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MonkeysRun posted 03-15-2006 01:23 PM ET (US)   Profile for MonkeysRun   Send Email to MonkeysRun  
Hello all,

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?


deepwater posted 03-15-2006 05:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
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.
jimh posted 03-15-2006 11:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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.

jimh posted 03-16-2006 02:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
What is the maximum horsepower rating for that hull? Will 225-HP be adequate?
Livingwater posted 03-16-2006 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Livingwater  Send Email to Livingwater     
Monkeyruns...Try this link for a low estimate value LI=1-14-0-2004-39-193-26846&wSec=4&wPr=0&wPg=1027
Ed Stone posted 03-20-2006 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
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,
T-top,windlass,lounge fill-in deck,and of coarse
the twin Verados with system veiw.

Now with the boat Monkeyrun is talking about:
240 outrage/single motor/no t-top/with electronics.
I would guess 42,000 to 49,000.

I forgot to mention the new online boat manual
for the 240 outrage is very informative.

Ed Stone

jimh posted 03-20-2006 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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.
Peter posted 03-21-2006 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
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.
YorkHarbor posted 03-21-2006 10:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for YorkHarbor  Send Email to YorkHarbor     
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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