Boston Whaler

Discussion in 'Boating Discussion' started by whammy, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. whammy

    whammy Hook Up!

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    Finally sold my aluminum and now im looking into buying a Boston Whaler but im torn btw 2.

    1) 13' Whaler clean little ride with a 40 hp 4 stroke yamaha all the bells and whistles. Previous owner, buddy of mine, added a center console, new fishfinder, really nice trolling motor, ice cooler, etc.

    2) 15' Whaler with is 2k more than the 13' is a side console with a 50hp Honda 4 stroke that i will need to convert to a center console probably add a new fishfinder and possibly a new trolling motor

    so the question is which would you guys prefer does the extra 2 ft warrant 2k more down and probably another 1k after i buy a console seat, and fishfinder

    btw the boat will be mainly used locally meaning never more than a couple miles out and around the bays and wall.

    thanks in advance for the feedback, really excited but cant decide on which one
     
  2. simmo13

    simmo13 Well-Known "Member"

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    Depends on how handy you are to do all that work changing console. I went from a 13 whaler to a 17 Parker. Could easily go back to my whaler. Love those 13 whalers. But the 15 does give you more area. Damn, tough decision.
     
  3. BrotherP

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    I would always go as big as I could afford. but thats just me.
     
  4. gecsr1

    gecsr1 28' Aquasport "Reel Adventure II"

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    Look at the 16' montauk it's killer
     
  5. Gil Marlin

    Gil Marlin World Peace? Visualize Using Your Turn Indicator

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    Bigger is better if it doesn't break the bank...
     
  6. Babu

    Babu Dork

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    If you buddy's is turn key and less money. Then why deal with unknown more work and more money?

    But thats just me cheap and lazy.
     
  7. whammy

    whammy Hook Up!

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    i feel you there but wanted to ask the question because of the size difference and the 15ft is turn key just not arranged like I would like
     
  8. Wendell Fox

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    Get the 15. You won't regret it.
     
  9. agarcia

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    Unless space or the extra cash was a major issue I'd go 15 with no hesitation. You can change out consoles and internal configurations but you're not going to add length to a whaler.
     
  10. grey goose

    grey goose Member

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    You are going to quickly outgrow either one, so better to get the 15 while you can or wait and see if you can find a 17 hanging around somewhere,
    Two feet doe'snt warrant 2K but whaler people are weird. and tend to ask really Big numbers for thier boats.
    I would not want to sell mine because they really are a good little boat, I would just hate to ask for what I got into it.
     
  11. af dreamer

    af dreamer I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    you might see if there are any 14 Dauntless in the area.They have a underdeck fuel tank and a builtin bait tank under the seat.It is rated for a 70 HP.One year only boat and are in great demand for Avalon boat guys.I bought mine new and is way better than just about any except maybe a 16 Dauntless.Do a yachtworld search also.1999 was the year.Tom
     
  12. fintastic

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    Go the 15 the ride is a world better than the 13 I had both l loved my 15 but had a 70hp on it!
     
  13. jfield

    jfield Killer of fish

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    I've owned both.. no question 15' is twice the boat. I've owned a 17' Montauk too which is twice again as much boat. 13' and 15' are okay for the kelp beds on a nice day, 17' is ok for Catalina, Coronados and local banks on a nice day.. and still fits in most garages. All that being said I loved all three. Flush em.. hose em out.. and stuff them back in the garage. Not sure why you'd need a center console on a boat that narrow but I guess that's personal preference. Good luck with whatever you decide. They're all great.
     
  14. neil c

    neil c Fish killing fool

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    Bigger the better , had a 15 , it rides better than the 13, if you can afford it get the 15 you won't have buyers remorse.
     
  15. whammy

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    Thanks guys for the help, going to check out the 15ft tonight, hopefully it's clean and ill be able to pick it up
     
  16. Baja_Traveler

    Baja_Traveler Serial Lurker

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    I also had a 13 with a 40 on it - took it out to the 9 mile bank numerous times (on those special glassy days). But I always wished it was a 15 instead. After some douche stole it I'm reduced to fishing out of the kayak, but I'm holding out for that 17 Montauk...
     
  17. ?? fisherman

    ?? fisherman super Captain

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    Hey Chris ~

    I saw that you were still logged on so thought I would give you my quick take.

    Everyone is saying that the 15' is better, and they are right. the 15' is MUCH more boat...... BUT.....

    A couple things to consider from what I am looking at and just to be totally honest.

    The 13' has a much better nicer galvanized trailer....... the 15' has a piece of Chit (just being brutally honest) painted steel trailer that will become a rust bucket fairly quick in most cases, which can be a big added expense down the road.

    The 13' has a Yamaha while the 15' has a Honda. Just my opinion, but me personally, I would rather have a Yami vs Honda..... not saying Honda is bad in any way, but the nod goes to Yamaha IMO, and I think there are more Yamaha certified mechanics floating around vs Honda mechanics.

    Personally, unless you are getting a completely smokin deal, just keep looking for a 15' (better yet a 17 ;) ) with Yamaha or Suzuki power and a very decent trailer (preferably galvanized).

    Good luck!

    The unknown fisherman:p:
     
  18. whammy

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    thanks Mike definitely something to consider.
     
  19. nalani

    nalani Newbie

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    Once again the ?? Fisherman has to chime in and add his opinion. Just because my trailer is not galvanized doesn't make it a piece of shit. Tires are good, lights work, new leaf springs, etc.
     
  20. ?? fisherman

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    Uh yeah.... wasn't that what he was asking for?? :rolleyes:

    Aaron ~

    First off, I had no idea it was your boat

    Second, your damn right I gave my opinion and will continue to always do so..... I'm just trying to help the guy out, whether I know him or not.

    I'm not at all saying your 15' Whaler is a bad boat, not in the slightest..... the boat looks very good. I just know from buying many boats, that painted steel trailers (unless ZincPoxy) fall low on the list for me...... I've had my share and for me personally they don't hold up well to the salt water environment. Doesn't mean I would not rule out buying a boat because it had one, but it would play a big factor.

    Don't go getting all chapped because a guy asks for opinions and advise and then he gets some and it does not meet your likes. He asked for advise and opinions and I gave him mine, like I would any friend of mine..... what he does from there is his decision.

    The unknown fisherman:p:
     

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