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    Boston Whaler 13

    Hey guys I need some advice. I have always wanted a Whaler 13 and now there is one for sale locally. It is a 1974 model that you can't tell from new. Always stored inside. It has a newer 40hp Johnson that claims only 17 hrs on it. He is asking $4500 That seems high even for its condition but I don't know. What do you think?
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    those 13ers hold their values quite well. my cousin and I always look for them and have bought a couple in the past couple of years as project boats. one is complete, the other is waiting for me to have time to finish it. both were drug out of thick brush, with trees growing in them and were bought for less than $500 each. the 68 model is a fishing machine-----looks brand new after re-gelling it. converted to a nice center console, NFB steering with a yamaha 40. we put a rigging tube in the floor so no rigging is exposed. bow light wiring runs through the rubrail, again no exposed wiring. we can fish all weekend on 6 gallons of fuel. I can't wait to finish the second one.

    it all depends on what you want----a project or a turn key rig. they will be priced accordingly.
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    make sure your fillings are not loose and wear your back brace!

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    they are great for kids, they have the backs for them. If you ever played sports or have back problems i would look at larger boats...that stated, they are a great boat and can get you out of most any trouble you find yourself in. i ran two and the last 13 i owned was a tendor to a 58 viking with all the options. the boat was perfect and i would go into the ocean in the roughest waters but i outgrew it after coming in totally wet and with back issues. if its a bay boat they are awesome, any chop and you need to get your fillings replaced and or spinal surg.

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    thats so funny we typed that at the same time!!!

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    It will mainly be a fishing boat for my 13 yr old son at our family lake jouse on an 80 acre lake, too small for the STV
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    sounds perfect then!

    We would take my buddys out after having BBQ and a drink or two to go canal hopping, eventually we would find ourselves making speed runs across the bay- damm that hurt the next day.

    anyhow- to answer your question, $4500 is a tad strong, but a good price for a clean boat.
    Those boats can be beat to crap and show it so to find a indoor kept really clean one it is well worth the extra money.

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    the most perfect boat for a young person make sure its not soggy meaning the foam is wet and is uable to be unsinkable. the other best thing about one of our whalers 13 was when we had a 25 johnson on it the boat was light enough that when the family went away for a while i could pull the drain plug and the water would equalize so if a storm came and rained for a week the water level would remain the same. when i got back i jumped into the boat stuck the plug in started the motor and put it on plane to remove the water...this was 16 years ago. have a blast for a kid whalers #1

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    13 Boston Whaler

    Here is one that my father in law has for sale. mid 70's model, completely restored, built in aluminum tank, new console, seats, paint. Has a '95 40 hp Force/Mercury with power trim, never apart, runs like a swill watch. On a newer galvanized trailer. $3695.00. Will assist in delivery. Garage kept since restoration. Call 772-341-4882 if interested. This one is Real SWEET!!!
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    Hey, they're fun for adult's...,.

    too
    We sit on a throwable cushion and are fine out in water we shouldn't be in.
    We took it across Lake Kissimmee and back last River Ranch. 50 mls??

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    I'd rather be competitive w/junk I built in my garage than win w/stuff I bought.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TOASTY View Post
    they are great for kids, they have the backs for them. If you ever played sports or have back problems i would look at larger boats...that stated, they are a great boat and can get you out of most any trouble you find yourself in. i ran two and the last 13 i owned was a tendor to a 58 viking with all the options. the boat was perfect and i would go into the ocean in the roughest waters but i outgrew it after coming in totally wet and with back issues. if its a bay boat they are awesome, any chop and you need to get your fillings replaced and or spinal surg.

    best
    C

    thats so funny we typed that at the same time!!!
    What he said

    I had one as a teenager and loved it, 20 + years later, I have a pretty messed up back (most likely sports related), but my neighbor has one and took me for a ride last summer, and about ten minutes in I told him to head in, my back just took a pounding

    Good luck with the search

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelsoncat View Post
    Hey guys I need some advice. I have always wanted a Whaler 13 and now there is one for sale locally. It is a 1974 model that you can't tell from new. Always stored inside. It has a newer 40hp Johnson that claims only 17 hrs on it. He is asking $4500 That seems high even for its condition but I don't know. What do you think?
    Craig
    If it is mint, and dry, I think his price is about where it should be. The classic 13' whalers (from 1958 to 1999) are funny for holding value, do some searches, mint ones are always near the 4-5k range, no matter what year. Sure there are cheaper ones, but they usually need work.

    I have been kicking around selling ours, as we probably won't use it much since we got the 18' Wellcraft and that is what I would expect to get for it.







    As far as the rough ride comments, I don't see it, for me it sure rides better than the typical inflateables that you see for tenders, sure the whaler will pound, but if it is rough then slow down and it is much smoother
    22' Activator w/ 250xs Merc Opti, back home again

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    When I was a kid...

    and all the rich kids around me (Greg!) had 13' Whalers with 40 Johnsons, they were pretty much a flatbottom with a hook you had to sand out of the end of the bottom. Somewhere they evolved into a rounded V--I'm not sure that happened on the 13s, but I think it did. That may make a difference in the back memories. I was a kid in the early 60s.
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    "I try not to let common sense interfere w/my boat buying decisions."


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    Gary--

    Did you have that setback on your Whaler when I drove it?
    Per Rock:

    "Once I bought my first Hydrostream boating changed forever for me."

    Per my hero Instigator:

    "I try not to let common sense interfere w/my boat buying decisions."


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    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Li'l Toy View Post
    Did you have that setback on your Whaler when I drove it?
    Needs more too A Chopper should help a ton though. Been through all the OMC props and it's the fastest w/an aluminum that I beat on
    Soon as I find one that's not stupid money.
    I'd rather be competitive w/junk I built in my garage than win w/stuff I bought.


    I refuse to allow common sense to interfere w/my boat buying decisions.


    Checkmate 16' 140 Johnson
    Hydrostream 17' Vector FrankenRude I
    Laser 480 (?) 21' w/GT 200
    Glastron Carlson Conquest w/XP 2.6
    Glastron Carlson CVX 20 w/XP 2.6
    24' Sonic w/twin 250 Johnsons
    24' Sonic w/twin 250 HO Johnsons
    19' STV River Rocket w/FrankenRude II
    Allison XR 2002 w/Frankenrude II
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    I had one for a few years and loved it. It turns as many heads as anything on the water. They are one of very few boats that will always be worth what you pay for it as long as it's kept up......

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