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2003 240 Outrage
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posted 03-15-2006 01:23 PM ET (US)
I am new to the CONTINUOUSWAVE discussion area, so thanks for the help in advance. I am considering the purchase of a 2003 240 OUTRAGE. For the last couple of years, I have really liked the look of this hull. As a family we needed a bigger boat--three growing boys that all fish with me.
The boat is on a trailer with brakes. The boat has a 2003 225-HP Mercury OptiMax. The boat has no T-Top and no bimini. The boat has the standard electronics package worth about $3,000 new: GPS, chartplotter, fishfiner, VHF marine radio. The boat is in decent shape. What should I look for on the boat? I am going down on the weekend to take an in depth look at the boat and motor. What would you pay?
posted 03-15-2006 05:14 PM ET (US)
Welcome. All boats have different worth depending on where they are located. Check the other areas of continuouswave, eBay, look in your local papers, check boating brokerages. Then walk around the boat in question. Pull on the rails, shake it on the trailer, knock on the hull all over. Run you hands up and down its whole length. And offer $2,500 less than the asking price. See how low they drop at the first offer.
posted 03-15-2006 11:48 PM ET (US)
Welcome to the CONTINUOUSWAVE website.
Articles which discuss the more recently designed and manufactured Boston Whaler boats should be placed in the POST-CLASSIC discussion area. For the purposes of dividing the many models of Boston Whaler boat, we have adopted 1990 as a division in epochs of design. Thus your article whose topic is a 2003 model boat has been moved to this area.
I have written a general guideline to buying used Boston Whaler boats. You may find it interesting:
Buying Classic Boston Whalers
Although it was written with older boats in mind, much of the advice will be applicable to a 2003 model as well.
You will get a better idea of the asking price for a 2003 OUTRAGE 240 by browsing used boat websites, such as BOATTRADERONLINE.COM. This will give you comparable boats and asking prices.
My impression of the used boat market at the moment is that it is a buyer's market. The high cost of fuel last summer has probably driven some owners to sell, and there may be more boats on the market than usual. Your timing is not optimum, however, as demand tends to surge in spring, and prices become firmer as the water warms and boating season approaches.
posted 03-16-2006 02:17 AM ET (US)
What is the maximum horsepower rating for that hull? Will 225-HP be adequate?
posted 03-16-2006 10:08 AM ET (US)
Monkeyruns...Try this link for a low estimate value
posted 03-20-2006 08:02 PM ET (US)
I believe the 2003 240 Outrage had a 300 hp Max.
The same hull today is rated at 350 hp.
The 240 also has the largest swamped capacity
of the present day Whalers.
The options I like are the livewell/helmseat,
Now with the boat Monkeyrun is talking about:
I forgot to mention the new online boat manual
posted 03-20-2006 10:39 PM ET (US)
If the hull is rated for 350 horsepower, I would look carefully at the performance obtained with only 225-HP and make a judgment if that were going to be acceptable for me.
posted 03-21-2006 10:04 AM ET (US)
I have seen one 240 Outrage powered by a single 225 Optimax launching onto plane from about 1/4 mile away across my bow while my boat was at rest. The two things I couldn't help but notice was how long it took the 240 Outrage to get on plane and how the Optimax sounded like it was laboring to get the job done. The Whaler on-line performance reports seem to be consistent with what I saw -- nearly 15 seconds to 30 MPH, nearly twice as long as those with twin engines.
posted 03-21-2006 10:54 PM ET (US)
I have a 2005 210 Outrage and from my experience on my boat and my prior 2001 160 Dauntless I believe in staying at or near the max. HP. My Duantless had the max 115HP motor and performed good, but not perfect. It almost seemed as though it could have used more. I am no man for speed on the water, but it is frustrating waiting for the boat to plane and gain that control. Now to my 210 Outrage. The max is 225 HP and my 200 Optimax does very well. Not the fastest boat on the water, but almost completely option free my boat is very light too. I did ride on another 2005 210 that had the 150 Horse motor. This boat was optioned out otherwise and was a very disappointing perfomer when it came to power. I guess my point is that a boat near the minimum horsepower(or a significant amount away from the max) rating may end up frustrating you at points.
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