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Old 09-10-2007, 04:06 PM
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I figured you folks could help. My friend is looking to buy a new 34 foot boat. Here are his parameters for this boat:
Deep Vee (no cats), no coring in the hull (solid glass), no steps (pad ok), top speed in the mid 60's with 5 yr warranty, gas engines (Merc), 8-8'6" beam, wrap around windshield. Ideally, he'd like to go back 20 years and buy a new Formula SR-1 (he likes the silent thunder exhaust). He's looking for a "gentlemans speedboat". He doesn't like the styling of the Baja in that size (he thinks it's balsa cored in the bottom anyway). A used/repower is out of the question. Any ideas?
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Old 09-10-2007, 04:18 PM
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I figured you folks could help. My friend is looking to buy a new 34 foot boat. Here are his parameters for this boat:
Deep Vee (no cats), no coring in the hull (solid glass), no steps (pad ok), top speed in the mid 60's with 5 yr warranty, gas engines (Merc), 8-8'6" beam, wrap around windshield. Ideally, he'd like to go back 20 years and buy a new Formula SR-1 (he likes the silent thunder exhaust). He's looking for a "gentlemans speedboat". He doesn't like the styling of the Baja in that size (he thinks it's balsa cored in the bottom anyway). A used/repower is out of the question. Any ideas?
What's wrong with the new formulas? They look almost identical to the old ones. Look at the SS models for no step.
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He would buy a new Formula but the Fastechs have stepped bottoms and the SS series are too wide.
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he may also want to look at McManus (apache). I don't think he likes to use steps, builds a great hull, but you'll pay for it.
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Sounds like a Cobalt 343 might be close, although I think they have a single step.
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Old 09-10-2007, 05:32 PM
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Check out a 33 Active Thunder. Built the way you want it, very rugged boat, with old school looks. Has the same cockpit size as their 37 model. Jeff
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I would suggest he look at the Sonic 358 and the Nordic 35 Flame.
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Id say a Velocity 36 or a 35 Sutphen
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Saber ,, Saber ,,, Saber 34 foot of offshore whoop aaaassss or just get a 36 Concept with Verado's and have a nice day !!!

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You may find some with a solid fiberglass bottom, but most manufacturers are using coring in the sides and deck.
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