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Old 08-24-2008, 09:44 PM
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I have been around boats for several years because of my dad or friends boats. i have never owned one myself and well i keep getting cold feet. I have a budget of about 20k and i really like the style of a 24' pantera, or similar boat. i found a 22 checkmate herewhich i like but im scared it wont go through the waves good. i will boat on the upper chesapeake bay which gets rough on the weekends. Can anyone help please?

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That would be a great lake boat, but anything more than 2 footers and you are going to wish you were on the trailer.
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thanks, i'll pass on it then. i want something that i can at least tolerate on the river.
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28 cig for 25k if interested....
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28 cig for 25k if interested....
no thanks, a 28 is a little more boat then i want.



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Get a 24 Pantera...nothing even close to it in rough water.
cant find one in my range. im also considering a baja outlaw.
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I was in the same situation you were in, and I just found a 24 outlaw for that price range.
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Maybe a nice Formula 242 or 272 you could find in that price range and do a little work my .02.
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Maybe a nice Formula 242 or 272 you could find in that price range and do a little work my .02.
Yeah... I love those.... but the 24 has a higher transom and maybe better balance point. Also good if you can find it for wave crushing under 28 feet is a 26 Chris Craft Stinger/Scorpion.

To have a decent ride and stay under 28 you need a heavy straight V. Probably an older boat. Newer means lighter.
Stay away from 27 Fountains. (although they are fast)

Maybe an older Scarab.
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Maybe a nice Formula 242 or 272 you could find in that price range and do a little work my .02.
as long as it has a good hull with no cracks or rotten areas and a good motor im ok with it. i also want to stay with one engine because of gas. and everyone around here with a formula 242 thinks they're made of gold. lol. but the are beautiful.
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If you can hold out for a 24 Pantera I would. Its the end of the season and you have plenty of time to look.
I had a 24 Baja sport and a 25 Checkmate Convinsor. Also a 23 Warlock. All very cool boats for sure. But none of them compare to the Pantera in rough water. Its a soft ride and its solid returning to the water.
And on a sad note I might have to sell my Pantera this fall. I'm really trying to hold on to her. It would be in your price range.
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