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Mike Nispuruk posted 07-23-2008 11:12 AM ET (US)   Profile for Mike Nispuruk   Send Email to Mike Nispuruk  
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.

Tohsgib posted 07-23-2008 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
If garage kept, etc you did pretty darn well. Even in fair condition it would fetch about $7k.
Mike Nispuruk posted 07-23-2008 12:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mike Nispuruk  Send Email to Mike Nispuruk     
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.

Thanks again.

wjsherid posted 07-23-2008 02:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for wjsherid  Send Email to wjsherid     
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
Mike Nispuruk posted 07-23-2008 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mike Nispuruk  Send Email to Mike Nispuruk     
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!

Mike Nispuruk posted 07-23-2008 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mike Nispuruk  Send Email to Mike Nispuruk     
HI DAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LKD posted 07-23-2008 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for LKD  Send Email to LKD     
Mike,
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,
Keith

Mike Nispuruk posted 07-23-2008 06:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mike Nispuruk  Send Email to Mike Nispuruk     
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.

Thanks all.

Tohsgib posted 07-24-2008 12:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Major quirk is it will NEVER sink...so don't try any insurance scams.
Mike Nispuruk posted 07-25-2008 08:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mike Nispuruk  Send Email to Mike Nispuruk     
That should be easy to remember.....How 'bout the 90HP Evinrude?(1985 also) Good engine? Seems to run great.

Thanks.

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