This question is not intended to slight any of the truly great boat manufacturers in the industry. In fact, it is them (far too many to name) and my own that I am thinking about when I ask this question of you.
But why do Boston Whalers create such affection and such a loyal following among boaters?
I've owned one in my time. It was a fine classic boat... not too sweet into the chop, to be sure, and developed spider cracks in the gelcoat terribly, but was a very bouyant vessel for over 3 decades. It did it's job very well. I almost owned a couple more were it not for the cost vs value inequality that I could not overcome, so I walked.
But even in neglected condition, they sell quickly and not for cheap. Buyers are just willing to pay more for them.
Any my question is why? Is it a phenomenon or a phase? Will it flatten out or will it always be this way?
I've really can't think of another boat with this kind of effect?