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Charles
02-24-2002, 09:51 AM
I went to a Boat show this weekend. The lowest price was 14000$(pontoon) to $31000 + for a variety of other boats. Hey, I dont want to live n the dayum thing lol. I think you could live in the higher dollar ones. I think I will stick to buying a used one out of the paper but I sure don't want to buy someone elses trouble. ONce a boat is jinksed it stays in the shop. I think a stingray type boat would be nice. NO slow pontoon or bass boat. I like speed and roomyness. Hard to find a boat with both that doesn't drink the gas at breakneck speed. When I was growing up we always had a boat. Probably will be mid summer before I can buy anything. Sticker shock is the word for it when it comes to the new ones. Anyone else like boating?

BRL
02-24-2002, 10:14 AM
Love boating! Used to have one & will again probably. Never had time for the maintenance, or to even get out on it, so we got rid of it. I was watching a TLC show on the history of boating. Some of the yachts they were showcasing were in the 10's of millions of dollars!!! Amazing. Someday..... LOL

Charles
02-24-2002, 10:28 AM
Yea the maintenence is the killer. Like any other piece of machinary when it sits, like boats do during the winter, it sometime falls apart. Whenever I get to where I can buy a boat there is always some piece of lawn equipment I need to buy first. I hate to even ride by the lake and see all those boaters having a good time. Well no more equipment for me this year -knock on wood. My goal is to buy a boat. I doubt it will be a new one because I made a vow of no more easy payment plans. You can find friends with boats but sooner or later they see themselves a Gods and you as a free loader they can control lol

Barkleymut
02-24-2002, 10:51 AM
My 16 ft jon boat has all the room 2 men and 2 dogs need. And for $325 I bought a 25 year old one last year. The thing is tough. Then I set out to buy a cheap engine. I found a 1969 Johnson 20 HP outboard that runs great for $250. I put it all on my 16 ft landscape trailer. For $8 worth of gas+oil I can spend the entire day on the river. Anyways who wants to sit on the boat all day? You can trek out to a small island and let the dogs go wild. I just took her out last week for the first time in a couple months. Gotta keep the cobwebs out of that old 2 cycle.

Charles
02-24-2002, 10:59 AM
Yea Barkleymut you got a good setup. There is so much you can do with a boat. Fishing, skiing, riding exploring islands and shorelines. You can take a grill and cook out on the boat or shore. You don't want to be out the thinking of how much gas you are using or the payment plan. But you also don't want to wonder if the boat is going to start everytime either. The more electronics you have the more can go wrong.
I will also be looking at boat without propellers. What are they called --jet boats? Least if you hit an object in the water you want shear a pin or bend the propeller.

geogunn
02-25-2002, 10:34 AM
charles--you are looking at this thing all wrong!

any way you go at it a boat is a hole in water through which money flows!

I went to a show here a couple of weeks ago and I was particularly impressed with the new 37 foot SEARAYS. they are made here of course.

this particular boat was a show special for $237K. spouse person said NO!

Originally posted by Charles
NO slow pontoon or bass boat.

on the waters I boat, there is no such thing as a "slow bass boat"!

they now easily exceed speeds of 90 and even 100 MPH!

HECK! my old boat will do 55 mph with one person and gear!

as for todays engines and economy, you are in luck. the new EFI engines get huge fuel economy over the earlier outboards and outboards.

the jetboats are lots of fun but I hear they do not pull skiers as well as a prop boat.

before you buy, tell me what you are looking at and I can check it out.

your best bet for a used boat is to be ready to buy starting the week after the Fourth of July. in my area the number of boat for sale adds doubles that week.

