24' - What WAS an average MSRP (late 70's, early 80's)?

Discussion in 'Ask the Broker' started by boonsur, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. boonsur

    boonsur New Member

    Jul 15, 2010
    West Michigan
    1982 - 245 Cuddy/Fisherman
    Merc. 260HP
    I'm looking at SRV-240/245's from this era.

    Found a nice one, but the asking price is close to $8K. I'm guessing it probably didn't cost much more than this when it was new. Hoping it has depreciated a little more than that, in 30 years :huh:.

    Just wondering - without being too specific, could you buy a new 24' boat for under 10 grand...back in the day? Or, am I way off? (20 grand, 30 grand, how much?)

    Just looking for an 'ish.

  2. Loyd Dinneen

    Loyd Dinneen Member

    Jul 29, 2017
    Las Vegas
    1977 Sea ray 240 SDA cruiser w/ twin 470 mercs.
    Twin 470 Mercruisers
    I bought a 77 240 sundancer for 4k and turned out to need alot of work to get it close to 100%(can you ever) If I had known the work I needed to do I either wouldn't of purchased it or only gave 2k for it. I'm still working on it. Boats that are old always seem to need alot of work.
  3. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    The value of older used boats is totally dependent upon the boat's current condition. Trying to place a value on the used boat based upon what they sold for new some 38 years ago is a waste of time. Suggest you invest your time in appraising the replacement/repair cost of engine, outdrive, canvas, upholstery, headliner, interior flooring, fuel tanks, etc. to make the boat you found seawaothy and safe instead.
  4. boatman37

    boatman37 Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    2006 Crownline 250CR
    Previous: 1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer
    5.7 Merc
    Just sold our 1986 250 but bought it from the original owner. He had the original receipt that stated ~$27,000 without trailer.
  5. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    A used boat almost always costs more than you payed for it. An $8000 boat in Bristol could cost significantly less than a $4000 boat in need of a re-power, for example. Any comparisons you do needs to account for condition. Asking price compared to original MSRP pretty much tells you nothing, with respect to the true cost.
  6. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    A friend purchased a year or two old '77 240SRV, the model with the forward leaning windshield. He paid 23-24K for it with trailer. I don't have any idea what MSRP would have been. Like already said, I wouldn't waste time thinking about original prices on a 40yo boat, especially to use to determine it's value today.

    That boat is still going today, lots of money's been poured into it, complete transom rebuild, a couple outdrives, a couple head replacements(toilet), 4-5 engines, reupholstered seats, a couple canvas jobs, custom fibreglass arch.

    After fiddling with small block engines they put in a 454 w/bravo 3. That was a great improvement for that boat. I wouldn't doubt they spent at least 50K updating that boat though the years, probably more. What it's worth today including the trailer I'd say somewhere between 5-10K.

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