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BW: Build It Function
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posted 08-18-2004 03:51 PM ET (US)
Yesterday, the Boston Whaler web page had a "Build It" function which allowed you to get the MSRP on any model Whaler with options. The option was located beside the "Performance Data" button on the pages for the particular models. Did anyone else see this or know where it is now located? Thanks.
posted 08-18-2004 04:50 PM ET (US)
Could they be "beta-testing" new features live on the site?
Maybe it's a sign of options and features to come. The Mercury site sure is more interactive than the BW site - perhaps they're working to build more interactive features in to "enhance" (read: Slow down) your experience when visiting the site.
posted 08-19-2004 11:45 AM ET (US)
Which models had this? I looked today and couldn't find it.
posted 08-19-2004 05:13 PM ET (US)
It was there when I looked. Good change; makes you want to play with the possibilities.
posted 08-19-2004 05:18 PM ET (US)
Worked for me. Looked at 22 dauntless and 170 Montauk.
posted 08-19-2004 06:06 PM ET (US)
Looks like they got most of it working now. This takes some of the mystery out of the dealers hands.
posted 08-19-2004 06:21 PM ET (US)
I noticed the new electronics packages were not listed as options to check off on these BUILD-IT pages.
posted 08-20-2004 04:05 AM ET (US)
Nice improvement. I checked the website it out yesterday and it wasn't there yet.
Looking at the 170 Montauk it states the 90-hp 4-stroke as standard engine. Then it also states the 90-hp 4-stroke as a $2940 option. Would the standard engine be the 2-stroke model and would it be a typing error on the website? Or is the optional engine a new 4-stroke model?
posted 08-20-2004 07:45 AM ET (US)
I believe that's a typo, Eric, and that the base engine is still the 2-cycle.
posted 08-20-2004 07:46 AM ET (US)
Its a button called "Build Your Whaler" right next to the "Performance" button. As far as product configurators go, this is not up to 2004 standards but it is better than nothing.
What is interesting though is it allows for the first time to see the Verado pricing. Looks like on average there is a $4,000 up charge for the Verado power (includes the DTS controls and the electro/mechanical steering in lieu of the mechanical controls and hydraulic steering) over the Optimax and a $3,000 up charge over the F225 4-stroke (same swap on the controls and steering). In my opinion, based on the performance figures I've seen, that pricing makes the Optimax look like a real bargain. To put the pricing difference into perspective, you can buy almost 300 gallons of good quality 2-cycle oil for that kind of money! For a 210 Outrage, that would work out to about enough oil for 30 average seasons at current prices.
posted 08-20-2004 09:23 AM ET (US)
Thanks Moe, I though it would be something like that. But there are rumours over here about a 90-hp 4-stroke EFI version and just maybe....
posted 08-20-2004 02:03 PM ET (US)
Eric - Both Mercury and Yamaha have announced that for 2005 model year, the 75 and 90 4-strokes will get EFI.
posted 08-21-2004 03:41 AM ET (US)
That's what I heard Larry. I have seen and read the specifications by Yamaha but not Mercury yet. Do you know where I can find some info on the Merc's? Thanks.
posted 08-22-2004 09:38 PM ET (US)
Saw a new 2005 170 Montauk/90 Merc. in a Pa. dealership last saturday, it was not EFI.
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