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Old 10-14-2010, 09:02 AM
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The only thing I heard is that the 6.2 has a broader torque band, which is a good thing. I can't see why a slight increase in stroke would make for a problematic motor.
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I have a 96 280 with twin 5.7 carb motors, and here in denver it runs great with 24p b-3s.
You can definetely get a better deal on an older one......... The main change other than the motors, was the interior patterns went more modern on the 2001. I have not had 6.2's yet but the 5.7s in this boat are pretty good moderate performance. You can fairly easily hit 60 with the right props on 300 hp.
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We have a 2004 Formula 29 fastec twin step with twins in MINT condition for sale if you are intrested. It runs awesome in 2-3's. Let me know
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We have a 2004 Formula 29 fastec twin step with twins in MINT condition for sale if you are intrested. It runs awesome in 2-3's. Let me know
Thanks, but I'm not sure the Fastec will suit my needs. I definitley don't want a PC type, I would like air and a place to sleep for a weekend. Do you have a link to that boat?
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My Dad has a 28 with A/C. for sale actually, lowest one on the market.

Runs great. A/C is a very rare option on the 28, it is more common on the next size up, 330? memory evades me right now.

Either the 280 or a Fastech you can add one of the new DC air conditioners if the boat doesn't have one... Which I think I'd prefer on a boat this size because of no generator. Add a few batteries for while you are out and plug in when you come in for the battery charger. One day I'll add that to my Donzi ZXO if I can find the room in the super small cabin.
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:21 AM
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[QUOTE=VetteLT193;3230470]My Dad has a 28 with A/C. for sale actually, lowest one on the market.

Vette, can you send me info on that 280 for sale? Thanks
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I just purchased a 292 fastech with twin 6.2's...to be honest the boat is kind of underpowered. i would think with 5.7's it would be even worse. It already has noticeable bow rise upon take off...My suggestion go with the 6.2's and at least a 29 footer for sleeping. You can always add an AC unit. The 292 runs well in 2-3's like someone has mentioned.

If you decide on a smaller boat <28 you could probably get away with the 5.7's...to be honest a lot of the performance revolves around your props and trim tabs...with 24's and k tabs you can probably get out of the hole pretty quick...with 28's and bennet tabs the motors work a bit more but you have a faster top end...
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Old 10-18-2010, 05:27 PM
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I also have a 280ss for sale. It's a 2006 in MINT - I mean MINT condition!

http://nh.craigslist.org/boa/1989300997.html

It has the 5.7's and I loved the performance. I've talked to a few owners that have the 6.2's and there really isnt much difference in performance. I cruise comfortably at 40 and tops out at 60.

This isn't a go-fast boat - not designed for that, but it does give you the best of both worlds. Love this boat, but I am selling due to moving.

If you have any questions - don't hesitate to PM me. Thanks.
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PS - I've also been in some pretty rough water, and it has handled it just fine. It actually loves 2-3's. Very smooth. No worries... it's a Formula.
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I guess in a 280 Formula is not trying to go crazy with power. Considering the 310 has basically the same power, it can't be too bad. I suppose a 292 has more expected of it. Can you modify these motors with cams and ECU's, etc?
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