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The Boston Whaler 13.5's Specifications

by Scott Knickelbine

Boston Whaler never made a boat with an official designation of 13.5; however, its enormously popular 13 Standard, produced with a few variations from 1958 to 1989, had a hull length of 13 feet 4 inches, so it's easy to get confused if you're trying to figure out the model with a tape measure. Boston Whaler brought the 13 Standard back for a limited production run to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 1998.


The Boston Whaler 13 Standard has a length of 13 feet 4 inches and a beam of 5 feet 5 inches. The hull has a 6-inch draught. It has a dry weight of 320 lbs.


The 13 Standard seats six people, with a total cargo capacity of 1,200 lbs. and a swamp capacity of 1,600 lbs.

Motor Requirements

Boston Whaler recommended that the outboard motor for the 13 Standard be at least 9 horsepower and no greater than 20 horsepower. Boats built before 1972 required a motor with a 15-inch shaft length; those built after require a 20-inch shaft length.

About the Author

Scott Knickelbine began writing professionally in 1977. He is the author of 34 books and his work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including "The New York Times," "The Milwaukee Sentinel," "Architecture" and "Video Times." He has written in the fields of education, health, electronics, architecture and construction. Knickelbine received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

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