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jimh posted 09-08-2011 08:04 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
There was a notable increase in my sightings of newer Boston Whaler boats on the water this summer, particularly in Canada. I cannot recall seeing so many very late model Boston Whaler boats on the water as we saw this year. I attribute the rise of Boston Whaler new boats in Canada to the significant deflation of our American dollar. The value of the Canadian dollar has risen dramatically compared to the American dollar in the past. In c.2002 a Canadian dollar was worth about $0.62-US. The exchange rate now has the Canadian dollar on par with American money or actually worth more. The effect of this has likely been a decrease in the cost of Boston Whaler boats in Canada, and this has likely resulted in a rise in sales.

I did not keep any sort of log or record Boston Whaler boat sightings in detail, but my impression is that newer Boston Whaler boats now have a significant presence on the waters of the Great Lakes. I don't think they outnumber the classic-era Boston Whalers--not yet--but newer Boston Whaler boats are becoming much more visible than in the past.

ktm3ten posted 09-08-2011 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for ktm3ten  Send Email to ktm3ten     
Not sure if it's related, but this post caught my eye. This summer, I saw more than 5 Boston Whaler's on the Ozark lakes, and this is unusual. I typically will see only one other or maybe none, but there seemed to be a plethora (5-7) this summer.

I've also noticed more for sale, a 16 Dauntless and 14 rage are currently for sale.

Just a casual observation.

Ricky posted 09-10-2011 07:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ricky  Send Email to Ricky     
I have had the same observation. I live on a lake in central New Hampshire [that has a] huge number of the new 13-foot boats and lots of other models, as well. I am told the local dealer sold out. Also, I spent Labor Day Weekend in Gloucester, Massachusetts and saw a huge number [of recent model Boston Whaler boats] on the river there. Has Whaler had a spike in sales?
swist posted 09-12-2011 05:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for swist  Send Email to swist     
Same observation coast of Maine, particularly smaller (19' and under models).

Are we simply observing natural attrition with age of older models and their replacement with newer ones?

L H G posted 09-13-2011 01:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for L H G    
All of this also indicates a lot of Mercury engines being sold on these boats. Just shows how the strategy of owning a popular boat company really moves engines. Estimating Boston Whaler's annual sales, it must mean at least 2500 Merc engines a year, single, twin or trips, go out on Whalers every year. Compare that to repower discussions on the classic boats here, any brand, amounting to perhaps less than 5% of that number in total.
pete r posted 09-13-2011 01:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for pete r  Send Email to pete r     
I think its hard times for the dealers. They can't afford to carry too much stock so there are good deals out there.
Repair of old boats takes time and mechanics here are charging per hour like brain surgeons and it makes it harder to hang onto a older quality boat.
People here are also down-sizing in houses, cars and boats to get something new.
They think it is going to be more convient and cheaper to run.
I hear the younger people saying now if you buy quality your stuck with it. I'am almost thinking that way myself.
Jefecinco posted 09-13-2011 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
I believe people are beginning to make durable good purchases on the basis of "best value" rather than "least expensive". Is the economic situation driving smarter purchasing decisions? Perhaps for people with above average incomes when they feel secure concerning their future earning potentials.

It has been our practice to seek to purchase best value and to keep what we buy until it disintegrates or can be sold for a relatively high price.

It would be very difficult to convince me that there is a better boating value than offered by a Boston Whaler boat for our purposes.

My only suit is over twenty years old, our mattress was purchased in Italy in 1976, I could go on but will spare you the pain.


sosmerc posted 09-14-2011 11:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for sosmerc  Send Email to sosmerc     
I know what you "dress" penny loafers that I still wear were purchased during my highschool days. I'm now 60 and they are still perfectly fine!

I sold my 18 Ventura and now I am going to "downsize" to a 15 or possibly a 17. I want quality and most likely will only be looking at Whalers. I've noticed alot more Whalers this year on Hood Canal. I think alot of folks are downsizing as well as looking for something that is easy to use and clean in the salt water environment. I must also say that folks aren't so reluctant to go with an outboard once they have experienced how quiet and clean the new 4 strokes are.

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