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Testing the Waters...Trade HB 17.8 Whipray for 189 Egret

CaptainRobCaptainRob Posts: 60 Greenhorn
Testing the waters to see if there's any interest in trading a 2002 HB 17.8 Whipray for an 189 Egret. I have had this boat since 2013 and its been nothing but solid. It was built during the Morejohn/Chittum era of HB and is solid as can be. It floats in approx. 6 inches and poles easily. Clean Florida Title in hand. Additional specifics and pics are below:

2002 HB Whipray 17.8
2015 Mercury 60hp 4 Stroke with 70 Hours and Stainless Prop
New Powder Coated and Raised Aluminum Fuel Tank installed by HB
12 Volt Minn Kota 55lb Trolling Motor
2 Odyssey Batteries, new within the last 6 months
Folding Backrest Added to the Poling Platform in 2014
Tibor Push Pole Holder
6ft Power Pole with Remotes
2002 Ramlin Galvanized Trailer with Spare Tire
New Hubs, Bearings, Wheels, Carpet and Bunk Brackets
Custom Cover
Garage Kept Since Purchased
189 Egret

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  • blakesfavblakesfav Posts: 34 Deckhand
    You could probably offer a brand new 40 foot Contender for a 189 on this board and probably not get a taker :). Good luck to you!
  • Renagade69Renagade69 Posts: 1,234 Officer
    I would sell the Whipray and then buy an Egret. The Egret user that wants to upgrade will want a Professional or a Marquesas. The problem is the sales in skiffs in Florida is on a decline with the sea grass issues and the pollution increasing. Great well kept skiff. Good Luck.
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  • HeartNShoalHeartNShoal Posts: 937 Officer
    Nice skiff brotha! You will not have any issues selling that skiff at all. Post it on microskiff and watch it fly. I agree selling it first then buying the Egret is much more practical.

    This is the first I've heard that skiff sales are on the decline. Do you have any data on that? I've been crushing fish from Biscayne bay to Big Pine to Flamingo to Choko in my 17.8. Guess I've been lucky to avoid all the pollution.


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  • CaptainRobCaptainRob Posts: 60 Greenhorn
    Thanks for the replies. I know I could sell quickly if I put this on Microskiff, but thought I would see if the easiest route of a trade would interest anyone. If I don't get any bites within the next couple days I will probably sell and then purchase the Egret.

    Also, the skiff market in Florida is not suffering, if anything, its growing as there are a couple low-cost builders making inroads. (see Ankona/Saltmarsh) The used market is a little slow, but I don't think there will be any issue moving this type of boat, with its brand and model year.
    189 Egret
  • Renagade69Renagade69 Posts: 1,234 Officer

    This is the first I've heard that skiff sales are on the decline. Do you have any data on that? I've been crushing fish from Biscayne bay to Big Pine to Flamingo to Choko in my 17.8. Guess I've been lucky to avoid all the pollution.


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    Link Below with data



    http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/florida-boat-industry-underwater-from-water-crisis-9502729
    Hells Bay Estero Bay Boat and Hells Bay Marquesas
  • HeartNShoalHeartNShoal Posts: 937 Officer
    Interesting. I don't doubt it's had some impact but as the statistician that studies the boat industry stated in the article, he isn't convinced pollution is behind it and correlation does not mean causation. It could be the overall new/used market is just saturated with these skirts. There are also a lot more manufacturers now so the pie is further divided than it once was.

    I want them to fix our broken plumbing as much as anyone but I still see lots of good fishing out there and the guides I know stay busy and send me very positive reports. I can only speak for the areas I mentioned in my first post. It may be totally different farther north.


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  • Saltwater JunkieSaltwater Junkie Posts: 1,086 Officer
    Renagade69 wrote: »
    Link Below with data



    http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/florida-boat-industry-underwater-from-water-crisis-9502729[/QUOTE

    I always felt that entry level boaters bought production boats that tageting entry level boats at a specific price point. The article states that entry level boaters buy flats boats:

    Rather, he attributes the decline in boat sales to a shift in consumer preference. “Entry-level boaters tend to buy smaller, flats boats, so it could be that more people are upgrading to larger, offshore boats. There just might be fewer entry-level boaters,” he says.


    So there you have it...If you have a custom build technical poling skiff or flats boat, you're a entry level boater. Now it all makes sence when you see the guy fly fishing from the deck of his trader boat next to a garbage can.:grin
  • HeartNShoalHeartNShoal Posts: 937 Officer
    Lol. I'd rather hunt fish in a foot of water than be a jerk on one end of the line waiting for a jerk in the other end...


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  • Saltwater JunkieSaltwater Junkie Posts: 1,086 Officer
    Lol. I'd rather hunt fish in a foot of water than be a jerk on one end of the line waiting for a jerk in the other end...


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    At least you were kind and didn't call me an "Entry Level Boater":grin
  • HeartNShoalHeartNShoal Posts: 937 Officer
    A man of your age?! No way!


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