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Old 12-20-2020, 07:50 PM
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Thoughts and opinions on this boat. I hate the red interior but I love the exterior. Seems like a really nice boat for the price. What do you think the top speed would be with those 454's? Im not doing anything right now but definitely looking. That being said Ive never even been on or ridden in a Cigarette or any go fast boat. My 24ft Cobalt is perfect for where I live but not the best in big water. I live on a river and Ive got the 2nd biggest boat out here. Mostly pontoon and flat bottom aluminum mud boats.

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Pretty boat and does seem like a good price.

But, boat is in Fla and through a broker.
So due diligence would be paramount.

Trs drives too.

Hopefully the Cigarette Boys here in Ohio will chime in.
Theres a 1/2 dozen or more of them that have lived/breathed them for yrs.

Last summer I saw three Cafe Racers at the same water front pub.
One owner was educating me that there is quite a variety in what each one is.

I like too that at 35’ it wouldn’t be too bad to tow, load/unload etc.

Good luck w/your shopping.

One of my favorite things to do.
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Seems like a nice clean machine with decent updates. I would get a survey, a sea trial and compression and leakdown on the engines. TRS drives are fine with that setup and you should have no problem with them. As for speed, I bet it is a 62-65 MPH machine with the Merc 454 420's and the TRS drives. I like the timeless graphics my self. Indicator cables are a pretty cheap fix if they are bad and I would just go with a simple Add on GPS for speed.
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try insurance first
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I have an 89, mine is a little different due to having a notched transom, but this looks like a nice boat, I to like the timeless graphics. As others have said make sure to get a survey and sea trial. As far as pulling a 35, this is a heavy boat, empty it is about 9600 lbs. with fuel, gear and the trailer you will be over 12,000. That being said they ride great, for speed with the 420's and TRS you should be between 60 to 63 mph. The TRS's are no longer made but with proper care and not over powering (I would not go over 550hp) they will live. Like any boat if you beat on it, you will destroy it.
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Nice looking boat and seems like a decent price. Agree with what everyone else has said. Loved my Cafe and it ended up in Louisiana. Good luck in your search......
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That’s Nabil Boutros boat. Look him up on Facebook.
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Thanks for the input guys. Towing won't be a problem. I drive an F350 single wheel and tow a lot. I love the graphics but Im not sure if its the right route for me. That boat is such overkill for where I live but I do want to travel soon. The last kid has 1 more semester of college and the house is almost paid off. Im starting to second guess myself. Am I settling or should I wait and get a newer model with more upgraded engines? My wife thinks Im crazy and its too early to actually enjoy a boat like that. My goal is to maybe hit the poker runs and do some exploring. Ive captained 45ft sailboats for many years now but have honestly never even ridden in a go fast.

Lucky Strike Jr Ill check him out tonight. Thank you again guys. I definitely need to do some more homework. I want to make sure I get what I want and will use. I use my Cobalt almost every day from spring until Thanksgiving. Then I switch gears and hunt till January 31. I also will need to extend my boat house. My 24ft fits perfect but there is no way in hell a 35ft will even come close...

Im so redneck its almost pathetic. My house is on stilts because of the flooding.





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I refuse to allow common sense to interfere with my boat buying decisions.

BTW, man was I off on towed weight!
Yikes.

Lastly, it is unacceptable to have a place like that w/o a boat like that Cig in the lift.

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Thanks for the input guys. Towing won't be a problem. I drive an F350 single wheel and tow a lot. I love the graphics but Im not sure if its the right route for me. That boat is such overkill for where I live but I do want to travel soon. The last kid has 1 more semester of college and the house is almost paid off. Im starting to second guess myself. Am I settling or should I wait and get a newer model with more upgraded engines? My wife thinks Im crazy and its too early to actually enjoy a boat like that. My goal is to maybe hit the poker runs and do some exploring. Ive captained 45ft sailboats for many years now but have honestly never even ridden in a go fast.

Lucky Strike Jr Ill check him out tonight. Thank you again guys. I definitely need to do some more homework. I want to make sure I get what I want and will use. I use my Cobalt almost every day from spring until Thanksgiving. Then I switch gears and hunt till January 31. I also will need to extend my boat house. My 24ft fits perfect but there is no way in hell a 35ft will even come close...

Im so redneck its almost pathetic. My house is on stilts because of the flooding.




That’s a beautiful home.
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