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whaleofatale posted 07-22-2008 04:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for whaleofatale  
I just purchased a 1983 25’ Revenge Walk Around. I love my ’04 130 sport but I wanted an additional larger boat; it had to be a whaler. I was really looking for a 20’ walk around but could not find one in my price range.

The boat is in good condition, but the motors are near the end of their life; I paid $3K
I bought a brand new AMW ’07 tandem axle trailer, 10900lb with surge brakes for $2K. I am hoping to pick up a used pair of 115’s or a single 250 for under $5K. What do you think, was $3K a good deal?

Bulldog posted 07-22-2008 04:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Ten grand doesn't sound too bad, for a 25' foot boat with new trailer and hopefully good engines. That is a whole lot more boat then the twenty footer you went looking for, been there done that also. Enjoy!....Jack
Kingsteven18 posted 07-22-2008 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
I hope you got the correct type of trailer for that good of a price.
TransAm posted 07-22-2008 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for TransAm    
Assuming all is well on the boat, $3K would seem like a good deal. $2K for a new tandem axle trailer with that capacity is a steal, almost to the point where someone would wonder if something is wrong. Was that bought from a dealer?
deepwater posted 07-22-2008 10:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
i think you got what you paid for,,now get the boat wet and enjoy
whaleofatale posted 07-22-2008 11:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaleofatale    

I just didn’t want to start sinking money into something to find out later it was not worth it. I like the boat, but is a lot larger than I need.

The trailer was purchased from a dealer. It looks very heavy duty and has disc brakes. They had a 26’ Cabin cruiser sitting on it that had sold and the new owner was going to leave it in the water. The dealer said it was a $4000 trailer; I called another dealer and they wanted $4500 for the same trailer. It was the best deal I could find anywhere in the Panhandle.

bretm1 posted 07-23-2008 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for bretm1  Send Email to bretm1     
This seems like a wicked deal, especially if you get the rest of the summer out of it. When you say the engines are at the end of their life, what exactly do you mean? What are the engines? For a good condition 25 Revenge which may even have no engines it still seems like a very good deal. In my past experience with older Boston Whaler purchases, I have never yet run into the problems you hear about on many other makes, ie. rotten transoms, soft floors, etc. These hulls are solid.

For $3000 I have to assume that you were the first to come across this or knew the person.

I don't know about anyone else, but I honestly thought this thread was someone pulling our chain, especially with the "whale of a tale" username and the overall tone of the message.

No offense and pardon my initial skepticism.

I just paid $9500.00 for an 1989 Boston Whaler Revenge 20 Walk Through with a brand new (in 2004 for $1800) trailer which is only a single axle with no brakes aluminum trailer. Although I think this trailer is on the small end for this boat, I had an uneventful 900 mile trip bringing the boat back from N.C.

Have fun-you have quite the platform for it.

Bret

whaleofatale posted 07-29-2008 12:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaleofatale    
I didn’t know the seller. I found the classified ad and called him. He was asking $6K, but when I asked him his bottom dollar he said $3K. The motors are 1985 Evenrude 140’s.
They seem to run ok. After years of salt water use I assume they are near the end. I have replaced a few corroded wire connections. One motor was cutting off for no reason but I traced it down to a bad switch. I think they will last the season, the more we run them the better they are running. When you have the oldest motors on the water you have to wonder when yours will go. The boat has a marine air-conditioner too and we got to try it out this past weekend. It is nice to be able to cool off, too bad you can’t use while you are underway.

Here is a link to a picture of my boat:
http://www.furnitureleader.com/picf/Revenge25.jpg


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JMARTIN posted 07-29-2008 12:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
http://www.furnitureleader.com/picf/Revenge25.jpg

Looks like a good deal to me. John

Tohsgib posted 07-29-2008 12:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
I would have bought 5 of them for that price. Those engines are good running engines, run them till they puke and then worry about a repower. Give it a year or 2 and you should be able to find a single 250-300 or twin 115-150 4 strokes for a little more than you have into it right now and then you will REALLY have a boat to enjoy and make some $$$ when you sell it. Those engines are 1985's by the way and have the V6 gear cases, etc...great engines.
whaleofatale posted 07-29-2008 03:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaleofatale    
The 140's must be good, the clocks say almost 2500 hours!
Maybe I should give them a fresh coat of paint, sign up for seatow and not worry about it. :)

I was really surprised how little draft this boat has, less than most runabouts half its size. It can't more than 1-1/2 feet loaded.

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