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Can this be?
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posted 03-17-2001 08:26 PM ET (US)
While surfing the web I came across this web site, www.boattest.com/general-info.asp?ID=6 . If I got the specific url wrong please go to www.boattest.com and search, Boston Whaler (anyboat, anysize)23 Outrage.
When I saw the test for the 2001 23 Outrage I was suprised by the information given in the General, specificly the Baackground and in the Key Features. This boat was called the evolutionary grandchild of the Classic 13 and 17 hulls. Also it had stated the charicteristics of it's Accu-track Hull.
I invite everyone to read the test comments on this site about this Boston Whaler and new Boston Whalers in general before making comment.
Overall I believe it was excellent, and shows why new Boston Whalers demand such a higher price, than other boats.
posted 03-17-2001 09:25 PM ET (US)
It is good to see that someone still respects the Boston Whaler company. The Boattest.com site is great, I wish I could find their TV broadcast on occasion. As far as BW goes; Yes, I know that they no longer have all of the charm of the older boats. But they are better in many ways. If the company BW was no longer in business, I believe we (all owners) would suffer. They are still very customer focused. They have responded to all of my email and telephone inquiries. I have received numerous useful responses, including an owners manual, OEM parts suppliers, and maintenance information. I applaud their support of their product past, present and hopefully future. Who knows, there may be a new Outrage with an Optimax in my future some day. I for one am glad that is still a possibility.
posted 03-17-2001 10:27 PM ET (US)
The BoatTest.com test of the Outrage 23 was very favorable as was their test of the Conquest 28. I keep checking back to the site to see if they have tested any other Whalers that are more in my size and price range.
BTW, the "BoatTest.com" TV show is on here in the Detroit area on Sundays on Speedvision at 5:30 PM right after "ShipShape TV". I try to catch it whenever I'm home.
posted 03-18-2001 10:28 AM ET (US)
Thanks for your comments about Boattest.com. We tested those Whalers several years ago, and they do reflect the new direction of the company, both in terms of styling and features, but the core construction philosophy at Whaler hasn't changed.
Our new TV series "BoatTEST REPORTS" is on right now the SPEEDVISION TV network on Sundays at 11:00am and 5:30pm EST, and again on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm. We produced 13 new episodes for them for the spring, and hopefully we'll have 13 new ones for the fall. All the tests on the TV show then are encoded and are available 24/7 on www.boattest.com as free streaming videos for your review.
Our Whaler tests can be found at these URLs:
As far as any new Whaler tests go, I'd encourage all Whaler fans to call Boston Whaler's marketing director in Florida and tell them you'd like to see more Whaler tests on TV and on BoatTEST.com.
Check us often as we add new tests all the time.--Chris Kelly, Publisher, BoatTEST.com
posted 03-18-2001 12:52 PM ET (US)
Very nice site.
I just checked the schedual. Today at 2:30 here in Seattle Speedvision is showing a test on the Edgewater 247CC.
posted 03-18-2001 03:36 PM ET (US)
I think it is most intersting that the BoatTest people are aware of, and visiting, this site, and I am happy to see it! I had thought that Jim's site here was just for a bunch of out-of-step-with-the-times Classic Whaler junkies and fanactics (like myself), and with a limited following. It is very encouraging to see that the continued interest in Boston Whalers of all years is now attracting such a wide audience. Another tribute to a job well done by Jimh, and to the others here contributing their time and thoughts to the Forum, and to the photo/article Cetacea sections also!
It also appears that many of you are indicating a greatly increased interest at the Company level of helping owners of the older boats. For a while, this was not the case. I believe much of the credit for this goes to the new CEO of Brunswick, George Buckley, who has stated he will improve service in Brunswick's boating businesses, and keep the SEPARATE identities of Brunswick's brands. Before he took over, BW was in danger of getting overwhelmed by Sea Ray's Euro design, manufacturing operations and Dealership network, and losing it's original, highly distinctive, identity. But lately things seem better for BW and for what it is, and what it stands for in the boating world. I believe he is the one who saved the Commercial Products Division from extinction, thereby keeping alive some of Whaler's more traditional hull forms. The new 13 Sport and 22 Dauntless also indicate a trend toward re-establishment of the old identity. I, for one, am glad to see that the Company is now, once again, embracing it's past, and no longer selling the new boats at the expense and criticism of the old Classic boats. Now if it could only get it's new Sea Ray/BW Dealers to consider BW boats at least an EQUAL to Sea Ray's models!
posted 03-18-2001 04:34 PM ET (US)
The Boston Whaler Dealer (for 25 years) that I bought my Dauntless 16 from also sells Grady Whites, Glacier Bay Cats and Crownlines is very knowledgeable on all these boats past and present. For him (family owned business) nothing comes close to a Boston Whaler.
No matter which way you turn there is no boat manufacturer that provides a product that is as unique, well built and safe as Boston Whaler. Therefore Boston Whaler is (at least in my mind)superior to Sea Ray or to any other boats in their class.
I would like to see some reviews on the smaller Whalers such as the Sport 13 and Dauntless and Ventura lines. I know that Boattest.com did not like the large step down into the cuddy and into the cockpit with the radar arch of the Conquest 28 indicates that their reviews more objective rather than like a commercial as suggested on a thread in "General". So I am urging all to e-mail Boston Whaler and Boattest.com to test and review these new Whalers.
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