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Old 04-22-2019, 04:50 AM
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Hey guys, Iím Travis and new to the forum. I grew up on cabin cruisers and over the past 5 years Iíve had a couple cheap boats of my own just so I could go out on the water. Iíve taken a couple years off from boating but Iím hoping to get back into it this year and was looking to you guys for advice. Iíve always wanted to own a Chris craft xk19 but Iím pretty sure I lost my only opportunity to own a reasonably priced one two years ago (was in the middle of refinishing my house so I couldnít buy it!).

That being said, Iím in the market for something else. Iíd like to stay around 24í or under and easy to trailer as I have no plans leaving the boat in the Hudson River since itís so dirty. I really like the way the donzi classics look and it seems as though people love or hate them. Iíve got a couple for sale near me (Hudson Valley,NY), one being in exceptional condition. I love the looks and style of the Cigarette 20 but itís nowhere near my budget. Iíve also found a 1990 24í Banana boat but the lack of literature on them leaves me questioning what the boat is worth. If anyone has any suggestions as to a good boat for my family I would appreciate it. I donít really want to spend more than $13k if possible. I realize itís a low budget but I have to start somewhere!

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Old 04-22-2019, 06:31 AM
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Welcome to OSO. Plenty of knowledgeable people on this site.
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Old 04-22-2019, 06:38 AM
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Take a look at the 24 Superboat. Finding one might be tough, but you are in the right area, most of them are in NY, NJ, CT.
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I have read very little on banana boats but never read anything officially bad on them ! I would not rule them out !
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Does anyone have any idea what a fair price is for the classics? The one is an 87 18í with the OMC King Cobra 350, 775 Orginal hours and in very good condition and heís asking $13,500. The other is a 90 22í OMC King Cobra 460 rebuilt 4 years ago with a new interior last year and theyíre asking $13,000. I personally like the colors better of the 18 and itís obvious it was taken care of. Just not sure how to gauge the value of them based off what Iíve read
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I don't think you want anything with a King Cobra outdrive. Parts are non-existent.
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My only advice would be to buy a boat that you can go boating with right away. With your budget, don't get caught in the trap of a project, because that could easily double or triple what you will need to spend to go boating. A lot of us have been there, and it's not a pleasant way to get into boating. Looks like you have some solid experience though, you know how much boating can cost.

Donzi, Cig, Banana, Pantera, Superboat, even Baja (good bang for the buck), all good brands.
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Iíve read on here (before becoming a member) to stay away from the OMC product line because of the collapse in the early 2000ís. The only thing Iíll say in defense of that particular boat is that it is clean enough to eat off the engine/engine bay and Iíve never heard a boat fire so effortlessly and idle so smoothly. It is a very very very well taken care of boat. I just donít know how long the life of it is...currently has 775 hours
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Originally Posted by Trav91 View Post
I’ve read on here (before becoming a member) to stay away from the OMC product line because of the collapse in the early 2000’s. The only thing I’ll say in defense of that particular boat is that it is clean enough to eat off the engine/engine bay and I’ve never heard a boat fire so effortlessly and idle so smoothly. It is a very very very well taken care of boat. I just don’t know how long the life of it is...currently has 775 hours
if you could predict the future you wouldn't be buying a boat..........
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