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calipat posted 05-31-2002 05:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for calipat   Send Email to calipat  
I am looking for a '17 Montauk - 1985 to 1988 vintage - with a 90 hp motor. What would a fair price (range) be for this boat?
What do I need to look for when selecting a Montauk? Thanks.
Jimm posted 05-31-2002 07:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
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type in the length as 17' to 17'; brand as Boston Whaler; leave the price blank and you'll get an idea of what's being offered at what price.
jimh posted 05-31-2002 10:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The 17-MONTAUK in 1985-1988 trim is a nice boat that still has plenty of wood trim.

It is hard to say what the price range is going to be because so much depends of the rest of the deal.

If you find a boat with a 1985 motor you'll pay less than if you find a boat recently repowered.

If you find a boat on a rusty old 1985 trailer, tiny wheels, cracked tires, no brakes, you will pay less than you will for a boat on a premium trailer with new 13-inch radial tires and brakes.

If you find a boat with 1985 vintage electronics you pay less than a boat that has a one-year old color GPS Chart plotter, a VHF with DSC, and a nice SONAR.

If you find a boat that has no canvas, you'll pay less than you will for a boat that has a flying top, forward shelter, side curtains, and aft curtain, plus a mooring cover.

Just in the variables I mention above there is a range of at least $3,000 in the motor, $1,200 in the trailer, $1,500 in the electronics, and $1,500 in the canvas. That is a total range of at least $7,200 in the value of two otherwise identical 17-MONTAUK hulls, just based on the accessories that come with them.

So you could figure a completely beat-up 17-Montauk with a dead engine, no trailer, no electronic, and no canvas might sell for about $3,000 just because it is a Whaler.

A pristine boat with all the stuff I mention above might be offered at $13,000 or more.

Then there are more intangibles: a boat has bottom paint; a boat has some strange homebrew mod; a boat has been repainted; a boat has been used in salt water; a boat has been stored just goes on and on.

Then there is the price that people actually sell for and the price people actually buy for. Someone always has a anecdote about the same boat you are looking at that sold for 50% of the price you're considering.

Finally, with a 17-MONTAUK you must now weigh the value of a used boat against the agressive price of a 2002 model for $18,000. That is the price for brand-new everything.

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