“We really enjoy using our boat for multiple recreational purposes including fishing, scuba, harbor cruises, and just hanging out.”

Living Proof, Boston Whaler 17’

Interview with the Captain – Lou Mayle

About the Boat

Why did you choose to buy a Boston Whaler?
We wanted one with a reputable brand (i.e. “the unsinkable legend”), that would be versatile to fit our young family’s needs, and something that would be turnkey. I also wanted a boat that I would have full confidence in when my kids ultimately chose to use it on our own. Eight years after purchase, I can clearly state it was the perfect boat to fit our needs.

What other kinds of boats did you consider before buying this particular model (and how did they compare)?
I really only looked at Boston Whalers of different ages and models in the 15’-19’ range. The 17’ Montauk was the sweet spot. I was also particular about the model year of the motor given my research on earlier Mercury 4-stroke, non fuel-injected outboards. The ’08 had a solid performance history.

How did you come to find/locate her before purchasing (and what’s the boat’s history if you know it)?
I did the normal Google search for “Boston Whaler for sale”, primarily focused on the locations <100 mi. I knew New England would be a target-rich area given the popularity of BW and the Montauk in particular. I was fortunate to find a very low hours model on the Cape, brokered by a reputable dealer for an older gentleman who could no longer use the boat, and in terrific condition. It was also a unique anniversary model hull and had the 4-stroke motor I desired.

What features/improvements have you added or do you plan to add?
Upon purchase I was fortunate that nothing was needed to fix. To meet our family’s needs, I had a custom cushions made for the bow and for the two stern seating areas. I also had a VHF + antenna installed. Recently I converted to hydraulic steering to enhance maneuverability.

What are the features you like most about your boat?
Versatility and security. The wide open design was perfect for inshore fishing, scuba, and just hanging out. And given the various water hazards around the north shore, the shallow draft and stability gave us confidence to take the boat anywhere.

Who first introduced you to boating/sailing?
I grew up in Ohio and we spent our summers on Lake Erie. My dad is an avid boater and really introduced all of his kids to fun on the water.

Do you belong to a yacht club or other boating/sailing organizations?
Yes: Corinthian Yacht Club.

What boats have you previously owned?
None! This is our first boat while living in Marblehead. Growing up our family had owned a 28’ Bertram and a 27’ Lyman.

How do you typically use your boat over the summer, and where do you go?
We really enjoy using our boat for multiple recreational purposes including fishing, scuba, harbor cruises, and just hanging out. We typically access waters in the Cape Ann area with the occasional trip to Boston.

What is the biggest challenge you have in servicing your boat?
None really.

Do you have any notable boating resources you use?
BW-specific sites and blogs are often helpful…and entertaining.

Do you have any advice for those looking to buy a Boston Whaler like yours?
Enjoy it! Invest in nominal maintenance (rinsing, cleaning, etc) and it’s truly a workhorse of a boat.

What’s the story behind the boat’s name?
Living Proof is the moniker given to riders in the annual Pan Mass Challenge who are cancer survivors. As a 16-year PMC rider and cancer survivor, our boat name was a way to honor those who participate in the fight against cancer. 

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