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Old 05-03-2010, 12:40 AM
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Older is fine as long as hull is solid but remember fuel will only go up...especially now. So again twins may not be the best choice but ultimately it depends on what you want.
Haha! Anybody with a offshore powerboat knows the fuel cost. I know what you are talking about!!! I like the people that drive hybrid cars because it will be more fuel for us haha! I have always wanted a offshore boat with twin 454's. My bank will easily approve me for a 60k boat but I know the cost and only want to spend around 30k so I have the money to maintain, upgrade and use it.
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:34 AM
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Older Wellcrafts have stringer and transom issues due to water seeping into the coring. They did not seal limber holes in many cases and that allowed water to wick up into the coring. It can also happen on the Cig, but I have heard of fewer examples. A good surveyor will know to check for this, possibly even drilling a few small check holes near the limber holes and other stringer cut outs .
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My hustler? right in your price range Its newer has bravos runs 80's on a trailer custome paint 32'
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With an older boat in that price range, don't expect to be a happy boater until you dissemble/inspect/replace all drivetrain steering controls instrumentation etc. Not trying to discourage you, but it will be impossible to do an "on the fly" restoration.

I've owned my boat for exactly a year, it's yet to see the water, but I love every minute of it.

The Cigarette has impeccable wiring and rigging originally. Most of the work I need to redo is work that was done AFTER it left the factory. Everything in the Cig is also very accessible and easy to work on.

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http://www.yachtauctions.com/listing.php?vessel=5073

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I also agree with the smaller newer idea. The older boats were built strong, but the materials have come a long way since then and are better and lighter. An older boat will take a lot more power and fuel to achieve the same speeds. The 330 Checkmate just listed in the classifieds looks like it could be a great deal.
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I had a 1987 Scarab Panther, It was my first boat. It was a great all-around boat, but like some have said, it was not overly-fast (low-mid 60s) and needed a LOT of work. I spent a TON of money on that thing and every time I did something, something else would break. Rebuild the motors 2 years after I bought it, interior was re-done, new bolsters, repaint cockpit and dash. all new gauges. Had it for 7 years and finally gave up and sold it to buy newer, didn't go smaller though. I will never own anything smaller than a 29. Love the newer one! alot less headache and work! take it for what it's worth, I had plans to redo my scarab and make it what I wanted, just never happened. Never got all the money that I had in it out of it either (although I never thought I would).

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I would find one that someone already dumped a ton of money into, they are probably selling it for less than half what they have into it
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Yea Pete sounds like me.....
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