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Old 03-30-2010, 10:21 PM
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Hey guys I am thinking about buyingy first boat and wanted some opinions. I am looking for a 22' or bigger speed boat with a cuddy. I really like the Bajas and Scarabs. I have found several but any help would be appreciated. If u have one for sale let me know. Thanks alot everbody. I don't want to spend more than about 20k for it either. Give me some opinions.
Keep saving and then start looking, anything in that price range, will cost you far more right after you buy it to fix the problems, than just waiting and getting something that is ready for the water and safe...Plus the wife won't get nearly as mad...
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The two best days as a boat owner is the day he buys it and the day he sells it......
That being said, I have had over 16 best days....
Find the cleanest one owner boat you can find and take it to a trusted mechanic and have them check out the mechanicals.
Regardless, boats are holes in the water you throw money into.
However, after boating for over 35 years, I cannot think of a better way to spend your disposable dollars.
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Old 03-31-2010, 01:08 AM
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I'm surprised no ones asked what kind of use he's looking to get out of the boat? If your looking for a family cruiser with all the creature comforts at 55mph, then a Rinker would certainly fit his needs. If your looking for a boat to get you started, with solid hull platform to throw bigger power in, you might want to search elsewhere. Also, where are you boating??? It might be worth it to wait it out a year and save up a bit more money. The amount of boat you can get with 20k vs 30k in this kind of market is HUGE.
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Do u have pics of either one?
Bunch.. Send me your E-mail. Or go to http://www.seriousoffshore.com/class...page=out&id=52
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Old 03-31-2010, 08:59 AM
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Thanks alot for everyones opinion. I found a nice looking 22' scarab for 16900. I am really liking it. Let me know what u think. http://www.chevroletpower.cz28.com/PokerRunScarab.html. I think I might go and look at this one this weekend. We do most of our boating either at lake Cumberland in Kentucky or on the Ohio river. We live in cincinnati and those are the best places to go. Thanks again for all the help. Give me some opinions on the boat.
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Thanks alot for everyones opinion. I found a nice looking 22' scarab for 16900. I am really liking it. Let me know what u think. http://www.chevroletpower.cz28.com/PokerRunScarab.html. I think I might go and look at this one this weekend. We do most of our boating either at lake Cumberland in Kentucky or on the Ohio river. We live in cincinnati and those are the best places to go. Thanks again for all the help. Give me some opinions on the boat.
OK if you're only gonna use it on overcast/rainy days. In the sun, that black will burn ya! You'd need a pair of insulated hunting boots to walk on the deck midday. Also, when the water is still cold, your wife or SO would appreciate a cuddy. I'd say keep looking.....there's some killer deals out there right now.
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OK if you're only gonna use it on overcast/rainy days. In the sun, that black will burn ya! You'd need a pair of insulated hunting boots to walk on the deck midday. Also, when the water is still cold, your wife or SO would appreciate a cuddy. I'd say keep looking.....there's some killer deals out there right now.
Agreed. For a wify a cuddy is a must. THe black will fade on the sun. FOr 10K the INfinity would be a lot better. But of course I'm biass.
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Bunch.. Send me your E-mail. Or go to http://www.seriousoffshore.com/class...page=out&id=52
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Pictures of the Infinity?
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Thanks alot for everyones opinion. I found a nice looking 22' scarab for 16900. I am really liking it. Let me know what u think. http://www.chevroletpower.cz28.com/PokerRunScarab.html. I think I might go and look at this one this weekend. We do most of our boating either at lake Cumberland in Kentucky or on the Ohio river. We live in cincinnati and those are the best places to go. Thanks again for all the help. Give me some opinions on the boat.
I rode in that exact boat in the Ozarks. I am used to being in much larger boats 35' and up. I was very, very impressed with the speed and how the hull handled the rough water. There was three hardcore offshore boys in the boat. The owner has a 34 Hustler, I have a 39 MTI, the the third owns a 39 Top Gun Cig. We all expected to get beat up knowing how the Ozarks can be. However we were dead wrong. That boat was really a pleasent surprise how it ran over 75 mph in snotty water and was very stable and felt very solid. The newer 454EFI engine ran like a million bucks and looked like a brand new Bravo drive as it still had the bar codes on it. Everywhere we went we got thumbs up from people who like the stealth look to the boat. I am surprised the owner is selling it. Although he has other boats maybe the reason. If I was looking for a boat in that price range I would not hesitate with that boat. The satin black finish was not as hot to the touch as we expected and was another surprise. We could walk on the deck in the hot Ozark sun with no problems.

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Thanks alot. It sounds like whoever did the work on this boat really went all out. I am glad u posted this because it is another positive to me buying it. Hopefully we can come to an agreement on it so I can buy it off of him. Thanks for ur knowledge on the boat.
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