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Old 12-15-2003, 05:58 PM
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Sitting down takes a little getting used to. When I had the canopied Phantom, we changed the CG slightly and the comfort on impact was much better. My current Phantom pleasure boat is awesome - not many amenities, but I don't need them right now.

Go talk to Hollis - he'll take good care of you.
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Old 12-15-2003, 09:43 PM
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That's another problem with West Coast boats; very pricey. Gelcoat graphics is one reason why.
Not exactly true, I had a west coast custom, and the price was very fair. Far cheaper than some of the over priced east coast manufacturers. It also had more features and better fit and finish than the east coast counterparts. Many of the designs of the east coast boats are getting tired, time to update the helms, cockpits, ergonomics, practicality, etc.
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Old 12-15-2003, 10:26 PM
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Yea Will Smith is the " daddy" of design / speed! I used to frequent Sarasota often and go through his trash can at night. Hmmmmmmmm closed cell foam , kevlar , core cell. If you want to find out what materials your custom builder is using , go through his trash - haha - BH
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Old 12-15-2003, 10:28 PM
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I had the joy of driving one of Will's boats back in 2001. The 29 Phantom is fast , very fast! BH
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Old 12-15-2003, 10:45 PM
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The last 28 Apache ever built...

David H's Boat

Anyone got a pic?
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Old 12-19-2003, 04:32 PM
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Anyone looking at a Baja 272/275 or Powerquest 260, Velocity 260 owes themselves to check out an offering from Canada's largest boat builder..Campion.
The CAMPION CHASE 800 is a great "production" boat!!!
Balsa cored, kevlar reinforced, hull and deck joint bonded, engine mounts thru bolted, Great looks, very nice detailing, power bolsters, Windshield, great cockpit room, the best designed rear seat of any 26-28 footer I've been in, plenty of freeboard, great dash layout and the best fitting boat if you're 6' tall or taller.
All that plus it has a GREAT Bottom design. Campion calls it APEX, but having owned Velocity it sure looks like a splashed Velocity bottom. Both Poweboat and Hot Boat tested the boat running 71mph with a 390hp volvo dpx, so expect a couple of more with a 496HO merc. Best of all is the handling...like its on rails, no funny sliding slippery feeling. Its a GREAT family, ski, poker run boat for lakes and rivers...maybe an occasional offshore adventure. Anyhow, with the dollar transfer rate they are a GREAT Value.
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Old 12-19-2003, 05:43 PM
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Donzi 26ZX Great Rough water boat been in Sarasota Poker Run, NY Poker Run, AC Poker Run and 1000 Islands poker run Never had an issue and ran down most 26-28ft boats in that class when the water got rough, Sarasota poker run had 4-6ft waves ran a solid 60 ran down a Sonic 26,Velocity28 a Fountain 27 and a Baja 25. Calm water she needs a Supercharger runs 65mph top,
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Old 12-19-2003, 09:37 PM
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Nice pics! and Great looking Donzi!
But I remember now when I looked at that boat the problem. Not much cockpit space, low freeboard and very cramped in the front seats..at least when you're 6'2" tall. The Chase 800 is a better cockpit, and has a more efficient hull.
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I'm impressed that the Donzi was able to run down the Sonic in the rough water - I've only been in the Donzi on smooth water. Great looking boat.

As far as Campion Chase - I agree, nice boats, but even in upstate NY (right next to Canada) - Terrible resale, or even new sale for that matter. I believe there is still a brand new 1999=2000 28ish footer up on Oneida Lake for sale. Not many people in the U.S. knows what they are. But if it's something you really like the price may be right.

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