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Old 08-04-2021, 01:32 PM
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Looking to purchase my first "go-fast" boat. I am looking to stay between 25-30ft with a single engine. I will be operating in fresh water only (Western NY Lakes, Lake Ontario). I'm looking at mid-late 90's builds. There are a few Baja's, a few Four Winn's and a one Foundation Fever 27 in my area but the one boat I have my heart set on is a 1999 Formula Fastech 271 with the 502mpi which has about 600hours. This boat is clean, fresh water only, never kept in a slip and indoor storage during the winter.

I am looking at the Formula Fastech 271 this weekend. What are some items I need to consider, look for, maintenance concerns, any insight on owning an older boat, etc.??
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Old 08-04-2021, 01:51 PM
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Welcome to OSO!
I recommend a survey, especially with boats getting that old. Transom and stringers can be rotten.
Upon your first inspection, the general condition will tell you a lot about how the boat was cared for.
Check for cleanliness of the engine compartment, if it's a mess, that's probably how the rest of it was maintained.
Make sure everything functions, all accessories and gauges. Water test is a must prior to handing over any cash!
Good luck and make a decision with the big head or you may end up with a project.
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come ck out our 25 active thunder its awesome on lake ontario
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I cant post pictures yet, too new. The boat is super clean for a 99
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I had a 27 Fountain for a few years. It gets small quick. Skip that choice.
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Originally Posted by John Lupo View Post
I cant post pictures yet, too new. The boat is super clean for a 99
you only need 10 posts, so post away even if only a few words each
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Always go bigger. If you are thinking 25-30 buy a 32. You won't regret it.
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Originally Posted by jtbooten View Post
I had a 27 Fountain for a few years. It gets small quick. Skip that choice.
I would agree but I would only like one engine to deal wit
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Originally Posted by SB View Post
you only need 10 posts, so post away even if only a few words each
working on it 😁
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Originally Posted by Coryfred View Post
Always go bigger. If you are thinking 25-30 buy a 32. You won't regret it.
do they make a 32ft with single engine?
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