2014 Duckworth advantage estimate – the hull truth – boating and fishing forum yoga gas relief pose

I recently sold my 16′ 1987 Lund Tyee to buy a bigger boat for my growing family and to venture on the ocean every once in a while. I visited my brother out in Washington State and fell in love with his Alumaweld Stryker. We’ll these types of welded aluminum boats are hard to find in Maine. I found a local listing for a 2014 Duckworth 20 Advantage. I’d like to know the estimated value on the boat to make sure I’m getting a reasonable deal. The couple bought the boat new in Washington State, moved to Alaska for a year, and then moved to Maine after have a child. They just don’t use the boat enough now to justify the monthly payment. I went and looked at the boat and it’s in excellent condition. It just needs a good cleaning. Cleaning tips would be helpful as well for these welded aluminum boats.

Boat: 2014 Duckworth 20 Advantage, 2 Sit on coolers, Removable nav and anchor lights, fuel gauge, tachs, outboard hour counter, wired for 2 transducers, SS marine horn, wipers on both sides, USB port, fuel/water separator, 120GPH bilge pump, cup holders, 4 fishing pole storage holders, 2 rod holders (trolling style, and wiring and mount for electric winch.

Since you will likely find few examples of that particular boat for sale on the east coast, you could include Wooldridge and North River in your search since they both build a very similar boat model to that Duckworth. The comparable model Wooldridge would be a 20′ Sport Offshore. The North River I don’t know without looking it up. This is purely my guess, based on my experience with similar boats and no current research….. I would think in the $30,000 – $35,000 range.

As far as cleaning… it all depends on what look you are going for. Aluminum gets a nice dull grey patina from forming it’s own protective layer of oxidation. At that point, it becomes pretty much maintenance free. If you really want the shiny, brand new mill-scale appearance then you are in for a lot of buffing and polishing. DO NOT use Simple Green as a cleaner anywhere on the boat. Something about the formula of that can create some pretty exotic corrosion of the aluminum. (I learned this the hard way). Also do not use any type of dissimilar metals in wire wheels, sandpaper or steel wool, etc. Scotchbrite pads work fine. If you buff it out to a shiny finish, Sharkhyde is a great protectant that will keep the shiny finish for several years.

Since you will likely find few examples of that particular boat for sale on the east coast, you could include Wooldridge and North River in your search since they both build a very similar boat model to that Duckworth. The comparable model Wooldridge would be a 20′ Sport Offshore. The North River I don’t know without looking it up. This is purely my guess, based on my experience with similar boats and no current research….. I would think in the $30,000 – $35,000 range.

As far as cleaning… it all depends on what look you are going for. Aluminum gets a nice dull grey patina from forming it’s own protective layer of oxidation. At that point, it becomes pretty much maintenance free. If you really want the shiny, brand new mill-scale appearance then you are in for a lot of buffing and polishing. DO NOT use Simple Green as a cleaner anywhere on the boat. Something about the formula of that can create some pretty exotic corrosion of the aluminum. (I learned this the hard way). Also do not use any type of dissimilar metals in wire wheels, sandpaper or steel wool, etc. Scotchbrite pads work fine. If you buff it out to a shiny finish, Sharkhyde is a great protectant that will keep the shiny finish for several years.

And btw: If you decide you are not intending to keep that kicker motor, let me know. I’m currently searching for a used one for my boat.Thanks for the advice on the cleaning. I used bar keepers friend on the outside of my old boat which seemed to work well. I’ve heard rumors that it can be harmful to galvanized trailers and certain painted surfaces. My brother actually uses lemon scented dawn as he swears it attracts fish haha….I dunno about that.

Your estimate seems accurate. I contacted a broker last night who gave me the BUC value. According to BUC, the Total Adjusted Market Value Range is $32k – $35k. That value does not include the kicker or fish finder/plotter. Not sure if I could get that reselling the boat but I’m paying we’ll under that amount. I’ll use the boat and list it at the BUC price in the meantime. I’d like to enjoy it for a few years. If it doesn’t sell, I’ll keep enjoying it. If it does sell, I’ll make a profit.