telling me that they had made 387 16SLs by April 30, 1992. I have not clue how were made before they dropped the boat from their line.

At the same time I re-read a 1991 critique of the boat by Jim Barron and he obviously did not like it. Said it was a good 1950's design!

After having a 13' and a 15 Super Sport Limited, we have had a geat time in the boat. Been on most of the Great Lakes, the Mississippi and Hudson rivers, plus numerous Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan lakes. It has taken us through some very interesting waters. While I covet a new Ventura, I chicken out when I see the price compared to what I have. Maybe I could find a used dual console Dauntlass.

Have looked at Scouts, O'Henry, CDory, even Stabi-Craft, but so far remain emotionally tied to the Whaler.

whalernut posted 08-09-2000 05:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
RFK, I don`t know much about the `16 SL, but saw one on Boat Trader online, they look very versatile. It sold fast! I test drove a 95` `17 Dauntless, they take the waves of Lake Erie quite nice. Is yours like a `17 Dauntless? The Dauntless has the tilt steering, which I don`t like and the newer cheaper ribbed rubrail, which I don`t like, unlike the older 3 peice commercial style. Can you explain you`re boat, and if you could, would you e-mail pictures of it? Regards-Jack Graner.
RFK posted 08-10-2000 11:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for RFK  Send Email to RFK     
I sent you a schematic from a BW catalog. Anxious to hear if you got. New techology for me in sending it.

Also will send pictures. Thanks for asking.

Dick Kunnert

Lil Whaler Lover posted 08-10-2000 01:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lil Whaler Lover  Send Email to Lil Whaler Lover     
I recently water tested a 16SL with a 90 hp Evinrude. It was fairly choppy water so I was able to give it a good test. The boat rode well but was incredibly trim sensative. With three adults in the boat and a 17" pitch aluminum prop it turned 4,800 RPM with the trim down and 5,500 RPM trimmed out. No estimate of speed as there was no speedo. The acceleration was kind of pokey too.

One major disappointment in the boat caused me to walk away from it. The factory prerig for the binnacle mount single lever throttle was mounted so close to the steering wheel that every time your tried to turn the darn thing your right hand hit the throttle and either sped it up or slowed it down. I felt that was a totally unsafe situation. I checked the mounting of the binnacle and it could not be moved outboard from the steering wheel. A very poor design, way below the standards I expected in a Whaler.

If you want a 16 SL check the relationship of the controls to be sure you can live with them. I have catalogues with the boat in them. Dave

RFK posted 08-10-2000 06:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for RFK  Send Email to RFK     
Haven't had the problem. I would have to agree that the hull is sensitive. I do like the fact that the bow stays up and it gives you a dry ride, even when the waves get a bit high. My brother bought a 17 ft. Wahoo, and in my view there is no comparison between the boats. Four people in the Wahoo and bit of waves and your wet.
whalernut posted 08-10-2000 06:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Dick, I got you`re e-mail and it came in, although a little fuzzy, but readable. I would love to get one of those boats just for skiing and tubeing and trailer boating. I can`t wait to see you`re pictures. Thanks-Jack Graner. P.S. Does any one know what a fair price for a used one is?
joseyman posted 03-28-2001 10:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for joseyman  Send Email to joseyman     
I am the proud owner of a 16SL since new at the Washington boat show in 1992. Used in the waters of South River and Chesapeake Bay and many happy days skiing, tubing and fishing in the nearby Annapolis waters. Powered by the same vintage Yamaha 85 h.p. and top speed of approx 45 mph. Love the boat and have the origional catalogs from whaler for the 2-3 years it was promoted in their catalogs. Does anyone know hull vin series for this model?
UnderDog posted 03-30-2001 01:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for UnderDog  Send Email to UnderDog     
Hello ALL, I am the proud owner of a 16sl, its a work in progress and when I finish, I will post a picture for all to see, I use my boat to scuba dive from. so I named my boat underdog. I have had six diver on my boat and we still had room to get ready to dive. I have seen a 17" montauk in my area, its a great boat, but the 16sl seems to have more deck space. I also like to water ski. so this is a great choice for me.if there is any whaler owner out there that would liek a ride and is in or near the san fransisco bay area look me up and Underdog will win you over too...... Keith

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