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annemandel posted 04-18-2015 07:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for annemandel   Send Email to annemandel  
[What is] a fair market value for my 1969 NAUSET 16? It has always been in fresh water, and has been winter stored. There are no gashes or soft spots on the boat. Currently it has a 112-HP Johnson with about 200 hours of old-lady driving on it, and an EZ-loader 1500-lbs trailer. I have looked on a variety of boat web sites, and even talked with the Boston Whaler folks in attempt to find a fair selling price. I would like to complete the sale before this summer. Thanks for any help you may provide.
contender posted 04-18-2015 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
On a boat that old everything depends on condition, and what someone will pay. With what you stated, ask $4,500 to $7,000.
jimh posted 04-21-2015 01:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
You can be guided in your asking price by the same factors that would guide a buyer in determining a value. See my recommendations on what influences the value of a Boston Whaler boat at

Buying Classic Boston Whalers

A 1976 Boston Whaler NAUSET 16 in really excellent condition, with all original components still intact, on a nice trailer, with a working OMC V4 outboard engine of similar vintage might have some greater value as a well-preserved bit of boating history to add to its intrinsic value as a nice small boat.

Also read a very recent thread on a similar topic. See

Buying Older Boston Whaler Boats

Assess your own boat against the criteria mentioned in those references. This will give you an idea of where your boat will rank in the range of used Boston Whaler boats depending on condition.

It was common that a few years ago a really nice MONTAUK 17, a newer boat than yours, with a running V4 outboard and a nice trailer could sell for more than $12,000 quite easily. But lately the market seems softer. And every year an old boat gets one year older. A 1969 boat is 46-years old. It might be in great shape, but, then again, it might look like a 46-year-old boat.

If I saw an advertisement for a 1969 NAUSET 16 with a V4 OMC on a good trailer for $5,000, I would certainly go look it over carefully. It could be a bargain. Could it be worth $10,000? Perhaps, to a collector or historian, if it were a museum piece.

Spuds posted 04-23-2015 04:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Spuds    
Don't sell yourself short.

In the last couple of months there have been two really nice Nausets on Craigslist, both had been newly repowered. I remember one was in Alabama and I think the other one was in North Carolina, (not sure).

One was asking $32,000 and the other was asking in the mid $20k's.

Spuds posted 04-23-2015 04:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Spuds    
Here's one, with video.

jimh posted 04-24-2015 02:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
No one I know would pay $32,000 for a NAUSET. For $32,000 you can get a much bigger Boston Whaler, with much nicer engines, and a very nice trailer. For example, a Boston Whaler 27 Full Cabin with twin Honda 225-HP four-cycle engines on a triple-axle trailer, and you'd still have $2,000 left over.
RevengeFamily posted 04-24-2015 06:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for RevengeFamily  Send Email to RevengeFamily     
$32,000.00 for a Nauset? Then I'm going to sell mine for half that and be happy as a hog in slop on a hot summer day...

Typical boat salesman...

MAYBE if it was hull #1 and had all types of documentation to endorse that claim, but really?

A more typical price for a Nauset in running condition with minimal amount of repair work is approximately $2500.00 to $5500.00...

A pristine example might be $10,000 to &12,000 with a fantastic trailer underneath it...


Powergroove803 posted 04-24-2015 09:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Powergroove803  Send Email to Powergroove803     
How much did that really nice one sell for that was posted by the dealer in that ill-fated TV show that we all talked about on here a couple of years ago. seems like he wanted $30K or so for that one. It was very, very nice, but...
Powergroove803 posted 04-24-2015 09:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Powergroove803  Send Email to Powergroove803

Metah marine

jimh posted 04-25-2015 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I recall one very old NAUSET or similar 16-footer that was in perfect, just as new condition, with the original Tee-Nee trailer and original outboard engine, and a Boston Whaler dealer on the East Coast bought it for quite a premium price in order to use it as a show piece or a display on the showroom floor of his dealership. But I don't recall the price being in the $30,000 range.

I seriously doubt there are any buyers for old NAUSET boats at prices above even $10,000 these days, unless there are some very unusual circumstances and the boat has a very unusual provenance.

Spuds posted 04-29-2015 03:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Spuds    
JimH, you are certainly correct that you could buy the 27 Full Cabin, for less, IF you really wanted to take on all the additional costs of maintenance and storage.

There have been several nice Nausets that were listed for sale here in South Texas in the $15K to $17K range. I assume they sold as the ads were taken down after a couple of weeks.

In the meantime pristine ORIGINAL Nausets are becoming more and more scarce. I was offered, as a starting point, $18K for my Nauset at last years Keel and Wheels Concours d' Elegance. I stopped the guy from going any further, and told him I wasn't interested in selling, at this point.

Keels and Wheels 2015, is this weekend, May 2-3. I wonder if that guy will show up again this year?

jimh posted 04-29-2015 03:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Thanks for additional information on the offers for a nice NAUSET. I think the selling price of a nice NAUSET is going to be like the price of a ticket on an airplane. Just about every seat gets sold at a different price, and some seats go for $1,000 and one right next to it might have been $275. It often depends on the motivation of the buyer.

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