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cinco de whaler posted 04-03-2008 12:35 PM ET (US)   Profile for cinco de whaler   Send Email to cinco de whaler  
I'm bringing new life to a 1985 18' Outrage and need to purchase new cushions for the 2 captain chairs and a cushion for the 94 qt cooler. The original cushions can be purchased from Halls Nautical for about $500.00 including tax and shipping. Or, I can go to Boaters World and get everything for about $200.00. I will be putting the boat up for sale in September and was wondering if the majority of Whaler owners feel that the original upholstery is worth the extra expense. Thanks.
DaveS posted 04-03-2008 01:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     
When I was doing my conversion a few years ago from a Newport to Newtauk...I asked myself the same question...the easiest thing to do is just save a few $$$ and go with the cheaper one...if you're planning on selling, the ones from Halls will garner more attention then the ones from'll be one of those items that you won't think much about until you go and sell...there's a big difference between generic and OEM when it comes to cushions...You're better off with Halls...

Tohsgib posted 04-03-2008 01:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
I would go BW and save the $$$. If it was a RPS and something else then yes the OEM would be my choice. I have found that people don't really care as long as they are nice.
home Aside posted 04-03-2008 05:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hall's Nautical Upholstery is a Boston Whaler approved OEM supplier. I have replaced the captains chairs cushions and bought two of their cooler cushions for my two 94 Qt Igloo Marine coolers on my 1985 Revenge 22 WT. The Cooler cushions were $120. each, the Captains/pedestal chair cushions were about $120. each (I'll pull the invoice when I get a chance). so with shipping that was around $510.+/-

So with only the Captains/pedestal chair cushions and one Cooler cushion you can cut at least $120 off the $500 you quoted.....I wouldn't hurt to ask Lois if she's got any specials going also....she's been known to offer free shipping from time to time.....and Cushions don't get any better than her's....Just MHO

I bought Hall's because I wanted OEM and am restoring my Revenge as close to completely OEM as possible


cinco de whaler posted 04-03-2008 07:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for cinco de whaler  Send Email to cinco de whaler     
The captain chair sets are 150.00 each and the cooler cushion is 120.00 for a total of 420.00 plus tax and shipping. If I decide to buy from them, I will ask for free shipping. Thanks for the tip.
Casco Bay Outrage posted 04-03-2008 10:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     
Just another opinion.

You are selling the boat in September, going into the slow period of sales in a soft economy.

If you hope to move that boat and get a fair price, get the quality cushions. It will make your boat stand out from the others.

A prospective buyer seeing your ad with Halls cushions:

...ooohhh Outrage 18, good shape, and wow, look at the cushions/seats. Looks like the owner took care of it. Nice!

A prospective buyer seeing your ad with no-name cushions:

Hmm..Outrage 18, looks okay. New cushions. Look cheap, don't match. Wonder why they changed them, too bad, next!

Just an opinion.

