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Old 10-09-2020, 08:42 PM
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Looking at 2 boats one is a used 2017 with 100 hours it has extended motor warranty until 3/23 the other is a demo 2019 with 50 hours that will come with full boat and motor warranty (3 years) Used boat is set up exactly the way I want. It will eventually need to upgrade electronics. The demo boat is going to need a power pole. Used boat is going to be $15k less than the demo by the time I add a power pole. Going used is a no brainer here right? I am going to have a survey on the used boat to make sure there aren’t any surprises.
Old 10-09-2020, 08:44 PM
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Seems like the right move to me.
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Depends. $15 k on a $60k boat is different then $15k on a $200k boat
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Old 10-10-2020, 07:11 AM
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Yeah.Depends on the boat.
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It’s $55k vs $70k.
Old 10-10-2020, 07:43 AM
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Are electronics what you want and good for a few years? If eventual is sooner than later, what’s the price tag in that? I would probably lean the same direction you are personally.
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You will have a brand new power pole with warranty on a 2 year newer hull and motors which will appraise higher. Plus you will have the dealers commitment for any unforeseen problems for the entire boat. I think I would go new and try to get a few more grand off while you are at it or get some free service thrown in.
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How long do you plan on keeping the boat? If for any significant amount of time then I'd get the new/demo boat and try to have them throw in an extended warranty on the engines. Or see if they will throw in both the warranty and the power pole.
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Neither boat is local to me so dealer support from who i purchase it from won’t be an option. The closest dealer to me is three hours away and they have zero inventory. Dealer with the demo won’t budge on anything. He’s hard on his number. Used boat comes with full service as well on a 250 SHO which is @ $1000 from my local mechanic. I eventually want to upgrade the electronics on the used and that will be @ $2-3k. Plan to keep the boat for a while.
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Take the $15000!
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Old 10-10-2020, 01:36 PM
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Go used and pocket the money
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Old 10-10-2020, 01:43 PM
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What’s the boat? Did you price out building one new?

I got a better deal ordering a new boat than they had on the used ones or new ones on the lot.

With very low inventory, they aren’t budging much with the only boat they have on the lot. A new one may be cheaper than the demo.
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Depending on how important the $15K is to your budget, I'd go with the demo. New boat/engine warranty and higher resale value being 2 years newer. Maybe you can get them to add the power pole at cost.

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