also keep in mind that baja's usually use big blocks (454, 496, or 496HO)...They tend to consume a lot more fuel than a small block...
dont qoute me on this but I think a twin 496 setup will consume around 30-35 gallons per hour (if not more)depending on conditions, speed, crew, etc...for me that was too much so i vouched for a boat with smaller motors.
another thing you should keep in mind that i forgot about mentioning is the choice between a deep v hull and a stepped hull...they have different ride charecteristics...baja obv only provides deep v. you should experience both.
you will get differing opinions on baja's...
some say they are a low end boat (not built well) while others swear by them (best bang for the buck)...
personally when i went looking (just my opinion)...after seeing a formula fastech's build quality the baja was ehhh not that great...again thats just my opinion. im not bashing baja as they do offer a lot for the money. i just went for quality over quantity.
1. fastech offers electric bolsters, baja doesnt
2. fastech offers sinks where most 30< baja's dont
3. formula ultra leather is some of the best i have felt, baja uses cheaper vinyl inside
4. formula offers stainless steel cup olders, bajas are plastic
just some examples...thats why i mention keep an open mind.
The budget you listed, is a decent amount to shop with for your first boat in the used market right now, so stay patient in your search.
I would definitely go with twins if you can, for many of the reasons already listed, as well as not having the feeling of needing to move up in size or power too soon, as if you were to go with a single from the start. While the used market is better for buying right now, make sure you buy what you REALLY want first, because you will likely not be able to just sell what you got quickly, & move to something else, should you decide that you'd rather go another direction right after buying.
I would take the advice Spicy offered, & get to know some of the people in their boat club around Maryland as well. This can save you a LOT of time, and money, by getting the opinions of others that have boated in your area for quite awhile, before pulling the trigger on something.
Good luck in your search! When you're looking for opinions on the forums, try to make sure whoever is giving you their take on something, is someone that has an adequate amount of advance knowledge, before taking their opinion to the bank. Sometime you can be talking to someone that hasn't been boating for more than a week, or you could be talking to a 14 year old. There are a LOT of really good, knowledgable boaters on OSO, so you've definitely found a great place to discuss performance boats.
Last edited by BLee; 08-24-2010 at 02:39 PM.
....and BLee, you are right. I have seen others that I like even more, but the pricetag is also a lot higher too on some of them. I like the Sonics, Checkmates, Fountains, Pantera's. I don't know much about any of the other makes. Just in this thread though, I've seen a few comments on the Formulas too
Last edited by sleev-les; 08-24-2010 at 06:15 PM.
buy something that will handle the water you boat all the time. when shopping for my first boat i was dead set on a 1999 Baja 25 outlaw until rode in one on Lake Michigan. The water there gets pretty snotty at times, nothing to get into 4ft of chop anyday of the week. I ended up with a Powerquest legend. liked the looks of the baja better but LOVE the ride and options in the powerquest. Rides and options of a much larger boat. A good friend of mine has a 29 outlaw and he says my boat rides better hands down. mine also has more headroom in the cabin, a freshwater system and a pumpout. not many 25ft boats have those. Sonics are sweet, agressive looking boats but are narrow. Just my 2cents but powerquests are very well built boats.
check out the 31 sonic in the classifieds for 46K boat is clean and runs like a raped ape with 1400+ HP
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