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robr posted 09-06-2005 10:01 PM ET (US)   Profile for robr   Send Email to robr  
What was the original base retail for a 1996 Outrage 20?


elaelap posted 09-06-2005 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     

You might have better luck posting this over in the "Post-Classic Whalers" forum at this website. Your best bet is to pick up CW member Tom Clark's great 2-CD set, "The Boston Whaler Catalog Collection, 1958-2003"

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phatwhaler posted 09-06-2005 10:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for phatwhaler  Send Email to phatwhaler     
I have the original bill of sale for my 1996 Outrage 20. The paperwork shows the sale price. Not the indvidual cost of the boat and options. I have the T-top, fish & comfort package and a aluminum trailer.

Price was $34,000 minus the "Clear the Decks" promotion which brought the price down to $31,000.

I can only speculate as to what the retail asking price was. Adjusted for inflation a new boat would cost around $42,000. Can a new 190 Outrage be bought for that?

phatwhaler out.

robr posted 09-07-2005 07:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for robr  Send Email to robr     
Phat-I assume that price was sans engine?


phatwhaler posted 09-07-2005 09:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for phatwhaler  Send Email to phatwhaler     
No, that included a 1996 150 Merc EFI Saltwater.

phatwhaler out.

robr posted 09-07-2005 07:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for robr  Send Email to robr     
Phat-I'm looking at a 1996 Outrage 20' with an Evinrude 150. I live on a lake in the midwest, but am interested in traveling to Florida, and hopefully sometime, the Gulf coast. I want a boat I can feel comfortable in offshore. Anything you would share given your experience with the boat? Unfortunately the boat I am looking at is not local, so I can't go take a ride to evalute it's handling characteristics. Anything you could provide would be much appreciated.

In your opinion, is $20,000 for a low hour fresh water boat in the ballpark?


phatwhaler posted 09-07-2005 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for phatwhaler  Send Email to phatwhaler     
It's hard to say if $20,000 is a good price without seeing the boat. I do think $20,000 is probably reasonable, or in the ballpark, if the boat is clean with no goofy modifications, or a bunch of holes drilled in it to mount accessories. Does it have a T-top, or a trailer included?

I run offshore in mine all the time. Some of my recent trips include:

1. Dania to Bimini.
2. Many runs of 20 miles or more off of Clearwater for diving.
3. All over the Keys.
4. Fishing off of Fort Pierce.
5. Diving the artificial reefs off of Daytona.

The only problems I have had with the boat itself are pretty minor.

Most of the barrel nuts that hold the hatches down have been replaced. The hydraulic ram that holds the anchor hatch open has been replaced a couple of times. I replaced the windshield a couple of years ago because it was getting a little scratched and blurry. Most of the time I spend on my boat revolves around keeping the trailer and motor up. The boat itself is pretty easy to deal with.

One of the down sides to this particular model is that there isn't a whole lot of deck space between the leaning post, cooler, and cockpit tray table. I removed the cooler cleats to make the area in front of the console more useable. I am planning to have a new splash well guard made that doesn't protrude into the cockpit.

O well, I could go on all night talking pros and cons.

It's a Whaler, I always wanted one.

phatwhaler out.

robr posted 09-07-2005 08:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for robr  Send Email to robr     
Thanks Phat. From what I can tell from the pictures he sent me the boat is completely unmolested. It does include a trailer, unfortunately it's painted steel. I was hoping for galvanized, wishing for aluminum. I completely understand your comments about spending most of the maintenance time on the trailer. It's an amazingly harsh environment.

I think with this model I've read of a tendency to porpoise. Any comments on the way the boat handles?


drd posted 09-10-2005 07:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for drd  Send Email to drd     
Robr, I just recently bought a 1998 20. Mine came with a 200-HP Mercury. I paid about $20,000 for it without a trailer. Some people say I may have paid to much for it, but it was very clean and the boat I wanted. I have had it out in some moderate chop, nothing too rough, and it performed well. I have not had it long enough to say how the hardware will hold up overtime.
pete10 posted 09-10-2005 08:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for pete10  Send Email to pete10     
Just a question to ask yourself, if you were sorry you bought it, could you get anywhere near what you paid and would the headache and stress of dealing with potential buyers be worth the effort?
robr posted 09-11-2005 12:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for robr  Send Email to robr     
Thanks all
jimh posted 09-11-2005 08:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[Moved to this forum. The POST-CLASSIC area concentrates its discussion on boats first designed after 1990.]

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