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LCDracer posted 07-13-2005 09:11 PM ET (US)   Profile for LCDracer   Send Email to LCDracer  
I just purchase a 1998 Outrage 17, who sells aftermarket or OEM options, like Bimini top, rear bait board/rod holders and other parts for this particular boat...
Sal A posted 07-13-2005 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
For the bimini top, and other canvas, Mills Canvas is worth a look.

http://www.millscanvas.com

jimh posted 07-14-2005 09:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I am confused. Do you want to buy OEM parts or do you want to buy aftermarket parts? OEM parts are sold by Boston Whaler. Aftermarket parts are sold by everyone else.
alkar posted 07-14-2005 10:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for alkar  Send Email to alkar     
I generally try to buy OEM when the Whaler parts are unique or of better quality. On the other hand, there are many situations in which OEM just doesn't make sense.

Here are a few examples for contrast:
Stereo from factory: $1100; MUCH better marine stereo with more features and iPod plug-in for $700.

Outrage windshield replacement: $285 from local Whaler dealer, with seven days to deliver; Or have one fabricated locally from the same material, identical in every respect, for $100 and install it in two days.

There are dozens of similar contrasts. I suggest you consider your options piece by piece. Ask about the specific item you want/need and you'll get a better response here.

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