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|Author||Topic: 34/350 Defiance|
posted 02-08-2003 04:02 PM ET (US)
Does anybody know (actually) what happened to this boat?
It is not shown or mentioned at all in the 2003 catalog.
I think we can all assume sales were slow because of the high price, but did Whaler discontinue it only after 2 years? It would seen like a huge R & D loss.
posted 02-09-2003 10:15 AM ET (US)
Larry, according to the calalog they still make it-
My dealer still has a 2000 model for sale...Jim
posted 02-09-2003 10:38 AM ET (US)
The boat was priced to high. Whaler pretty much priced everyone out of the market. I doubt they sold more then a hand full in the last two years.
posted 02-09-2003 10:45 AM ET (US)
Based upon local (statewide) advertising, not every BW dealer is authorized to sell the Defiance model. If you can believe this advertising, ironically, the only dealer in TX selling the Defiance is located inland near Austin.
posted 02-09-2003 02:24 PM ET (US)
Some dealer in Florida had a ton of them.
There is some money in the Ft. Lauderdale area and Palm Beach and etc.
They buy stuff like that like Michael Jackson buys decorations for his second house.
Heck I auctioned off my 74 Jaguar convertible E-Type (sweet car) in Ft. Lauderdale and every street corner was a Ferrari, Porsche, Rolls Royce dealership. It was crazy.
Pretty neat all the houses in the canals having large Yachts docked beside them.
posted 02-10-2003 08:06 AM ET (US)
I talked to a local Whaler employee yesterday and was told that the Defiance is no longer in production. He mentioned that the new 32 Outrage will be made in several colors. Clark
posted 02-12-2003 11:34 AM ET (US)
I feel for the consumer.
Yes, the poor bastard (ok, not that poor) who just took a bath gets my sympathy!
Imagine purchasing a boat for 1//2 million, your ‘pride and joy’, Whalers ‘flagship’, only to find out that it’s another discontinued POS :(
The selling features of Whalers best models where always workboat related - tough, very seaworthy, unsinkable, with the ability to serve many masters. It seems that EVERY attempt to get out of the ‘workboat’ market has failed - this is just another example.
Maybe a better use of all the R&D dollars would have been to focus on making their core customers wanting to upgrade :)
posted 02-12-2003 12:01 PM ET (US)
Regarding the new 32 center console that Clark mentioned, is it using the Defiance hull system of foamed stringers, or the conventional Whaler full foamed hull, now with interior liner shell?
I just can't imagine the bottom line loss from the cost of developing the Defiance.
posted 02-12-2003 03:50 PM ET (US)
Anyone who buys a boat for $350,000.00 probably isn't a poor sap. If they like the boat what is the difference that they stopped making the boat as long as it has support.
I would call the demise do to timing. This is not the time to build a boat like that. Probably started development when the market was booming and then it fell out from under them and a ton of other businesses. I will say BW sure did wanted a premium for that boat.
Also, no matter what it was an expensive boat, but it sold for $350,000.00 not half a million. That's a $150K price jump there.
Concerning the beloved Classic Boston Whalers the wood center counsel looks nice and all, but I do not want to deal with varnishing it all the time. Hey lets bring back the Woody Wagon’s from the late 40’s. So every three years we can strip the wood and varnish it! I bet that would sell like hot cakes! Also, cheap too because we all know mahogany, teak and holly is so inexpensive that it would make the cost of boats so much more reasonable.
posted 02-12-2003 10:01 PM ET (US)
The difference is that when you go to sell a 34/35 Defiance, you're gonna wish you were selling a 31 Cabo or the like, I think it's safe to assume the resale market for the boat will be less than desireable. I'm a whaler guy through and through (i live in Braintree, Mass, site of the first whaler "plant") but i was on the defiance a couple of times and.... WOOF!!!
posted 02-13-2003 01:25 AM ET (US)
posted 02-13-2003 07:32 AM ET (US)
The boat must be a "dog"?
posted 02-13-2003 10:43 AM ET (US)
But in what ways is it a Dog
posted 02-13-2003 02:56 PM ET (US)
The boat is a dog for the simple reason that in a few years nobody will even remember them and you won't be able to see it. It just lacks the "yacht" feel that you'd expect in a boat in that class. Take for instance the transom door...these things were put on fishing boats to bring tuna into your cockpit....the tuna you catch better have a good vertical jump to get over that threshold(they must have gotten a deal on the doors from brother Sea-Ray's parts bin and design team). And is that supposed to be a swim platform? Lets hope you don't have anything bigger than a size 6 foot, or else....HOLD ON!!!!
posted 02-13-2003 05:06 PM ET (US)
Load one up, add electronics, the ‘mandatory’ tuna tower, and then add some tax; I’m sure you will agree that I’m not far off the mark.
I could be mistaking, but either way it’s not a cheap boat. My comment about the poor SOB was loaded with sarcasm – I still feel for him though.
I agree with Jaccoserv’s comments about resale value, and have met others who can’t sell (smaller) discontinued models. I’m sure the economy didn’t help, but the fact that there are other much better hulls out there (which are still selling) probably had more to do with it.
posted 02-14-2003 02:00 AM ET (US)
You are probably correct.
posted 01-21-2006 08:47 PM ET (US)
Is 34 defiance unsinkable or not?... please help me in this matter
posted 01-22-2006 09:12 AM ET (US)
Whaler had an advert that showed the Defiance hull, with
ballast to simulate the motors, plugs out, and bunch of
people in it, and not sinking.
posted 01-22-2006 11:40 AM ET (US)
Whaler dealers in the Northwest give no support to the diesel Whalers (31'/34'). Might be a few on the East coast that know anything about these boats. Only support we get, is if you know someone in the factory that remembers where the drawings or schematics are filed. Can't knock the boats, just the support.....
posted 01-22-2006 10:25 PM ET (US)
The Defiance is unsikable, if you email me I can email you a copy of the Defiance with the "plug pulled" 3 miles offshore.
One of my favorite pics!
Capt. Tully Mars
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