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What I didn't see ant the Portland Boat Show
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posted 01-08-2002 09:09 AM ET (US)
Last night my wife and I went to the Portland Boat Show. It was a real disappointment on many levels. This year it was being billed as the largest out of the water boat show west of the Mississippi.
The local Sea Ray dealer has had BW for about 3 years now. When they first got it, I was told by one of their sales people that the line was taken from the local BW dealer and given to them because Sea Ray wanted to consolidate their sales locations. He also told me that they really didn't want it, as Whalers were not a good seller in this area.
Well, we went to their display, and they had 17 different Sea Rays. They also broung with them a whopping 5 BW's - 1 Dauntless, 2 Venturas, a Conquest, and a 15. And on top of it, no salesman was working the BW area!
In this area, ski boats, and aluminum rivver boats are the the choice for the majority.
The only other CC I saw was an 18' Grady. The only other line that makes a CC that was there was Welcraft, and they didn't show one.
I did see something interesting though. A 21' open aluminum fish boat with a 200 Yamaha on the back. The interesting part was that the only steering for the boat was a TILLER! I can't imagine what turning left in that boat was like.
posted 01-08-2002 11:06 AM ET (US)
The Seattle show opens on Friday so I will post a report. Our Sea Ray/Whaler dealer sells a ton of Whalers so it will be interesting to see what they display.
posted 01-08-2002 11:08 AM ET (US)
You are right I was at the same show and it didn't seem like they wanted to do anything with the Whalers. The Grady White sales folks wanted to adopt me
posted 01-08-2002 11:28 AM ET (US)
Brian, what was the 15' you saw, a new Whaler?
posted 01-08-2002 12:41 PM ET (US)
I went to the Houston Boat Show yesteray with my daughter. They had 10 to 12 Whalers and probably 25 to 30 Sea Rays. I saw 5 Sea Rays between $400,000 and $700.000. Who buys these things?
There are two different dealers for Sea Ray and Whaler which is the way it should be. I also joined the Texas Whaler Owner's Club which is a really good deal for anyone in Texas.
posted 01-08-2002 07:15 PM ET (US)
I didn't spend a lot of time looking at the 15'. I think the boat on a trailer with a 35 Merc 4 stroke was $8995.
posted 01-09-2002 07:04 PM ET (US)
Also, which Conquest was this at the Portland boat show?
posted 01-09-2002 08:02 PM ET (US)
The NYC boat show was okay. Lots of stuff. I agree the Sea Ray dealers really don't care about Whalers. You should see the hairspray on these Sea Ray salesman -- looked like a reverse chine on steroids. They didn't even have a Montauk. But on the good side if you buy at the boat show that 48 thousand dollar twenty one foot Whaler can be yours for 3 or 4 grand less!
posted 01-09-2002 08:19 PM ET (US)
noswah- I live within 2 miles of the SeaRay plant on Merritt Island, FLA. A huge market for the big SeaRays is the Middle East. This is according to a tenant of mine who has worked at SeaRay for 19 years. David
posted 01-09-2002 08:46 PM ET (US)
David, Some of those Sea Rays had a washer and dryer, who wants to do laundry while boating? I guess the same people.
posted 01-09-2002 10:02 PM ET (US)
Chicago show opens Jan. 23. Will keep my eye out for Whaler coverage and report back.
posted 01-09-2002 10:05 PM ET (US)
Washer and dryer makes a lot of sense if
you live aboard. Different boats for
different folks. If there were a perfect
boat, everybody would have the same boat.
posted 01-10-2002 05:55 PM ET (US)
I think the Conquest was a 23. It has twin 2256 mercs on it I believe.
posted 01-10-2002 06:21 PM ET (US)
David - I think I heard a rumor the UBL has a big Sea Ray hidden somewhere in Yemen!
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