A bravo will last if it is coupled to mild power. If you buy a brand new boat today with 525s or 600s, you get bravos. Plus, to fix a bravo is really no big deal (hell, you can keep a spare and bolt it right up if needed). You don't want to pay to have someone fix a #6. I suggest the HP500 or 525 bravo setup.
Well now that you have heard from a bunch of guys as to what they think here are some more to think about.
Think twice about buying a used salt water boat .I have preached this before a number of times .The salt creep gets into everything no matter how well you clean . and when it comes time to fix it may become a bear that my bite you on the ass.If you buy a fresh water boat you will know that you put it into salt and have no one else to blame.
Purchase a umbrella policy of at least $1 mill.To be on the safe side $1.5 mill
Keep in mind what I said about exotic power--- there is a real down side to that..
Again Good luck
I would spend the FIRST 5K on attending Tres school to learn a little more about what a handfull a boat in that price range is gonna be like, not trying to "step on toes", just a friendly suggestion :-}
What I have often done is asked myself : "what is your list of priorities" [in order] And then write them down. Maybe have the g/f there to get her input too?
Do you want the absolutely FASTEST boat? Your probably gonna want a cat?
Do you want something full of amenities? You might want to look at a Formula or a Donzi
Do you want to compromise? good amenities and speed, but, not the best of either? Well, tons of choices
I would look at some "lower end" Outerlimits and Nortechs, they are built really, really, well, and hold there resale value pretty well [in this economy NOTHING is gonna maintain GREAT resale]
You are DEFINATELY in the drivers seat, cash deal, crap ass economy, no trade, you are a salesmens dream! As others have said, you will do VERY well. It cant hurt to find a boat with an asking price of significantly MORE than you want to spend and try and make a deal, especially at a dealership who might not want to have 200K worth of boat sitting on the lot for [another] summer.
I have a small Baja now, and have been out in a few Sunsations 32ft ish, and the difference was incredible, so, going from your Hammer to a Top Gun, or 38 ZR will be unreal. Whatever you buy, be safe, take a course, ask lots of questions and remember, its YOUR money, take your time and find EXACTLY what you want.
I started running big power back in the eighties . It was turbo's back then and they were a mess . My mechanic Dave at MDG got me to switch to superchargers in 91 or 92 . I have never owned a bravo boat , but seen a lot of them break when driven aggressively or when put behind large power . My experience has shown me that a speedmaster drive doesn't cost a whole lot more to fix . but it can take a lot more power and last longer beteween rebuilds . And the big power , again not that much more to rebuild or freshen up than a stock engine where I get my work done . The big difference for me is in performance and speed . I can run a big hp 6000rpm motor at 3000-4000rpm and have a 70-90mph cruise without working the motors hard . Making me be able to run in a poker run and cruise at nintey without beating up the equipment . In my opinion you can kill any engine with abuse , or make one live longer with proper care . I just took apart a pair of 900's to freshen up after 5 years and they were working well and looked great . I think you need to consider where you want your cruise speed to be and work backward from your top speed . Hope that makes sence and is a help . Just my experence and opinion .
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