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carlos8126 posted 03-19-2007 08:47 AM ET (US)   Profile for carlos8126   Send Email to carlos8126  
I think [I]'m not going to be to get what [I] want here in Panama however [I] found a local dealer for Panga boats ( now this are not from them bot they are the same [I] can get a 18' with console storage, nice floor, foam in the hull, and the outside painted with gel coat for around $3,000 without trailer or engine. [H]ere some pics Based on the boats what do you prefer and why? A 17 mountak or that one? Any help I'll appreciate, [I] really don't know what to do or what to buy.
poker13 posted 03-19-2007 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for poker13    
You are trying to compare two very different boats. The Pangas have some foam in them, but [I] doubt they have it all over like the Whalers. The Pangas are supposedly very light and plane very easily so they need a lot less horse power. They are also very crudely finished, as you can see in your pictures. Whalers are very nicely detailed.
Jordi posted 03-19-2007 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jordi    
This is a Boston Whaler site NOT Panga site, you are comparing a Rolex watch to a Timex. If you really "do not know what to do or what to buy" try taking the boats out for a ride and inform yourself.
carlos8126 posted 03-19-2007 04:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for carlos8126  Send Email to carlos8126     
[I] don't have the option to do that, that's why i'm asking here, and [I] know this is a whaler site [I] was thinking on one and [I] want one, i'm just trying to get some info from people who knows, [I] you don't don't worry let other people answer, because right now all the info is valuable to me.
jimh posted 03-19-2007 07:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I prefer a Boston Whaler boat over a Panga.
brisboats posted 03-19-2007 10:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for brisboats  Send Email to brisboats     
Carlos I live very near the Maryland panga dealer and have been all over the 17, there is no 18 as far as I know. The price you quote buys the 14 but not the 17 here. If I could buy the 17 panga hull for 3 grand I may have added one to my fleet already. Anyway, the Whaler is a much different boat than a panga and like someone else said try to test them both and buy whatever best suits your needs. The Basic bare bones nature of the Panga and its extremely efficient hull does appeal to the workboat crowd. Problem for us was the seating and narrowness of the hull did not make an ideal platform along with the bow height. A gutted 17' Whaler hull makes an excellent workboat platform if that is what you are looking for and is wider.


mikeyairtime posted 03-20-2007 08:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for mikeyairtime    
I've spent quite a bit of time in panga's and their personality is much different than a Montauk. The primary difference is the panga is very narrow for it's length which makes it very tippy at rest. The Montauks smirk makes it very stable at rest. I would go to sea in either one. Comparing a 17 Montauk to a 17 or 18 panga is not a fair comparison. You'd need to go to a 20-22' panga to get the same seaworthyness as a Montauk.

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