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Gator83 posted 07-08-2003 03:44 AM ET (US)   Profile for Gator83   Send Email to Gator83  
I have the opportunity to purchase a new 2002 180 Ventura with Honda 130 4stk outboard. Boat is last of 2002 model year in dealer's inventory. Original sticker $38,000, includes trailer, bimini top, ski pylon, rear fishing seat. Current price from dealer $29,500. I really like boat and Honda engine but am a little leary about $29,500 price tag when 2002 used Ventura's are showing bluebook values of around $26-$27,000. Even though boat has never been used, as soon as I take it off lot, I'm concerned about potential $2000-$3000 immediate additional depreciation due to age of boat. Would like some feedback on current asking price for 2002 model. Good deal or not?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

jimh posted 07-09-2003 10:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The best place to ask questions about the current market value of something you want to buy or sell is in the Marketplace forum.
jimh posted 07-09-2003 11:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Do you think that 130-HP is going to be enough for this hull for your intended purposes? I see the Ventura as a sporty day boat and useful for water skiing and the like. Will 130-HP of 4-stroke power be right for you?
Gator83 posted 07-10-2003 12:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gator83  Send Email to Gator83     

Thanks for suggestion about moving to different forum. I overlooked the market place forum when I first signed on to Forum Whaler.

As for suitability of 130 hp motor on the 180, manufacturer specs list 125 minimum, 150 max hp for this boat. Dealer specs with 130 hp honda engine shows top speed of 42.5 mph with 2 people & standard gear. Other options would be 135 or 150 hp Merc Optimax engines. Would expect similar performance with 135 and of course higher speed & power with 150. Optimax is decent engine, but I would prefer the Honda for its reliability, fuel economy, and lower noise level. I'm still trying to find additional surveys or comparisons of performance on 180 Ventura between 130 Honda and 150 optimax. Any suggestions for sources of this type of info?

jimh posted 07-10-2003 12:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I just wanted to mention the horsepower issue in case you were planning on using the boat for an application that might require great accelleration from a stop with very high loads.

If you are like me and just like to go for a boat ride, I'd think that the 130-HP would be fine.

I can't think of a better place to try to solicit comments about the performance of this boat than right here. I hope you get some real-world user comments from other owners.

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