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    Registered Maritime_Eng's Avatar
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    Best 22-27ft boat for around 20K

    I am posting this for a friend of mine. He lives in Hasting, MN and is looking for his first boat for the st. croix river. His requirments are that it needs a usable cabin, Bolster style front seats, single engine, porti poti, run at least 60mph and that is has a trailer.

    So far the boats that I have though of are (in no particular order):
    Formula 242, 271
    Baja 24 outlaw, 272
    Powerquest 237, 270
    Checkmate 235, 24, 253
    Wellcraft Nova 23 or 26

    I know there are more so please help me out.


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    Registered BODYSHOT1's Avatar
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    Freehold, NJ. USA

    Thumbs up Re: Best 22-27ft boat for around 20K

    26 Sutphen, 280 Velocity are good choices too...

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    Platinum Member Platinum Member yesrej's Avatar
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    Re: Best 22-27ft boat for around 20K

    i know a few people that for there first boat went for the checkmate 25 convincer. i still love the boat. you can get a 1990 or so for under 20k

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    Re: Best 22-27ft boat for around 20K

    I don't think you go wrong with a 253 convincor, it should be easy to find one in that price range. It is a very capable boat with great lines. They respond well to engine mods, handle well at speeds in rough water and will hold there value. What can I say, I am on my second Checkmate.

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    Registered 375stinger's Avatar
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    1990 42' cigarette revolution tri 850, 1984 18' checkmate 235 evinrude
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    louisville, kentucky

    Re: Best 22-27ft boat for around 20K

    my dads first boat was a 16ft checkmate race boat, about 35 years later my first boat is an 18 checkmate.....cant go wrong wit a check

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    Re: Best 22-27ft boat for around 20K

    Can't beat Formula quality. A rare find for under 20 000$
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    Re: Best 22-27ft boat for around 20K

    22-23 Scarab small or BIG block..

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    Re: Best 22-27ft boat for around 20K


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    Re: Best 22-27ft boat for around 20K

    Be patient. It can happen.
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    Registered chuck21401's Avatar
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    Re: Best 22-27ft boat for around 20K

    The Formula 242LS doesn't have a usable cabin. It's more like a coffin. Useful for storing life jackets and junk, that's about it. And you'll need a 502 to see 60mph.

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