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Old 01-06-2008, 02:35 PM
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Does anyone have this boat? We were looking at getting one after falling in love with one we saw. We have a Formula 382 with 600's right now. We went on a fun run the other day from Sanibel to Marco in some pretty rough seas. The preditor boat (50ft Nor-Tech) looked as if it was on glass water while we were bouncing everywhere, catching air on almost every wave at 50mph. How is the ride of the 39 in the real rough stuff? We are wanting a rough water handling boat that can hang with the big boys in the fun runs.
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Old 01-06-2008, 02:47 PM
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I'm surprised! You are looking for a 39 Cig while you own a 38 Formula. I always thought Formula's are a bit slower because the the heavier weight, thus making the boat more stable in rough water... But I'd say Cig 39 or Formula 38 compared to the 50 Nortech, this, I can understand there is a better ride..

You think there is so much of a difference between your 38 and a 39 Cig?

Anxious to read everyones thoughts on this...
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The 39 Cig will ride better than the 382 Formula, but the 39 aint going to ride like a 50ft Nor-tech. A few members on here have the 700 package in the 39. They are a match made in heaven, a great ride and 100+mph running all day long. You may want to look at a 42x or even maybe the 43 Nor-tech if you want to go that big. If your going new and need to trade your Formula give Ocean Performance a call. They deal both.
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Originally Posted by fountain40icbm View Post
The 39 Cig will ride better than the 382 Formula, but the 39 aint going to ride like a 50ft Nor-tech. A few members on here have the 700 package in the 39. They are a match made in heaven, a great ride and 100+mph running all day long. You may want to look at a 42x or even maybe the 43 Nor-tech if you want to go that big. If your going new and need to trade your Formula give Ocean Performance a call. They deal both.
why would the 39 ride better than the Formula? Hull design? Weight of the boat? other reason?
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Stagger for one and also its a better hull. I know many people that have driven both and the Cigarette's ride better than the Formula, no offense.
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We got the 382 for a great deal with 100 hours on it. It was our first off shore boat and we wernt ready to invest $650k on a new top of the line boat. We have had it for a year now and absolutly love it, but want to be able to hang with the big boys now. I dont expect a 39ft boat to handle the same as a 50 footer, just curious how the 39 handles the rough. We will be at the Miami boat show looking at Nor-Techs and Outerlimits as well. The formula is a nice quality boat, but we are looking for more speed and more of an exotic boat
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And when i say a boat that can hang with the big boys, i mean speed in calmer water. Not neccesarily real rough water. I was impressed with how well the 50ft NorTech handled in 5-6ft waves though but wouldnt expect a 38-39 ft boat to handle the same
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:22 PM
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I have been on a 43 Nortech with triples that rides like a Cadillac in 3-4 footers. NT's will never be the fastest but they will ride the best of anything you are looking at. Cigarette/ Outerlimits will be fast but will have an agressive ride compared to the others.
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Stagger for one and also its a better hull. I know many people that have driven both and the Cigarette's ride better than the Formula, no offense.
no offense for sure! I've always wished I'd own a Cig... just did not turn out like that... someday it will.not too far...
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The formula is a nice quality boat, but we are looking for more speed and more of an exotic boat

same thing for me, it's my first big offshore boat(previous was a 26) and I'm satisfied with my boat. But just like you, now I know better what I wish I would have / need to have.

Just not easy to find THE right boat, because we all don't get to drive 10 different boats in the same summer, so we can then choose from... I'm also looking for my next boat, but still don't know what would be my choice... I feel like I would need a summer or 2 shopping for the right thing, but at the same time, who has time to shop that much?
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