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Old 01-30-2009, 01:54 PM
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I also like Formula 292's and have seen some great deals on ones with the 6.2's. If they had something that pushed them over 70 and were a great deal that'd be something I'd be more serious about.

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-Room/comfort as I don't want to leave people behind if I don't have to.
-Speed over 70 but under 80 (for insurance)
-Handle rough stuff
IMO you can't go wrong with a 292 if you can find a good deal. In this economy who knows what you might find.

A 292 will definitely will meet your priorities. Plush cabin (ultra-leather), great ride, easy dock manners with twins, efficient twin stepped hull, AND will do over 70mph in the right conditions (6.2's and 28" pitch Bravo's). Good luck!
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IMO you can't go wrong with a 292 if you can find a good deal. In this economy who knows what you might find.

A 292 will definitely will meet your priorities. Plush cabin (ultra-leather), great ride, easy dock manners with twins, efficient twin stepped hull, AND will do over 70mph in the right conditions (6.2's and 28" pitch Bravo's). Good luck!
Thanks. I was wondering what they'd run with 6.2's.

Has anyone been in an AT 28 and a 292, how does the size compare of the cabin and cockpit?
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If you like the AT, the all white one for sale in the classies is a nice one.

IMO, i like the low slung, look of the classics. And that is hard to do on a 20-30ft boat w/ alot of freeboard.
Some of the newer 28 panteras will have cut-outs in the floor under the front seats.
I plan to call on that one if it's still around when I get ready to buy. I'm a little concered over the pro-charger being on it though. I wonder how that will effect it's reliabilty, etc? I'd probably have to remove it for insurance too.
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Thanks. I was wondering what they'd run with 6.2's.

Has anyone been in an AT 28 and a 292, how does the size compare of the cabin and cockpit?
You should try to make a trip to a boat show and crawl around a 292. The feel of quality and ergonomics is unmatched. We searched for 3 years before going with the Formula. Power stand-up bolsters, deep cockpit, and a nice windshield. Great for cruising. Never been in a AT, but the 292 is a heavy 24 deadrise V wave crusher for a 29 footer. Of course, the 29' includes the swim platform. She won't be the fastest, but with stock, turn key small blocks it can hold its own!
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Never been in a 292 cabin, but looked at a few 312's. The cabin in the 312 was about the same size as my 28 Pantera.
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Never been in a 292 cabin, but looked at a few 312's. The cabin in the 312 was about the same size as my 28 Pantera.
I'm pretty surprised by that. I would have thought the Formula to be considerably bigger. Thanks
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You should try to make a trip to a boat show and crawl around a 292. The feel of quality and ergonomics is unmatched. We searched for 3 years before going with the Formula. Power stand-up bolsters, deep cockpit, and a nice windshield. Great for cruising. Never been in a AT, but the 292 is a heavy 24 deadrise V wave crusher for a 29 footer. Of course, the 29' includes the swim platform. She won't be the fastest, but with stock, turn key small blocks it can hold its own!
That would be ideal to actually get a chance to check them out. I plan on attending the Detroit show, but I'm not sure there will be Formulas there.

It does look like Miss Geico will be there, so I know one fast boat will be around.
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That would be ideal to actually get a chance to check them out. I plan on attending the Detroit show, but I'm not sure there will be Formulas there.

It does look like Miss Geico will be there, so I know one fast boat will be around.
According to www.formulaboats.com they will be at the Detroit boat show (Feb 14-22 Cobo Center). Sometimes they bring a 292, but not always. Surely one of the Fastech's will be there. Have fun!
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I'm pretty surprised by that. I would have thought the Formula to be considerably bigger. Thanks
The 312 includes the platform and is 31'2". My 28 Pantera was 30'1" with the platform, so only a foot difference in LOA. The 312 had a little more room in the cockpit. The V berth was actually bigger and taller in the Pantera.
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I plan to call on that one if it's still around when I get ready to buy. I'm a little concered over the pro-charger being on it though. I wonder how that will effect it's reliabilty, etc? I'd probably have to remove it for insurance too.
I know the owner, can put you in touch w/ him.
He says he's got it real dialed in.
You can always check w/ insurance before you remove anything.
i know he is motivated.
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