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Old 07-01-2011, 10:39 AM
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Good, solid boats. I've loved my 257, and it still has no stress cracks in the hull despite lots of pounding in some rough water. Only one or two stress cracks on the deck also.

As pointed out, they are high quality boats, but I'd second the wiring statement. IMO, the wiring is average on an otherwise above average quality boat. Only issue I've had with the boat has been wiring terminations. Not unheard of on a 17 yr old boat, but IMO the crimps were average.
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Old 07-01-2011, 10:55 AM
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Good, solid boats. I've loved my 257, and it still has no stress cracks in the hull despite lots of pounding in some rough water. Only one or two stress cracks on the deck also.

As pointed out, they are high quality boats, but I'd second the wiring statement. IMO, the wiring is average on an otherwise above average quality boat. Only issue I've had with the boat has been wiring terminations. Not unheard of on a 17 yr old boat, but IMO the crimps were average.
The stress cracks I mentioned were deck only too, not on the hull. My buddy has a '97 290 and he has chased wiring problems for the 6 years he has owned the boat. I tell him PQ employed drunk monkeys to wire the boats. Seriously, other than the wiring his 14 year old boat looks like new inside and out. The interior vinyl is still like new. Amazing for that age boat. Boat has 600 + hours on it. Love the cockpit and cabin room for a boat of its size. Runs 70 MPH GPS with 330 HP 454's that have Edelbrock Air Gap intakes and Holley 4150's. The only other problem area with the boat was the swim ladder (she was a finger pincher and way too short) but he cured that problem last year with a new 4-step Windline.
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:29 AM
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I have a 28 I'm thinking of selling. 496 H.O. It is an 02 rack stored since new. I am located in Ohio. You can call me if you like 419-276-3367 my name is Dave....
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:37 AM
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We r only 3 grand apart on r price. But I can't talk to him directly cuz of the broker. But it has the 454 mag. 2 step hall. An all an all good looking boat 340 HR. On the first step there is a 1' mark were it looks like trailer rash. But not to sure. Thank you all for the good help.
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:38 PM
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I had both a 280 (1999) and a 290 (1996). Good solid boats.
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Old 07-01-2011, 02:16 PM
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I had a 29' PQ with 454s, Great all around SOLID boat, then went to 29' Fountain. wanna talk about stress cracks? My fountain had to many to count. Plus a lot smaller stab-in cabin in the fountain. Last week I ran across a 2000 28' PQ has 502 here in florida, Pirates Cove marina in Holiday fl, has it for sale cheap!! Its like 17k.
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Old 07-01-2011, 02:37 PM
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Loved my 260, I had one small stress about 3" on the entire boat. Did the engine have a top end done at 300hrs? If not, it's something to work with. The boats do everything real well.
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Old 07-01-2011, 08:53 PM
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I had a 29' PQ with 454s, Great all around SOLID boat, then went to 29' Fountain. wanna talk about stress cracks? My fountain had to many to count. Plus a lot smaller stab-in cabin in the fountain. Last week I ran across a 2000 28' PQ has 502 here in florida, Pirates Cove marina in Holiday fl, has it for sale cheap!! Its like 17k.
do you have any contact info on it? pm if you'd like.
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Old 07-02-2011, 12:51 AM
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dra200832: PQ make great all around boats, the do EVERYTHING well, not the fastest, but fast enough, awesome in the rough but you don't need monster engine to power it through. The track real well and they take a pounding. Some boats are speedsters and nothing else, some are awesome in the rough but are heavy and slow. Depending your price range, these boats are hard to top for the price.
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:07 AM
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Just Bought A Pq 290 Enticer Last Year, Boat Is A 1990 And Looks Brand New, No Stress Cracks Anywhere!! Great Solid Boat, Handles Great, Lots Of Room For Relax And Kids To Play, Cabin Very Roomy. Loves Rough Water...eats Those Big Rollers Right Up! I Will Definitly Stay With The Brand!! Go For It...you Wont Regret It! Good Luck!
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