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Old 11-28-2010, 08:47 PM
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Here are my requirements for the next boat, I have never been on or even seen any of these up close so i'm looking for some feedback.

28-30'
More comforts than a go fast, not a full blown crusier
Trailerable
Good rough water ride (as good as it can be for a cruiser)
$55k or so max

I like Monterey 298, Cobalt 293, Sea Ray 290ss, Formula 33ss (dont think I can trailer)

Anyone have experience with this style boat? I think twin sb's is the way to go in this size (except the formula) would I use a generator (90% day trips)

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I once was considering something like this but never bought one. All of these are around 10-10.5 ft wide.....regular trailering will be an issue.
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Here are the specs for the Cobalt. You better have a big block gas or diesel tow rig for this one;

http://www.cobaltboats.com/v11/our_boats/303/index.php

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i have no real life experience with either but the Monterey looks like a real nice boat and with power people have claimed to be in the 60's.
Also consider powerquest 320. I have seen a few of these with 496 ho. that is some good power for this boat and people have claimed high 60' up to 70mph. That is what i would buy if i was in the market for a sportcruiser. I have also read that alot of people still trailer this boat. displacement is arouid 9500 without trailer so you would need a diesel. beam is 10'
there is a youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1fnHCxm878

Again i have never been on either boat and all my knowledge is form the internet so take it for what it is worth.

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The Monty 300 only has twin 6.2L 300s as max power. You're not gonna get a 10,000lb boat anywhere near 60 with just 600hp.

PQ is out of business so a pre-owned boat is the only choice now. They were good boats though, ran pretty fast for their size.

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I had a 330SS Formula. Nice 50-55 mph boat with small blocks(50 MPH) or 55 with big blocks. Great rough water boat. sleeps 4 no problem. Go the 350 if you can. No problem to trailer. Now I have a 34PC still 52 MPH with big blocks and I can sleep 6 no problem. Great boat but you can't trailer. FYI,
I came out of a 25 Active thunder, great boat and then went into a 420 Searay. JUNK
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I came out of a 25 Active thunder, great boat and then went into a 420 Searay. JUNK
Sounds like Chris on here, he came out of an Apache into a big Searay and hated it.........
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Here are my requirements for the next boat, I have never been on or even seen any of these up close so i'm looking for some feedback.

28-30'
More comforts than a go fast, not a full blown crusier
Trailerable
Good rough water ride (as good as it can be for a cruiser)
$55k or so max

I like Monterey 298, Cobalt 293, Sea Ray 290ss, Formula 33ss (dont think I can trailer)

Anyone have experience with this style boat? I think twin sb's is the way to go in this size (except the formula) would I use a generator (90% day trips)

Thanks

Formula made a 310SS as well so if the 330 is too big the 310 may make the cut.
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I like the 32 PQ but I've already owned 2 so I want something different, heard good things about Cobalt but they seem like more of a lake boat, the Monterey has a 22 degree hull so it should handle fairly well in the rough, I have no doubt the formula would suit my needs, I like the 03' and newer but they are a little out of my range for now, just need to crawl around on a couple of them to see what suits me.

how loud are the small generators? too loud to run when your hanging out partying?
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small marine gens that are in the engine compartment won't make enough sound to hinder conversations on the swim platform......The AC running at night is louder than the genny.

Here's a 298 and I've bought from them years ago.
http://yachtauctions.com/listing.php?vessel=5980
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