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SeaRay's in Seattle; Portland Boat Show
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posted 01-14-2004 09:44 AM ET (US)
Did anybody else go to the Portland Oregon boat show? I thought it was really bad, the dealer that had the whalers only had two boats and did not know much about the line. I called them several times to ask questions but did not get any response. It would be nice to have a dealer with some knowledge about the product.
posted 01-14-2004 09:58 AM ET (US)
I've stopped in to the Portland dealer a couple of times. They really don't much. ( product or knowledge ) Seattle Boat starts Friday. A little more knowledge and a few more Whalers.
posted 01-14-2004 08:42 PM ET (US)
The current NW Whaler/Sea Ray dealerships have an interesting background.
It started in Spokane, WA with Trudeaus Sea Ray many years ago.
In recent years Trudeaus opened the Sea Ray/Boston Whaler dealership in Portland and the Seattle unit opened the Fife, WA location. Why different locations of an interconnected dealer network treat brands different is anyones guess. My guess is the local market. I can't think that I would be interested in a Whaler if I lived in Spokane or Portland, where a Sea Ray would probably better suit my needs.
posted 01-14-2004 10:02 PM ET (US)
Dick : I dont know much about searay boats but i would think with the nasty water conditions that we have in the Northwest that a whaler would be much safer, although the guy that previously owned my boat traded up to a 34' searay. Do you know if searay even carries a fishing boat line?
posted 01-14-2004 10:40 PM ET (US)
SeaRay has something called a 290 Amberjack which is basically a twin Mercruiser family cruiser with a fish package thrown in (bait prep station, live well, washdown, aluminum arch with rocket launchers). At the NY Boat Show (SeaRay was next to BW) it was listed at $129,000. I do not know much more than that except it's not in the same league as a big BW Conquest.
posted 01-16-2004 12:50 PM ET (US)
Dick - Why would Sea-Ray better suit your needs if you were in Spokane or Portland? I would think that Portland and Seattle would have pretty similar water and weather. --- Jerry/Idaho
posted 01-17-2004 07:51 AM ET (US)
[Changed TOPIC; was "Boat show".]
posted 01-17-2004 12:43 PM ET (US)
In Portland most of the boating would be done on the Columbia and Willamete rivers and most people are going to opt for a comforatable family runabout or cruiser the second most popular will be the aluminum jet boats for the fishermen and Whalers will fall into the mix down the line.
Spokane is a similar market to Portland, lots of lakes rather than large rivers but runabout and cruiser country, aluminum jet boats and a few Whalers.
Western Idaho with its lakes and rivers is going to be dominated with family runabouts, cruisers and aluminum jet boats. Probably very few Whalers.
The Seattle area is the most diversified with lakes, rivers and salt water. Here again the family runabout and cruiser dominate next will be the aluminum jet boat and Whalers slide in down the line.
This doesn't mean that a Boston Whaler isn't one of the safest and best built boats in the industry. Most people want plush seats, a windshield and top with I/O power, who cares if it can sink. It does have limited apeal especialy if a wife is involved in the purchase. It is one of the most expensive boats per foot and offers none of the creature comforts that lesser priced boats offer to the family boater.
Go to any launching ramp in the NW with a Whaler, you are going to get lots of "Nice boat" "Wow great Whaler" but count the number of Whalers launched vs other brands, the percentage is going to be small.
This may not have answered your question and there may not be a black and white answer. I am just drawing from my experience in the NW boating industry.
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