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Old 09-06-2011, 04:28 PM
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Default Looking for advice new buyer

Hello all,

Just signed up on the forums. I am looking to get into my first offshore boat. I used to go boating all the time with a buddy of mine when we were in high school on a smaller 18 whaler and now I'm looking to make the plunge on my own. I am in RI and most of the time i'll be in Narragansett Bay. I would like to be able to take it out to Martha's Vineyard or Block Island occasionally as well. I'm looking to get something anytime between October and the start of next season. I've got the truck to tow it (f250) and I only have room for up to a 26'-28' boat cant go anything larger than that. Budget is around 25k and was just looking to see what you guys would recommend. I am currently thinking a Donzi 26zx but I wanted to get some opinions from guys in the know before I make the plunge. Thank you in advance!!!! Jay
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Old 09-06-2011, 04:49 PM
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Welcome to OSO.

I would go as big as space / money will afford.

Do you want a single or twins? I would recommend twins if you plan on trips to the islands frequently.

There are some good boats in the size / price range you are looking in.

-28 Donzi
-28 Pantera
-272 or 271 Formula

...and many others.

Enjoy your search!
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:00 PM
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You should take a look at a 28 Apache -
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:21 PM
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Not familiar with the bay, what are the water conditions normally like? Selling my 25' Powerplay for about your price range. Great option for ya especially if the water doesnt get crazy big. I used it on Lake St Clair all summer and worked out great.

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Old 09-06-2011, 05:50 PM
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Have to agree with Artie above ------- go as big as you can and twins if your going out any where in open water !!! Formula,Scarab,Fountain ---- Try to stay in that 30 ft range..
26 or 27 is too small if you want to span the chop and waves,much better ride ! $25000 will buy you a lot of boat in today's economy. Also one other thing -- if your going to buy something look for a freshwater boat that has not been eaton inside out by the salt ... If you have to fix it and you will in all likelyhood at some time . fixing a salt water boat can be a terror.So if you decide to drop it in the ocean ,at least you will know where it came from . Good Luck

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Old 09-06-2011, 07:46 PM
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have a 25 baja outlaw on here for sale

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Old 09-06-2011, 10:29 PM
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I'll second Turbo and Cigboat.
For true offshore boating start with something as near 30' as possible with twin powertrains.
In our area, and I'm sure in yours too, there's a big difference in the snotty water of a protected bay -vs- the open water of the ocean or the sea.

Welcome to the board and keep us posted, you certainly just found the best source of quality info on these types of powerboats available.
These guys and girls are an incredible source of knowledge and happy to assist.

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Old 09-07-2011, 09:16 AM
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Thanks for the advice guys. From what I'm reading the Formula 272 is actually closer to 29' when you count the swim platform? I know the water is much calmer in the bay then when you hit the open water. Also makes perfect sense what your saying about twins for safety when you head out into the open. I'll start my search and keep my eyes out and see what i can find.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:27 AM
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There are alot of boats that factor in the swim platform and other parts (beaks) into the length. Take your time and read up on here about the boats you are interested in. Some boats handle the rough better than others. Some boats are designed with the rought water in mind and will actually handle it better than others that may be longer in length overall. I would also look for a boat with a higher freeboard on it since that will help you stay dry when it gets snotty. Good luck on your search and welcome to OSO
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:27 PM
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active thunk in the classifieds located in MD so not too far to drive too (would like to have it myself!!), highly suggest single engine craft for expense and ease of maintence... of course the dual engines are good for offshore adventures but is it really necessary for your application-only you can answer that

Powerplay25 also---these are my 2 rough water choices
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