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Old 07-05-2007, 02:27 AM
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Best bang for the buck and well with in your budget is the 28' Skater.

Can't beat that boat.

Will out accelerate the Eliminator inboard boats, will out handle them in the rough water and will flat out be a blast!
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Old 07-05-2007, 08:29 AM
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Cat, small cabin, 100 mph, twins, newer, turn key, 100k. I'd have to recommend you start looking for a 26' to 28' cat with wackers. A pair of 496's will get you there (barely) if you have to have I/O's. I like the room that wackers give you inside the boat. I also hate crawling around the bilge. Eliminator or DCB would be a good start. If you don't have prior cat experience expect 5-6k/year for insurance. Even with experience, expect 4k. It doesn't sound bad, at first, but $500/month in addition to $3.50/gallon gas, etc. really makes 100 mph cat boating expensive! Be careful with your insurance company. You may get your ins. company to write it at first. Then, once it gets to underwriting, they will kick it back. Been there.
Good luck with your search. There are plenty of boats out there that fit this criteria.

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Old 07-05-2007, 09:24 AM
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Insurance on cats with less than 100k financed does not have to be expensive at all.....

some mentioned are not options if you want to trailer the boat often due to the sizeable beam. Eliminator if you want basic cabin type features (DCB's are too pricey) and skater/spectre if you don't
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Old 07-05-2007, 09:37 AM
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Call Skater and ask how much to upgrade front dash/cockpit area to look like current models. If you have a set-up console between the seats will look much better. Be prepared for big expenses on high HP>. and Ins.
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Old 07-05-2007, 09:41 AM
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i dont see how your going to get a 30-35 cat that will be turn key and run a 100 for $40k,if you break it down the hulls worth 50k the trailer 10k the powerplants 30k the drives 15k,even outboards are worth 10-12k ea.. especially the brands mentioned here,they are all the top priced boats available..been there -done that..
i shopped for the same type criteria as you mentioned that are important to you and bought an ocean express 33 super sport that is a blast to drive and plenty of room,yes they do have 3 seats up front but not soory for that and it gives you center steering which is nice to be in the middle when it gets rough
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Old 07-05-2007, 11:31 AM
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American Offshore is a great boat. It's in your price range and has a cabin. "I" think ride is much better than spectre. I haven't ridden in or driven the others. With 500hp's it will run
95-100mph all day.
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Old 07-05-2007, 11:46 AM
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i dont see how your going to get a 30-35 cat that will be turn key and run a 100 for $40k,if you break it down the hulls worth 50k the trailer 10k the powerplants 30k the drives 15k,even outboards are worth 10-12k ea.. especially the brands mentioned here,they are all the top priced boats available..been there -done that..
i shopped for the same type criteria as you mentioned that are important to you and bought an ocean express 33 super sport that is a blast to drive and plenty of room,yes they do have 3 seats up front but not soory for that and it gives you center steering which is nice to be in the middle when it gets rough
I got confused too.... 40 k was for a v project boat, he's thinking 100k, can do it there, especially if you go outboards
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check the classifieds. Looks like a nice 2002 OE in there.
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Just remember, you get what you pay for.
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Have a survey done on this!

http://www.offshoreonlyclassifieds.c...o15694-en.html

This is a lot of hardware for the money!

Its a buyers market.


Go for It!

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