APPRAISAL: 1977 Boston Whaler Newport

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APPRAISAL: 1977 Boston Whaler Newport

Postby usaus » Mon Aug 31, 2020 1:26 pm

Hi all,

Would like your opinion on value for a one-owner 1977 Boston Whaler Newport 17 on the west coast.

1990+/- Mercury 115hp engine in good running condition, hours unknown.

Hull is bottom painted. Boat stored on trailer when not in use during summer season, and indoors on trailer winters.

Boat is mostly original, with updated fuel tanks. Upholstery shows wear, but not terrible. Rubrails are original and show age. Console is original, and in good condition.

Trailer is original, unregistered, but serviced and usable.

Overall, it seems to be in good original condition, they're asking $7k firm which seems high to me, but would like a gut check.

Does anyone have insight into parts availability for an engine this old? Or value if I were to sell the engine off the boat?
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Re: APPRAISAL: 1977 Boston Whaler Newport

Postby biggiefl » Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:13 pm

You can only be original ONCE. I would not mess with engine unless it needs to be messed with. They are very dependable but it is 43yrs old. Would like a pic of it with the cowling on. If upholstery is original, it is in great shape for age. Rubrail will probably need to be replaced if cracked. They get brittle with age so replacing the insert would probably not work as it would crack. has the upgraded flip seat which is nice. She will fly with a 115. Does it have PTnT? Without it, that engine is heavy to tilt. I think if you can get it for closer to $6k, you have a really good canvas to work with.
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Re: APPRAISAL: 1977 Boston Whaler Newport

Postby usaus » Mon Aug 31, 2020 3:03 pm

Thanks biggiefl,

With a bit more clarification from the seller, it is actually a 1990 Mercury 115hp, so that shatters the "all original" description.

Given that new info, any further thoughts on valuation?

Positives I see are: pretty clean in general, console is not swiss cheese, flip up seat, plastics are in good shape, gelcoat is pretty good.
Negatives: bottom paint, old non-original motor, old trailer unregistered
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Re: APPRAISAL: 1977 Boston Whaler Newport

Postby biggiefl » Mon Aug 31, 2020 3:20 pm

I was going to say that is a 1986-1991? I would say that adds value as it has PTnT as well. The compass is worth a couple/few hundred. Bottom paint does not lower value as it is expensive to put on. If someone needs bottom painted hull, it can add value. Trailer is easily registered with a bill of sale and/or old registration. Here you can say it is homemade and get it registered. I would say they are in the ball park, especially on west coast. I would try for $5k and go from there.
On my 24th Whaler. Currently in the stable: 86 18' Outrage, 81 13' Sport(original owner), 87 11' Sport, 69 Squall(for sale cheap).

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Re: APPRAISAL: 1977 Boston Whaler Newport

Postby Phil T » Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:00 pm

Used whaler prices are very high now due to Covid. Boats appear to be selling for 3-5k more than in the spring at a time in the year when it is typically a buyers market.

Grab it.

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