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Old 06-24-2007, 04:34 PM
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Wow, looking at all the different manufacturers, powerplant options, hull types, etc, there are alot of different ways to go. So how did you decide on your first one? What was your first offshore boat? If you could go back to that time period, would you have done anything differently?
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I looked for a solid performer with a solid industry name. Something that I would not get bored with in 1-3 season's time, and something that I was unlikely to see besides my own.

If I had it to do over again, I would have looked for a 28 Active Thunder. However, I had found a 26' Sonic with an HP500EFI (which was rare for a 1999 vintage), and I have NO regrets. I was bored with the boat during/after the 3rd season, and jumped to a 37 Active Thunder before the my 4th season with the Sonic.
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I had no idea about brands or quality. All I knew was I wanted something with a Chevy based powerplant and I wanted it fast, loud and sexy looking.

I spotted a left over new 1970 18' SeaRay Pachanga with a 327 Chevy, 225 hp. It was almost 4 times my budget, but I had to have it.
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One of the local guy's from my neighborhood had a 24' Pantera that was just awesome and every time we passed his house he would have 2 or 3 (different) girls either coming back or leaving with him in his boat.....SO I said "damn all I got get me is one of them there Pantera boats.." and the rest is history.
Regrets...should have never sold my first Pantera 24'.
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I looked for a solid performer with a solid industry name. Something that I would not get bored with in 1-3 season's time, and something that I was unlikely to see besides my own.

If I had it to do over again, I would have looked for a 28 Active Thunder. However, I had found a 26' Sonic with an HP500EFI (which was rare for a 1999 vintage), and I have NO regrets. I was bored with the boat during/after the 3rd season, and jumped to a 37 Active Thunder before the my 4th season with the Sonic.
I second most of that. I also wanted something that I could resale quickly 2-5 years down the line and not lose much, if any money. I bought a 24 python and she was great for me. I ended up selling her for $300 more than what I paid. Would not have done it any diferently. It takes a lot of shopping to be able to recognize good deals and boats that can sell quickly. You don't want a project.
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whew! going back twenty years,alot of it was the color scheme,(did not know any better) if it looked cool,sounded cool buy it........then ask the mechanic..what the hell is a coupler....and why is it 500.00 bucks
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My first "offshore" boat is my current Cigarette Bullet. I wanted a 30-foot boat that would look good and be a "wave crusher".

I'm on my second season, and I am very happy with my decision to buy a Cigarette!
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A buddy of mine had a 1991, 24' Chaparelle, with a big block in it. The boat was only two years old, and he was trading it in on a 28 Baja sport with twin big blocks. We were working the midnight shift, and he asked me to take a ride in the morning to trade it in, and pick up the new boat. All the way to the boat, and going out of the harbor, he was complaining how much the boat cost him, and how little he was getting on the trade. About half way there i asked how much they were giving him. When i heard the price, i said, turn around, i'll give you cash for it, and we will drive there. We did, and i was a boat owner for the first time. I had no slip, never drove a boat, and had no idea what i was getting into...... i'm glad i did it....... This was 1993 and he still owns the Baja.....
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