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JTM122 posted 08-31-2008 03:50 PM ET (US)   Profile for JTM122   Send Email to JTM122  
I'm looking at a 1999 Montauk in average to good condition. There is no trailer and the engine is a 1999 50 HP Mercury. Owner claims very few hours on motor. Motor shows signs of average use/wear, starts easy, runs well.

The seller is asking $9,500, but will take $8,500 to reflect the underpowered motor and lack of trailer.

I would appreciate all opinions as to whether this is a good deal in the Annapolis, MD, market area.

Thanks.

Newtauk1 posted 08-31-2008 05:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Newtauk1  Send Email to Newtauk1     
My opinion is that a 50hp is not enough for that boat. One way to look at this is it will cost about $7,000 to properly power the boat. Assuming a new 90hp. Now we are at $15,500. What can $15-16,000 buy?

I recently saw a 1999 Montauk with a 90hp in Boston Craigs List for $6500 or Best offer.

Newtauk1 posted 08-31-2008 05:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Newtauk1  Send Email to Newtauk1     
I missed the lack of trailer. that's another $1000.00. I think the boat is priced high. I think $7000 max.
JTM122 posted 08-31-2008 06:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for JTM122  Send Email to JTM122     
Thanks, Newtauk1, I appreciate your input. I'm uncertain whether 50HP is enough to push across Chesapeake Bay when wind and waves are against me.
deepwater posted 08-31-2008 08:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
come on up next month and see the leaves turn and hear the motor run ,,^@^
JTM122 posted 08-31-2008 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for JTM122  Send Email to JTM122     
Wish I could.
gorji posted 08-31-2008 10:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for gorji  Send Email to gorji     
I also think the price is too high.
50HP is not enough for this boat.

I would offer $6500 at most.

bloller posted 09-01-2008 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for bloller  Send Email to bloller     
If you plane to run the boat lightly loaded(you and maybe one passenger), then 50hp is enough for Chesapeake Bay. Their just aren't many days in the bay where you can run anywhere near full throttle in a Montauk even with only 50hp. If you plan to spend most or your time in the rivers of the bay where it is usually much calmer then 70-90 would be idea.
deepwater posted 09-01-2008 11:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
I would think a 50 would be OK if just for the rivers and small bays ,,most of the rivers i used had many no wake zones ,,like way up the choptank,,and a 70 the min for the open bay ,,just my opinion
chopbuster posted 09-01-2008 01:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for chopbuster    
It's September 1, how many more grins will you get from your boat ?

The market will be bloated with a good selection of used BW boats by seasons end.

Be patient. Wait for a beter deal.

With this deal your looking at a repower cost senario that could come close to the value of the sellers boat & engine.

Tohsgib posted 09-02-2008 11:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
I think it is very fair for a 1999 only if it suits your needs. If 50hp and no trailer does not fit what you want...keep looking. I personally have driven a few 50hp Montauks and it moves the boat better than most would imagine.
brisboats posted 09-04-2008 12:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for brisboats  Send Email to brisboats     
I agree that is a good price for a 1999. I don't know if Mercury had the bigffot gearcase in 1999 but if the motor has one, then the deal is even better. If you need a trailer let me know I have a couple of Montauk trailers you could get by with and I am in the Annapolis area.

I also agree there are very few days on the Chesapeake Bay that you would want to run a Montauk at top speed. Keith Walters, local Strper legend and author. Ran the Bay up, down and sideways for over 20 years in a pre smirk 16'7 hull with a variety of engines. If you want an insight of what kind of conditions to expect from the middle Bay area. Read his book, Chesapeake Stipers, most of the anedotal accounts occurred while aboard the Whaler. The 50 hp engine would achieve top speeds in the low 30's and excellent fuel economy. It might be worth a second look.

Brian

brisboats posted 09-04-2008 12:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for brisboats  Send Email to brisboats     
That is bigfoot, Striper and Chesapeake stripers, I really need spellcheck.

brian

JTM122 posted 09-07-2008 05:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for JTM122  Send Email to JTM122     
Thanks all. I appreciate your help. The boat I'm looking at probably won't move any time soon, so I'm going take the advice to wait and see what's on the market after the boat show. Thanks, again, to every one.
JTM122 posted 09-07-2008 05:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for JTM122  Send Email to JTM122     
Thanks all. I appreciate your help. The boat I'm looking at probably won't move any time soon, so I'm going take the advice to wait and see what's on the market after the boat show. Thanks, again, to every one.

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