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jimh posted 09-15-2004 08:26 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
I came across an old price sheet from 1997 that a dealer was handing out at a boat show. It shows the cost of the dealer rigging:

1997 Boston Whaler Duantless 15 = $7,871
1997 Evinrude 60-HP Power Trim and Tilt = $6,544
OMC Pre-rigging = $679
Comfort Package = $650
Console Cover = $190
Reversible Pilot Seat = $530
Reversible Pilot Seat Cover = $93
Tilt Steering = $73
Windshield w/Rail = $297
Dealer Rigging Package:
Battery, Propeller, VRO Tank, 15-gallon Fuel Tank, Loom = $750
Coast Guard Package = $165

Freight = $783
Rigging = $471


What I find interesting are the charges for rigging involved. First there is the factory charge for pre-rigging, $679. This is for the remote controls, gauges, ignition switch, etc., the factory installed in the boat.

Next, the dealer throws in another $750 for a battery, a propeller, the VRO oil tank, a 15-gallon fuel tank, and the "loom". I wonder if that was a stainless steel propeller? Probably not. You can get an aluminum propeller for about $125, a battery for $45, and a 12-gallon tank at Bass Pro Shops for $50. The OEM VRO tank is probably $125. This leaves about $435 for the "loom."

On top of this, the dealer also gets another $471 for "rigging." This is the labor to bolt the motor on the transom, hook up the cables, install the battery, etc. Even at a gold-plated labor rate of $75/hour, this figure implies the rigger would have spent over six hours working on the boat.

This makes the total cost of rigging:

Factory Pre-rig = $679
Dealer added items = $750
Dealer rigging labor = $471
TOTAL = $ 1,900

And that is at 1997 pricing!

In comparison, all of this material and labor is already in the price of most of the new Boston Whaler boats, with the exception of the battery. I believe the dealer still sells you a battery, not the factory.

dcwhaler posted 09-15-2004 09:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for dcwhaler  Send Email to dcwhaler     
When I have spoken to Whaler dealers at boat shows they have all stressed that the factory prerigging with the Mercury engines is saving the customer money. I'm sure that is the company line, but it does seem to make sense that the factory could do it cheaper then the many whaler dealers out there who run one to four guys in a shop with at most only one or two doing the rigging. They are prehaps only doing a few boats per year where the factory is doing a much larger volume which should give the factory riggers much more experience and knowledge.
rtk posted 09-15-2004 10:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for rtk  Send Email to rtk     
Rigging, in general will include testing all systems (electrical, etc.), launching and test ride prior to delivery, and cleaning the boat in addition to hanging the motor. It is not uncommon for the boat rigger to deliver the boat to the customer, which includes going over all aspects of operating the boat and motor, and possibly a demo run prior to the customer accepting the boat. So 6 hours spent does not seem unreasonable. The rigging charge more than likely includes dealer prep and delivery, which sometimes is listed as a charge seperate from rigging.

The $750 for those other items listed seems high. What is a "loom"?


mikeyairtime posted 09-15-2004 05:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for mikeyairtime    
Proper rigging is very time consuming, that's why so much rigging is done poorly/hastily. The factory rigging is usually pretty well done, maybe not as good as some might do it but probably better than the majority.

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