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thruhike posted 07-10-2010 09:31 AM ET (US)   Profile for thruhike   Send Email to thruhike  
I am in the market for a used 24 to 28-foot twin-engine-center walk-around boat. I love to fish and would go with a center console but have a family, and [my] wife is voting for a walk-around as it seems a bit more family friendly. I think [my] wife is going to win this one so any input on the best [Boston Whaler Walk-Around model] by year for performance and fuel efficiency would be appreciated. My major obstacle is the pricing of used [Boston Whaler boats]. I have searched the southeast and the used [Boston Whaler boat] pricing is eye-popping. Comparative newer Gradys are quite a bit less and I think this might be due to more inventory in the market. I have been looking at the bank-owned market and it seems that most [Boston Whaler boat] owners have weathered this economy better than other brand owners. If there are other brands worth considering, please give me models and years that you suggest to review, or brands and models to stay away from. My budget is from $40,000 to $50,000, tops. [Digressed to tell us about non-Boston Whaler boats he might buy.] I know this is a [web] site [whose focus is Boston Whaler boats], but there are many other brand owners on this site and I fully expect to get an ear full. I bought a [Boston Whaler] 16SL against multiple posted views to the contrary and this has been a great family boat. So please give me your opinions if you have experience with what I am contemplating. Any help you can provide (without telling me I am an idiot for considering other brands) would be appreciated.
conch posted 07-10-2010 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for conch  Send Email to conch     
Thruhike take a look in the Marketplace section.CW member Contender25 posted his fine 1994 Offshore 27 for sale there on June 15,2010. Many pictures are available for this fine boat.

Jason's (Contender25) Offshore 27 is well within your budget,and you will find a twin engine vessel that may satisfy you,family and wife.That is difficult to do with one hull.Good luck with your search.


thruhike posted 07-10-2010 06:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for thruhike  Send Email to thruhike     

Thanks for the listing. This is what I mean when I say eye popping for used [Boston Whaler boats]. A 1994 with 700-hours on the motors. [Digressed to talk about other brands.] I do not have much experience with a cabin boat so I was looking for some answers on performance since almost all of my saltwater trips have been in center consoles or larger convertibles. In my search what has bothered me the most is many owners of newer [Boston Whaler boats] think they are not as well made in the [older] models. I have seen this in owner reviews mostly from 2003 going forward. I am doing more research on CONTINUOUSWAVE to see if it matches with other reviews.

jimh posted 07-13-2010 08:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
In the Boston Whaler boat line, the CONQUEST model would be the best fit for your requirements of a Walk-Around model.

My impression of the asking price of used Boston Whaler boats at the present time is they represent a terrific bargain. The general depression in boat prices has dragged the price of used Boston Whaler boats down, making them more attractive than ever.

jimh posted 07-13-2010 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Boston Whaler publishes good performance literature about their current models. For older models, you may have to search for some archived web site resources to get the data.
David Pendleton posted 07-16-2010 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Used Whalers don't have to be expensive. Here's a fine example:

If I had the money, I'd buy this boat, and I already own a 23 Conquest.

WisED posted 07-16-2010 12:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for WisED  Send Email to WisED     
Dave that is actually kind of expensive for a 21yo boat! I got a "new" (2005) 235 with all the options for 64 with trailer! (electronics were extra)
elaelap posted 07-16-2010 12:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
I totally disagree, WisED. A super deal if no surprises. Those Yamaha F115s are great motors, and with less than 200 hours are barely broken in. Plus, no offense, I prefer the Dougherty classics to the post-classic Whalers anyway. Who cares about a boat's age if it's in great shape? We've got dozens of eighty- and ninety-year-old wooden Monterey fishing boats looking and running better than new out here in northern California, for example.


msc posted 07-16-2010 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for msc  Send Email to msc     
Check out the Outrage 28 discontinued a few years back. More walkaround than true center console. Has a real vacu-flush head for the women and plenty of space below. Definitely less interior space than a Conquest but might meet your needs in your price range.
David Pendleton posted 07-16-2010 05:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
And Ed, those outboards would easily cost $12-14K to purchase.

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