Along with Cigarette I also considered a new Active Thunder and a new 41 Pantera, but again I didn't want to jump into a hole that deep so I ended up going with the 2005 39 that is at Fastboats. Yep, the "ugly one" with the "homo seats." That seems to be the consensus on it from the comments I found in other threads, but the price was right, it fits the bill for what the family wants, I still get to go fast and Fastboats was willing to take the Apache on trade.
I know a lot of people don't like the boat for the paint job and/or the center steer, but it has a lot of potential and I don't think that it's really that bad the way it is. I am not crazy about some things in the paint job, but I can live with it for now. We may be able to simply make a few small changes to it to really make the paint work. As for the center steer, I personally like it after having it in the Apache, so I am not concerned with having the homo seats again. Besides, those seats allow for an enclosed head that the family will certainly like.
Anyhow, the plan is to run the boat this season as is and then look at changing some stuff this coming winter, depending on how business goes this summer. The first job would be the paint and interior and then a few years down the road when the 525s get to their rebuilt point I will add more power. The engines have 200 hours on them now, so my only real concerns are the headers and drives. We will get the headers checked out before summer and go through the drives and freshen them up if needed. Other than that it should be ready to go.
That's the condensed version of the whole story.
Oh yea, we will be up on the bay some this summer. We won't make the Thunder run because I have already registered for the Jacksonville run that same weekend, but I am planning to attend Rock the Bay and the races in Cambridge.