Boat Reviews By Owners
1987 -- 15' 5" BOSTON WHALER
Model: 15 Super Sport
Cockpit: Cockpit is as big as I want. I'd like more deck space. According to Coast Guard specs, it can accomodate up to 5 passengers, but I don't know where they would sit. This is a side console and visibility is good.
Construction: Definitely well built, but HEAVY for such a small boat. Gets pretty shallow - about 8 inches, and needs quite a bit of thrust from a trolling motor to move it. Hull slap is TERRIBLE when trying to sneak up on those reds.
Handling: Handles great. I have never gotten wet - never had to take the plug out at the end of the day to drain. The hull design cuts through a chop up to 2 ft. without much difficulty. She hops up on a plane with ease if the motor is trimmed properly.
Engine Room: 70 hp Yamaha, which is the max. Wish it was an OMC or Merc for that added power sometimes, but I like the reliability of this motor. (It's a 1987 too). I've seen 40 mph with a light load, but cruise is realistically 28-30 mph.
General Comments: I like the boat, and I am debating whether or not to trick it out as a flats boat (add flush casting platforms, poling platforms, etc.) or getting a true flats boat. The ride of this boat and the price at which I got it make me lean toward keeping it for the long haul.
Date Submitted: 2004-04-08
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