GEO

Charles
02-25-2002, 11:18 AM
Thanks for the info Geo. I wasn't referring to bass boats as being slow just most pontoon. I saw a bass boat at the show that had a huge 225hp outboard motor on it. But bass boat to me are more for utility than comfort. The ability to be able to stretch out and a swim platform are important.
The brochure I got had chapperrals boat info and they had 325hp to 425hp. 18ft to 27ft. I was wondering if the engines were efi. The boats weighed 3000lbs to 8000 lbs with the larger ones having cabins. I remember we had a 1980 something merc cruiser 165hp 19ft and thank guzzled gas. So I was think the newer one with that kinda weight and hp better have efi engines. 425hp 22ft 6000 lbs-- whew! gas almighty! lol. I was think more of between 200hp -300hp around 20ft if the efi makes a major difference

AVRECON
02-25-2002, 12:08 PM
I would tell you to get a Grady White boat, but that might be a little more boat than you need on a lake. They build them here, and they are always a top pick with JC Powers. BTW, remember a boat always runs better on land than it does in the water, LOL! So make sure you water test it.

Mykster
03-01-2002, 04:59 PM
There's nothing like screaming down a lake at 80-90mph in a Skeeter passing the v-driven boats.

Barkleymut
03-02-2002, 09:11 AM
By Charles: "But you also don't want to wonder if the boat is going to start everytime either."

Exactly. Thats why I only go upriver. I lost a propeller once and me and my 2 buddies had the most fun ever just drifting back those 10 or so miles.

Twice last year we spent a couple of nights out on islands. We would set off about 20 miles upriver and coast back. Man I can't wait till June.

lawrence stone
03-04-2002, 11:21 AM
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Lanelle
03-04-2002, 01:05 PM
Seems like an odd place to put a boat in the water!:D

parkwest
03-04-2002, 02:51 PM
I agree. I've been down some steep boat ramps but I think I would pass on that one.

Stone, where was this taken? Curious, I had a boat similar to that and sold it to a guy with a white pickup.

Charles, if you are looking at a large boat, get one with diesel engines. If your interested in a project look at

http://www.databoat.com

and look at the "Phantom" under power boat plans over 20'

Charles
03-04-2002, 04:02 PM
At least the best part of the tow didn't go off the cliff---the boat :) forget the suv lol save that boat.
A diesel boat, I would love that. k- chunk k-chunk all the way down the lake. It sure would save on fuel

parkwest
03-06-2002, 12:47 AM
Woke up this morning after dreaming about driving a boat over a waterfall. Wonder were that came from?

lakegastonla
03-10-2002, 11:58 AM
Charles, take a look at Stingray boats. I bought a new one in 97. It's been a good one 21 ft with 350 v-8. It'll run 62mph stock from the factory.. They are also made in South carolina. So, you may be able to at least save the transportation fees (several hundred) by picking it up yourself. The "runabout" boats with the walk through windshield are a good all purpose boat. (family friendly) A good place to start might be Boating magazine and Trailer Boats magazine. They both have nice websites with subjective reviews and good info. Good luck! Enjoy it, shopping and comparison is half the fun.



P.S. I might also look at Chapparal, Sea Ray, Maxum, Donzi (wishful thinking) etc....lotsa good ones out there right now.

Charles
03-11-2002, 08:19 AM
Thanks for the info lakegastonla. In fact the stringray was my first choice. We have a dealor close by. I have heard nothing but good things about them. The have the sleak look I like. 62 mph would be great.
The chapperal is nice too and they offer many emenities and engine sizes. One of their boats contains a 425 hp big block.Oh yeah!

lawrence stone
03-11-2002, 09:12 AM
Charles how can you even think of buying a boat at this time.

For there is no water in the lakes where you live.

I got a overnite campsite at a SC state park off I-85 In Feb. near the Georgia border and all the floating docks and some of the boats where lying on mud.

That lake must have had about 25% on it's normal water.

You guys have a major drought issue in that area.

Charles
03-11-2002, 09:53 AM
That is the truth Lawrence. Lakes in my area are 12ft + below normal except for the nuke plant lakes where they have to keep the water at a certain level. Some of the lakes are used for power generation as well as recreation. Even though the corps of engineers have cut back on draining the lakes for power use they have contributed to the lakes not rebounding with the rains we have gotten. The amount of water from streams flowing into the lake is the lowest it ever been since record keeping.
But I figure I might get a good deal on a used boat with people so tired of the low lake levels. There is still plenty of water in the deeper parts of the lakes.
This looks like a long term drought to me if we dont get some tropical weather this year. We didnt get that last year.
I have read where the northeast lakes are sad looking too. NYCs reservior is near the critical stage