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Essence posted 10-23-2006 11:21 AM ET (US)   Profile for Essence   Send Email to Essence  
A local dealer (non-BW) has [a 40th Anniversary Edition 13-foot Boston Whaler] for sale with a 35-HP Johnson with power tilt and trim, Mills mooring cover, and trailer for $6,500. The dealer says it is in great condition, small ding in prop blade.

I've been looking for a excellent shape mid or late 1980's Super Sport for about $4,500. I am wondering about stretching to get this one instead given that it is 13 years newer. I have read a little on this site about the anniversary model and I like the pictures I've seen. The rails are mounted differently, going directly into the gunnels which seems to give just a bit more width room.

One of my biggest questions is about the hull underbody configuration. It looks like the hull is like those of the mid-80's models that I've seen. I that the case? The dealer also thinks that it is modeled on the mid-80's hull.

Any info, your experiences, and comments on the model are appreciated. The application would be for the kids to tool around the harbor, and for me to shuttle other boats around their moorings and enjoy cruising around Salem (MA) Sound.

Bjornas posted 10-23-2006 10:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bjornas  Send Email to Bjornas     

Jim has a nice spread in cetecea on the 40th anniversary edition 13.

I personally see one of these every day when I go to my boat on the dock at the Corinthian yacht club in Marblehead with a 40 Merc. (Right next door to you) It is absolutely gorgeous. They did an excellent job on the mahogany console, and look exactly like the real pre 1973 whalers except with a modern 20 inch transom. It definately put a question in my mind if I made the right choice to restore an actual classic, or get an anniversary model.

You kids will have a blast cruising over to; Beverly, Misery, and Browns island. Don't forget the schoolie stripers that constantly patrol the power plant.

When I was a bit younger we used to water ski and zip sled at lead mills behind Salem harbor during high tide with Whalers and Mckees. The 40th anniversary would be a perfect choice imho for all of that.

As long as you take care of it, the resale will certainly be great, especially on that model.


Bjornas posted 10-23-2006 11:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bjornas  Send Email to Bjornas     

If the boat your are looking at is the one on yachtworld for sale in Harwichport, I think it looks immaculate from the pictures. The mahogany could use a little freshening up to make it look brand new, but very minor. I couldn't notice any other imperfections except for the person hitting the booze when they put on those registration numbers on. The 35 Johnson looks brand new. It also looks like no bottom paint ever hit that hull which is a plus for seeing if it was ever damaged. The mills cover will come in handy if you moor it in Salem Harbor. When the plant fires coal it can drop some nasty soot that can stain fiberglass. I kept my NorthCoast at Hawthorne cove marina for 10 years, so I have first hand experience with that.

For the extra cash over the other boat it would be hard to go wrong with this one. Your kids will flip!

Good luck,

jflots posted 11-02-2006 03:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for jflots  Send Email to jflots     
Same hull as the 80's I believe, but with a blue interior. We love our blue interior. Also 13 years newer means less use/abuse so naturally better condition. Less likely for water to seap into the hull. Cover helps in keeping the gelcoat from fadeing. If you remember to cover it. Not so easy somtimes. good luck
Florida15 posted 11-08-2006 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Florida15    
If it truly is in great shape, that's a bargain. Most of the ones I've seen have gone for $8,000 - $12,000.
Essence posted 11-24-2006 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Essence  Send Email to Essence     
I picked up the 13' [unknown acronym, probably means a 40-th Anniversary Edition] a month after I first posted an inquiry to continuousWave (CW) about this model. The advice that I got from users was excellent, particularly contributions from rolfmark, jflots, and Florida 15. There were several others who followed up with private messages. Most of the information about the model was also available by running a CW search.

Users told me that the hull underbody was the same as the 1998 regular model, that the woodwork finish had been a problem on some models, and that the bow locker cover was likely to delaminate because the locker itself didn't drain fully and kept the wood wet. They also said that the model was unique in that there was a production run of only 250, and that the model accomplished Whaler's purpose of applealing to the lovers of the classic style while offering the benefits of the refinements of the post classic models; and of course it is at least 10 years newer than the youngest classic. Consensus was that she would hold her value well.

The hull, fit, and finish of my boat are very good. No dings, cracks (no spider cracks yet), and an unpainted bottom. She was well cared for by her previous owner and lightly used. The trailer is a 2001 model in good shape, no problems bringing her back over 100 miles in Wednesday's traffic. She was kept covered with her Mills mooring cover, but not for trailering.

