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Old 05-19-2003, 07:21 PM
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Gentleman,

Can I get some opinions on who makes a nice 25 foot or so v-hull? I'm used to small 18-20 foot high performance outboards (i.e. Allisons, Hydrostreams, STV's, etc...) and know NOTHING about the mid sized I/O's.

Do they make a boat of this size that will run 70-80 MPH with a 454 or 502 mercruiser? What Brand? How much for a used one? What would $40,000-$50,000 buy? Are Velocity, Sunsation, Powerplay, Advantage good boats? Any others to look at? Checkmate? Are they still a contender? Baja? Wellcraft? Commander? Profile?

Any opinions? I'd like to keep the "performance" theme, but have something that I can put 4-6 people in with relative comfort. Top speed must be 70+ MPH. Closed bow. "Cigarette boat" style.

The problem is that I'm coming off of owning a 80 MPH Hydrostream, a 95-100 MPH Allison, and a 105+ MPH STV. These small rigs are a kick in the pants, but not practical in bigger water or when I want to take others out for a spin. I don't want to be bored.

Thanks for the help.

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Mike,
I will have an obvious bias but I swear by this boat. I have never been on a 25 foot boat that handles and rides like a 25 Powerplay. It is a straight hull that can ride on 3 foot waves at upper 60's to lower 70s as comfortably as it gets on a 25. I have a top end now in the 80's and am still not dialed in. I absolutely love my boat. I have not been on a closed deck one (mine is an open fisherman) but if they are anything like mine I stand behind it 100%. Call Dan or Tito @ Powerplay and they will take care of you. If you can help it, ride a Powerplay before you buy anything else. That will be the true deciding factor.
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26 Sonic, ton's more room than any other boat close to it's size. low-mid 70's with 500hp.
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25 Outlaw- Best controll and safety for the buck in the snotty stuff! It is all a matter of opinion and where you do your boating
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My friend has a 260 velocity hull that did have 300 pros on it . It did run 86 at lake x. I think its priced in the 20s. Its in boat trader.
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ive beenn working on setting up boats for awhile now -

hands down 25 sunsation-

not to far behind active thunder-baja outlaws if they havent already had all of the half inscrews rattled from the deck!

for the ride-hands down any boat that used that 24'7" hull by 7'4" wide will ride considerably better then any other in its class.
 
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25 Outlaw. Not the fastest but runs great in the rough. Big boat for a 25. Mines got a procharged (3.5lb) 496HO and runs 75+ on GPS. And its for sale too, in the for sale section. Around 50K.
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Look at an Active Thunder. A 25 with an HP500 will run 75-80 mph with a full cabin. Good solid boat, (180hours in the chesapeake and not a single problem). Let alone the classic offshore looks!!!
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they look fine on my computer..........hmmmmmmmmmm
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