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RiverDave

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When I was a kid I used to look at open bows and think “eewwww.” I remember seeing whalers and thinking “oh my god who would want one of those god forsaken things.”

Now I’m older and I’d kill for a nice Schiada or Howard whaler v drive.. :D


Im cruising fb the other day and ran across these old Eliminator bass boats (whaler style).. my younger self would punch me in the face for even thinking about it.. My older self is saying “that thing is kinda bad ass?”!”

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Those are killer.
They weren't made for very long from what little I know.
The guy who shapes my surfboards knows a decent amount of info about those and the guy who designed them.
Very cool and unique.
Champion made a pretty cool 'Fish & Ski' model as welll . . the hull was the same as the decked bass hull model.
 

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I’ve always loved my closed bow boats but with kids and other families the open bow is the way to go. I can barely get 2 families in my 28 Bullett but I could get 3 families in my 24 Tige.
 

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I really want a V drive Whaler. I ended up getting a closed bow RC but a V drive Whaler is still on the list. Like how much room there is.
 

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If I was into Bass Boats that would be Bad Ass but I’m not so not so much sorry !
 

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Is Dave having a case of buyers remorse?

I really like the way his post ended.
 

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I still can’t stand whalers or open bows, I know it puts me in the minority but I don’t care. Closed deck boats are more fun to drive and look at so I’ll deal with any inconvenience.
 

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I remember when my dad bought his Eliminator Whaler. We had gone from a 18" Eliminator Bubble Deck with a 454, to a 21' Formula (that lasted about 6 months) and then we sat down with Bob Leach and ordered the whaler (with a small block and Volvo 280 drive) Bob asked me what I thought of the boat ( I was like 11 or 12) I told him it wasn't cool, and that it was an old mans boat..... We had more fun with that whaler, and got more compliments on that boat than I can remember.
We had it for almost 20 years, and I traded it in when I bought my first Cobra. Saw it on the water for a couple summers, then no more. I miss that boat!!
 

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Just buy the bass boat and the Daytona Dave! The Daytona is gonna be temporary anyway right?
 

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They made only 3, pretty cool 100 mph bass boat
Really? So all 3 are accounted for then. The teal boat is in town, the brown dave posted and the red one is for sale on Facebook marketplace

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I’m from Oklahoma, bass boats are a big part of life there. I’ve always thought those eliminator bass boats were awesome!
I agree, never have noticed one in the mid south. It's a solid looking rig with a nice layout.
 

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I remember when my dad bought his Eliminator Whaler. We had gone from a 18" Eliminator Bubble Deck with a 454, to a 21' Formula (that lasted about 6 months) and then we sat down with Bob Leach and ordered the whaler (with a small block and Volvo 280 drive) Bob asked me what I thought of the boat ( I was like 11 or 12) I told him it wasn't cool, and that it was an old mans boat..... We had more fun with that whaler, and got more compliments on that boat than I can remember.
We had it for almost 20 years, and I traded it in when I bought my first Cobra. Saw it on the water for a couple summers, then no more. I miss that boat!!
Well, your Dad and Bob picked out the BEST drive ever built!!!!
 

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The blue one was for sale on here, I really really like that boat for some reason. I like the whalers too.
 

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Surprised these never took off. I thought top end was everything in the bass boats.

Not like they are known for rough water capabilities.


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27’ Tritoon with a couple 400’s? Woulda never dreamed that but are they ever fun to drive.
Now it’s all about price.
 

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Another cool thing about Whalers, depending on the console seating but most of the time, you can have your chick or best friend next to you as your driving. One of these days I'll have a big power V drive Whaler. The old man sleeper boat.
 

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Any one of the boats posted will ultimately be cheaper than the big booby woman you posted. In the end she'd probably end up with the boat.
But I'm sure it will be a fun ride.....
Her or the boat?
 

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I’m with you Dave. I’d take that boat slide a jet in it with a set back pump and a decent 650 HP motor. It would run 75/80.
Great lower river ski boat. Very nice boat for pulling young tubers and skiiers
Open bow boats can be cool.
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Well, your Dad and Bob picked out the BEST drive ever built!!!!
Well I remember at the time, Bob told my dad the boat would work better with the Volvo drive. I know we pushed that drive (and hull) After about the second year we had it my dad put a small B&M blower on the small block, and he and Tom Stolarz made a new nose cone for the drive. We filled the small block with water in a storm one year, so my dad yanked it and dropped a 502 in it. We replaced gears and drive shafts in that drive a bunch, but it never let us down!
 