The motor is a 1998 35 Johnson. The yard replaced the steering mechanism and the tilt/trim unit and controls for the previous owner just before I bought her, and did significant amount of other work to get her in great shape. A short sea trial in waters off Cape Cod showed her to run smoothly at low speed, demonstrate decent thrust and smooth running at all speeds, and was quick to get on a plane as she pounded into the waves that were preceding a coastal storm. Fun and cold. I had been in touch with the yard and owner for a month before I got her and they all were very accomodating and great to deal with.

I am on the cusp of storing her for the winter or keeping her at hand for one of those last Indian Summer days that we sometimes get - particularly since it has been such a warm autumn.

Any other owners of this model out there? It would be interesting to hear from you. Thanks to all who helped me make the decision to get her.

jimh posted 11-24-2006 10:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Thanks for the follow-up article on your new boat.

Did you also receive the limited-edition special lithograph print of a beautiful watercolor painting of the classic Boston Whaler 13-foot boat? This print, done by a Mr. Dunagin, was supposed to be included with the boat at the original sale. I have heard some stories that dealers did not always deliver the print to the buyers, so perhaps not everyone received one with their new boat.

Another bit of information: the daughter of the artist later became director of marketing for Boston Whaler boats for several years, Ms. Teresa Dunagin.

andygere posted 11-24-2006 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Essence, the boat sounds like a beauty. Any chance of posting some photos of this fine specimen?
Essence posted 11-25-2006 04:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Essence  Send Email to Essence     
I heard about the print that came with the 4Oth Anniversary model and asked the sales broker to ask the owner for any documentation and accessories that came with the boat, thinking that there might be more Mills' canvas or a set of cushions, or the print and the boat's paperwork. But nothing was forthcoming and I didn't want to push the point since the owner was exceedingly helpful in getting t/t and steering (and other) problems fixed. If anyone knows of where to get the print or a copy please let me know.

I'll post some pictures of the new acquisition when I am able. Of course I want to make sure she is shipshape for photos and I haven't buffed the bolt heads next to the stanchions with a Q tip yet.

WaterWorldBoating posted 10-25-2008 10:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for WaterWorldBoating  Send Email to WaterWorldBoating     
The Boston Whaler factory has 61 of what appear to be the limited edition prints that were supposed to be given with the 250 1998 40th Aniversary 13 Sport listed on Ebay. Perhaps I'm missing something. How is that possible?

Something smells like a good day on a Whaler.

http:/ / cgi. ebay. com/ ebaymotors/ Boston-Whaler-Limited-Edition-Print -13-Classic_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ66Q3a2Q7c65Q3a10Q7c39Q3a1Q7c240Q 3a1318QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem320312984789QQitemZ3203129847 89#ebayphotohosting

WhalerAce posted 10-26-2008 08:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Whaler also used to give them away at the factory-sponsored Rendezvous (see Cetacea page 78), usually to the person who had the oldest Whaler there.

While I did not win one, the winner at the Beaufort rendezvous gave me his a few years ago.

It sits in the place of honor in my man-cave in my boathouse.

--- WhalerAce

WhalerAce posted 10-26-2008 09:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
And I just looked at mine again. It is UNNUMBERED.

--- WhalerAce

jimmy c posted 10-27-2008 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimmy c  Send Email to jimmy c     
If you go to touch up the wood on a 40th anniversay edition you are going to be in for a supprise....IT IS NOT is a special clear plastic finish that is next to impossiable to remove....paint remover will not touch it....have fun
mvamaunet posted 06-13-2011 03:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for mvamaunet  Send Email to mvamaunet     
Just re did one two years ago that was in bad shape,(varnish)???? wise.
This was on a 40th that I took delivery of for the owner,and was asked by him to refinish it so he could sell it.
Long story short,it is a 2 part finished used by the factory,and the maker is long gone. the only way to remove it is with a propane torch and a scraper. Heat it until it pops like popcorn then scrape.
I had a good friend at the factory that told me the story of the finish AFTER the fact.
Finished all the brightwork with Cetol Teak, and it came out great.
When it was finished my Wife took one look and said we are buying it.
Have all the or dos, sale plaque, red bag, and print.
Replacement plaques are avail,now in brass.

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