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Old 08-28-2009, 04:39 PM
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Can't go wrong with a Fountain, awesome handling, power, safety etc....and some good deals out there right now!
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my first boat was the checkmate. i learned alot about how to operate, dock etc with it. now its time to go bigger. you have a lot of coin to spend. you can find some real nice boats in your range. buy what you like. mercury marine is still mercury marine , it doesnt mater what its bolted in to. handleing and style, well thats another story.
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Old 08-28-2009, 04:42 PM
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I got a line on a bad azz 272 BAJA Islander with a 650HP new engine in it that is in your budget. Super clean boat and turn key.
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Old 08-28-2009, 04:52 PM
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its all about riding,or test driving a bunch of different boats and seeing what u like. active thunders are great boats. I have heard good things about pantaras also. i was in the same spot you are in but with alot less to spend. I was looking at bajas but i found out they had alot of transom problems in the late 80's early 90's. I ended up buying a 98 checkemate 253 convincor with a 454 mpi. great boat and a great deal. but i searched and searched for one for about 3 months till i found the right one. good luck
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There is a 28' Cigarette in the classifieds and forum member 'dreamer' wants to sell his 28. Both are twin engine boats and should be in your price range.
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Old 08-28-2009, 09:44 PM
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Depends on how much money you spend. I've had no problems with Baja's. Bang for the buck Baja's are hard to beat. Buy one 5-10 years old and most of the depreciation is already gone.
Boats are like cars, there are good one s and bad ones, fast one and slow ones. Get what you want and to hell with everyone else!


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(about the get what you want part.. I have no opinion on Baja - never owned one)
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Get what you want and to hell with everyone else!
until u want to sell it.... then u wish u hadnt bought xyz brand


though no one wants to admit it




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thanks to everyone for your response, i've definately got more research to do now and appreciate the feedback.

i understand the buy what you like theory, but I've been bitten in the butt by that a couple of times and don't want to make the same mistake again.
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:40 PM
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