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cjd posted 02-19-2002 09:37 AM ET (US)   Profile for cjd   Send Email to cjd  
Hi All,
i would love to hear some thoughts on the merits of an Outrage 18 Classic, vs a Parker 18 (about 10 years old). Assume hull condition to me similiar. Both powered at 150, (likely Yamaha). Fishing in Chesapeake, light ocean, and ski/fun boat to boot.

Thanks in advance

Chap posted 02-19-2002 09:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
Whaler gets my vote but I do like the toe cove and the three piece construction of the Parker, very plain wooden cored respectable tank. The glassed plywood deck of the Parker would have to be cut open to replace the fuel tank. If it is the one I am thinking of, it has two box/seats in each corner for batteries etc? I believe that in this year the box is part of the mold of the gunwale cap/top deck and caulked to the cockpit sole, broke seals all the time. This was corrected in later years with the boxes becoming part of the sole.
Whaler has a better ride.
tbyrne posted 02-19-2002 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for tbyrne    
I looked at a Parker recently - it's a big 18', but I was turned off by the fact that there is no access to the fuel tank unless you cut open the floor. It also is a bit short on storage space. The pre-98 (or so) Parkers weigh much less than the current version (1,400 lbs. v. 1,900 lbs.)
cjd posted 02-19-2002 01:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for cjd  Send Email to cjd     
Thanks for the help. Anyone else have any thoughts?


North Beach posted 02-19-2002 05:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for North Beach    
For whatever its worth, there is BW and Parker dealer near LBI. When I asked about the two, the sales GIRL told me that the quality of a BW was way better than the Parker. Don't know if it is true- maybe the profit margin on BW is better.
Duncan posted 02-19-2002 09:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     
Go ask the guys on the CLASSIC PARKER FORUM!!!!

Just bustin' chops. I must admit... I would rank a 25' Parker sport cabin among my dream fishing boats.

cjd posted 02-19-2002 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for cjd  Send Email to cjd     
I must admit if i ended up with a otw (other then whaler, it might be tempting to create a phantom boat in order to lurk without guilt.
18 outrage is still in the top three, so i think i am still ok


kingfish posted 02-20-2002 12:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Our otw is a Parker 2520 SCMV, and we like it a lot. I still like my Outrage 22' best, though. I have been in and Outrage 18, but have not been in an 18' Parker CC. Having said that I feel strongly that the Outrage in similar condition and *especially* if in similar price range, is the better buy for a myriad of reasons, the support on this forum not being the least of which.


Bigshot posted 02-20-2002 01:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Parker is a nice ride but being you are buying used and depreciation is already removed...Whaler will still be worth what you pay for it 10 years from now. Parker might be scrap.
kingfish posted 02-20-2002 01:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Good point.
cjd posted 02-20-2002 02:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for cjd  Send Email to cjd     
Thanks to all.
Passed on the parker. where o where is that bargain early 80's 18 i covet.


SuburbanBoy posted 02-20-2002 02:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for SuburbanBoy  Send Email to SuburbanBoy     
What do you consider a bargain? An early 80's 18 Outrage for $XX and in what condition?


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