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Boat Reviews By Owners

1962 -- 19' 0" WHIRLWIND

Model: Mars Cruisette

Cockpit: This boat has a large deep cockpit with plenty of room for fishing or cruising. It has has mahogany helm and companion seats, and two mahogany seats on either side of the engine box. We have two additional deck chairs in the cockpit. This is is a very dry boat, and has a convertable top with side curtains for cooler weather.


Construction: This boat is built like a brick. It is made of molded plywood which is very light weight, but pound for pound is stronger than steel. Molded Products of Cockeysville Maryland (the company that built Whirlwinds) got their start making lifeboats during WWII. These lifeboats were designed to be dropped from planes so they had to be strong. The strength comes from the way it is built. The layers of veneer were formed over a mandrel and glued. when the hull was complete it was put in a huge autoclave and cooked to force the glue into the wood. Molded Products went out of business in 1962, and this hull is one of the last boats they ever built.

Handling: The boat will run 30 Mph with 80 horses pushing her. The hull flattens out amidships, so she does not draw much water, but she has a tendancy to pound in a chop. The round chine hull causes the boat rock from side to side when drifting or at anchor. This can be disconcerting especially if you are prone to seasickness.

Engine Room: This boat is powered by her original Volvo Penta Aquamatic 80 inboard outboard. The motor runs great, but parts are getting hard to come by.

General Comments: I love the boat. We use it primarily on rivers, and occasionally the Chesapeake Bay. This boat is all original and, almost the entire boat including the hull sides, decks, engine box, seats, dash, and windshield frame is varnished mahogany. This takes a lot of maintenance but it looks great! The hull bottom is white epoxy as a white stripe up the side that is reminescent of a 57 Chevy. The cockpit floor is finsihed in light blue. She is a beautiful old boat, and always draws a crowd whenever she pulls up at the dock or boat ramp.

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Date Submitted: 2004-02-20

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