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Purchase of 1985 Montauk 17
|Author||Topic: Purchase of 1985 Montauk 17|
posted 07-23-2008 11:12 AM ET (US)
I recently purchased a 1985 Montauk 17. Original owner, 500 fresh water only hours, 90 Evinrude, galv. trailer, all original wood, seats, (Including optional rear seat spanning transom) etc. The boat was garage kept it's entire life and is in excellent condition, both cosmetically and mechanically. The boat has dual batteries with switch, original fuel tanks, console rod holders, and full bowrails. (I'm not sure if any of these were optional)
Now for the big question: Did I do ok at $8000.00 for purchase?
Thanks for your help, and a great website.
posted 07-23-2008 11:35 AM ET (US)
If garage kept, etc you did pretty darn well. Even in fair condition it would fetch about $7k.
posted 07-23-2008 12:06 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the reply. You know how it is, we always second guess ourselves AFTER the purchase.
The boat really is as nice as it sounds. About the only lacking area is electronics. It has an older fish finder, and that's about it. The first owner only fished in Lake Shasta Ca., and did'nt need anything else, I guess.
posted 07-23-2008 02:05 PM ET (US)
I just purchased a similar boat for 9K and had to add the Stern seat (another $1500) plus now need to have a new Motor put on
posted 07-23-2008 02:12 PM ET (US)
Wow! Thanks for the re-assurance guys, it helps me justify the purchase to my wife. I keep telling her I bought it to take HER fishing!
Thanks again, and keep the helpful comments coming!
posted 07-23-2008 04:02 PM ET (US)
posted 07-23-2008 05:04 PM ET (US)
It sounds like a great deal. You will enjoy using it
while having peace of mind about the good value.
I have a nice 1986 Montauk that I will be posting
shortly at around $7000. It is not as mint as yours,
but still a very solid, original piece. Have fun!
Thanks for sharing,
posted 07-23-2008 06:35 PM ET (US)
Thanks Keith, I appreciate the input.
Do you know of any inherent problems or quirks with these boats? It's my first Whaler, but I have owned and still own, other boats.
Planned use is bay, river, and coastal waters.
posted 07-24-2008 12:09 PM ET (US)
Major quirk is it will NEVER sink...so don't try any insurance scams.
posted 07-25-2008 08:04 PM ET (US)
That should be easy to remember.....How 'bout the 90HP Evinrude?(1985 also) Good engine? Seems to run great.
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