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kamie posted 12-27-2003 12:51 AM ET (US)   Profile for kamie   Send Email to kamie  
Hi All,

Hope folks had a good Christmas and got all the toys under the tree they were hoping for. Since I am killing time until the boat show (January 24 - February 1) I figured I would toss out the questions here to see what you all think.

1. Is it better to buy part of the canvas from Boston Whaler or just make an order to Mills and get everything at once? I am currently considering the Sun Top and Mooring cover

2. If you don't order the live well, what do you get? Do you think the live well is better for resale even if you don't plan to use it? I guess you could toss ice in it and store spare sodas in it.

3. Is it better to have the dealer install your electronics (VHF, GPS, Stereo/CD etc.) or go for it yourself? Keep in mind, I can change a light bulb and a switch and fish Cat-5 on a good day.

4. Anyone who has seen or owns the Nantucket: what are the options for placing electroncs anywhere but on the upper console? From the look of the console there is no flat lower section except under the wheel (as there is on the Montauk console).

5. Anyone have any dealings with Chesapeake Whalertown in Baltimore/Annapolis? Good/Bad please email me off list. They are the only Whaler dealer within 200 miles of me.

For those of you who aren't sure why there is Nantucket in the title, I am looking at buying a Nantucket this spring. Based on numerous threads here I plan on dropping either the 135 or the 150 on her. It's the options I am working on now :)


jimh posted 12-27-2003 04:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Re: installing electronics

My recommendation would vary depending on your skills in two areas: wiring and sawing.

My expectation is that Boston Whaler will have provided sufficient power distribution in the console so that connecting low-current electronic devices will be simple.

Mounting the devices can be more complicated, especially if you plan to flush mount the electronics and need to cut complicated shapes in the laminate of the console. You will need some skill, patience, and proper cutting tools to make a professional saw cut into the laminate of the console.

Personally, I would be rather fussy about this work and I would probably tend to want to do it myself. On the other hand, the constraints of time and tools might make me decide to let the dealer do it, but I would be very clear about exactly where and how things were to be installed.

A certain aesthetic is necessary for a boat's helm console, and I would carefully plan the layout of the electronics to be both functional and attractive. This applies to both self-installed and dealer-installed situations.

ghefty posted 12-27-2003 08:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for ghefty  Send Email to ghefty     
I stongly second Jim's advice on the installation of the electronics. I trusted my dealer a little too much since "they install these things all the time." Well, little did I know that the installer decided to get creative for my installation and flush mounted the gps antenna on the top of the console of my M170. This used up the already limited space on the top of the console. And when I move it I will have to close the rather large hole in the surface. If you let them install the electronics tell them exactly where you want everything, including the route for things like antenna or transducer wiring. BTW, now I'm the only one who installs anything on my boat.
Jarhead posted 12-27-2003 09:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
I had the dealer install all the electronics on both my new Whalers this year. I worked it into the purchase price of the boats.

I did spend some time discussing the installation with the rigger before hand to make sure things would be done the way I wanted.

Everything worked out well and I'm very happy with the job.

If you go with the fish package you won't be able to order the sun lounge option. However I believe the fish package would help when and if you decide to sell and you never know you just might decide you need it later on... ;)

As always, just my 2

kamie posted 12-27-2003 12:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamie  Send Email to kamie     
I think i'm leaning toward having the dealer install everything, just give them a layout of where I want things. Don't want to them to decide to flush mount a GPS and take all that real estate when it can nicely sit on top or mount the VHF radio so the mic cord hangs in front of the CD player. As for the sun lounge I was going to skip it. Might be a nice place to nap but generally I don't lounge. I was considering just the cooler /w seats and maybe the live well, not the totall fishing package. I am assuming the tackle drawer just takes space away from the console storage and i can invision the bruses from the rod holders mounted on the console (cetacea pg 71).
List so far:
190 Nantucket w/ pedestal seats
54 Quart cooler w/cuhion and backrest
bow cushion
Clarion Cd Player
135 XL Optimax
sun top
Standard Eclipse VHF Radio
Potential additions to the list
1 live well
swap 150 XL Optimax for 135. (depends on price difference)
GPS and fishfinder or combo unit Garmin 188C
mooring cover

Disclaimer: The above is subject to change almost daily :)

triblet posted 12-27-2003 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Dunno if the 190 console is the same, but on a 170 Montauk,
the tackle drawers are on the opposite side of the console
from the (only) door, and the space they take up is
difficult to utilize from the door side. They make a great
place to store stuff. And if you don't like the layout of
the boxes, they are a standard size available from Plano and
others in lots of layouts and cheap.

The console mounted rod holders have a cushion on them. I'd
worry more about bruised fannies from riding forward.


kamie posted 12-27-2003 05:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamie  Send Email to kamie     

On the Nantucket the tackle box is behind the cooler seat so it is on the bow side of the console. Definatly have to look at how much room it takes up.

bricknj posted 12-27-2003 06:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for bricknj    
Be advised that the tacklebox on the Nantucket on the bow side of the console is somewhat cheaply made. The hatch has a nasty habit of flying open while you are running. I am sure it is something anyone handy, and even not so handy, can rectify at the hardware store.
kamie posted 12-27-2003 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamie  Send Email to kamie     
Thanks for the info. I was considering not getting it simply put I don't really fish. Any friend that do will bring their own tackle box..Not really a must have on my boat. Now closed, dry storage that's a must have.. not sure I want the camera with the zoom lens hanging out on deck anywhere while i'm underway...

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