Can anyone do a comparison of a 15 PowerSkiff and a newer 15 whaler-
both boats will work for you on area lakes and puget sound. the 15' super sport whaler is a heavier boat at 900lbs vs the power skiff (rasor 1500) at 650lbs. i have not had a chance to ride or drive the newer whaler, but i do have a lot of hours in an older 13' whaler (river rescue patrol). my suggestion is to go on a test ride of each boat before you decide.
the whaler is a Cathedral hull
- as as such may pound more that a "V" hull in rough water and big waves. you can google search for more info on the rough water handling of each of these hull types.
the whaler does not have seat backs, the power skiff does, so longer trips will be more comfortable on the power skiff.
from my personal experience i can tell you that the power skiff is a well designed boat, that it is a lot of fun to drive, they handle rough water very well, we had a blast playing in puget sound in 25 knot wind gusting to 35 with 2 foot+ rolling white caps. the power skiff is very stable at speed feels like a bigger boat when its on plane. the power skiff has survived the test of time, our 25 year old boat still looks good, still has a strong hull and has no structural problems.