Chivers sports fisherman ex

 hi crew, 

i've come across a 1988 chivers sports fisherman EX. It has the factory fitted pod with a yami 100 4 stroke fitted 2 years ago. the gauge shows 4 hrs. the boat is in amazing conditon from what i can see. its on a dunbar trailer in great condition. there is no substantial gps or sounder. i can not fault the boat as a whole condition wise. 

 i plan to fish out to 20 miles off shore with 2 mate, take the family to rotto and do a little skiing/tubes/wakeboard with the kids

my questions are what sort of money do you think it is worth?

how do they handle in the open ocean?

I'm finding it hard to find anything on this boat with the factory fitted glass pod so has anyone ever fished or been out in one. 

for me the size condition and the price she is asking fits my criteria (although i was set on a baron) this boat has popped up and is just about too good to pass up. 

i will try to work out how to uplaod a photo. 



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 mate i would go for it,

Thu, 2019-03-21 22:57

 mate i would go for it, dependent on price range, been out on a couple of old chivers and like the ride (nothing this size tho)

good trailer, good outboard, good hull ???

cant judge on a personal ride, but looks too good to pass up if it is in your price range 


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They ride exellent

Fri, 2019-03-22 06:00

I almost bought one with a susuki on it few years back. Very solid sea worthy boat. May be a tad underpowered. 150 or 130 hp be a heap better. I would see what speed it sits at doing 4000-4200 revs

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i would say the boat

Fri, 2019-03-22 06:32

i would say the boat condition is 9/10. trailer 8/10 and motor is 10/10. 

yes the size of motor is probably my only concern, although i did speak to luke chivers and he said it would have only been a 70-90 hp outboard on it when they brought it, but also said they were pretty underpowered with a 70. he thinks i'd be looking at about 35kts. i think thats plenty? i will be taking it out for a water test on sunday so i will see how is gets along at the 4000-4200 mark

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Top little boats checknthe

Tue, 2019-05-28 17:00

Top little boats


checknthe hull for rot as best you can mate.

Lite taps with a hammer and listen for the noise changing...  

pull up the carpet if you can etc.

if all sweet I’d buy it

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After reading the

Wed, 2019-05-29 21:33

After reading the description...tad under power but 2016/17 GPS Sounder...around the 20k mark...max.

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i did end up buying

Thu, 2020-01-23 20:40

 hey guys, i ended up buying westy and picked it up for 13g. after owning it for 9 months i've put some clears on it and a sounder. apart from that i've had no major concerns or things needing doing to it. been out plenty of times, over to rotto (from rocko) out wide, in close, estuary in mandurah a bunch of times and never had any issues.


one thing i've always noticed was it side low in the back but figured thats due to the outboard sitting so far back. one thing though it has a removable fuel tank cover in the floor. i knew the fuel tank had been replace so no worries there but i thought bugger it lets pop the lid and see how it looks (just some sika to reseal). there was a little bit of water in the well but not a lot and it was pretty fresh tasting. there were a few holes that had obviously been used a few times over the years, where you screw the lid to the stringer/deck so i thought i'd pop a thin rod down it. it went down quite easy and came out wet.

grabbed a 25mm syringe from the chemist and shooved a small bit of tube down it and after an hour or so i dragged 20 litres of water out of it. 


so now heres my problem. do i cut the floor open and redo it properly? do i box it up and forget what i've seen? has anyone ever taken out the floor in one of these boat (thunderbird shape)? any photos, help and advice will be greatly appriciated. 


i really like the boat. the mrs likes the boat so i can see it as something i will hang onto. it's the right size for me to handle with myself and my 2 young boys. 


thanks herbs

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If in doubt , chop it out .  

Sat, 2020-01-25 22:16

If in doubt , chop it out .  


 My wife understands why I clean my rods n reels in the shower....


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 Hi mate bought the identicle

Wed, 2020-01-29 20:49

 Hi mate bought the identicle one yesterday and found the same thing we have taken the floor out your more than welcome to come measure up where we cut and copy it ??

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 That's an awesome looking

Wed, 2020-01-29 21:31

 That's an awesome looking hull, worth the effort if minimal water ingress and stress cracks. 


Love the West!

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seems minimal

Thu, 2020-01-30 10:22

 ive managed to get 20l out of what i believe is just the stringer system. as i understand there is no timber under deck. the voids should be sealed. there are no stress cracks in the gel on the hull and although i can see were there has been some work on the floor (to remove old fuel tank) the floor seems in good condition with no soft or suss spots.