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Old 03-06-2008, 03:43 PM
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Thanks a million guys for the responces.... this is so much fun. I think I have made my decision and gonna stay in the 25-27' range with a single.

Rangerrick.... I actually have this boat saved and was looking at it. My wife loves it too!!! I may take you up on your offer. Still waiting for my cash to get here.... (sold my racecar), so i wont actually be calling anyone till I have cash in hand. LOL

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Just let me know, my bro-in-law lives up there & I'm always looking for an excuse to drop in on him so he can buy the beer....
It really sounds like a good boat, & if the deal on the Sonic didn't come around, I would've definetly taken a closer look at it.
I too considered something in the 30' range, ie AT, but I was finding it hard to justify the additional cost to own something with twins, not to say I won't make the jump down the road, just right now, it didn't make sense....
I also had a Sunsation 288 on my list, it is down in S. FL, there was just something about the boat that worried me, so I decided to continue my search & I stumbled on the Sonic....I feel it worked out for the best.
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Old 03-06-2008, 04:14 PM
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That is almost identical to my boat! It looks good for a Baja. The colors are classic and will stay in style for a while. You can't buy a stock one and do all that for that price. Since you are a motorhead you'll love it.
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Old 03-06-2008, 06:23 PM
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500hp will get you to 80 great riding boat
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:03 PM
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a) where was I [mostly] going to use the boat?
b) my Durango's towing capacity;
c) my experience level;
d) fuel, maintenance costs & reliability
Holely smokes - is that the Harbor Inn and Hook Line and Drinkers in your aviator? Loved going to those places when I lived up there!!

Do you take your performance boat to Portage Lakes??? That is one small puddle of water.

Great list!

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Old 03-06-2008, 07:15 PM
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Just a word about Baja in general. Do your research. Nothing against them, they are good boats and pretty fast for the $ and HP. Depands on where you boat and how, Bajas tend to have a "flatter" bottom, (thus the speed) but have some rough water issues. JMO
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Just a word about Baja in general. Do your research. Nothing against them, they are good boats and pretty fast for the $ and HP. Depands on where you boat and how, Bajas tend to have a "flatter" bottom, (thus the speed) but have some rough water issues. JMO

When you say rough water issues, do you mean no air time? or are you referencing running hard in big water such as the ocean or say lake michigan? Just curious as to the limitations...
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:45 PM
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Great discussion guys.... lets keep this going.

As for usage: Mostly lakes, some river usage, maybe a run to the bay?

towing: F250 Superduty Powerstroke... no problems towing.

Experience: Very skilled mechanic and fab skills. Boating... driven a few 20' ski boats and ridden in a 48' Apache with triple 588's.

Fuel, maintenance, reliability: I have a great set of tools. LOL
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ridden in a 48' Apache with triple 588's.


That must have been a 47' Apache they didn't make a 48'. BTW welcome to OSO
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When you say rough water issues, do you mean no air time? or are you referencing running hard in big water such as the ocean or say lake michigan? Just curious as to the limitations...
I would not call them limitatins. Just FYI. I used to run on lake Mich. it could be worse then any Ocean. No rolling waves on the lake, Towering white caps, Washing macine stuff. YOu get stuck in a storm, better have something good under you. Biger is better in rough water. I was on the lake with the 26' Infinity when 45' yachts came back in a Diversy. I miss those days and Navy Pier. LOL best place to see skiiny deeping by the boat babes.
YOu need to decide what's more important for you. speed,?rough water handling?, creature comfort? price? etc.
Example, a 26' baja will outrun a 27' Formula with the same power, in normal waters. Then when you get into 4' chit the Formula can take the pounding faster then the Baja.
Baja, lighter, faster, smaller deadrise, slower in rough water, it will bounce to much,
Formula, heavier 24 deg. (I think) deadrise. slower but will take the beating better.
Any boat buying is a compromise. I compromised about 6-7times so far, but the best boat is your first boat.
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well I'm not surea bout niceguy but my price range is substantially lower then the average guy in this as is my age!!!! I am trying to keep it under 30k and preferably under 25k.......in between 24-29' prolly single engine....and as far as use, I would like to run fast, but also get some airtime "if" that is possible with the boat in my price range.
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