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Old 04-14-2011, 10:42 PM
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i don't think that I am going to finance a boat. But have heard rumors that I may be recieving a work bonus so budget may be going up.

Anyone know anything about this boat? http://www.boattrader.com/listing/19...racer-98391645

or http://www.offshoreonly.com/classifi...o38648-en.html
I would stay away from these older bigger boats that need a lot of work. The prices are low for a reason and maintenace is gonna be way more than you anticipate. Another thing to think about if your on a tight budget, 200 plus gallon tank at $4/gallon. I love Cafe's but I don't think these 2 are very budget freindly.
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i don't think that I am going to finance a boat. But have heard rumors that I may be recieving a work bonus so budget may be going up.

Anyone know anything about this boat? http://www.boattrader.com/listing/19...racer-98391645

or http://www.offshoreonly.com/classifi...o38648-en.html
I haven't seen either of these boats first hand, but I can say from the pictures that both of them will need some work. The red one is in better shape, but if you look at the pictures it has two different seats in it, and it needs a new interior. It appears that the table is missing in the cabin and the gauges in the dash do not match. It also doesn't list the engine hours either. If it passes a survey, it might be ok and you would have a nice piece with 10-15k worth of work (maybe more). If the engines need refreshing, double it. The second cafe is in awful shape, it appears that everything needs to be redone and just by looking at pictures i would say this boat has been left in the water, so I would be concerned that the transom would be wet. You would have to sink a ton of money into that one just to have a nice boat.
I have looked at a lot of cigarettes over the past few years because my next boat will be a Cig and I can tell you that if the price is cheap, there is a reason.
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I would stay away from these older bigger boats that need a lot of work. The prices are low for a reason and maintenace is gonna be way more than you anticipate. Another thing to think about if your on a tight budget, 200 plus gallon tank at $4/gallon. I love Cafe's but I don't think these 2 are very budget freindly.
Agreed, the odds are Cafe's in that range need another 20k in work. I look at mine which is 10 times nicer than that one and can see $10k that it needs to be a 9/10.

Also - you're right you have to be prepared to pull up and put 800-900 in fuel in it; it isn't unrealistic with 200 gallon capacity.

I know the new 2500 Dodge's have a capacity of 15k, but I wouldn't hook my Cafe up to anything without 4 wheels across the back. They are heavy.
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i don't think that I am going to finance a boat. But have heard rumors that I may be recieving a work bonus so budget may be going up.

Anyone know anything about this boat? http://www.boattrader.com/listing/19...racer-98391645

or http://www.offshoreonly.com/classifi...o38648-en.html
did you get my e-mail and Pictures?
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with 20k cash your going to be hard pressed to get into anything over 24ft unless its really old. Even old boats arent that cheap unless they need a lot of work. But You can find Formulas, Baja's, checkmates that are 24-29ft in that price range. I have never seen a fountain, cig, hustler for that cheap regardless of age.
i would be surprised if you could find a twin engine formula or baja for under 20k unless its pretty old (1990's). I personally wouldnt buy a boat over 10 years old. Just doesnt make sense for a few reasons: repairs, insurance, reliability, etc. If i had 20k i would go for a descent 28' with a single big block.

anything twin is going to be expensive. there is seemingly too much hardware for a small budget. in many instances these small twin boats have 20k worth of just motors and drives let alone hull, cabin materials, etc.
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looked at that boat on 32nd in holland, He wants way to much.
Also looked at http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/boa/2323538536.html could be had at $14,000. White is paint and where they blended in the front was a horrible job. They say that rebuilds have less than 100 hr. but no paper work. interior is rainbow color. But 80mph would be fun

I like the thought of roughly a 28 with efi. That would be a good trailer boat, reliable and easy as a boat can be on gas.
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