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Whaletosh posted 01-29-2001 11:39 AM ET (US)   Profile for Whaletosh  
My wife and I went to the show this weekend. We had the pleasure of seeing exactly 3 Boston Whalers. A Dauntless 16, a 13 Sport, and aDauntless 18. The Dauntlesses looked like leftovers, I diddn't really inspect them that closely.

I guess Skipper Bud's really wants to sell Sea Rays and not Whalers.

lhg posted 01-29-2001 02:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Sean: I also visited that Show. They did have a 28 Conquest there, with twin 225 Optimax's.

For me the most interesting boat there was the Illinois Dept of Conservation's 1990 27 Whaler Vigiliant, way in the back of the show. One powerful looking hull on the CPD trailer! Had twin Johnson 225's, also 1990, supplied by CPD. Asked the Cons Officer showing the boat what they were going to do now with the OMC situation. He said "I hope we're going to get rid of them. They've been nothing but trouble from Day One". Of course they are ten years old and have probably had hard use.

Next to this boat was another brand new boat of interest. A Chicago Marine Patrol 28' RIB with twin 200 Merc Optimax. In the past, City of Chicago has purchased a lot of grey Whalers, but now they seem to be going for these instead. Not a good sign for CPD. I asked the Officer what they were going to use it for. He said "to chase down the out of control jet ski crowd!" I also noticed a really mean looking dark grey Florida Marine Patrol RIB recently, about 28' with a wide beam. Also with twin Merc 225 Optimax. These RIB's are really taking over the police and Coast Guard market these days.

Chesapeake posted 01-29-2001 04:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
I also visited the show on Thursday night. The relatively few BWs is kind of indicative of the entire Chicago Whaler saga. When I first moved here in 91, Chicago Marine was the whaler dealership and they did a decent job. Then the dealership went to a place out in Elmwood park. Now it's Chicago Searay.

I have noticed that they had quite a few whalers in years past, but in the past year or so only had a few on had and most were smaller than the Montauk.

The people are very nice, but they seem to have other priorities as it relates to selling boats. Higher margins in SeaRays I guess.

Best overall whaler dealership is still the dealership that is up by Green Bay. Twin Lakes, I think.

Whaletosh posted 01-31-2001 12:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
I guess I missed the 27 Conquest. I did see the Coast Guard boat, I didn't include it in my count beacuse it wasn't for sale.

That means there was 4 Whalers at this show that were for sale.

Sean

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