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Old 04-12-2005, 02:40 PM
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Let's just say, hypothetically, that there's this guy that is looking for a boat. Now, this "friend" of mine has some certain requirements, including:
  • Towable behind a 2005 Durango - 7800 lbs capacity
  • Around $30-35K
  • Decent ride on a choppy lake
  • As close to turn key as possible

My "friend" has found a couple of boats that seem to meet the criteria. One is a 1993 Formula 271 (pre-Fastek), single stock 502 Mag (carbed). Boat looks to be all stock, approx 500 hrs on the motor/drive.

Second boat is a 1997 Powerquest 260. Numerous updates both cosmetic and performance-related. Roughly half t he hours as the Formula.

The Formula will likely be a fair amount cheaper.

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Between the two boats mentioned, I would buy the Formula. I think it's a better looking boat.
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For 35K I would try and find a 99 or 2000 outlaw ??
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You really want to tow 7800 lbs behind a Durango???.... I wouldn't. Anyway, tell your "freind" to go with the Formula... the PQ is really a 25' boat masquerading as a 26 (same hull as the 257, just a new name)...

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Their is a Z-29 Donzi for sale on the Donzi site.I would check that boat out.Better looking than both those boats and sounds like it is in excellent mechanical shape.
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I haven't been in a 260 Powerquest, but I really like their 34 and 38's. the Formula's are a lower profile boat than a PQ and it might have more room even though it's 1 ft shorter. Depending on region, the Formula will likely have better resale value.
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Or possibly look for a used 28 Sunsation... should be able to find one of those in Michigan at or near the price of the PQ or Formula.
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There was a 2000 288 a couple of years back going for 42, so they can be found.. I too would go w/ a 288..
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Or Call Me On My 28 Saber Offshore 502 1995 616-402-1672
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I looked but couldn't find a 288 Sunsation (which would be my choice) for the right money. *Really* don't want to go higher than $35K, would be happier at $30K. Appreciate the suggestion on the Baja, but something about those boats just leave me cold - can't put a finger on it and I'm certainly not Baja-bashing, just the way it is. Fountain is the same for me, just can't get excited about their styling, though I appreciate the performance.

I, I mean "my friend" was leaning toward the PQ, but you are making me think twice....
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