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kiwipushrod posted 07-28-2015 10:07 PM ET (US)   Profile for kiwipushrod   Send Email to kiwipushrod  
Very nice, all original Katama 16' 6" Whaler. 1972 Johnson 65hp elec shift. Moody trailer. All original as delivered from Kinn Marine, Oconomowoc Wisconsin in 1972. Always shed kept on trailer. Nice custom Sunbrella trailerable cover.

Needs nothing and is ready for sea trial now. No disappointments. Original canvas windshield and upholstery.

10,000, or would trade for newer Dauntless 16' that I would not have to worry about the kids climbing in and out of, and beaching. The Katama is not that boat.

kiwipushrod posted 07-28-2015 10:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for kiwipushrod  Send Email to kiwipushrod     
Here is a Yachtworld link with lots of pics. Boat is in central Wisconsin.

Jeff posted 07-28-2015 11:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff La-Crosse/WI/United-States#.Vbg_Z_nrKtZ

Nice boat, but here are a couple things to think about.

A number of the images in your link do not load. Correctly.

Also while it is a clean boat you have, the Katama is a tough sell. Even the really nice ones with much newer power have a tough time breaking the $8500 barrier. And yours has the electric shift lower unit which is a source of problems and not fun to try and repair.

This was the last Perfect Vintage Katama that I know of for a Market comp. It was listed in 2011. It was originally bought off Craigslist for $5000obo, then the buyer tried to resell it for $15,000. It sat and the price dropped to $12,000 and then to $10,000 then $10,000 "or best offer" where it sat for well over 18 months. Then it was gone and rumor had it Metan was trying to Resell it again at a crazy price.

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So for your asking price you are going to have to wait for / find the right buyer. Or, have a premium brokerage like Irish Boat Shop, or Mertaugh in northern Michigan try and sell it to one of their very wealthy clients. They have the right connections to make that happen.

I am one to always shoot for the stars when it comes to asking prices, and you are welcome to ask what you want for it. But if you are going to shoot for the premium selling price you might want to paint the trailer and really make the boat hull and the nonskid shine like it is new. It's almost there and with a little work the entire package could look like a time piece. Also, take the boat into a place that can provide you a even lighting to help make the photos not so harsh and show greater detail.

Jeff posted 07-28-2015 11:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff Boat%20Show%202011%201969%20Boston%20Whaler%2017'%20007.jpg Boat%20Show%202011%201969%20Boston%20Whaler%2017'%20008.jpg Boat%20Show%202011%201969%20Boston%20Whaler%2017'%20006.jpg Boat%20Show%202011%201969%20Boston%20Whaler%2017'%20009.jpg Boat%20Show%202011%201969%20Boston%20Whaler%2017'%20010.jpg Boat%20Show%202011%201969%20Boston%20Whaler%2017'%20011.jpg Boat%20Show%202011%201969%20Boston%20Whaler%2017'%20012.jpg
kiwipushrod posted 07-29-2015 10:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for kiwipushrod  Send Email to kiwipushrod     
Thank You Jeff for Your marketing skills, advise and comps. I can appreciate most of Your points.

In My mind, the boat is worth what the market will bear. I already have a qualified offer that breaks the 8k barrier, the buyer has seen the boat in person. That unsolicited offer has brought Me to the current ask.

I really don't mind one way or the other if it sells of not, I did think that some people would simply appreciate the pic's, as I have appreciated their pics in the past. Including the "Trailer Queen" Katama pics and associated saga, that You reference.

I am using this Katama a few times a week and it just about makes Me giggle every time I push that old Johnson's 65hp throttle forward to wake it up. I'm hearing, seeing, feeling exactly what the original owner felt the first time it rolled of the brand new Moody trailer keel rollers in 1972. I'm looking thru that odd canvas/isenglass "Windshield", watching that un-polished, strange Aqua colored hull insert bouncing, to the waters form with the unmistakable Boston Whaler hull sound on chop. I'm riding in 1972's "State of the art" boat technology and I'm still impressed.

I'd rather use it than look at it. Now that I think about it, maybe I don't want to sell it. BTW, I did actually giggle, the first time I drove it.


jimd posted 07-29-2015 11:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimd  Send Email to jimd     

That boat is a beauty and worth 10K. In my opinion, any classic whaler in that condition is worth the premium. You could never restore an average whaler for that kind of money and even if you could, it would no longer be "original".
Hold out for the premium or keep her.


Jefecinco posted 07-30-2015 09:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
I agree it's a great buy for a museum piece or to keep in the garage to admire, clean, periodically wax and just enjoy as a collector piece. It may even be a good investment if kept for another twenty years or so.

It would also be a fun boat to trailer to Boston Whaler meets around the country. I would consider launching it in fresh water in perfect conditions just to show it off but would not be comfortable using it as a fun run around or fishing boat.


Powergroove803 posted 07-30-2015 11:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Powergroove803  Send Email to Powergroove803     
Pushrod, awesome boat, hold out for the right buyer, they will probably come from this site.
kiwipushrod posted 07-30-2015 10:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for kiwipushrod  Send Email to kiwipushrod     
Thanks Whaler Guys.

What do You think about trading for this 1984 18' Outrage???

Is it a good trade? The pics are kind to the boat, it's a little rougher in person. It is also a little bigger than I'm looking for. I do not know anything about an Outrage.


kiwipushrod posted 07-30-2015 10:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for kiwipushrod  Send Email to kiwipushrod     

Backriverexpress posted 08-06-2015 08:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backriverexpress  Send Email to Backriverexpress     
That is an amazing boat !!! And in my opinion the Katama is the best hull they ever made !! If I was you i would hold out for the money...
A boat that mint is worth it to the right person !
kiwipushrod posted 09-15-2015 10:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for kiwipushrod  Send Email to kiwipushrod     

Thank You!

half shell posted 09-15-2015 06:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for half shell  Send Email to half shell     
Not surprised it looked great

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