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Old 01-11-2006, 05:34 PM
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Hey Guys,
Ok so Im at the Houston Boat show, pretty let down by the lack of true power boats on display, and just to stay true to the crowd I spent some time looking at the new Baja's, Now I am not sure if it was because they were so new, or if it was because there were no other boats there besides formula,who knows.
My g/f got into the 35 baja and was already complaining about lack of space, and pointing to the cruisers thanks a lot houston boat show , so I came up with the defense that the 38 special had more room and comforts inside, the salesman agreed, hehe probably because he had just gotten one on trade,,but suddenly I felt myself really leaning toward the 38 special, maybe thats what I get for bringing my g/f, anyway, I currently have a 1983 40 excalibur hawk, that has been more of a project than I wanted it to be. I am too close to finishing her, to make the full decision right now, but I want to know what you guys think? Stick with what Ive got or move to a newer baja 38?
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Old 01-11-2006, 05:52 PM
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Yeah,,
I agreee about the show. I was there saturday night myself. Not much in the power boat department. I was majorly disappointed. The wifey liked the 32 Searay Sundancer,,,but I couldnt see 186 g's for a boat that small.

I'll just have to keep shopping till I find the right one myself.
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Old 01-11-2006, 05:55 PM
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stick with what you have , especially if it's paid for..
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Hey Guys,
Ok so Im at the Houston Boat show, pretty let down by the lack of true power boats on display, and just to stay true to the crowd I spent some time looking at the new Baja's, Now I am not sure if it was because they were so new, or if it was because there were no other boats there besides formula,who knows.
My g/f got into the 35 baja and was already complaining about lack of space, and pointing to the cruisers thanks a lot houston boat show , so I came up with the defense that the 38 special had more room and comforts inside, the salesman agreed, hehe probably because he had just gotten one on trade,,but suddenly I felt myself really leaning toward the 38 special, maybe thats what I get for bringing my g/f, anyway, I currently have a 1983 40 excalibur hawk, that has been more of a project than I wanted it to be. I am too close to finishing her, to make the full decision right now, but I want to know what you guys think? Stick with what Ive got or move to a newer baja 38?
I just figured out that "g/f" doesn't mean "Godfather"!

Am I Italian or what?
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The 38 Special is a Huuuge boat

Very heavy 13-14 000 pounds.. Needs Big HP to move the beast... I have never read any complaints about that model.

I've eared low 60's with 502's.

It's a real weekender that can handle Big waters!
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Old 01-11-2006, 07:42 PM
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I did not like how the boat performed in 3+ foot waves, but that may have something to due with the driver. Lots of cockpit space.
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Old 01-11-2006, 07:44 PM
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I just figured out that "g/f" doesn't mean "Godfather"!

Am I Italian or what?


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Old 01-11-2006, 08:10 PM
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A guy at my marina has a 38 Special. It looks pretty roomy. What's that boat going to give you that the Excal doesn't or can't have?

P.S. If your GF has any complaints about your boat, tell her to get out HER CHECKBOOK!
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So you have 3 choices as I see it. .38 special, your current ride & a cruiser.
Lets look at this. The cruiser has all the crap the 38 special does, yet it goes like 1/2 knot at WOT.
The Hawk is everything the 38 special is, just older and has better styling.
Hmmmm the Hawk wins! Assuming the Hawk is in good shape structurally, I'd stay with the Hawk & update it. Paint, Engines, A/C & Heat, interior are way cheaper than a 38 special.
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i have a 2000 boss 38 special.i love the boat.it has gen,a/c and all of the other goodies.wife and kids love it.was not ready for a cruiser,but wanted some weekend accomadations.if you get it you will love it..
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