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The tan one I think is for sale.. I shoulda bought that instead of this little Daytona. 😍
Was wondering your thought process on that. Please post a pic of you sitting in it, those things are tiny.
 

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Whats this thread about again? That last pic caught me off guard.
 

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Well I remember at the time, Bob told my dad the boat would work better with the Volvo drive. I know we pushed that drive (and hull) After about the second year we had it my dad put a small B&M blower on the small block, and he and Tom Stolarz made a new nose cone for the drive. We filled the small block with water in a storm one year, so my dad yanked it and dropped a 502 in it. We replaced gears and drive shafts in that drive a bunch, but it never let us down!
Back in the mid 80's my boss and I did a lot of work for Tom. He was right down the street from us in Anaheim, the boat capitol of the world at the time. Hell might have done work on your boat. We put many, many BBC's in front of 280 drives. Rob Clark of QPM was with my boss also and then went on to work for Stolarz when he started Warlock Boats.
Tom really knew his stuff and as far as I know still does work on super trick stuff. I remember those mini blowers from back then and they worked well.
 

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Back in the mid 80's my boss and I did a lot of work for Tom. He was right down the street from us in Anaheim, the boat capitol of the world at the time. Hell might have done work on your boat. We put many, many BBC's in front of 280 drives. Rob Clark of QPM was with my boss also and then went on to work for Stolarz when he started Warlock Boats.
Tom really knew his stuff and as far as I know still does work on super trick stuff. I remember those mini blowers from back then and they worked well.
You probably did work on it! Rob was the one that got the BBC for my dad, and then from there it went to Tom for the drive work.
 

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You just like them now because it is like a mini CC that is affordable, and you can get in and out of it without an extension ladder 😂
I grew up in a closed bow day cruiser more or less.. spent most of my twenties in an open bow Nordic.. lol. Last boat was a closed bow..

Newest boat is a freakin patio.. little boat is a closed bow.. my little little boat is a bath tub..

I’m all over the place
 

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Another cool thing about Whalers, depending on the console seating but most of the time, you can have your chick or best friend next to you as your driving.
Hell with that! Best friend up goes up front with twin set of racks on either side makes for a titty sammich and I be the meat in between. 👍😎👍
Steer with my foot and sample the shaky pudding on each side while cruising up the rivaah! 😁
I’m with you Dave. I’d take that boat slide a jet in it with a set back pump and a decent 650 HP motor. It would run 75/80.
Great lower river ski boat. Very nice boat for pulling young tubers and skiiers
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I can fit 8 comfortably 10 squished in my rig. Can sleep and/or do the wango tango in it as well.😉

Got a Chris Straub engineered, AFR headed, 489 stroker engine scheduled for the dyno @ Klein Racing Engines in Phoenix on the 12th.

Chris guesstimated it at ~ 650 HP.
We shall see soon.
Gonna be a bitchin season!
Love my Liberty! 😍
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Same bottom as my Eliminator Stoker. So much fun to drive, it's ridiculous.

We do runs from the Springs, launch at 8am and sprint up to Topock for breakfast/lunch all summer on off weekends. Then launch down in big river and burn gas down there until the sun goes down.


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A good buddy of mine owned the blue one a couple years back, was a bitchen boat for sure, especially with the 300xs on it
 

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Had an Eliminator Whaler outboard (yes...with a 200 hp Suzuki) work and photo boat for many years. Put just over 4000 hours on it and the motor (no mechanical issues -- same spark plugs, same water pump impeller). Had an ugly (removable aluminum photo tower in the center) That boat went everywhere -- 9 different states and at least a half dozen trips to Catalina. "Satellite Mike" was my main photo boat driver.
 

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Here's my dads with the original interior. This pic was taken at one of the first Eliminator Regattas. Eventually the interior was changed much like the pic from Mosquito Creeks boat.
 

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