Mid Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay - beware of duckies boats in middletown pa.
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07-09-2012, 05:58 PM
i know this is my second post
but i just wanted everyone to know that i just got screwed by duckies boats in middletown pa. they sold me a 2012 seaark predator on a 2012 venture trailer. the trailer toungue is bent from the boat being to big. the trailer is for a 18-21 ft boat. mine is 22. they offered to fix the toungue and thats it. i said you sold me the wrong trailer. they said thats my problem. i said i m getting my lawyer on this and thats fine with them. so here we go.
just thought i would maybe help someone from getting screwed.
07-10-2012, 07:58 AM
Never done business with them, but I believe I have read some other reports here that are not complimentary.
07-10-2012, 10:16 AM
look up the rated capacity of the boat.....look up the rated capacity of the trailer. If the boat is just one pound below the trailers listed capacity you have no case.
They have no obligation to account for the gear/fuel/stuff you put IN the boat when you haul it down the road.....that falls on you to dictate the need for a larger trailer.
07-10-2012, 10:28 AM
Unfortunately, it's kind of a "buyer beware" thing in the boat market. Too often, the buyer is left to suffer with issues that surface after the purchase is complete.
Your issue is not a complex one; is the trailer of sufficient capacity to carry the boat? As previously pointed out, if the trailer is sufficient for an empty boat, you may be SOL.
Another similar issue is the boat with minimal power that test drives fine with no gear, little fuel, on a calm day, two people, etc, etc. Then on the first day out with the family, coolers, full tank, etc, the boat won't get out of it's own way.
There is a certain amount of due diligence that should be performed before buying a boat. One item is checking out the dealer. Another might be to seek out previous owners of a similar model. Yet another might be checking the specs on the boat, motor, trailer, etc to see what options are available and how close to the limits the equipment is.
I wish you well in your suit. I'd say you may be better off in buying another, correctly sized trailer as the attorney fees will eat you alive and ae generally not recoverable.
07-10-2012, 01:04 PM
Unless you put a cow in the boat or something i'd expect the trailer they sell with the boat to be of adequate strength.
At least able to tow a boat with full tanks and nothing else - if not they should have mentioned this to you.
07-10-2012, 01:25 PM
Many buyers are sold the same bill of goods.
The dealer puts together a rig to sell it fast,with hopes that the buyer will up grade the trailer and motor.
I see many of the larger ( bass pro etc.) dealers, selling the aluminum boats with 25 HP.
Mercury,when you look at the bigger motor and trailer on the same boat,your looking at several thousand dollars more.
My 16 ft. Tracker has a 40hp. Yamaha.
As stated,less expensive to bur a larger trailer than to pay the attorney .
Get the replacement tounge and use the existing trailer as a trade in:grin:
AT ANOTHER DEALER.
07-11-2012, 07:33 AM
my buddy thats having the same problem with a 20 ft boat took his to a weigh station yesterday. the trailer factory asked that we do this.
the trailer is rated for 2800 lbs.
boat weighed 3580 with half tank on fuel.
3000 lbs on the axel and 380 lb on toungue.
factory said it s to much boat for trailer. also should only be a max of 150-170 lb of toungue weight.
my boat if 2 ft longer and had walk through windshield. so mine is maybe 500 more lbs then his.
shady people. the trailer manufacture is trying to help the best they can. the dealer is not working with us at all.