The first 13-foot Boston Whaler was produced
in 1958. It was developed by Richard T. Fisher and C. Raymond
Hunt. The Whaler had a revolutionary design that gave the hull
a gull wing or tri-hull shape rather than the traditional "V"
hull found on most pleasure craft of that day.
While the hull shape was different, it's
real secret was in it's hull construction. The hull was actually
a sandwich of two fiberglass hulls filled with several inches
of foam thus making the boat unsinkable, even if it were cut in
half or shot full of holes. Whaler went on to produce a larger
16-footer followed soon by 17's , 15's, 19's, 18's , 21's and
finally reaching up to 34 foot , all built with the same indestructible
Whaler designed hull.
In the fall of 2000, my wife and I purchased
a "classic" 16-foot Whaler that dates to 1968. It was
refurbished over the winter of 2000-2001 and completed by April
2001. The photos below show how it progressed during the six months
that were involved in completing the project. The actual wood
working took about three months of working on weekends and could
not have been done without the dedication of Master Craftsman
Closeup of pilot seat and center console.