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Offset posted 04-24-2005 12:08 AM ET (US)   Profile for Offset   Send Email to Offset  
I'm taking delivery May 5th on my new [author-invented abbreviation for Boston Whaler boat]. Can I get some advice on some things to look for during my demo ride. I'm worried I will be so excited I might miss something. Can't wait, been a month and a half for red graphics, Pate 24 tank, saltwater 4 stroke, bottom prep and paint.
Sheila posted 04-24-2005 03:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Hi Offset, welcome, and congratulations on your new Boston Whaler!

Are you mostly concerned with inspecting the boat, or with learning how to operate her? I've never taken delivery of a new boat, but it seems to me that these two things are very different.

Ideally, if you're close to the dealer, do your inspection while she's out of the water. Look at fit and finish, quality of any dealer installations, stuff like that.

Then when you do the demo run, you can focus on operational information.

Offset posted 04-24-2005 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Offset  Send Email to Offset     
Thanks Shelia, my main concerns would be the inspection, fit and finish. Any areas to really look at since the Boston Whaler company has streamed down the process to make the [author-invented abbreviation for Boston Whaler boat] a little more affordable. This will be my 3rd boat the fisrt new. I will have a 18 mi. ferry ride across the Delaware bay to pick her up so all will have to be done in a few hours.
Woodee posted 04-24-2005 10:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Woodee  Send Email to Woodee     
Hey Offset- Congrats on the new Montauk. About the only thing wrong with my new 170 was the console railing. It was (still is) leaning towards starboard. Check the measurement between the railing and the windshield at the top corners. Mine was about 1" on the port side and 2 1/2" on the starboard side. It looks horrible! The Dealer replaced the railing with a new one, but it looks the same. When the railing was removed, we checked the mounting holes. One was 24" from the deck, the other was 24 1/8". However, I can see something wrong in the bending (mfg.) of the railings. (I'm a Pipefitter) So, after the early-season rush, the dealer will do a little fiberglass work and hopefully get it right. Haven't been on the maiden voyage yet = been concentrating on selling the old boat - but the upcoming week looks good. Good Luck, Offset.
johnr posted 04-24-2005 01:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for johnr  Send Email to johnr     
Make sure everything is clean, and perfect before you take delivery. Also make sure the engine shifts easy. These 4 strokes tend to shift hard and the dealer should fix this problem with the 2nd generation cables and controls. Beleive me I know what I am talking about.
montaukman posted 04-24-2005 11:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for montaukman  Send Email to montaukman     

My delivery experience was well documented on here and I won't elaborate again. Go over the checklist with the captain as he takes you out. He will be rushing you if he is doing a few delivieries that day. Ask your questions and do not let him pressure you into accepting anythng until you fully understand how things work on the boat and that it is to your satisfaction.

Make sure you get the stainless prop if you get the 4 stroke. Make sure there are no scratches or gouges in the gelcoat and that all the coat gaurd eqipm,ent has been given.

Check the winshield for scratches too. Look at it at the side, not straight on.

Check for play in the steering. I would suggest prior to taking delivery, you review the electronic owner's manual listed on the whaler site. review it, get your questions and ask them at the demo.

My 170 goes in and out of gear pretty easily but you must do it smoothly and quickly or else you will hear a clicking/gringing noise. The more you practice, the easier it is. I still have problems finding neutral though.

Lastly, check your tires on the tralier. Make sure they match. I speak from experience (as you probably have read).

Bottom line, my dealer was lousy but they did whatever they could to make things right so in hindsight, I can't speak badly. Just be prepared for the onslaught of "nice boat" comments you will receive by closet Montauk wanters. I can't tell you how many people have come up to me complimenting me and saying that they have alsways wanted a Montauk.

Good luck and keep us posted on your delivery.


Offset posted 04-25-2005 12:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Offset  Send Email to Offset     
Thanks everyone!! I talked to the dealer today, waiting on the bimini and Pate tank to be delivered and to be installed. This will be my 3rd boat, others were both previously enjoyed. A Wellcraft and Chris Craft but not a Whaler!!!

But I'm proud to say this is brand new and as I mentioned in my first post I am excited, just hoping it will be a great experience. Thanks again everyone.

jimh posted 04-25-2005 09:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[It is greatly appreciated if new abbreviations for particular models are not dreamed up to use in place of the actual model name.]
Offset posted 05-02-2005 01:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Offset  Send Email to Offset     
I was looking forward to wednesday the 4th for delivery of of my 170 Montauk, guess what won't be ready till next week. I waited 15 years for my dream boat. 2 months is well worth the wait!

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