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Old 04-27-2010, 12:22 PM
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What do you want to know...my stepfather has owned 4 of them....a 36, 44, 55 and now a 38. Unbelievable in every way...customer service second to none.
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They are great boats. But, they def are designed for specific use. The jet drive is great as it will allow the 38 to get into abot 20" of water. On the flip side the jet drive sucks in any kind of seas over approx 2'. The quality is top shelf. and the nice thing is there's not a lot of bling to break or wear. I've been on models with diff power but the last one I was on had Yanmar. Geraldo Rivera has a 38 in Puerto Rico. I was on it last month with him and it's a great day boat, but it's a very wet boat in the cockpit. Thats really my only neg point.

As far as cost of ownership, I always believe in brand names and the boat will def hold it's value. Is he looking new or used?
Not sure yet on new or used....please tell me more about the jet drive in bigger seas......

I thought the cockpit was enclosed...how does it get "wet"?
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What do you want to know...my stepfather has owned 4 of them....a 36, 44, 55 and now a 38. Unbelievable in every way...customer service second to none.
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Not sure yet on new or used....please tell me more about the jet drive in bigger seas......

I thought the cockpit was enclosed...how does it get "wet"?
It's really a "wheelhouse" design. Windshield and 2 sides. The motor box is aft of the house then seating along the stern. The 38 I was on did a tremendous amount of station-waggoning a water mist. From both the sides and stern.

I didnt like the way the boat "missed" in heavier seas due to the jet drive intake underneath.
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Not sure yet on new or used....please tell me more about the jet drive in bigger seas......

I thought the cockpit was enclosed...how does it get "wet"?
The aft cockpits in all the models are open. The helm area is enclosed on three sides for the smaller models...the larger models are completely enclosed.
As far as ride goes I have only been on them in the Chesapeake Bay and we do not get any huge water up here.
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38 Picnic.......jet drives...joy stick
I love them! My favorite fat boat. Do not have one but would buy one if I could learn to enjoy it!
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The aft cockpits in all the models are open. The helm area is enclosed on three sides for the smaller models...the larger models are completely enclosed.
As far as ride goes I have only been on them in the Chesapeake Bay and we do not get any huge water up here.
The Chesapeake is not exactly calm either. Have you had any handling issues on rough days or with wakes, etc...?
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I know a guy that has worked there since high school and now is very high up in FL sales. On the older ones (2001 and newer)the 36 Picnic is better in the EP (extended pilothouse) trim. The waterjets are neat but the fuel burn is 30% worse than inboard diesels and IPS is 30% better than inboard diesels so once IPS came on the market the joystick control was no big deal.

The "bling" maybe light but the woodwork is extensive and will require maintenance to keep it looking top notch. Power and Motoryacht has the new 38 Picnic (lists for 840K)on the cover this month. It is a twin diesel model. The fit and finish is top notch and I would love to have one.

There is a guy in my area that trailers his with a F350 single rear wheel and a Myco.
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here's a better all around boat in that size and quality.
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So it sounds like IPS/Diesel is the way to go (to avoid aft "mist" and engine vapors, and to increase economy and performance). I would imagine that the draft would increase about two feet as a result....?
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