Care & Feeding of Our Boston Whalers
As a result of the City of Columbus’ decision to limit the horsepower of our Safety boats to 25 or less, we have replaced our two RIBs with two additional 13-foot Boston Whalers.
Our original Whaler was built in 1970 and although used roughly by the club, it has proved to be both functional and durable for our purposes. The two newer Whalers (1981 and 1988) were found over the winter and both are outfitted with 25 HP four-stroke engines. This allows us to operate all of our boats on regular gasoline and all the boat gas tanks are now interchangeable and can be used on any of the boats.
Keys for the Whalers
It’s important to know that the ignition keys are unique to each Whaler and cannot be interchanged. Therefore, we are identifying our Whaler fleet as Whaler 1, Whaler 2, and Whaler 3. The ignition keys, boat trailers, and motors have each been labeled in this manner to avoid confusion. See the picture of the individual keys below. Note that the Committee boat and Rescue One continue to operate with unlabeled keys that ARE interchangeable.
We are fortunate to find such nice boats to add to our fleet. Although they are shared property and used by all club members, please treat the boats as if they were your own and use care to avoid hull damage. Here are some tips for keeping them in good shape.
Docking the Whalers
These newer Whalers are in great shape and neither hull has a scratch on them. In order to keep them this way they need to be tied up correctly in their dock slips as follows:
- as you slowly enter the slip grab the rear dock lines and attach to the finger piers at the stern of the boat, then
- very snugly tie the bowline to the main dock. This way, the bows will not come in contact with the dock and damage the chine.
Tying Up the Whalers
Whalers should never be tied to other docks by tying the bowline directly to the dock.
Because the boats have a square bow, tying the boat to the dock in this manner allows the bow of the boat to rub against the dock and damage the bow.
Simply lead the bow line around either port or starboard bow cleat, then secure to the line to the dock. This allows the boat to rest at its corner and will avoid damaging the hull.