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Old 07-20-2010, 04:05 PM
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I am going to look at a 1984 Formula LS 24'. It looks like it's in good enough shape and it's priced just under $6k. Has a 260hp 350 Merc. Any input would be appreciated including how to talk the wife into it!

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I am going to look at a 1984 Formula LS 24'. It looks like it's in good enough shape and it's priced just under $6k. Has a 260hp 350 Merc. Any input would be appreciated including how to talk the wife into it!

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I like the older formulas personally but don't expect a speed freak. If it's alpha drivers and the sb 350 it may be a little bit of a pig in the water. You can always upgrade power and drives if you want more though!
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Thanks for the reply. Not sure if it's alpha drives. I assumed it wouldn't fly with a 350. I'm about to head out to look at it now and will report back. What do you think of the price?
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price is reasonable if boat is in decent shape. Good riding boat, but rather underpowered with a single small block.
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Just looked at it. It's in great condition and seems well maintained. He said that it looked fast but only went around 35. I would definitely like more speed than that. Does anyone have any suggestions? I definitely don't want to spend $5,000 swapping an engine on a boat like this.

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I just got a fresh water 1985 242 with a 350 single and alpha.300 hours. one owner and no trailer mint condition, I put it in the same day I bought it and took a trip. Paid a little more than 5000. Live it though. Does 42 max but going to get a better prop. Good enough tho. It takes off good though.
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That's good to hear. I had a Wellcraft Nova that took forever to get out of the hole.
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ya its a nice boat....i want to do thru hull on it this winter....but i am not 100% sure how...i mean i think i do but i dont wanna mess up!
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Ya, that's another thing I wish it had. I'm still thinking about it...
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Ya, that's another thing I wish it had. I'm still thinking about it...
Just being totally objective, I wouldn't buy that particular boat.

I'm assuming it still has the teak swim platform, accents, & old quicksilver throttles & gauges? If I were you I'd look for at LEAST a 1990 or newer, just so you'd have the fiberglass swim platform & newer throttles. The price isn't going to be much different, or possibly at all, if you'll just look around.

Just fyi, is all.

One of my best friends bought a 1990 242-LS a year or so ago that has a 454, Bravo drive, bolster seats, 360 hours, trailer, & all of the newer controls for just over 10k. You'll be a HELL of a lot happier waiting for one that doesn't have teak in the long run. It dates the boat significantly, & is a pain in the ass the maintain, IF it's not already cracking & falling apart?

Good luck! Those old Formulas are great boats & will last you a long time if you take care of them.

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