The thinking man's cabin cruiser
Reviewed Oct 2016
t's in the rough stuff that Whalers set themselves apart. Fast or slow, we didn't get pounded, doused by saltwater, or cut in two by the brisk breeze. At fast cruise speeds, we could have kept going into the fray and cruised to another port in the marginal conditions. The 345 feels like a big boat.
At 2190rpm and eight knots I noted a distinct wave pattern, no smoke and a nice smooth engine hum as the twin 15in three-blade props whirred away. At 3000rpm, the boat jumped out of the water and, with trim tabs applied, we held a plane at 10kts. Heavy-weather cruise at 3700rpm returned 14kts...