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Cheapest Outboard Dealers
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posted 06-12-2002 12:00 AM ET (US)
Has anyone ordered an outboard from iboats.com or boats.net? What was your experience?
Their 2001 "non-current" engines run thousands less than than the new engine models at my local dealers.
Do other dealers honor their warranties? Is their service acceptable? I'm repowering an '81 Montauk with an '82 Merc 90 hp.
posted 06-12-2002 08:35 AM ET (US)
There are several places similar to iboats...Ed's Marine Superstore is another. The problem with these low prices is they don't include shipping, controls and installation. If you are just repowering with the same engine and doing the work yourself, you could save a few $, the problem is for those who don't. The people I've talked with say the savings they had are usually offest by those things...shipping/installation, etc...and they felt better going with someone near them rather than save a few dollars.
posted 06-12-2002 08:42 AM ET (US)
You might also check out Allison Marine in California. They have a website at www.allisonmarine.com I repowered my 1980 Montauk with a 2002 Evinrude and paid below dealer cost for it. Bill Allison is a very good and respectable guy. Give them a look!
posted 06-12-2002 11:26 AM ET (US)
take a look/see at these
I have never bought a motor from any of these folks but contacted all of them while I was looking to repower my 13.
Ed's Marine, I have been told by many a person, is the place to go to buy a cheap motor....but dont expect any followup service, help.....and dont dare and try and return anything....they wont take it back. But if thats what your looking for.....go for it.
posted 06-12-2002 03:24 PM ET (US)
I just ordered a 2001 20hp merc from I-boats about 20 minutes ago. They were very proffesional and polite and you get an actual name of a contact to check back with etc. The motor came with a 60 day warranty, prop, tank, and hose. Total price was 1794 delivered to the door. No tax. In comparison, Bass Pro price for a manual start 15hp merc (2002) was 1,862 + tax.
I also found a 2001 Johnson 9.9 with electric start, new in crate, at a local dealer for 1595 + tax. (8.25%) here. No tank or hose.
I-boats definately had deals on the smaller motors.
posted 06-12-2002 03:46 PM ET (US)
Man I remember when 9.9's were way under $1k and a new 35 was about that. I paid $1200 for a new 25 Johnson leftover in 1983....scary huh?
posted 06-12-2002 04:46 PM ET (US)
Bigshot - you're dating yourself. I had you pictured as a thirty something with a crew cut, gold chain, and raybans cruising around in a cigar boat.
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