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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2006

    Sarasota/Tampa Area A ride possible? Just a Ride Only

    Hello Fellow Offshore Boat People!

    I have been an admirer of Offshore boats since I was able to open my eyes and realized what I saw. Always had a facination with them, especially the ones with big blocks!

    The last time I road in a Offshore Boat, was in 1986, in a 31 ft CC Stinger with twin Mercs. I was 10 years old, and I never forgot it.
    Then one time, I was riding a bike when I was 13, over the Manatee Ave Draw Bridge, a 35 plus foot offshore boat went under the span, and I really went blank and stopped and stared at the boat and listened to it for as long as I could (before the brige tender told me to move on!)

    Well fast forward to 2006, Eventually I want to buy a boat, Perhaps a Fountain 29' Fever, but I am a bit away from that. So I bought a corvette instead

    However, I had a brain storm Idea.

    Is it possible, to get a ride on a safe offshore boat, any brand is fine. 29 to 45 feet?

    I will be purchasing a boat no shorter than 29' but realistically no longer than 38' because I have to store it and launch it.

    I am well behaved and I be quite. I would just like a pleasant ride for anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour (it would be shorter than 20 minutes if it weren't for no wake area!)

    I would be more than happy to pitch in the $$ for whatever. I just want a ride only! I want to hear those big blocks drone at idle all the way to 6000 RPMs.

    I can travel to sarasota and meet up.

    I would be seriously grateful for this option.

    please email me at

    [email protected]

    Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you!

    Sarasota, Florida

  2. #2
    Racer Racer Ryan Beckley's Avatar
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    1987 24 Skater, 2006 30 Skater
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    Oct 2000
    Sarasota, Florida, USA

    Re: Sarasota/Tampa Area A ride possible? Just a Ride Only

    You should head down to the Sarasota Hyatt today or tomorrow there are about 50 boats there for the OPBA poker run and fun run tomorrow. Id take you for a ride but I am an outboard guy!

  3. #3
    Platinum Member Platinum Member Jassman's Avatar
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    Oct 2000

    Re: Sarasota/Tampa Area A ride possible? Just a Ride Only

    I pick up my 43 Nortech end of this month, your welcome to go for a ride on it's maiden voyage, they are twin diesels not gas though, they still sound cool. Jeff

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2006

    Re: Sarasota/Tampa Area A ride possible? Just a Ride Only

    Hi Ryan:

    Thanks for the advice! I know where they gathering of the eagles are! Sweet!

    Hey Outboards are a pretty sweet deal too. They have a unique sound of their own!

    Are you gonna race for the Poker Run?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2006

    Re: Sarasota/Tampa Area A ride possible? Just a Ride Only

    Hi Jeff:

    Wow! a 43' Nortec with Diesels. One heck of a combo. I was astonished on seeing/hearing a 42' Fountain with Diesels. Boy, did that thing plane QUICK! And you are so right, they sound awesome too!

    Thanks for the offer of the Maiden Voyage Trip. How about this, I will take you up on the offer when the sea trials are complete.

    Where ya at? Please keep me posted on how she handles and your impression!

    Thanks Jeff!


    I would love to take a look at your Nortech.

  6. #6
    Banned cuda's Avatar
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    Sep 2001
    Deland, Florida

    Re: Sarasota/Tampa Area A ride possible? Just a Ride Only

    The first diesel offshore boat I saw was a few years ago at an Opba poker run. It was a Nortech.
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