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george nagy posted 04-27-2004 12:03 PM ET (US)   Profile for george nagy   Send Email to george nagy  
I'm interested in the 23'walkaround model produced by whaler around 1992. Any info/ testimonials would be appreciated.

Does anyone here own/ed one of these crafts produced only for such a short period?

Why was it's run so short?

Were there any problems with this model?

Would I be correct in saying that it looks like it is built on the same hull as the 24' outrage that is still produced as a guardian today?

msc posted 04-27-2004 06:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for msc  Send Email to msc     
Do a search...this has come up before. I bought one new in 1992 and sold it in 1996. No problems. Nice boat. The equal of anything I see them producing today.
jimh posted 04-28-2004 01:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The 23 Walk Around model and its smaller cousin the 21 Walk Around were introduced following a change in ownership of the Boston Whaler company which also produced a change in the head of design and engineering. As often happens when the lead designer changes, the new guy's designs are in and the old guy's designs are out. This was the situation for Boston Whaler in c.1990.

My reference article on the corporate history of Boston Whaler,

will shed more light on this changeover.

The 23 Walk Around appears to be a fine boat, although it does not seem to have sold in anywhere near the volume that the smaller 21 Walk Around did, and as you noted they both had relatively short lives in the product line.

One source, who has historically been correct about 99-percent of the time, tells me that the cost of manufacturing these fine boats was so high that there was little profit in them at a selling price that could be obtained in the market at the time. This led to their being removed from the product line. Also, one could infer that the high price of the boats might have contributed to smaller sales volumes, and this could have also contributed to their demise.

I think the hull forms might have been adapted to other models. Perhaps some more comments will draw out this information.

In any event, I would not let the fact that this boat was designed and manufactured while Boston Whaler was owned by an athletic shoe company have any negative impact on your evaluation of the boat. Don't think of the 23 Walk Around as a "sneaker" boat, but as professional athletic footwear for the mariner.

Southpaw posted 04-28-2004 12:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Southpaw  Send Email to Southpaw     
George, i presently own a 1992 23WA with twin 1995 200SWS yamahas. The only negative comments about the boat that i can make are: 1. no onboard livewell to speak of(i made a 35 gal. round baitwell which uses the raw water intake for a supply) 2. it's too heavy for my half ton truck to pull on extended trips.
The boat is solid and handles rough water with ease. i frequently run it offshore when other boats in the class stay home. if you have any further questions, e-mail me at i will be selling this boat soon due to the needs of a bigger boat.
gimcrack225 posted 05-01-2004 05:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for gimcrack225    
Re: Walkaround 23. There is a beautiful example with twin motors and trailer, fully detailed looks brand new, in the front showroom window of John Herman Marine in Stamford, CT. I saw it today. The asking price is $34000
John Herman Sr. one of the original whaler dealers, and the namesake for the "Sourpuss."(or so we've been told)
whaler23 posted 06-28-2004 07:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaler23  Send Email to whaler23     
Nice boat, again, too heavy to tow on extended trips with my Suburban. Mine is also for sale, 28K. Great condition with 92 Yam 200's.

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