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zinny0753 posted 07-16-2002 09:23 AM ET (US)   Profile for zinny0753   Send Email to zinny0753  
Hello:

I was lucky enough to have a 1968 13' sport when I was young (my brother uses it now)and I would like to by a Ventura for my family. I have found one that also is rigged for fishing with a troller and rod holders/livewell ect. They are asking $18,800 for it. I checked the NADA and that is way low at $9,000. The boat is in MINT condition and I was wondering if that price seems fair?

Thanks for your help.

Will

blackdog posted 07-16-2002 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
What kind of power, how many hours?
Trailer incl?
David Ratusnik posted 07-16-2002 02:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Will- If the engine checks out sounds like a winner. Great family boat. Several years ago I tried to buy one of the first 22'OR's I looked at for NADA book and got laughed at pretty good. Make certain the trailer is included in the price as you negotiate. It's worth approx a grand. .03 David
zinny0753 posted 07-16-2002 03:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for zinny0753  Send Email to zinny0753     
The motor is a Merc 135 Optimax.

Thanks for the comments.

zinny0753 posted 07-16-2002 03:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for zinny0753  Send Email to zinny0753     
The motor is a Merc 135 Optimax. I do not know how many hours. It is kept in Kentucky so it is only used in the summer months. Fresh water only. Trailer is included.

Thanks for the comments.

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 07-16-2002 04:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
I had a 1998 ventura powered by the 135 Merc Optimax. My experience with my INDIVIDUAL boat was not a positive one. (Powerhead blew after 20 hours)(Numerous boat problems on the hull, fuel tank replaced,etc.) However mine may have been the only lemon Merc & Whaler made that year.

The boat is a great family boat and I now own a 2001 Ventura powered by a 200 HPDI and find the boat to be the best boating product
I've purchased. As far as the price, make sure you get the motor checked out, the dealer can put the computer on it. Plugs are pricey on the opti since they use platinum ones. Check the nada price, check traderonline and check yachtworld, If YOU like it go for it! Happy boating!

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 07-16-2002 04:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Zinny0753

You did'nt mention size 16 or 18 or 21 OR model year and motor year!!

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 07-16-2002 04:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Sorry; Didnt have my glasses on!
David Ratusnik posted 07-16-2002 05:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Fresh water, low hours-just in the summer. Sounds like a find. Call your nearest Whaler dealer and price a new Ventura. Should tell you alot. David
David Ratusnik posted 07-16-2002 05:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Fresh water, low hours-just in the summer. Sounds like a find. Call your nearest Whaler dealer and price a new Ventura. Should tell you alot. David
zinny0753 posted 07-16-2002 06:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for zinny0753  Send Email to zinny0753     
I just called and they are $36,000! Wow! Have they changed much over the years??
David Ratusnik posted 07-16-2002 06:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
By the way, the Whaler dealer collects alllllll the taxes for the State. I bet the used Ventura has some neat little items that will go with it like maybe fenders, tubes, ski, rope etc. The engine is key-check it. Take a friend who knows outboards. Take cash, use two pockets. Tow it home. Tell us what happened. Love it. .03 David
Dick posted 07-17-2002 12:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Sounds like a great deal.
Spend a couple hundred bucks for an engine mechanical inspection. The 135 Opti has been a good engine but a good check out by a qualified Merc service shop is cheap insurance.
zinny0753 posted 07-17-2002 08:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for zinny0753  Send Email to zinny0753     
Had the motor checked out today and it runs great. I bought it for $18,700 with ski pylon full canvas and three batteries with a switch.

Thanks for all of your advice!

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 07-17-2002 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Zinny0753:

CongratS! Good Luck!! Have Fun!!

I did have a raw water pump installed on mine
It worked out very well and wasn't costly!

David Ratusnik posted 07-17-2002 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Will- Good for you and the family. Enjoy.

David

Bigshot posted 07-18-2002 09:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Congrats!

What kind of bargaining skills did you use:)

zinny0753 posted 07-18-2002 11:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for zinny0753  Send Email to zinny0753     
Well, he was asking $23,000 and I showed him a 1997 20' Dauntless for sale for $19,000 and he agreed to lower his price and we ultimatey ended up at $18,800. (I do have to buy a backrest for the stern seat so tack on $200 to the price)
zinny0753 posted 07-18-2002 11:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for zinny0753  Send Email to zinny0753     
Traffic:

What do you mean by water pump?

Will

Bigshot posted 07-18-2002 11:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Zinny....just poking fun. You 1st stated above he was asking $18,800 and then you stated you paid $18,700 so I was just bustin.
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 07-18-2002 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Zinny0753;

If you lift the stern seat port, youll have space in the bilge area on the raised platform area to install a shurflow blaster pump and have the water outlet installed where convienant. A thru hull fitting is easily installed in the hull in the area where the bilge pump is, this raw water wash is great for either washing down the boat, if your on a lake or hosing yourself down when it gets hot. PS Have a Whaler dealer do it so that the thru hull gets installed in solid wood rather than compressing foam. You see the shurflo balster in west or boat-us catalogs, about $99.00

zinny0753 posted 07-18-2002 02:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for zinny0753  Send Email to zinny0753     
Traffic:

The guy installed an external livewell that looks basically like a big round cooler. Anyway, he has two ports coming in from the stern to cycle the water, I wonder if that is what you are talking about and I just scew in a hose to one of the ports. I think he said one port is inflow and one port is outflow..........hmmmm.

Will

Bigshot posted 07-18-2002 03:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
That would work, just plug the outflow and remove livewell.
zinny0753 posted 07-18-2002 05:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for zinny0753  Send Email to zinny0753     
Great! Thanks BIG. Man this guy really put a lot of little extras in this boat.
zinny0753 posted 07-24-2002 11:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for zinny0753  Send Email to zinny0753     
Big:

I tried that but it just trickles out. I did not plug the overflow however. DO you think that will help or should I just buy a sump pump?

Bigshot posted 07-24-2002 12:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
without seeing it....hard to tell.

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