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Old 12-08-2010, 09:00 PM
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Hey all - Da new guy here.

Its been a long time on the shore and I am about ready to hit the waters again. Curious to get some input from other people who may have more time behind the throttles than I.

I have a chance to pick up a late 89 Baja Force 320, 89 Donzi Z33, 84 Scarab 34', Christ Craft 312 Stinger or an IMP X 310 - all are the same price lets say. Is there any one that stands out as a hell no! or other issues - fiberglass fuel tanks, hull issues or other bad ju ju?

Anyones input is greatly appreciated. Not looking for the fastest boat but one that I wouldn't have to be worried about any BIG issues.

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Old 12-08-2010, 11:25 PM
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All older boats need a marine survey to check for rot and moisture.
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Old 12-08-2010, 11:29 PM
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Hey all - Da new guy here.

Its been a long time on the shore and I am about ready to hit the waters again. Curious to get some input from other people who may have more time behind the throttles than I.

I have a chance to pick up a late 89 Baja Force 320, 89 Donzi Z33, 84 Scarab 34', Christ Craft 312 Stinger or an IMP X 310 - all are the same price lets say. Is there any one that stands out as a hell no! or other issues - fiberglass fuel tanks, hull issues or other bad ju ju?

Anyones input is greatly appreciated. Not looking for the fastest boat but one that I wouldn't have to be worried about any BIG issues.

J

I've never liked IMPs. Late 80's Bajas are allegedly worse for rot than mid-80's Bajas. I'm not a fan of the Chris Craft Stinger, but some on here will disagree. If the 34' Scarab is a Scarab III, it's more of a cruiser than a go-fast. It might be the right option for you, just depends what you want it for.

Personally I like the Donzi the best out of that bunch, and I own a '85 320 Force Baja...
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:08 AM
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the boat will be more of an intercoastal runner for the wife and I with perhaps a run to the Bahamas (in a group) or a run from Palm beach to the Keys - is I feel brave enough. So it is more for pleasure with no racing in mind - not to say I would try it with someone for fun.

I have heard about the rot which is a concern of mine also and I agree the would be a survey done for my own protection.

Does anyone know if the Donzi had fiberglass tanks back then? I googled the heck out of it last night but couldn't find that answer.
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Old 12-09-2010, 09:46 AM
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Rot in inevitable on just about every one of those boats. You should be able to find one that has atleast had a new transom.

Personally I like the scarab out of the choices.
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