cinco de whaler posted 04-04-2008 08:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for cinco de whaler  Send Email to cinco de whaler     
That's just what I wanted to hear. I was leaning that way and now I have decided. Be on the lookout in late August early September for the boat. I seem to have gotten in this cycle of buying a project in the Spring with "boat fever" using it in the summer and then selling early fall. It's probably the opposite of what I should be doing considering boat markets but if we were in it for the money I think we could find better investments than boats.
Florida15 posted 04-04-2008 08:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Florida15    
It depends on how much different the cushions look. If Boater's World is pretty close, I would go with them and save the $300.
It's been my experience that add-ons add very little to the price somebody is willing to pay. I would save the $300 unless there is a world of difference in quality.
TC Goldman posted 04-04-2008 08:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for TC Goldman  Send Email to TC Goldman     
I looked at others and then paid a little more with Hall's , and I am very happy with the Halls. I think if you saw them side by side you would see that Halls is a better product.
Dan posted 04-06-2008 08:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dan  Send Email to Dan     
Sell the boat without cushions. The new owner might want to change to a leaning post and then the captain's chair cushions would be a waste. As for the cooler cushion, let the new owner decide. If you think it will show better get the cooler cushion. I think most buyers would prefer the Halls for cooler.
pglein posted 04-08-2008 02:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
I hate to say it, but if your intent is to sell the boat in the near future, don't waste your money on the OEM cushions. Your buyer is most likely not going to be a hard-core Whaler enthusiast who cares about things like the right cushions. Unless you sell it to someone on the board, you'll never get your money back on those Halls cushions.
george nagy posted 04-08-2008 03:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
There is also another slightly cheaper alternative that will be closer in the quality to halls than boaters world. I suspect the ones from boaters world are the white vynl with two snap tabs each side which tend to rip out in no short order. I would rather see an outrage for sale without cushions than with those cheapy cushions. If it were me and not want to spend the money just for one season I would just buy a 4 pack of the throwable square pfd cushions and let the future owner worry about which cushions to buy.
george nagy posted 04-08-2008 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
oopps. forgot to give you the other alternative.
frontier posted 04-08-2008 03:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
Just got a set of cushions from Lois at Halls Nautical. Beautiful work. Like the saying goes "Nobody was ever sorry they bought the best there was".
cinco de whaler posted 04-08-2008 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for cinco de whaler  Send Email to cinco de whaler     
I just ordered from Halls and look forward to receiving them. I want the boat to look as close to original as possible and as bonus Lois agreed to repair the backrest cushion that I currently have so that all of them will match. Thanks for all of the input.
friend99 posted 04-08-2008 05:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for friend99    
Cancel your order and get the ones from Boaters World or sell the boat with no cushions. I sell many boats and you are wasting your money with Halls for a boat you are going to sell in a very poor boat market.
Tom W Clark posted 04-08-2008 07:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
There is no question about the value of it. Order the cushions from Lois Hall.
dscew posted 04-08-2008 08:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew  Send Email to dscew     
In a soft market, it's good to do anything that sets your boat apart from the rest of the field. Adding Halls quality will make your boat stand out, and it gives the buyer some assurance that you care about quality, not just making the sale.

Also, for Lois to go that extra mile and repair your existing cushion is a testimonial to her commitment to customer service, and that's worth supporting her in return. I've ordered from them too, the quality is there. You won't regret it--maybe it'll make you keep your boat!

Yiddil posted 04-08-2008 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
You did the right thing if you ordered from Lois Halls Place. Quality, Quality, Quality, Value Value Value:)
friend99 posted 04-09-2008 03:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for friend99    
Halls is nice quality, but the question you asked was whether you will recoup the extra money on the boat sale in a few months. The answer is definitely no.

I find it funny that many of the people here that are telling you the Halls cushions will help your boat sale have had their own boats for sale for over a year and can't sell them. Others have relationships with Halls. Just be careful who you listen too.

Don't get me wrong, the Halls cushions are excellent quality, but I have found you will not recoup the additional price on a sale of the boat. Therefore, the Boater World cushions will save you money and are the right choice.

In a very high end boat, or one for personal use, I agree the Halls quality will give you more enjoyment and is probably worth it. Personally, I don't buy from Halls. I have a good local guy that will produce the same quality (or better) for about 60% of the cost. If you don't have a good local guy, Halls is a good choice, but it's expensive.

dscew posted 04-09-2008 04:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew  Send Email to dscew     
Let's not go down the path you're trying to take. Your little dig about someone not being able to sell a boat is much too transparent for that. I wonder how many of the people who have responded to this thread are even trying to sell their boats, much less for a year.

Suffice it to say that people wanting to sell their Whalers might be thinking beyond the sale, perhaps a happier buyer, doing the right thing, or maybe setting their boats apart from those you sell and you're sales techniques.

You can't tell me that adding the real thing to a boat won't increase the likelihood it will sell. Cheap crap doesn't sell well, even in a soft market. Might work for you, but most of us don't think that way.

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