My Rare Boston Whaler Mischief 15'

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  1. CaseyMarie

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    One of 72. Really fun little boat, I have been towing it around with my Downeast, using it as a big tender/bay boat. I have wanted to own one of these since I was 10.
     

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    Great hull, I have a 15 Sport. Would love to find a red mischief.

    How is it walking on the bow of those like landing on a beach?
     
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    When Sidewinder meets Whaler and they have a few drinks together............;)
     
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    The red ones are neat, real eye catcher. You get so many thumbs up in these boats, its fun. The bow deck is very solid, it has a support leg under. You can walk on it just find, but there's no rail to hold onto, so it might be tough if the boat is rolling etc. I spent a lot of time compounding, and then I put woodys wax on the nonskid on the bow. It looks great, but it made the non skid slippery. I'm sure that wax will wear down eventually.
     
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    I was interested in towing my 15 SS with my Eastern. can you give me any tips on towing.
     
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    Well my boat is slow, I cruise at 10 knots even when I'm not towing. But she doesn't seem to mind, barely notices, towing the little Whaler, even up to 10 knots. I run a long 5/8" twisted tow line from one stern cleat through the bow eye in the Whaler, then back to the other stern cleat. This gives me a nice long bridal, which helps center the Whaler, and allows for double the stretch ability since its twice as long as a single tow line. A twisted tow line will stretch, thus absorb shock, much better than a braided line. I try to position the Whaler bow so its riding on the backside of one of my following wake/seas. Not so much so that the Whaler is climbing a hill all the time, but so its not surfing down the wave behind it. It's my opinion that the faster you tow, the more stress and strain you are putting on the towboat, the tow line, the Whaler and the hardware.
     
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    I thought it looked familiar. I crossed you in my Nauset going up the cove at the Back River. You were just off the fuel dock at Hingham Shipyard. This was about a month and half ago.

    Do you belong to Town River? I think your last picture is at TRYC.
     
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    Oh really, I must have missed you, I would certainly recognize your boat. Yes, I am a TRYC member. My boats bounce back and forth between TRYC and the back river.
     
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    Since you were 10? Guessing you are 41 now? Wanted one when I was 12 and I am 43. Sweet little ride! Nice work finding one and actually buying it. Seen a few and kicked the tires but couldn’t convert.
     
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    Here I am in 1990 at the helm, I was 10 years old. My dad worked for Boston Whaler and was able to take new boats home for our family to use on weekends. For my brother's birthday weekend he brought home this bright red Mischief. As you can imagine my brother and I were drooling over this little speed boat. Since that day I have always loved these little boats and swore I would own one someday. I'll never let it go.
     

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    We had a 15 sport in the family when I was around 10 back in the 80s. Same thing loved the boat so much bought one about 8 years ago. The 15 is probably the best riding whaler of the classic smirked hulls. Great boats.

    I have towed ours behind the Tiara at 18-20 knots.
     
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    Wow!! I’ve often wanted to tow out 16’ Nauset but I’m not knowledgeable enough to tow it at speed.

    Growing up we also had a Whaler, and that was how I commuted when I was 13 in the ‘80s before I could drive.
    Now my kids are teenagers and blast around the Severn River in our 1961 Nauset. It’s a great way to build skill, confidence and a love for the water. They rescued a peregrine falcon in it once!

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    That old Whaler has seen some love, look at that beautiful wood console. Wow. Next time I see an injured falcon, I'm calling your kids!
     
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    IMG_0298.JPG My entry, 1962
     
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    Just read "Unsinkable" the history of Boston Whalers and (unless I missed it) no mention of the Mischief 15, what gives?
    Mine is for sale if you know anyone.
     
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    I bought that book for my dad last year. I haven't read it yet, but I was under the impression that it does make mention of the Mischief as well as some other unusual models. I emailed back and forth with the author a bit when he was still gathering info for the book. He was looking to speak with owners of said unusual models, as well as former Whaler employees. My dad worked for Boston Whaler in the 80s and 90s, so that's how I started chatting with him. But by the time I tried to connect them, he had already finished the book.

    Where do you have your Whaler listed for sale, is it online? If you can post a link to it, I would be happy to share your listing on some Boston Whaler enthusiast facebook pages. These whaler facebook pages are probably the best marketing tool (in my opinion) for selling a classic whaler, not to mention its free.
     
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    That would be very kind of you, I don't do Facebook so maybe missing out.
    BOSTON WHALER
    Thank you
     
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    All set.
     

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    I just logged into Facebook and saw it. It'll be sold within a day to some Whaler groupie.
     
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