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JimU posted 05-03-2002 12:56 PM ET (US)   Profile for JimU   Send Email to JimU  
I'm thinking about buying a bare hull alert 17. Any experience with this hull and differences between it and the Montauk Hull What is approximate price and is it worth difference? thanks JIM
PMUCCIOLO posted 05-03-2002 01:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    

I just completed my Alert 17. It's a wonderful boat! The boat has the same hull as the "classic" Montauk 17, with additional fiberglass to reinforce it for commercial applications. ALL of the options are specific to the buyer. One buys the "base boat," which is composed of the hull with a single Starboard thwart seat, and proceeds from there. The thwart seat can be deleted--I think the credit for that is about $350.

I have a 90HP Yamaha on a Shorland'r trailer, white gelcoat inside and out, cushions by Dave's upholstery on the dual thwart seats, a Pate 18 gallon fuel tank (under the rear thwart seat), side rails and running light with the bow chock. My boat has the side console for steering. A Bimini top has been installed most recently.

The boat planes very well, is fast, and cleans up quickly. Also, since the Alert is a CPD boat, it comes without a pre-rig for the engine. You have the opportunity to buy whatever you want!

Feel free to contact me should you need any further information.


I'd recommend it without hesitation.

lhg posted 05-03-2002 01:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Just a few days ago, at Lauderdale Marina in Ft Lauderdale, I saw an Alert Bare Hull (no seats, console or rails) in all white, sitting out for sale.
Don't know price, but you might call them.
I would imagine that order time is long, so if you need one now, this would be an answer.

I think I also saw Paul's boat sitting there, over Thanksgiving, before he bought it!

Sales Manager there told me these things are selling like "hot cakes". I think they are one of the few Dealers that stocks them.

One of these boats would be perfect for installation of Whalernut's Currituck mahogany interior that he has for sale.

PMUCCIOLO posted 05-03-2002 02:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    

You should see my boat NOW!


lhg posted 05-03-2002 02:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I'm waiting - I'll bet it looks great, in spite of that graying engine!
PMUCCIOLO posted 05-03-2002 02:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
Jim U,

I forgot to follow-up on something lhg mentioned: Stephen Albury is the Sales Manager at Lauderdale Marina. His knowledge of CPD Whalers is virtually encyclopedic. I bought my boat sight unseen, and my delivery experience (and my boat!) was flawless.


Monnas Rock posted 05-03-2002 02:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Monnas Rock  Send Email to Monnas Rock     
Pmucciolo, Any chance of posting some pictures? Since I'm now looking for a classic Montauk, I'm like a sponge for any 17'info. I can find.
Jimm posted 05-03-2002 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
I'll still learning; have mercy.....CPD=????
Tom W Clark posted 05-03-2002 02:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
"Commercial Products Division", now properly called "Boston Whaler Commercial & Government Products, Inc."


lhg posted 05-03-2002 02:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Does that mean we have to replace "CPD" with "BWC&GPI"? Terrible. Why couldn't they have kept it simple and familiar!
whaleryo posted 05-03-2002 03:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaleryo  Send Email to whaleryo     
A Whaler dealer told me last week that one of the reasons that BW can't keep up with the demand for the new Montauk is that they transferred 70 or 700 (some combination of "7" and "0"s) employees to the commercial division. It seems like they're really putting a lot of emphasis into that area.
lhg posted 05-03-2002 03:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Sounds like demand for the old Classics just won't die.
PMUCCIOLO posted 05-03-2002 03:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
Monnas Rock,

I don't have a digital camera, but one of my friends has agreed to take some photos for me and download them into my computer. I'll send them shortly thereafter.


The one thing that's graying is the hair on my head after adding up the price of the new CPD Guardian or Justice!


The CPD facility, which I briefly visited last week to check out a fully-outfitted Justice 24, was in full swing! They turn out a lot of boats for such a small facility. The attention to detail and craftsmanship is unmatched with anything I've ever seen! Those employees certainly take pride in their work, and it shows!


whalernut posted 05-03-2002 03:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
JimU, I am selling my Currituck interior, are you interested at all, if you buy a bare hull `17 Alert?? Thanks-Jack.
JimU posted 05-03-2002 04:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
Whalernut, I may be interested. One reason i am considering an alert is that I restored a 1970 vintage 16-7 a couple of years ago. The hull was delaminated for about four feet anong its port side. I repaired the delamination and significant other damage inflicted by the La Fish and Wildlife department over 30 some years. As part of the restoration I built a custom console with mahogany trim and arear seat out of 2 1/2 inch mahogany. Essentially I have all the interior parts but would be interested in what you have available. Can you email pics? thanks, JIM
whalernut posted 05-03-2002 06:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Jim, check oput page 14 of the Cetecea photos, mine is the last boat under 73` `16 Currituck "Whalernut", the interior would include the 2 Seats, Console,Steering Wheel, and the 2 side Risers. Please let me know, all you would need is some Varnish, and maybee some Silicon Bronse Screws, unless you would like the old ones to either use or to match up to buy new ones?? Please let me know?? Thanks-Jack. P.S. if you would like to talk more personally, you can reach me at
KeysNole posted 05-03-2002 08:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for KeysNole  Send Email to KeysNole     
lhg, that boat at the Ft. Lauderdale Marina lists for $7995.
PMUCCIOLO posted 05-04-2002 12:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    

Lauderdale Marina, when I bought my boat, had three in stock. Each of them had different options, and were priced accordingly. The pace of the Alert sales has picked up substantially per CPD at Whaler, and the turnover of inventory is subsequently high. I bought my boat (a 2001), and, soon thereafter, the other two apparently sold. On last glance, they had all 2002's for sale.

Be careful when pricing the boats, as the options are a bit on the steep side! I'd suggest checking out traderonline, or e-mailing Stephen Albury directly to receive an accurate price quote with the options one desires.


KeysNole posted 05-04-2002 01:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for KeysNole  Send Email to KeysNole     
Paul, I just glanced through today's Boat Trader and the 2002 Alert "starts from $7495." In the picture they show a bare hull (with side console and steering wheel) sitting on blocks.

It seems as though this boat could be fun adding the options yourself, however I'd probably go with an older boat.

Their phone number is 954-523-8507 or for those interested.


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