I have been in the market for a small knock around boat. Something that does not need to be pampered, and something with an outboard so we can go exploring into creeks and up on beaches. No boat does a better job for this than a Boston Whaler. We have owned several over the years and with no disappointments. OK, I have about lost a set of teeth on occasion because of the pounding. But that’s half the fun. With that said, I do have a certain style that needs to be maintained. So I have chosen an old 16 ft 1960’s whaler as the boat to look for. NOW… These years are visually cool as all get out, blue interior, Wood console, red compas.. etc.. But they all have a tragic flaw. Bad gel coats and the unsinkable foam between the hulls soaks up water if its exposed to water. So finding a good one is a bitch. I have found two in the past two weeks. One in Albany.. 8 hrs away, and one a 20 minute drive away.. The one in Albany is owned by a FANTASTIC guy who gets it and the boat is priced fairly. But has a bump on the bottom that will require money to repair. UGH, here we go again.. This is supposed to be a fun knock around boat.. the other 20 minutes away is PERFECT! A time capsule. The inside is flawless.. PERFECT.. But the hull is riddled with spyder cracks and the engine is shot. Yet the owner, because of a comment on a forum.. A great forum on whalers by the way, made a passive comment reflecting the guys price of $8,000 as OK, so the owner is sticking to that. Without seeing the boat. So when I went to go look at the boat last night, I had to be the guy that speaks the truth. You can’t price a boat at top of the market if the motor is shot and the bottom is not as advertised. The guy was insulted by my opinion, and chose to stand his ground. A value guide would have helped, as would an app at that time to show others out there in the market. We have talked about this here on Woody Boater for years. I know what to expect, but it still hurts being accused of trying to rip someone off. Buying and selling a classic boat is an emotional task. NO ONE NEEDS A CLASSIC BOAT. So its all emotion.I hate being the first guy to a sale like this. the second guy is the guy that buys it.
Like anything classic. these old whalers are cool looking and full of hidden issues. Why is it that way. Why in the hell does everything cool out there have to be riddled with tragic flaws.. Gel coating a boat is not fun for a knock around boat. before you know it, you can have 20K in a frieke’n 5K boat. So much for the simplicity of fiberglass.. I have not given up though.. Anyone out there have a cool old whaler 17 you want to find a home for.. Bring it on.. I like pain… Now if you will excuse me, I need to go hammer my head against the wall.. Ahhhhh that feels good!