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Old 06-01-2020, 03:09 PM   #1
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I'm looking at this boat to trade for mine and want to look up as much as I can. I can't find any 1996 Glastrons with a closed bow like this. Owner says GS185 but doesn't seem accurate. Thank you Winni crew.

Side note, is an 18ft 4 cylinder boat dangerous in winnipesaukee? I'm getting rid of my 20ft V8 in favor of something smaller.
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Old 06-01-2020, 03:27 PM   #2
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Default 18ft Glastron

Foolish, but not necessarily dangerous.

Just my opinion.

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Old 06-01-2020, 03:27 PM   #3
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Well, it wouldn't make a good weekend boat or a breezy day boat. You'd want to stay in a protected bay unless there was very little wind. If you can pick and choose your day it's ok, just be very aware of any thunder storms and avoid summer weekends. It's probably not dangerous as long as you pay attention to the weather, but it won't be very comfortable on a busy day.
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Old 06-01-2020, 03:30 PM   #4
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Look up Wellcraft 18 SL and see what you think.

That's what it looks like to me.
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Look up Wellcraft 18 SL and see what you think.

That's what it looks like to me.
wow i think you may be right! thanks so much. this guy doesn't know much, says it's his first boat.
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Get a survey..... most likely that boat has transom & stringer issues due to its age.

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Get a survey..... most likely that boat has transom & stringer issues due to its age.

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Old 06-01-2020, 04:46 PM   #8
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wow i think you may be right! thanks so much. this guy doesn't know much, says it's his first boat.
Hmmm...that in and of itself sounds suspicious. Any boat owner that doesnít know what the heck he owns raises a red flag in my book. He canít look at his registration?
There are scams on Craigslist with people trying to sell boats they donít own.
Be careful!
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You may be able to find details here using the hull identification (HIN) number from the manufacturer's plate.
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Old 06-02-2020, 01:05 PM   #10
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As an islander who goes out in all sorts of weather, I wouldn't have a problem with an 18' boat. Others might. Smaller is always going to be a rougher ride than larger. I like lots of freeboard and a closed bow, Bimini top and side curtains.
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As an islander who goes out in all sorts of weather, I wouldn't have a problem with an 18' boat. Others might. Smaller is always going to be a rougher ride than larger. I like lots of freeboard and a closed bow, Bimini top and side curtains.
I think it comes down to what your comfortable with. I bashed my 18' Whaler through some nasty stuff Sunday to get off Rattlesnake, took it like a champ. However we're used to that being Broads side, it horrifies most non islanders.
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I'm looking at this boat to trade for mine and want to look up as much as I can. I can't find any 1996 Glastrons with a closed bow like this. Owner says GS185 but doesn't seem accurate. Thank you Winni crew.

Side note, is an 18ft 4 cylinder boat dangerous in winnipesaukee? I'm getting rid of my 20ft V8 in favor of something smaller.
1st get the Hull ID# and that will answer all your question about what the boat really is. I agree with someone else here looks more like a Wellcraft 180 SL.

Woodsy, is pro survey, and there is certainly nothing wrong with that idea. Although dependent on the price point, you never know... Although if the Guy thinks its a glasstron and its not, I would start to become skeptical, and think about a survey just to be safe.

Now onto the question of an 18' boat being safe on Winnipesaukee. that all comes down to personal preference. I see no problem with it. I have a 18' Four Winns, and have used it in all types of conditions. And I have only been mildly concern about safety once. And that is because of wind direction, and my destination. I was having to take some waves at an awkward angle for a short period of time. With good freeboard, and a wide hull I find my boat very comfortable in most of the conditions Winnipesaukee offers. Your experince, and comfort levels of what determines how safe you are. Most people would say you 20' boat is to small, and your only giving up two feet.

I think your bigger concern should be is the I4 engine, going to give you the performance you want..... because I ski and tube etc. my 18' has a 305 V8.... if I wasn't tubing and skiing I would easily see a V6 being very practicle, and honestly as time has gone on, and tubing and skiing has become less of a priority, I could see an 18' being desirable. However the I4, while it will move the boat, isn't going make it much more then a pleasure cruiser in my opinion.... I would be more concern about the lack of power, then the length in this case.
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1st get the Hull ID# and that will answer all your question about what the boat really is. I agree with someone else here looks more like a Wellcraft 180 SL.

Woodsy, is pro survey, and there is certainly nothing wrong with that idea. Although dependent on the price point, you never know... Although if the Guy thinks its a glasstron and its not, I would start to become skeptical, and think about a survey just to be safe.

Now onto the question of an 18' boat being safe on Winnipesaukee. that all comes down to personal preference. I see no problem with it. I have a 18' Four Winns, and have used it in all types of conditions. And I have only been mildly concern about safety once. And that is because of wind direction, and my destination. I was having to take some waves at an awkward angle for a short period of time. With good freeboard, and a wide hull I find my boat very comfortable in most of the conditions Winnipesaukee offers. Your experince, and comfort levels of what determines how safe you are. Most people would say you 20' boat is to small, and your only giving up two feet.

I think your bigger concern should be is the I4 engine, going to give you the performance you want..... because I ski and tube etc. my 18' has a 305 V8.... if I wasn't tubing and skiing I would easily see a V6 being very practicle, and honestly as time has gone on, and tubing and skiing has become less of a priority, I could see an 18' being desirable. However the I4, while it will move the boat, isn't going make it much more then a pleasure cruiser in my opinion.... I would be more concern about the lack of power, then the length in this case.
Thanks to you and everyone else that chipped in. My 20 footer definitely rocks pretty crazy on a sunny summer saturday. I also can't go over 10mph in the chop without bashing the hull. I think the wellcraft scares me because it looks like the boat is shorter, especially the floor height inside.

I'm going to hold off on this trade based on everyone's opinion about the boat in winnipesaukee and hope my 89 ebbtide lasts another year or two. unless I get a better I4 mid 90s trade offer.
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