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1981 24' Pantera vs. 1978 26' Corsa - Which is the better of the two??

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Old 03-16-2006, 01:08 AM
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Default 1981 24' Pantera vs. 1978 26' Corsa - Which is the better of the two??

Hey Guys:

As I have been saying all over OSO these past few weeks, I'm looking to unload my 1973 20' Cigarette and get into a slightly larger boat. I've narrowed my short list down to either a 1981 24' Pantera or a 1978 26' Corsa, both big block/TRS boats. Which do you think is the better of the two? I'll be swapping the stock 454/370 from either boat into the 20' Cigarette and my 482/600 into the "new" boat. What do you think? Pros and cons please . . .

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Old 03-16-2006, 01:28 AM
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Default Re: 1981 24' Pantera vs. 1978 26' Corsa - Which is the better of the two??

I think that the TRS is a solid drive, but the technology is kinda old.
I'm referring specifically to the length of the leg and the depth of the leg in the water.
The X dimension suffers due to the Whole prop being submerged and you must trim to the moon to get max speed, making the boat unstable at max speed.

I don't mind old hulls, but I prefer outboards on jackplates so they can be properly trimmed for max speed.

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All i know is my 1980 24' Pantera is as solid as a rock yet, and I don't think it had the best life. That boat loves to eat waves in Lake Michigan. There are no stress cracks anywhere on the hull.
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Old 03-16-2006, 08:25 AM
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I dont know the Monza although ive heard good things.. And the panteras are very solid , although any boat is suseptable to rot so make sure you tap around with a hammer.. TRS are great drives and now have a Konrad replacement, good luck
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both boat's that your looking at are awsome boats. If the Corsa your thinking about getting is the one on the boat trader it has been for sale for everrrrr. I know where they're selling a 79 Monza that all it needs is paint

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Mike:

I spoke to your dad about the Monza, I'd take it but I need something with a big block, because I am trying to swap stock big block power back into my 20' Cigarette to sell it. Glad to see another young guy like me on the board!

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I would have to go with the larger hull,if you have the room,they get smaller when you put them in the water tripps
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My oppion, Superboat 24 all the way!!
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My brother had a 24' Pantera for a couple seasons. With a 24 degree deadrise and 7' beam it slices waves. It rides great. Over 70 MPH however it can get squirrely and that was with a 500+ HP single...

It is built very soild....remember minus the beak and platform it compares to a '29er.

he would buy one again ...the 28' Pantera with t-525's is a nice ticket too.
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Never heard anything bad about either one. Good Luck!
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