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Cetacea Page 33

January 13, 2001

The Voting Booth Whalers

A un-Scientific Sample of the Classics

As recent polls indicated, classic Whalers in the 16/17-foot range are the most common. They are also most likely to be powered by OMC outboards. And when not on the water, they are stowed on a trailer. And true to the desires of most Classic Whaler fans, they have plenty of wood on them. Not surprisingly, my mailbox was full of boats that fit that description perfectly! Here is a look at several boats with those characteristics.


Charles Warren writes:

"I bought this boat from a dealer in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, in June. It apparently was purchased at Killinger Marine in Pensacola. I kept their sticker on. When I got the boat it had been kept in the water, the rails were rusty, and the gel coat was badly faded. The teak had not been cleaned in years and the 1989 Johnson 88-HP outboard was history. The helm seat was shot, the two aluminum gas tanks were in poor shape and leaking gas, an old Coleman cooler was in the front with non-factory cushion. and no rod holders. The electronics were rusted and broken. I got all new upholstery from Dave's Custom Upholstery, a new float on aluminum trailer, new radio and fishfinder, a new 2000 Evinrude 90hp Ficht engine, and put in a 92-quart Igloo in front (which I am using for storage) and a 120-qt in back for beverages . I have ordered rail-mounted down riggers.

"This photo was taken at Lake Lure, North Carolina in August of 2000. I am the Captain and my son Steve Warren is on the cooler seat with his wife Heather. (Steve has an 1986 Montauk and a 1988 Revenge-22 in Mt. Pleasant.) This Montauk has since been in Lake Jocassee, Lake Kewowee, Lake Murray and in the rivers and creeks around Georgetown and Pawleys Island."


[Photo: Boston Whaler Montauk with three adults aboard]
Classic Montauk 17
Just taking a spin around the lake might be one of the most popular uses for a Montauk. Newer Evinrude power and a dark blue sun top dress up this beautifully restored classic Whaler.
PhotoCredit: via Charles Warren - Reference: 33-1


Montauk Accessory

Steve Scruggs sent these interesting shots of the interior of a Montauk he used to own. He wanted to show the nice molded cover, but what caught my eye was the beautiful varnish on the reversible pilot seat. Whomever Steve sold this Montauk to got a fine example of classic Whaler.

"I just sold my 1988 Montauk. It had a unique rear cover and seat that hid all the battery, oil tank, fuel filter, and other hardware. Have you ever seen one of these? I understand that our local dealer, Jacobsen's, fabricated them during the late eighties. This cover was very practical."


[Photo: Boston Whaler Montauk interior with molded cover in stern]
Montauk Molded Interior Detail
This molded cover hides much of the hardware and cable in the stern of the Montauk.
PhotoCredit: Steve Scruggs - Reference: 33-2


[Photo: Boston Whaler Montauk interior with molded cover in stern]
Montauk Molded Interior Detail
Apparently custom molded by a Whaler dealer, the current availability of this accessory is unknown. Would you like one for your Montauk?
PhotoCredit: Steve Scruggs - Reference: 33-3



Dorsey Shaw of San Francisco has been keeping his classic 1968 Whaler 16-Sakonnet in "immaculate condition." The wood components are all original. The Sakonnet was the top-of-the-line of the Nauset/Eastport/Sakonnet progression of models.


[Photo: Boston Whaler 16-Sakonnet on trailer with main and auxillary outboards.]
1968 Boston Whaler Sakonnet 16
A pair of OMC outboards power this Whaler classic (1979 Evinrude 100-HP and kicker). The trailer looks like an oldie, too. Note the proper rigging of the keel rollers and the hold-down strap. The moderate Northern California climate has been kind to this old Whaler. The reversible pilot seat is the trademark of this model
PhotoCredit: Dorsey Shaw - Reference: 33-4



Even though its not a 16 or an OMC-powered boat, I've got throw in this nice action shot, and just to show that there is some diversity of opinion: this is a boat that has had its wood replaced by KING StarBoard! I can hear the cries from the purists already! Mark Talon writes:

"A photo of our 1972 13-Sport in action. Purchased in 1999. Operated in waters around Southport, NC. Replaced all wood with Starboard. 35-HP Yahama. Restoration in progress, but we plan to stay with the starboard. Can't imagine selling her."


