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Old 01-25-2009, 10:52 PM
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I would go with a newer model single engine 28 rather than an older twin.
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:29 AM
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A Bullet is a much bigger boat than the others...good or bad depending on what you want.
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Another to consider would be a Sunsation. The 28 is a single, but is smaller than a 28 Pantera or Cig. The 32 can be had in a single or twin. A twin 32 Sunsation with very mild and reliable 330/454s would run right at 70.
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Boating on Lake Michigan would bring a 28 AT to the top of the list. Might not be the fastest boat on glass water, but will eat up the rough stuff.
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There is a 28 POWERPLAY for sale in the classifieds !!!!

Now thats a nice boat. They run very strong and well.
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Nothing against the Powerplay. I'm sure they are a good boat. For that matter, the Pantera is a good, well built boat with lots of cockpit room and a great name. But the Active Thunder factory is still there, still building great boats.
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There is NO way an AT can be compared to a Powerplay in the ruff or in flat water.

I know the Powerplay name is not good ,but thats because of the man building them ,even though i never had a problem with him.

But the boats are super and solid, and don't even go to " yae but Mr K ,,,,,thats a complete diffrent story !

Powerplay is the best joyce in my book as far as reliable and handling also what you get for the buck !!!!!!
You haven't been in a late model 28AT in the rough then.

But let's be realistic...

How rough can you actually be "comfortable and secure" while running a 28 foot boat?

(I've been in a 23' Sunsation in 4-6 footers on a 40 mile roundtrip, but I wouldn't call it comfortable.)

Whose definition of "rough" are we using?

Also, what is "running"? 25 mph? 45 mph? 65 mph?

The only way to know which boat is right, its to run each of them. When I test drive a dually, I don't drive it around the block and say "hey that's great" and buy it. I take my 37' boat with me TO the point of sale, and tow the boat with THE truck I'm considering. Then I make a decision.

If you take a boat for a test ride on a flat lake, and plan to run it offshore once you buy it, you could be in for a rude awakening.

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... I know 1 guy telling me ,,actually a friend of mine ,,,he sold his AT and now has the fastest 38 PP out there,,,,he never looks back or misses his AT !
I've met John a few times. He's a character! Actually, the last time I saw him , he was fighting a motor issue on the KW PR; and he was telling Terry he was going to order a Nor-Tech with stock power!

Keep in mind though, 28s and 38s -(ish) are different animals altogether. Danny built great boats and he & Pat (AT) were actually really good friends.

I wish I still had the pics of the 37AT we affectionately call "Rock Climber"-- hanging 70+ feet up off the side of the mountain in California. They floated that boat back to the trailer once they yanked it back down into the water, and its back on the water today.

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There is a 28 POWERPLAY for sale in the classifieds !!!!

Now thats a nice boat. They run very strong and well.
You took the words right out of my mouth.

All great boats named at 28'. Don't think you can go wrong with anyone of them.
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Since you're in Royal Oak why not go with a 28 Sunsation. Lots of good ones around with 496HO or 500. And you're only about a half hour from the factory. They are known for being really good about supporting there new and used boats. If you're going to be on St. Clair/ D. River/Erie mostly that would be an awesome boat. And easy to tow and insure. Also seem to hold there value pretty well.
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