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jimh posted 02-12-2002 11:35 PM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
I just returned from the Detroit Boat Show, were we had a chance to Rendezvous with dive1, ventura16, and djahncke. Jim, Tom, Don, and I toured around the show, checking out the Whalers and the competition.

Boston Whaler was well represented by big Sea Ray dealer COLONY MARINE. At their display they had the following boats:

--12-Impact
--13-Sport
--170-Montauk
--180-Dauntless
--180-Ventura
--210-Outrage
--22-Dauntless
--230-Outrage
--255-Conquest
--295-Conquest

You could not say that Whaler was not represented; this is almost the whole catalogue of boats!

We spent some time looking over the 255 Conquest, the biggest cuddy cabin boat that is still trailerable, i.e., with a beam of 8-ft. 6-in. This was quite a big boat. It was set up with a single 225 Optimax. Oops, I forgot to note the price; I think it was in the mid-$60,000 range.

The "boat show" price of the 170 Montauk with a 90ELPTO Saltwater Series Mercury 2-stroke, Sun Top, Swim Platform, Stern Seat, and Shoreland'r trailer, was $25,778. Ouch!

The "boat show" price on the 210 Outrage with a 200XL Optimax, Comfort package, and Sun Top, (no trailer), was $41,135. One detail we noted on this boat: the dual batteries are mounted under the console.

Along side the 210 (which is really 20-ft., 6-in. LOA) there was a 230 Outrage, a boat that was considerably "bigger" in comparison and going for about $20,000 more. Those extra two feet are pretty expensive.

We did try to locate a Mercury rep to talk about those "revolutionary engines", but could not find one. We did bump into the Yamaha regional Sales guy, who was pleased to tell us that he had about equal representation with Mercury at the show. I guess he had been around once or twice counting transoms.

We gawked at the astonishing size of the 225-HP Yamaha 4-stroke and the 225-HP Evinrude Ficht. These are monstrously large engines whose price tags match their physical presence.

The show traffic seemed quite light, although it was a Tuesday night, probably the deadest night of the week.

Tom snapped some digital pictures; if any are decent when he eMails them we'll post them.

--jimh

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