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rgy posted 06-30-2009 02:48 PM ET (US)   Profile for rgy   Send Email to rgy  
looking at three whalers and wondering what you think. Use would be on Lake Michigan and lets assume they are in equal shape. Of these three wich one would you buy and what are things I should look at on each one.

1973 21 foot outrage with 200 hp evenrude. ($15,000) I like the classic banana boat.

1985 25 foot outrage/cuddy with 200 hp evenrude on a bracket. (13,500)

1999 20 foot outrage. ($18,000)


Jessielove posted 06-30-2009 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jessielove  Send Email to Jessielove     
You already answered your question; I didn't have to read past your first choice. The 21 is the one you really like so buy it.
HAPPYJIM posted 06-30-2009 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
For $15,000 it better be one fine looking boat with very recent power.
Ritzyrags posted 06-30-2009 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ritzyrags  Send Email to Ritzyrags     
And we will give you a better opinion.
rgy posted 06-30-2009 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for rgy  Send Email to rgy

at 15k for the banana boat I was thinking the same thing; better be darn nice

Jessielove posted 06-30-2009 10:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jessielove  Send Email to Jessielove     

25' ?albumview=slideshow


Jessielove posted 06-30-2009 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jessielove  Send Email to Jessielove     
How will you be using the boat and who will be with you?
HAPPYJIM posted 06-30-2009 10:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
All nice looking boats.

The 25 footer is great all around boat. Fish her hard. Overnight in the cuddy and plenty of room. Need a hefty tow vehicle to stop her though. Looks like a steal if she checks out good.

The banana is beautiful. I like the canvas set up and the color. About as much room as the 25 footer but will fly with the 200 hp pushing her.

The 1999 Outrage is sweet but I just like the classic lines of the older boats. I'll bet she would make an awesome fishing machine.

Jeff posted 06-30-2009 11:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     
I was supposed to look at that 21 LAST 4th of July. Never got to due to time but, that tells you how long it has been for sale.
george nagy posted 07-01-2009 09:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
Without getting in to too much detail now I would either narrow the selection to just the 25' outrage cuddy or just choose between the 21' the 20' outrages. The 21' and 20'outrages are more similar than the 25'is. If you desire the cabin then the 25' is the only choice for you. One thing to consider with the 25' is the redone/ refitted engine bracket, not much to say no but it deserves some careful consideration and investigation. I will have to say that the performance of the 21' and 20' will be very similar compared to that 25' with a single 225 hp.
rgy posted 07-01-2009 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for rgy  Send Email to rgy     
the 25 is now on ebay with a list of the things wrong with it so it is out. The 21 seems a bit high on price so I may go look at the 20. There is also a (I know it's a sea ray, I swore I would never own one) 24 Laguna with twin 135 Merc's that I may go look at.
thanks for all the responses the search continues.
Tohsgib posted 07-01-2009 11:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
I would want to look at that 21 just to see how sweet(or not) she is. Then at least you have that for comparrison. $15k could be steep on price but if truly a garage kept museum piece...might be cheap.
crow posted 07-01-2009 12:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for crow  Send Email to crow     

My 1987 Outrage 20 with 2004 power is now for sale @ $16,900. The trailer is a 2006 and essentially new. It is listed in the CW marketplace.


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