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The_Ox posted 08-10-2001 03:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for The_Ox   Send Email to The_Ox  
Here is my problem, a choice between a 2000 and a 1987 13 footer. The 2000(sport)has a 40 Merc. 2-stroke, year 2000 trailer, both in top notch shape. The 1987 (sport)has a 1994 40 Yamaha 2-stroke, 1987 trailer both is fine shape. The bottom line on the boats is $7125 for the 2000 and $4250 for the 1987. I am tring to make up my mind about these two boats. My real goal is for a 17 Montauk but that is out of the question for a few years. My boating will be in salt water coastal areas mainly for fishing. I figure to get one of these boats now and upgrade in a few years to a 17'.

Any thoughts

Dr T posted 08-10-2001 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
My initial reaction is to buy the 87 and invest the difference. The 2000 will depreciate a lot faster than the 87 will, and you will be that much ahead for the 17'.
JFM posted 08-10-2001 04:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Ox, if you don't want to lose any money buy the 1987. The 2000 13 should have come with a 30 hp. You may want to make sure it's a 40. In a past thread this issue came up and was verified that the 2000 was only rated for 30hp. Also the new style boat motor and trailer listed for 8995.00 The minute you do the 17' will show up. Such is life. Regards, Jay
shaky posted 08-10-2001 04:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for shaky  Send Email to shaky     
If your able to spend 7000 on a 2000 model, seems to me you should be able to find a good condition older model Montauk somewhere in the middle ground between your price range. They are out there and sometimes you just have to be a bit patient. But if you want a 17' you wont be happy with the 13'.
I purchased my Montauk right around that range with a practically new 88Hp and sold it for a marginal profit a coupla years later.
But if you really must have a boat right now (and we all understand that position and dont blame you a bit) I would get the older model and like the above posts invest the difference.


Chap posted 08-10-2001 04:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
Maybe this would help.
Saw this.......

"17' BW Montauk '88, Johnson Special Edition,
excellent condition, $4850 obo, 732-933-1493"

In NJ.

Chap posted 08-10-2001 04:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
Make that 732-933-1495.
Samars posted 08-10-2001 04:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     

I am in agreement with Shaky...if you have around the $ 7 grand to would seem as with all purchases, to get the largest/best (boat, motor, fish finder,car etc.) that you can. Get your ideal and then go from there...
Clark Roberts posted 08-10-2001 06:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
my advice would be to get the 87! I agree with all the above... happy Whalin'... Clark... Spruce Creek Navy
The_Ox posted 08-10-2001 10:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for The_Ox  Send Email to The_Ox     
Thanks for the good advice, I still have a tough choice to make. Go with the 1987 13 footer now or wait till a 17 footer in my price range comes along. I want a boat NOW but I don't want to regret my dission later on. No one said it was going to be easy.

Thanks again all

Eric posted 08-10-2001 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
I've had a 13, and now have a Nauset (earlier version of the Montauk). I found the 13 to be really limiting for my needs here on the gulf coast of FL. There's a lot of 17s out there, and it's a lot more versatile boat. Get the older 13 if you've got to have a boat now, but I agree that the 17 will probably show up as soon as you buy. I bought my Nauset, and as soon as I did, there were two 19 outrages in the paper. I give myself two years with the Nauset, and then I'm going looking (this is called two-footitis).
Dick posted 08-10-2001 10:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I have a 1999 17 Montauk and think it is the greatest boat on the water. I just picked up a 1988 13' project boat, another great boat. I would hold out for the Montauk if you can, if not the 13 is a great place to start
The_Ox posted 08-13-2001 08:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for The_Ox  Send Email to The_Ox     
After talking to the boss (wife) we decited to wait till a 17 footer or real nice 15 footer comes along. It might not be this season but good things come to those who wait (I hope). I am just itching to get on the water. I drool from shore watching all these happy boaters out there (you know who you are). Thanks for all the reply's to my post, happy boating.

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