CHECK OUT THIS CLASSIC 1970 BOSTON WHALER 16 SAKONNET - SHE'S IN GREAT SHAPE!!
On January 7, 1961, the first "16-foot" hull was produced by Boston Whaler with a 16-foot 7-inch length-overall and a 6-foot 2-inch beam. The hull weighed approximately 500 pounds and was similar in its lines to the original 13-foot hull. Forward, there were two distinct and sharp sponsons or runners, set nearly the full width of the hull, and a moderately vee-ed center. At the stern, the runners diminished to a gently rounded shape and flowed into a slightly rounded center section which provided a broad, flat area for planing.
These larger hulls used larger outboard motors, ones too big to be steered by the attached tiller-throttle handle. In the process of developing and testing the prototype hulls, a removable console was built which was placed in the middle of the boat's cockpit and permitted remote control of the engine steering and throttle while standing. Although tradition held that a boat should be steered from a seated helm position on the starboard side, the designers found their test boats' "center console" was a terrific way to operate a small boat. The mid-line location permitted excellent access to all areas of the boat for fishing or maneuvering. The great stability of the hull permitted its occupants to stand while underway, and the standing position enabled rough water to be tolerated better than while sitting. Thus, while working on an innovative hull design, Boston Whaler also pioneered the center console small boat!!
When the hull development was finished, the test center console was refined as well and moved into production. Three early models, the Nauset, Eastport, and Sakonnet featured elaborate Philippine mahogany center consoles with wood-framed windshields. These boats were the first manifestation of the center console fishing boat so common today. The Nauset had a fixed pilot seat. The Eastport added a rear seat. The Sakonnet offered a forward raised platform, and the interior was constructed with beautiful varnished mahogany components.