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Monnas Rock posted 07-03-2002 01:37 PM ET (US)   Profile for Monnas Rock   Send Email to Monnas Rock  
Good morning everyone.
I'm still on a Montauk quest. I answered a newspaper ad, this morning and saw a 96 Montauk with a Mercury 75 hp, oil injected "Tracker" on it. I'v seen Tracker outboards before but never gave them much thought. What's the difference between the garden variety Merc. and the Tracker? By the way, this boat, motor and galv. E-Z-Loader could be setting on a showroom floor, it's that clean! the guy will take $11,500 for it. No canvas except a Mills mooring cover. Has a keel guard, 18 gal tank, fish finder and thats about it. Seems like a great price to me. Any thoughts?
newt posted 07-03-2002 01:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
I cant comment on the motor, but in the North East, $11,500 wouldn't come close to buying a '96.

Maybe you could ship it to me?

VTfisherman posted 07-03-2002 02:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for VTfisherman  Send Email to VTfisherman     
I can't comment on the motor other then to say I see a lot of those Trackers on Lake Champlain.

$11500.00 for a 96...
I need to take a couple months off to travel south and west buying up these boats and selling them up here. I'm still a newbie but I think I'd jump on that.

Jimm posted 07-03-2002 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
If this is the one on it shows a bimmini but does not list it. How far from NJ to Las Vegas?
dgp posted 07-03-2002 02:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
Tracker outboards are standard Mercury Mariner outboards private-labeled for Tracker Marine boats
jimh posted 07-03-2002 02:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
My guess about the "Tracker" engine:

Bass Pro Shops sells Tracker boats and Mercury engines. I imagine they put a deal together to make some cowlings that say "Tracker" on them. It may have allowed for some special pricing to Bass Pro Shops on the engines without angering the rest of the Mercury dealers.

That's my guess.

Monnas Rock posted 07-03-2002 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Monnas Rock  Send Email to Monnas Rock     
It sounds like your onto something. If a Tracker is a Mariner, what's the difference between a Mariner and a Mercury? I'm trying to determine if this is, somehow, an inferior or less featured version of the Merc.
jbtaz posted 07-03-2002 04:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for jbtaz  Send Email to jbtaz     
There is zero difference between a Merc and Tracker Outboard-just the cowl..Go buy a black hood and you've got a Merc.
jbtaz posted 07-03-2002 04:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for jbtaz  Send Email to jbtaz     
and Merc and Mariner only differ in color and decals-no one is inferior to the other. (It just let Mercury Marine set up more dealers closer together back in the 80's)
JFM posted 07-03-2002 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Tracker and Mercury are the exact same. They are sold through Bass Pro as mentioned above. I think the Mariner thing had to do with Yamaha and Mercury. It kept Yamaha out of the states a while back. Regards, Jay
Landlocked posted 07-03-2002 04:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
When I bought my new 90 2stroke @ Bass Pro, I had a choice. New 2001 with Merc decal or New 2002 with Tracker decal.

Same motor and can be serviced at any merc dealer. Only difference is you pay about a grand less at Bass Pro.


Clark Roberts posted 07-04-2002 06:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
I have seen OMC's with "Tracker" cowling logo also!
Dick posted 07-04-2002 12:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Seems to me that somewhere I read that Tracker is now owned by Brunswick.
As stated in previous answers the only difference between Mercury, Sea Ray, Mariner and Tracker motors is the paint job and decals (except early Mariners).
Monnas Rock posted 07-04-2002 01:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Monnas Rock  Send Email to Monnas Rock     
I've gotta be doing something wrong!!!
This is the second time this has happened to me. I called the guy up to tell him I would take the boat, "Sorry Bub, it's sold".
So... this whole thread is moot.
I know, "When opportunity knocks..." but, It's just not in my makeup to spend over $11,000 on impulse, so to speak. I have to give it some thought and rationalize such an expendature. I'm just blowing off steam here because I'm so frustrated at missing such a great deal. When the seller peeled the mooring cover off that Montauk, I couldn't believe my eyes, it could have been brand new. Has anyone else had this happen to them? I can't get my foot far enough around behind me to kick myself in the butt! Oh well... Guess I'll just keep looking.
Jay A posted 07-05-2002 11:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jay A    
Yeah,sort of! Back in 1978 I answered an add in the local paper for a "1970 Chevy,best offer." When I got to the house in nearby Rockport an elderly lady told me she just sold it for $350.00. I asked if I could see it anyway and she brought me into the garage and covered with dust was a 1970 Corvette with 7400 miles on it! She explained it was her late grandson's who was killed in action during the Vietnam war. I wish I never saw it!
whalernut posted 07-05-2002 05:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
The Corvette story is covered in the song "Private Malone a country song, except the guy did get it. Anyway, I looked at a 1969 Nausett with in very good condition,boat motor and trailer. I go look at it and he wanted $3000 or best offer, I said if I give you the $3000 and no dickering, would you give me 3 days(by Friday) to get the money, he said sure and he wouldn`t even let me give him hand money, he said I trust you. We shook hands, and I called him on Thursday, and I am really excited at this point, and he sais, sorry I sold it, someone had Cash in hand the next day(wensday). I called him everything under the sun and said it would come back to haunt him and reminded him we had a deal and his word obviously wasn`t worth Sh@#$$%!!!! He said money talks and bullshit walks, I said I know that, but you said I didn`t need to give you hand money, at that point he hung up, I had him. So what this boils down to is their are lot`s of backstabbers out there, I should have been nervous when he said no hand money. Jack.
Monnas Rock posted 07-05-2002 06:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Monnas Rock  Send Email to Monnas Rock     
I thought I'd heard that song before.
In all honesty, I did tell the seller I needed to think about it and I called him with a couple of questions, during the day. It's my own fault That I didn't get that Montauk and that makes it twice as bad. If he had done what your seller did I would have at least had the pleasure of doing what you did and unload on him. Oh Well!! I'm feeling a little better about it today as I looked at another Montauk this morning. It turned out to be a 67 Sakonnet. Now I'm trying to decide if I want to turn my attention from a like new 96 Montauk to an "in need" 67 Sakonnet. All that Mahogony sure could be pretty.
Jay A posted 07-06-2002 03:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jay A    
That Corvette story is true! I know 3 others who answered the ad! I don't know of a song about it but we all told her what the real value of it was and she said "Money isn't important,I just needed the room it was taking up and if I couldn't sell it I would pay to have it removed!" I cringed every time I saw it around town. PS A local lawyer ended up buying it!
Monnas Rock posted 07-07-2002 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Monnas Rock  Send Email to Monnas Rock     
Well, the fact that a bottom feeder was first in line to snatch it up certainly lends credibility to the story!
Bigshot posted 07-08-2002 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
In the last year I have been on this board I have seen this dozens of time. I tell people over & over to study BW's before they shop, therefore you would have known what a great deal it was and not be kicking yourself. When people post on here "What do you think?" and the price is right....they already lost the boat. Pass on the 67'. Why would you want to pay almost half of what a 96 was?
Monnas Rock posted 07-08-2002 04:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Monnas Rock  Send Email to Monnas Rock     
Big Shot,
Lesson Learned! Even with my wifes admonition to "Use your own judgment" I still felt compelled to run the details of an $11,000 purchase by her.
As for the Sakonnet I just liked the look. I've already done everything to my 15' Striper It's just sitting in my garage when it's not on the water. Guess I may be looking for a project, something unique.
Bigshot posted 07-09-2002 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
God Bless you!

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