[Photo: Boston Whaler 13 in coastal waterway with two adults aboard.]
1973 Boston Whaler Sport 13
There is hardly a boater alive who would not enjoy taking a classic Boston Whaler out for a ride in protected, coastal waterways. There is something about being so close to the water that makes boating in a Whaler more fun.
PhotoCredit: via Mark and Carol Tallon - Reference: 33-5



Ron Louzon owns an interesting Minot. This boat shows how people like to have a little wood on their Whalers, even if it didn't come from the factory that way! Ron writes:

"Here are some pictures of my Minot model Whaler. I apologize for the lack of water around the boat and for the lack of good perspective. It is currently 8 degrees outside, the ground is snow covered and the boat is wrapped up for the winter. I will send you some better shots in the spring when I start using the boat again. These pictures are from August of 98.

"This is a 1969 Minot model Boston Whaler. It was built in Rockland, Massachusetts and was shipped out from Boston Whaler on 10/10/68. I got that information from Boston Whaler by supplying them with the hull number. The length is 16-feet 7-inches. From the factory, this boat was shipped with a fiberglass bench seat and no windshield. The original owner, (a Mr. Novotny) obviously found a good cabinet maker to fabricate a wood seat and windshield because although they look original, they have been added. The windshield is a complete fabrication and I think the seat is too. Those are the only modifications I know of that were made to this boat. We bought this boat in 1980 and at that time, the Johnson had 40 hours on it. Now, 20 years later, the motor still runs excellently and the boat shines inside and out like new. After every other time out with this boat, I give it a full wax job with Kit-Wax which is 100% Carnuba wax. This has kept the blue interior like new all of these years. The wax can be found at Walmart for four bucks in the automotive section. I was boarded by the Coast Guard in Chincoteague Virginia for a routine inspection [I hope you made them wipe their feet first!--JWH] and the first thing those guys said was how great the boat looked. They mentioned that they had never seen a Whaler with a blue interior that wasn't 'washed out or oxidized.'

"This Minot has spent all of its life in Maryland. We use it to go water-skiing on the Potomac river in Hagerstown, Maryland and we take it fishing in the Chesapeake Bay mainly on the Wye and Choptank rivers. Occasionally, we take it fishing in Chincoteague, Virginia. Mr. Novotny kept it in the water and that explains the painted bottom. It now is on a bunk-style trailer whenever it is not in the water.

"The only problem I have ever had with this Whaler is the tendency of screw holes to become enlarged to the point that the screws will no longer hold. This has only been a problem with screws that hold the console in place and screws which hold the rails in place. Whenever this happens, I drill out the hole with a 1/4 inch bit, going only as deep as the screw goes, and I use epoxy to glue a piece of 1/4 inch hardwood dowel into the hole. When the glue is dry, I redrill the hole for the screw and put it all back together. With this method, I have never had to redo any hole that I have fixed. It works great!

"Last summer, I completely disassembled the seat in this boat. I got it to the point where it was just a bunch of pieces of lumber. Then, I stripped everything and refinished it. After sanding was complete, I used Interlux paste wood filler to fill the grain of the mahogany. Then, I put on 5 coats of Interlux Schooner varnish. It gave the wood a really nice golden color. It was a tremendous amount of work but the end result was worth it. I also refinished the windshield but because of the way it is put together, there is no way to take it apart without destroying it."


[Photo: Boston Whaler 16 Minot, bow-on view]
11969 Boston Whaler MINOT 16
The Minot was just below the Katama in the model hierarchy. It lacked the windshield of the more expensive Katama. This boat was upgraded by the original owner with some wooden additions, including a bench helm seat.
PhotoCredit: Ron Louzon - Reference: 33-5


[Photo: Boston Whaler 16 Minot on trailer; stern quarter view]
1969 Boston Whaler MINOT 16
Another classically rigged trailer set-up: keel rollers and gunwale-to-gunwale hold down strap. The blue bottom paint with red waterline stripe is a nice added touch to the boat's color scheme.
PhotoCredit: Ron Louzon - Reference: 33-5


[Photo: Boston Whaler 16 Minot interior view]
1969 Boston Whaler MINOT 16
The wooden windshield is clearly an add-on, but nicely done. The original molded bench seat has been removed and replaced with this wooden version, another well-crafted addition. This is either a Boston Whaler original Nauset pilot seat or a darn good copy of one, with a rear facing seat added.
PhotoCredit: Ron Louzon - Reference: 33-5


The Survey Says

There you have it--the results of our Whaler Voting Booth (a reader poll taken prior to publishing this article) are reflected almost exactly by the contributions showing up in my mailbox. The funny thing is that I assembled all these pictures for this segment of CETACEA without realizing that they were precisely as categorized by the survey! It was only after I had made up the page that I realized how true to the polling results it was. For more information on the 16-foot and 17-foot hulls in the classic Whaler line visit the Reference section.

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