Originally Posted by willk
So a Whaler isn't a Pachen
We have had whalers and still have 2. They are great boats we have run the 21' Justice and the 24' Justice and have a personal 23 Dauntles. The issue i have with whalers is their ride as compared to Willards having said that that all rest in where you operate and what the sea conditions are for your area. We love our Dauntless but use it mostly in the bay and rivers as a family rec boat as it has seating that never seams to end a great family boat. Bu i would not go offshore with my family in more than 2-3 it just slaps to much. The same with the 21' and 24' they were good for around 2-4' and would pound no different than most mono hull boats. I have also run into issues with many older whalers holding water in their foam.
Whalers are great boats but just not nearly as good as a Willard for the ride.
Thats just my 2C.
I would hold off and keep my eye out for a willard on GSA. They do come up in CA quite often and would be a good deal most likely 10-12k. I know it is hard to wait but i think you would be quite happy with a 7m vs a hardside.