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Old 01-17-2009, 01:00 PM
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No substitute for boat length on Lake Erie
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Old 01-17-2009, 01:40 PM
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^^^^^ I know it gets pretty gnarly up there is 25' enough???
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That's exactly what I was thinking, if someone knows of a good deal on a 25' Outlaw let me know. Also is there anything i should look out for on these boats?
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No substitute for boat length on Lake Erie
I started with a 1985 25 Baja Force in 94'.
Grew up on Erie, boated out of Rossford.
Erie can get big and nasty. No substitute for length on Erie is true.
A 25' is a rough ride out there in big water, but I made it to PIB more than once in 5-7's - but you need to know your boat, and know how to read the water.
IMO Baja is a good starter boat. It's not a TRUE offshore boat, but it looks like one - at least that was my experience, and I'm sure I'll pizz a few off by stating that.
When I ran the boat like an offshore boat, I usually broke something (stringers, motor mounts, Water pickup) but, I admittedly beat that boat like a true offshore boat.
Single is good to start with - keeps costs down.
Personally, I like the smaller boats. Currently have a 24 Pantera, easy to haul, launch, etc.
When you learn how to drive the boat hard enough to start breaking things, it's time to step up to a better boat.
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Old 01-17-2009, 02:01 PM
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Being partial to Sunsations, the 288 Sunny would be a good choice. Take a look at the Sunsation web site. They are a family run, Michigan built boat company. Service after the sale is about the best around. Just for added info, they offer the closed bow and the mid cabin models.
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Old 01-17-2009, 02:01 PM
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^^^ Sounds good I really appreciate the advice, I'm sure I won't be beating on it to hard at first. The more I read and learn the more excited I get!!
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Your first boat should be something everyone should respect... A real boat! A 37' Midnight Express. Here is some information

Midnight Express

37’ Midnight Express, 1987. Fresh zero hour HP-500’s. Bravo HP drives with merc spacers for awesome x-dimension. Merc/ Stainless marine headers, Lathem external steering, K-Plates, K-trols, K-Indicators, Dual power steering pumps. Radar Arch.

Accommodates 4 comfortably with 2 couches and a nice spacious V Birth. Lectra San head and Norcold refrigerator(12v).

Electronics include Furuno Bottom Graph, Azmit Digital compass, VHF, and a Nice stereo.

Trailer: Trailer is a 2009 Sterling Ace, 18k cap, aluminum triple axle. Torsion axles with removeable spindles and matching 8 lug spares on forward tongue. Electric over hydraulic 12” Kodiac Brakes on ALL axles… REAL SMOOTH!! This is a $9,000 trailer and is included.

$ 45,000

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Old 01-17-2009, 02:53 PM
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^^^^^I'm afraid I wouldn't even know where to begin with something like that
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Jet.. I told. yaaa.. the Infinity. good power, easy to handle.. tough, cuddy, porta potty, inexpansive, and have several rough Lake Michigan rides under her hull.
I took her to the 1994 Pier 33/Thunder Marine Poker Run around Benton Harbour and Michigan City. Hellava ride. Got me hooked on the Poker Runs.
I would stay away from the smaller then 30' Bajas. Just MY .02with out going into details.
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Alright how about some pics you can email em to me at [email protected]
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If Paradox is talking about the 30' Infinity buy it! I had the molds for a while.. Great boat! Will plane at 15mph. What are they asking???
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