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Old 02-05-2009, 03:20 PM
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This is another great set up on our Pantera 28' model. Twin 300 XS Mercury outboards. Extended cockpit and nice cabin if you want to spend a night.

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Old 02-05-2009, 07:49 PM
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hey...
jo, that OB boat is awesome!
An older superboat 30 w/ OB's is also a good option...narrow beam, good length to span the waves, and fuel efficient.
I can go to Block Island and back, from the sound into the ocean, in a variety of seas (nothing killer, except for ferry wakes) at around 45 mph using about 50 gallons for the 134 mile round trip...my boat w/ OB's might be an excellent choice, due to the rough water capabilities and wicked deep vee..
just some ideas..
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Thanks.

We delivered this new 28' powered by the twin Mercury 300 XS approximately 6 weeks ago. It is on its way to our customer half way around the world to the Island of Mauritius. Our customer kept the colors old school and simple. He is expecting his new Pantera 28' to arrive in Mid-March. It takes approximately 60 -75 days shipping time.

I had it up to 78.4 MPH on the GPS and it was still climbing but I had a no wake zone to slow down to plus outboards only had 1-2 hours of total running time. Great acceleration, fuel efficient, and very quiet !! We also did the "extended cockpit" option. This new 28' did not have our new twin step bottom which would of ran approximately 12 % faster.

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We went with a full hydraulic race steering from Zieger with a heavy duty polished race tie bar.Stainless Marine bracket with folding ladder.Black snap in carpet over the Pirelli rubber non skid flooring. Boat was over 33' feet in length including outboards.
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I reallllllllllly like that boat!
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Old 02-07-2009, 08:34 AM
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88,

The 28' Pantera is a great boat for what I do with it. For most of the year I use it as my "car" here in Abaco, then a couple of times a year we shoot over to Fl. General driving I get about 2 MPG... I'd say 1.9. But for that I get a very solid ride, twin engines, and a cool looking boat. My wife rides to town with a friend who has a 26' Pursuit / 225 Yamaha... her boat gets 1.8 MPG at cruise. My cruise is around 40MPH , hers is around 25MPH.... I'd rather go 40MPH for the same or better MPG.

I was looking for an outboard boat before this one came along and am very happy so far with the 6.2's. The inboards have two main advantages for me... their heavy and their inside the boat. I have been in the Bahamas for 20 years and had a boat rental business for 15 years- all outboards. People say inboards are more maintainance... belive me, outboards break too! Outboards are exposed 24/7 to the weather. When I say I like my inboards because their "inboards" is because their in a weather proof box- I can spray them down and keep them clean. I do however keep the boat on a lift, so I don't have the "rubber boot" in the outdrive to worry about- it breaks you sink. I have been fixing a few issues, changed the water impeller and a sensor fault, and I really like doing all of this from inside the boat. With an outboard your hanging off the back of the boat- I've dropped so may sockets in the water it's not funny. Now to them being heavier then outboards. This boat rides better than any boat I have ever been in, in the 18'-33' size range. The added weight in the back keeps the boat in the water better and just makes for a real solid ride. In the Gulfstream you'll like the "solid" part! I have crossed in many outboard powered boats and they just don't ride as well... 32' center console twin merc 250 outboards- jumping all over the place, props chirping... not enough ass in the back. Plus I get better fuel economy with the inboard 320 HP ( yes, some is used to counter the extra weight) than twin 250 outboards- so the weight( better ride) is free.

Also if your cruising the islands you'll like having a cabin. Last trip over - Jan. 6th 2009- we stopped at Grand Cay in the Northern Bahamas to get fuel. They were out, but would be getting be getting more that night around 11pm. We just shot over to a nice beach and camped out in the cabin- wife wouldn't have been real happy in a center console!

Keep in mind concerning MPG... if you load the boat down and have rough seas- as in crossing the Gulf Stream- you will burn more fuel. Never go by the best case scenario when planning a trip like that- plan for the worst and be happy if it works out better.

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Austin, well said and nice boat! I also like my 6.2's.
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Plus... what's a new 6.2' ( or repower 388) cost? Whats a new 250 outboard cost??? I can get two for one when mine go!
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Austin, where are you in Abaco? My folks have a house in Treasure Cay.

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