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Old 08-05-2009, 11:34 PM
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I am going to buy a cat. I have narrowed it down to an 03 27' cat with flat canopies with a Keith Scroggins built 572 asperated that dynos at about 600hp with an XR drive. 100% condition in every way. The alternative is an 06 25' half can with a 496HO 425hp with a bravo one drive. The boat will be a lake boat, we are not big speed freaks, 80mph is enough, just want to run around the lake and look good doing it. May want to outrun a Baja now and then. I think I know the answer to this question but want some input. Miles, if your out there.....let the rest of these guys weigh in. I know what you would say. The 03 is about 5-8k more than the 06.
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a 25 with a 496 isn't gonna do 80.
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:25 AM
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Right my point is that 80 would be enough. The 496 will do about 72-73.
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This is exactly what I was looking at in the beginning of the season. I ended up going with an 03 27' Daytona ICW or as you put it flat canopy. Best decision I have made. Mine was powered with a 496HO, way too electric, needed more power. No punch, granted we looked good running around the lake but it was boring to drive. I have repowered to a 575SCi and love it. There was a little work done to the motor and I am running just about 103MPH. Man what a blast to drive and handles like there is no tomorrow. Flat water, big lake chop, wind chop, hard turns, sweaping turns, just a great handling boat. The wife loves the ride even at high speeds.

IMHO, i recommend the 03 27' with the 600HP motor. It isn't all about the speed but how fast it gets there and the 496HO's need a while to get there.

Good luck with your purchase I am sure you will enjoy either boat.
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The larger more powerful cat will be much better as 72 mph in a cat will be boring.
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Old 08-06-2009, 04:01 PM
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The 25' will cost less to insure. With the money you save at purchase and on insurance you could repower.
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Go with the 27'....
I love my 25', but if I had it to do over again, I would have a 27'. It's a bigger boat & handles the rough water much better than the 25'. Also, the back seat of a 25' is really rough over 50mph. I see your from Yukon, what lake do you go to?
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Also, the back seat of a 25' is really rough over 50mph.
You need to drive faster. The ride in my 25 gets real nice at 80, better at 90 and smooth as silk over 100
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Thanks to all for the input.
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Never in a 25 but i do have a lot of seat time in a 27 ICC.
There is a HUGE difference when comparing comfort and abilty to handle chop to my 28 ICC. HUGE diff so just a couple feet and boat design changes things quickly.
BTW- My opinion and past experience is...can't beat stock power to get you home every trip...
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