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tillerwiller posted 12-14-2003 09:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for tillerwiller   Send Email to tillerwiller  
Both boats are brand new and for some reason, the smaller and older 23' is similar in price. Were the 23's a more expensive boat in '02 for some reason. All options are similar so I know this is not a factor. I also noticed the newer whalers are more sleek and streamlined. I kind of like to older "classic whaler" look. What is the markets reaction to the new design? Why is the '02 over 1000 lbs lighter?


aubv posted 12-16-2003 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

We purchased a new 2001 23' OR in 2002. We had seen the new 27' and knew that 23'OR was being changed for the 2003 model. We also like the older styling vs. the sleek. Additionally, the pricing/warranty incentives were very good at the time.

As to weight, the new boat is more than a foot longer and has more draft. The new boat also has less fuel capacity.

Ballpark-what is the price?

lhg posted 12-16-2003 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Both these boats are very popular in the market, so you can't go wrong with either of them. The US Coast Guard just bought quite a few of the 240 Outrages. For the same price, as you are indicating, and with an auto, I would buy the newer model. I think most people would.
Ed Stone posted 12-16-2003 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
I also have the 23 Outrage. I have been extremly
pleased with the performance.My wife thinks I'm
crazy because I have been talking so much about the
new 240.

Compare the layout inside the center consoles.
The 240 has the batteries and battery switches
secured at the lowest possible location.The 240
has acrylic doors that open to give good access
to the wiring.

The 23 mounts the batteries in the bilge area
towards the stern.The 23 also has great access to
the wiring in the center console.It has a vinly
curtain that unsnaps and folds into a duffle bag.

All the hatches on the 240 have SS gas assist
lifts.The transom door opens in on the 240 and is
made out of starboard.It also has a fancy little
magnet that holds it open.

The hatches on the 23 are rock solid.And don't
make the mistake of dropping one of the fishbox
hatches on your foot.(They have changed the design
on the hatches)The transom door looks to be made
like the hatches and opens out.It secures open with
a hook.

On the 240 the baitwell is smaller and the fresh
water tank is larger.

The 240 has alot of pumps.(fresh water,raw water,
baitwell,each fish box).

I like my 23,But if I were buying today I would
buy the 240.
If you have any questions about the 23 I'll help
if possible.
Ed Stone

im4bc posted 12-20-2003 08:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for im4bc  Send Email to im4bc     
I was faced with the same decision last year. I purchased a 23 year 2002. Larger gas tank, thick rub rails, lighter boat, proven design and price were some of the reasons. The dealer stated that twin 150's were the only real power option for the new 240 because of the weight. I have a single 225 on my 23 at it tops out at about 45 mph. Good enough for me

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