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newportguy posted 08-06-2001 06:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for newportguy   Send Email to newportguy  
I was away on vacation andspent 2 wonderful weeks boating in the whaler. Weather was good and the whaler was wonderful. Came back today and was surfing and found the new Whaler 2002 web site... I am not sure what I think of it....but the whalers look great :)
Dan posted 08-06-2001 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dan  Send Email to Dan     
I don't like Whaler's new web site that much -- didn't like the old one either. Whaler has so many great products and so much history, why can't they put together a web site that reflects all that. First off, they need many more photos of all products past and present. Next, they need a reference library for all products either html or acrobat files -- electronic diagrams, schematics etc -- these don't have to be to exact scale. How about profiles on the designers, factories, workers etc who make Whalers? I know there is much more that could be done to make the Whaler site "sticky." -- I'll leave it to others to fill in the blanks.
whalernut posted 08-06-2001 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Don`t like the new Whalers or the site, and now their site has that oh so wonderful Sea Ray feel, just as Brunswick has planned. It looks as though they have a new model Conquest that looks like a Scout, they just keep mainstreaming Whalers more and more, and making me proud on my Classic that much more. Next good by Montauk and the Whaler name! Regards-Jack Graner.
george nagy posted 08-07-2001 01:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
Well I think the website is rather weak but the new 210 looks interesting. It looks a little more in scale with a smaller console.
Riparian posted 08-07-2001 01:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Riparian    
Anyone know how much some of these new whalers are going for. I just bought a left over 1999 Conquest that was still in dealer stock and got a good price. But my "last" whaler dealer kept telling me to wait and buy a new, obviously larger, model. He couldn't give me a price, and I didn't wait because I was betting the new boats would be stickered way out there.
andygere posted 08-07-2001 02:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
New look, same lousy content. If you're listening Boston Whaler, how about some details on parts, options and accessories available, a dealer list (not a closest-to-your-zipcode search engine), performance data and some new photos. Also, what about the on-line Whaler magazine? I e-mailed Whaler about an update to the mag about a year ago, and after a month they responded saying a new issue would be out soon. Makes ya wonder where the New Model Request data goes......
Whalerdan posted 08-07-2001 02:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
Bigshot posted 08-07-2001 02:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Had the same problem Andy. Used my local dealer who is NEW and KNEW nothing. Wanted the next local dealer and could not get it, had to call BW. Why do they not do it by area codes or even by state?
Chris J posted 08-07-2001 06:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
It's just another big yellow pages ad. The pictures are nice, though.

Most companies really don't "get" the Internet. One fundamental idea I've always pushed with employers is that Website owners need to give something back to the 'net. That is, sites should offer something that isn't available elsewhere and that goes beyond just selling products. BW and its parent should take note.

RussBel posted 08-07-2001 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for RussBel    
The new BW site content is better than the old content. The site still lacks any kind of "feeling" that would make people visit frequently and develop an attachment to BW. This continuouswave site is far superior, but realistically, this site does not have a compelling shareholder mandate to sell boats and deliver a strong return on invested capital.

A forum such as this this one on the BW site may be unrealistic due to potential unfavorable consequences and legal entanglements.

BW has an extensive knowledge base about boat performance, maintenance, repairs, engines, etc. Including it on their site would be very useful. They currently only a few items listed.

jimh posted 08-07-2001 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I am still waiting for the site to load on my old 60-MHz PowerPC machine.

I am not sure what all the JAVA is doing for them.

As you know, I like sites that load fast and have more content than glitz.

dgp posted 08-07-2001 09:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
Jim, if you think the BW site is slow, try the Mercury site.
hauptjm posted 08-08-2001 12:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Not impressed! Basically a re-work of last years' site.

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