I'm not currently in the market or ready to upgrade to a bigger boat, but I wouldnt be a good boater if I wasnt thinking about it..
Here's what I'm thinking when the time is right. Buy a 419 Fastech, 99 thru 2001. Take the power, drives and whatever else is needed out of my 353, and make a twin 800hp 419.
I would be able to repower my 353 with the 500efi's that came in the 419, still have 1 500efi and extra parts to sell.
Even though my Bravo's are already highly modified, I know they wont last behind the big boat, but thinking about it Cig has been putting Bravo's behind 11,500lb 42ft Tigers for years. And with the weight reduction of at least 1500lbs(motor,drive,pumps,generator and such), I can see the 419 coming in close to that weight.
Seeing clean 419's going for 75k, and TS Tigers still pulling at least twice that, the idea doesnt sound so crazy.
Where I boat the Cig's do dominate with their rough water prowness(not that they can catch me), but I would think the 419 would be no slouch.
Some questions I have: Would a 419 come on plane with 2 engines? Would the wider drive spacing cause issues? What would happen to the balance of the boat? How would it fly?
I love the idea of the big cabin, big cockpit and even bigger engine compartment, making future upgrade possible(staggered, arnesons, sixes..)