See if you can find a nice 24' Baja Outlaw or ES with a 454 or 502 and a Bravo. A Checkmate 251 would also be a good boat to start with at the right vintage and price range. There are hundreds of them out there. There are plenty of neglected/soggy ones out there though. Make sure you check it out well (get a survey WITH a moisture meter; thoroughly check the stringers and transom), and it should last you a few seasons until you are ready to move up/on.
Last edited by Sydwayz; 07-23-2008 at 01:49 PM.
you can't overnight on a Donzi Classic, but they will hold their value well.
For an overnight boat, and probably the best deal in the boat market (for a long time now) Formula 272 SR1 1987-1991
You can get twin Big Blocks with Bravo 1 drives, a basic cabin, excellent build quality, great ride, and a great price. They can be bought for under 20k right now.
I got a 88 Baja 240 Sport. Same hull and deck that got renamed Outlaw. Its pretty good in the rough stuff with a weight of 5000 pounds and 24 degree hull. The hammers are not a 24 degree hull. That will affect the ride. Like mentioned before, look for an older baja, powerquest, checkmate, pantera, formula, etc.
i am sure the pantera guys love to be in the baja category JK
Ditto on the 272 Formula. There are a lot of older ones around for a reason.
SPRING LAKE - R281.770.9 - Slow--no wake speed.
9. On the waters of Spring lake adjacent to the city of Ferrysburg, village of Spring Lake, Spring Lake township, Ottawa county, it is unlawful for:
(a) The operator of a vessel less than 26 feet in length to exceed a slow--no wake speed when within 200 feet of any shore, dock, or pierhead.
(b) The operator of a vessel 26 feet or more in length to exceed a slow--no wake speed.
Look at the 24 to 25 foot Checkmates. They are reasonable, will run almost 100 with a stout 540 and Bravo, and can handle Lake Michigan in almost all conditions. I think there is one in NY now for under $10,000 with a big block rebuilt in 2002.
The 23 Velocity's are also a good boat in that size.
Check with ArticFriends on Baja's.
Good luck, I'm sure you will get a lot of advice.
Theres a 26 Sutphen w twin outboards listed in Fruit Port, MI for $12,500
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