March 31, 2006
Whaler, Where Art Thou?
Remember growing up on a 13’ Whaler? It seemed as if every family had one. It was the male teenager boat of choice. You weren’t cool unless you had one. Introduced in 1950, the model went virtually unchanged for decades.
These days seeing a 13’ Whaler is like whale watching. Think extinction. What happened? We grew up. We realized that boating wasn’t all about going out and getting pounded and beaten up even on the calmest of waters. Getting soaked is fine when you’re 15, but not when you’re 30. And what about that “light weight” hull. Every year the 13’ seemed to absorb more and more water in the foam hull (think sponge) until it became a floating tank. I find it amazing our generation can stand-up straight after years of slouching over the wheel down by your knees . . . . .
Fast forward to present day. We’re older, smarter, and wiser. Boat design and construction has evolved. In the SUV age of Hummers and Escalades, today’s teens are looking for a different experience on the water. They want to have fun and be cool. But the definition of “fun” and “cool” have changed. Enter the rigid inflatable stage left. The new choice for today’s fickle generation? I believe we’re seeing a new trend developing - you?
Posted by ribcraftusa at March 31, 2006 02:14 PMBack To Index