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|Author||Topic: 120 Impact|
posted 08-25-2002 12:12 AM ET (US)
Has anyone here driven, priced or at least seen the 120 Impact in person? I just got a 2003 BW general catalog today and it's not included, and neither is the 35 footer top of the line. Strange, don't you think? Could they be preparing to ax both of them? But back to the 120. I know it's being promoted as a yacht tender, but it looks like it could be as much fun or even more than a "PWC." It comes with a 40hp motor and it's lightweight, and it can do more than a PWC: it has navigation lights, so the fun doesn't stop at dusk; it can seat four (few PWCs can do that); you can put a bimini on it (try that on a PWC); it has an anchor locker, rod holders and four (count 'em, four) cleats! BTW, the 130 has ZERO. How the hell do you figure that? What's going through the mind of the BW designers nowadays? But I digress. I guess my point is BW perhaps should be marketing the 120 more as a "fun" play boat. They don't offer a trailer in the package, so you know darned well the tender role is the main one, but it could be much more. Anyhow, anyone know the MSRP?
posted 08-25-2002 01:12 AM ET (US)
Well, Killinger Marine in Pensacola has one on the floor. It looks really nice and if I had a 46 Hatteras that is what I would put on the bow. Compared to a PWC I am not sure but it looks great for riding around casually in.
posted 08-25-2002 09:18 AM ET (US)
I have only seen one of these boats in use, as a tender to a monster Sea Ray cruiser. Its appearance is a bit unusual. One observer describes it as a "soap dish."
It does look quite functional as a tender and more durable than an inflatible.
posted 08-25-2002 09:37 AM ET (US)
I saw one at the Tulsa Boat Show in January.
As I recall it was priced around $13,000 with a 25HP Mercury, can't remember if that was 2 or 4 stroke.
posted 08-25-2002 08:04 PM ET (US)
I saw one in the showroom at a local whaler dealer. They have no room in them and look funny. It is the dumest whaler i have ever seen.
posted 08-26-2002 03:13 PM ET (US)
As the "soap bar" guy, and except for the Rage line, I think it's the second dumbest boat BW ever made.
Looking around the Mega yacht marinas, it appears to be a complete flop, as I've only seen a few them in the two years it's been on the market. Even the Sea Ray crowd doesn't like them. It truly is a toy boat, and I sure wouldn't want to depend on one as a life boat/tender. Same for the Rage, which was also marketed as the replacement for the Classic 13 tender. Give me a Classic 13 anytime. That's a boat that COULD save your life, not one of these toys.
posted 08-27-2002 11:56 AM ET (US)
We inquired about buying one for the reasons you cite but were told by the dealer that BW had dropped them from the line up. Too expensive and did not sell. (15-18K) FB
posted 08-27-2002 02:24 PM ET (US)
Since 1990, BW sure has it's share of short lived "flops", with all the ownership turnover, and every one has hurt the reputation of the company, unfortunately.
It used to be when BW brought out a new boat, it was well thought out beforehand, and always survived at least 6 years, most much longer. Let's hope some of the current models do better. It appears the new Montauk is on that track.
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