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BrianB posted 06-21-2001 01:19 AM ET (US)   Profile for BrianB   Send Email to BrianB  
My Brother is thinking about buying this boat, just want to make sure he is not getting taken for a ride(so to speak). What should he pay for it (new) and is it a good boat? What should he look for in buying this boat? I heard the deck is not solid in spots is this true. Is this good for a young family and is it safe. This is his first boat, please help. Where should he buy it for best price.
bigz posted 06-21-2001 06:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Brian, might suggest you do some homework on pricing which is easy enough to do with a few simple searches on the net. In general new and fitted out in the area of $160,000.

I also would suggest you look into a used Conquest 28! There seems to be quite a few listed on Boat Trader. Pay particular attention to how it is powered and if any warranty remains on the engines.

If you all decide going used hire a marine surveyor which knows "smaller" outboard powered boats. The reason I say this is a lot are great doing large inboard or sail, however other than the basics aren't in tune to outboards big or small. Keep in mind using a surveyor doesn't guarantee you a possible "better" price it does give you a good indication of the value, useful for insurance and what if any improvements you might have to perform if purchased.

The Conquest 28 is a very nice boat. Fine family layout. It is pretty heavy though for it's size which does detract to a slight degree from performance in the areas of gas consumption and top end compared to other boats in this size range.

Good luck

Ed Stone posted 06-21-2001 05:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
Hey Brian,
I've looked at the 28 conquest & the 28
Outrage side by side. Both look to be great
boats.Both have options for Air cond. and
generator.The Outrage seems to have better
access to using the bow section,just not as
much cabin space.I like the seating better
on the Outrage.I think standard power is
200 Mercs.And the 225 mercs are a upgrade.
I would find one with a Hard Top.
They now also have the 26 Conquest which
looks to be a scaled down version of the
28 conquest,not just simply a 26 Outrage
with a cabin.The beam on the conquest is
wider than the Outrage.The 26 conquest
also has the option for a Air cond.
The swamp capacity cannot compare to
the classic Whalers,but in my opinion
they are far safer than the competiors
Good Luck,Ed Stone
Ed Stone posted 06-21-2001 05:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
Hey Brian,
Both 28's I looked at had a sticker price
in the 140's.
Ed Stone
BrianB posted 06-21-2001 11:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for BrianB  Send Email to BrianB     
Thanks all, any other posts are greatly appreciated
blackdog posted 06-22-2001 09:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Scott Leidig works at Whaler Town in Maryland. He organized the Whaler get together in Chestertown. I would suggest you contact him, really nice guy with a lot of whaler knowledge. Here is his email address


Jurisproodenz posted 06-22-2001 10:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jurisproodenz  Send Email to Jurisproodenz     
I had a look at the Conquest 28 -- what a great boat!! A guy in my marina has one and simply loves it. When I was looking to buy a larger Whaler, my wife nearly OK'd the 28 Conquest -- I'd have taken that in a shot.

The one complaint I have heard is about the decks not being rock-solid. I did find a few areas in the cockpit that "give" a little. But then again, a Blackfin 32 I was on "gave" too. It is all relative, I guess.

If you can stretch, get the 28. Although I would not pass on the 26 either. Ed Stone's comment on the 26 is correct: I have the 26 Outrage and the beam is 8'6". The 26 Conquest has a 10-something beam. Much roomier with a lot of cockpit space. If I recall correctly, you can get a "cruising" package with the 28 that makes weekending a serious option. Sweet, sweet boat.

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