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Port Bows And Wows

August 3, 2000 | By Mark Kellum, Special to the Sentinel

The Hot Summer Boat Show will let shoppers and wannabes weigh anchor on new and used models. But buyers need to know a deal from a standard package.

What distinguishes this show from the spring boat show is that it’s held near the end of the perceived boating season, and many dealers will be bringing late-model, previously owned boats. Thus, buyers will have a chance not only to compare models but also to compare new and used prices on several of the same models.

What you will be able to see in the way of used boats will depend on what each dealer hasn’t sold before the show.

A good example of a previously owned boat to look for would be the 1999 Correct Craft Super Air Nautique. This boat model, introduced last year, was designed expressly for the wakeboarding enthusiasts and is built in Orlando by Correct Craft, one of the few remaining independent boat builders. Special features include a wake-control system that allows the operator to adjust the wake by increasing the ballast by 400 pounds while under way.

Standard power comes from a high-output 5.8 liter, 290-horsepower, carbureted engine. It’s also offered with a 430-horsepower engine.

The engine is mounted in the far back of the boat and uses a V-drive, making the boat unusually open for an inboard. Although Correct Craft boats typically do not depreciate very much, you could expect to pay just under $37,000, which is 10 percent to 20 percent less than a new Super Air Nautique.

Buying a previously owned boat at a show requires some caution. You’ll want to inspect the transom, hull and deck for stress fractures or damage. Also check the oil level and condition, pull the spark plugs and check for unusual damage or wear.

If possible, have the dealer pull the outdrive to inspect the U-joint and bearing. Ask whether you can have a marine mechanic conduct a thorough inspection. If the boat comes with a trailer, inspect the trailer for unusual wear or damage. Be sure to arrange a test drive before finalizing the deal.

Previously owned boats are not the only reason to attend the Hot Summer Boat Show. Another Orlando independent boat builder, Regal, is introducing three new bow-rider models.

The Regal 1900 LSR (19 feet), the 2100 LSR (21 feet) and the 2150 LSC (21.5 feet) bow riders offer a new new graphic package as well as all-fiberglass decks.

Sea Ray is also showing three 2001 model year boats and one 2000 ASCIICHAR_bd -model year that has not been previously shown.


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The 185 BR bow rider (18.5 feet), the 190 BR bow rider (19 feet) and the 215 CC cuddy cabin (21.5 feet) are new for 2001. The 190 SD deck boat (19 feet) is a 2000 ASCIICHAR_bd model making its first appearance in Orlando.

With 18 local Central Florida boat dealers vying to unload inventory before fall, there will be a lot of deals to be made. However, keep in mind the oft-stated but seldom-applied warning: Caveat emptor (buyer beware).

Boat shows in general give consumers an opportunity to view and compare a vast array of boats and accessories.

However, attendees should remember that the primary mission of all boat shows is to offer a powerful sales tool to boat sellers.

Impulse buying is what many dealers are counting on. Buyers, when confronted with such a variety of new and used boats, may find their mindset changing from, Is this a good time to buy a boat? to, What boat is the best for me and my family? Some shoppers forget that they came to the show just to look and compare. Boating is a fun recreational activity that can be ruined when it becomes a financial strain on a family.

The best way to avoid making a rash decision is to be an informed consumer. Shop for the boat you want before attending the show. Know the difference between a deal and the standard package offering.

Setting financial limits on how much you want to spend and sticking to them will help you avoid buyer’s remorse. Free seminars are another feature of the boat show. Topics include How to Buy a Boat, Bass Fishing Tips Techniques, Flats Fishing and Baitrigging, Boating for Women and Families, and Getting Started in Wakeboarding.

Although these seminars can be the boat show equivalent of an infomercial, they’re designed to be informative and entertaining. All are offered throughout Saturday and Sunday.

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