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acassidy posted 06-23-2001 03:47 PM ET (US)   Profile for acassidy   Send Email to acassidy  
What the longest distance any of you have driven to buy a boat? The reason I ask is because I am thinking of driving 700 miles, one way, for a Montauk.
OutrageMan posted 06-23-2001 04:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
This is splitting hairs, but I picked up my Whaler in Sturgoen Bay WI., when I came out from Vancouver, WA last summer.


dgp posted 06-23-2001 10:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
2000 miles round trip.
Clark Roberts posted 06-24-2001 07:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
A buddy of mine, David Day, drove from Daytona Beach, Fla. to Orchard Beach, Maine and picked up a 22 Revenge WT/WD... and trailered it home. This after a plane trip to check it out! Around 2800miles round trip!
compounder posted 06-24-2001 03:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for compounder  Send Email to compounder     
Back in 1980 I drove 4.7 miles to pick up my new Montauk and 4.7 miles to get it back home!
JohnT posted 06-25-2001 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for JohnT  Send Email to JohnT     
What's the shortest distance?

I bought mine from my next door (well, around the corner, but our back yards are contiguous) neighbor. Not more than 150 feet from my back door to the boat and trailer parked in his driveway.

Bigshot posted 06-25-2001 10:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Why? I know they are not the easiest boats to find but I have owned 11 of them and always local(within 30 miles). I see good deals all the time. Maybe FL and NJ have the highest whaler population but driving 1400 miles for a 17 montauk is nuts. If you were looking for something specific, I can see it like a 22 cuddy speedster type. but 17's are popular.
Dick posted 06-25-2001 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I didn't have to drive a foot out of the way to buy my Montauk. I worked at the dealership.
One day, after years of drooling over them on the showroom floor, I walked into the sales managers office and said "Let's do it."
whaleryo posted 06-28-2001 01:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaleryo  Send Email to whaleryo     
After looking in local papers for about a year, I finally found the Sport 15 I wanted on the internet. I called the owner and found that he was less than a mile from my house.

Bigshot posted 06-28-2001 02:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Lived a few blocks away from Kinsey Cove which was a canal with houses on it(maybe 50-60) in Harvey Ceddars, NJ. I sold my own Whalers to 4 people who lived there and 2 others on another canal a mile away. it was neat cause I would see the boats all the time. One guy bought a second from me, unfortunately he kept the other for his kids.
witness posted 06-28-2001 04:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for witness  Send Email to witness     
Over 1000 miles round trip to see our "new" 25' outrage and 600 to pick her up.
JFM posted 06-29-2001 01:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Archie, I can sympathize with where you are located to find a Whaler. Most of the other guys live in areas that they are easier to find,or they can afford a new one. I know how you feal. But sooner or later you'll find something close by (I keep telling myself this). I have trouble justifying a 100 mile trip let alone a 700 mile trip because many guys will not descibe their boat properly. Regards, Jay
Outrage18 posted 06-29-2001 02:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Outrage18  Send Email to Outrage18     
I drove from MA to NC.
The reason: A hell of a deal on an outrage 18
I paid $5k for it....
I love whalers...


Outrage18 posted 06-29-2001 02:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Outrage18  Send Email to Outrage18     
I drove from MA to NC.
The reason: A hell of a deal on an outrage 18
I paid $5k for it....
I love whalers...


whalertim posted 06-29-2001 02:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
I wish I knew where it was.
Tim NC
Bigshot posted 06-29-2001 03:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Saw a few in St Petersburg(FL not Russia) for under $6k with motors & trailers but can't tow that weight with a Benz! I will poost them as I see them if anyone interested.
Pat Smith posted 06-30-2001 02:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Pat Smith  Send Email to Pat Smith     
I drove from Greensboro NC to Tampa FL for mine.Reason,It was hard to find Whalers around here, much less a good selection to choose from.Never thought I'd drive that far for a boat.-Pat
PS-I'd do it again for my next boat:)
daverdla posted 07-02-2001 12:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for daverdla  Send Email to daverdla     
Two years ago I drove about 60 miles each way to look at a montauk. The seller claimed all new wiring along with other things. It had new wiring but none of the electrical accessories worked. The motor ran but wouldn't shut off even after the key was removed. Most of his other claims were untrue. Ended up buying one about 30 miles away this past January. Although I'm sorry I didn't get one sooner, the one I got seems to have been worth the wait.

By the way, the info from this site was a huge help in selecting a boat.

PS - I just sold my Toyota pickup via autotrader to someone 250 miles away. The guy said it was exactly what he wanted. Go figure.
Good luck

Shadowcatcher posted 07-04-2001 05:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Shadowcatcher  Send Email to Shadowcatcher     
4,000+ miles round trip from Denver to Washington D.C. and back to get my 89 Outrage 18. Also picked up my bride on the same trip in 1992. Still have them both.


dgp posted 07-04-2001 07:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
You win!

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