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roofer posted 04-12-2002 12:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for roofer   Send Email to roofer  
I recently bought a 18ft 2000 Outrage. It was old inventory from a dealer , so it is new in the sense that all warranties will start when I put the boat in the water. I live in south western Michigan and plan to put my boat in at the end of April. I have been visiting this page often since I decided on a Boston Whaler. What Issues/Problems can I expect to have with a 2000 Whaler and Specially my 18ft Outrage. I am asking so feel free to unload with both barrels. I would rather know about problems prior to getting out on the water than after, also if there are solutions to potential problems I can work on them prior to putting my boat in. Additional information, I have a 135 Optimax, Leaning Post with collar, Sun top, Ski Pylon as extras. Any comments about this boat would be appreciated. I am somewhat new to the boating world and very new to Boston Whalers. My folks had Ski Boats when I was growing up but it has been years since Iíve been boating.
Ed Stone posted 04-12-2002 12:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
I looked at a 18 footer a couple of
years ago.My first thought was wow! there
is alot of room in here for a 18.
I have the 135 opti,s on my boat and
they have run great.I know the breakin
of the motor is real important also
a mechanic recomended running quickleen
engine treatment formula every time you
fill up with gas.
Good luck with your new whaler and give us
a report how it performs.
Ed Stone
Ventura16 posted 04-12-2002 08:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
I don't really know why you should anticipate any problems. All the Outrage boats are very tough and capable...and the Opti 135's have proven to be very reliable over the last few years (unlike their big brothers).

My next-door neighbor has the identical boat...2000 18 Outrage with 135 Optimax. It is a big, brawny boat for an 18...feels much bigger when you are on it and is a pleasure to fish with 3-4 people. He has had 0 problems with his...and he fishes it constantly on Lake St. Clair and the Great Lakes. He has also trailered it to Florida a couple of times (his mom lives in Miami) and dipped it in saltwater.

And in between fishing trips, he takes his wife and daughter out cruising, tubing, and kneeboarding...it really is a great al-round boat. You should be very happy with it!

BTW, where are you in SW Michigan? And where will you be doing your boating? We boat & fish frequently on the west side of the state.

Tom

aubv posted 04-12-2002 10:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
Roofer,

Good luck with the boat.
We purchased our 1996 17' OR new and have had one problem- a small crack on the bottom side of the in deck fish/storage hatch which the dealer promptly got fixed. Not bad for a 6-7 year old boat.

roofer posted 04-15-2002 11:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for roofer  Send Email to roofer     
It is not that I anticipate problems, I donít however this is the most Knowledgeable source on Boston whalers probably anywhere in the world. I have read the conversations on a bunch of topics, which I have found to be very informative. I was not aware until I visited this site that Sea Ray had bought Boston Whaler. I have seen some criticism of Sea Rays ownership on various posting and wanted to make sure they hadnít cut any corners as big corporations often will do. Also sometimes boats or anything really have little quirks, I figured this would be the best place to discover those now. I am anticipating that I will love this boat for many years to come with few to no problems, after all that is why I bought a Boston Whaler.

I have a House in Saugatuck on the Harbor, with a dock off of my house. I also I have a slip with no running water or electricity in town. If you are ever in the area I would enjoy meeting other Boston whaler owners. I can also figure some place for you to tie up for a day or so if need be.

Ventura16 posted 04-15-2002 10:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
Actually, Brunswick Corp. is the parent company of both Boston Whaler and SeaRay...and they just purchased Hatteras yachts. They are also the parent company of Bayliner/Trophy and Maxum via their US Marine subsidiary. They also own Mercury Marine...that's why it's tough to get power other than a Merc on new Whalers.

We have a place in Ludington...and my inlaws live near Pentwater, so we normally stay a bit north of you, but we often head for Grand Haven or Holland or Saugatuck for a change of scenery...that's the beauty of a trailerable boat! It would be fun to meet up in Saugatuck at some point...and there has been talk of some sort of Whaler rendezvous in Michigan this summer...hope you can make it with that hot new Outrage!

Tom

prxmid posted 04-21-2002 07:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for prxmid  Send Email to prxmid     
Just mt 2 cents. I have had a 99 Outrage 18 for two years and it is the most versatile boat I have ever owned. I have a 150 Opti and have had some problems with the TPI indicator, but more nuisance thananything else. It's in the water in Annapolis April to October and use it 3-4 times per week, wakeboarding, cruising fishing, and just throwing the hooh in a little creek in the evening.

You won't go wrong with this boat. I am, however, getting 8 footitis as I'd like something to weekend on.

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