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I am thinking about selling my Boston Whaler Classic 13. I fully restored it including a Line-X polyurethane interior coat and Pro-Line exterior gelcoat. It has a 1963 Sea King outboard. Any help with the value of this boat would be greatly appreciated!
From the photos it looks very nice. I think that you have to decide how you view the boat, before you set your price. If you are emotionaly invested in the boat, (understandable) or you believe that it has some "collector" value, then you should approach it in that fashion and seek a buyer that is like minded. I would consult with the fanatics, oops, I mean members, of the forum on www.continuouswave.com they are everything Whaler. If you view it as a great little boat, that has served owners for 40 yrs and probably has another 40 in her, then I would say the $3500 area is a max price. I sold a 1976 13' with a 1988 40 about 8 years ago for $2200 boat, motor and trailer. The hull had some bondo issues and it had been hand painted, roller/brush. It was a great boat that I towed from Maryland to Florida more than once. I did not view it as a museum piece. There is a buyer for everything. Who knows, maybe Bill Gates kissed his first girl in a 64 Whaler, in which case you might be at the high end of the market. Personally, I think you should keep the boat. I should have kept mine. The $2200 is long gone on who knows what, and I am now stuck with a 2003 Scout 175SF F90. Hey, if you are in Florida, let me know, now you've got me all worked up about having a 13' Whaler again. Regards, Jim
I have a restored 17 foot Whaler that started life as the Currituck (open boat with bench seats) model. When I bought the boat from the original owner the seats were gone so all I got was a bare hull. I added a center console from a SeaPro 17 and had a reversible Montauk style custom made. Including the cost of a new Evinrude 88, I spent close to $18,00 on the boat. If I sell it, I figure I'll have to ask somewhere in the $3,800 range--and that includes a 3 year old galvanized trailer. Now that I've moved up to the 24 foot Pursuit I'm not using the Whaler much but I hate to sell it for the small amount of money that it will bring.
A friend of mine bought a restored 13 from the same shop that did most of the restoration work for me. When he sold it he got a little less than $3,000. Hope this helps. Peter
Great restoration, period.* Is that oak?* What year motor; HP?* How heavy is the boat (possible water logged)?* Were you the first owner?* How long then?* Did you buy it as a 'project boat' or as a passion?* If the boat will be used on a daily basis; many people will want to replace the motor.* So now your down to what the boat is worth.* Tough call.* My guess would be in the $2500-$3500.*area.* The current model as you are probably aware (New) goes for $9,995.00 LIST.* I'd be inclined to keep it Vs having somebody try to steal it from you.* Keep us posted.* Thanks.* * OH, welcome aboard.* www.continuouswave.com* is a great site, that will be helpful.*
Boston Whaler, "MUMBLER", 24 Outrage, twin 175 HP Evinrude Ocean Pros
Great restoration, period. Is that oak? What year motor; HP? How heavy is the boat (possible water logged)? Were you the first owner? How long then? Did you buy it as a 'project boat' or as a passion? If the boat will be used on a daily basis; many people will want to replace the motor.
I did do the interior in oak. Just liked the look of it. I know that it is not the best for water though. The motor is a 1963 40hp Sea King which was made by Gale. Just tuned it up but if this boat is going to be used alot it should be repowered. I purchased the boat about 6 years ago. It was in realy bad shape. I dried the boat for about six months. Luckily I had a lot of connections from being in the business and was able to do the restore pretty cheap if you do not count the 100's of hours in labor.
I got the Pro-Line bottom paint for free and had it sprayed and finished for a case of beer. The Line-X interior was the most expensive part. I figure that without figuring anything for labor, I have around $2800 in the boat, motor, and trailer. I actually want to get something that I can run in the open ocean. I live in Southern California and want to start fishing the islands more for tuna ans such. Thanks for the help. I guess I am shooting too high at $6k. Time to lower it a bit.
Very nice! I recently restored a 1962 13' whaler, put 100s of hours into it, but I have NO expectation of getting real 'value' out of her if I were to sell it. There are enough 13's around that, to be honest, with that engine, you're probably looking at the mid $3000's at best, maybe $4000 if you get someone who really loves them.
I have to ask, where did that steering system come from? Very cool the way you have the teleflex mounted to the front of the motor well. I ended up putting an aluminum transom bracket on mine to get the additional height for both a long shaft motor, and more importantly, to get the steering ram to clear. That is a very nice setup. And that seat back! If I didn't know better I'd swear you copied mine! I had an old whaler when I was a kid (a LONG time ago) and it used to kill my back. When I restored this one for my kids I put a back on the seat very much like yours. I like the console too, I have a much more traditional setup.
Sorry Mumblerone, did not mean to insert a quote of your reply. I copied and pasted it so that I could remember the questions you asked adn forgot to delete it. I am happy that you took a look and gave me some good input!
Doug, the steering system came out of error, but ended up working better than what I had planned. I ordered a steering cable that was too long by accident. That was the best solution to the problem. I welded up a bracket and used u-bolts. It works great! I had to come up with a unique way to mount it to that old motor. I also built the front of the console at the same angle as the rear seats backrest. It works as a backrest for anyone sitting in front of the driver.