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Old 05-19-2004, 07:16 AM   #1
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What is a realistic order to delivery time on a new boat? We ordered ours 7 weeks ago and the dealer says he has not heard from the factory confirming the order. Once he hears from the factory then it is another 6 weeks. Does this sound about right to those that have ordered new boats in the past?
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Old 05-19-2004, 10:26 AM   #2
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Is it an 04 or an 05? I think it sounds unreal when you say the dealer says he's heard nothing and doesn't even have a confirmation. Is this a reputable dealer? Is he in money trouble? Does he sell a lot of boats and therefore have a good relationship with the boat manufacturer? Is there another dealer that sells the same brand nearby? Is this model maybe a discontinued model? Boat manufacturers are getting into 05 models now. Maybe they don't want to ship one boat to your dealer until they can put together a whole truck load. Is this a major brand of boat? I would be tempted to tell the dealer I wanted to see (not hear) some sort of confirmation or that I wanted my money back. If there is another dealer around then your man could try to buy the boat from his inventory. Good luck!
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Old 05-19-2004, 10:53 AM   #3
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12 weeks is not uncommon. It took 14 from order to delivery last year for me on a Chaparral. The dealer, many times, won't get confirmation (after the initial placement of the order, that gets confirmed), until about a week before it goes into delivery. Then, it takes the time to build it, and ship to the dealer. This all assumes no delays. I know you don't want to hear it, but I'd say you are on target. What type of boat?
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The boat is a 2004 Chaparral. To the Marina's credit I finally received a call today that gave me some dates and information. He said in two weeks I will get confirmation for any changes to the order then it is 6 weeks from then. He said the factory has a bigger back log then usual. So if all goes well it looks like it will be 14 weeks until delivery. Still a long wait but at least we have information why. Too bad we will miss 4th of July with it, we were looking forward to that.
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Old 05-19-2004, 11:54 AM   #5
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Well that confirms what I said. Chaparral is behind. Once he gets confirmation, it's usually safe to assume 2-3 weeks to finish being built, and then 2-3 weeks to ship...your on target.
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