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Old 01-09-2004, 10:06 AM
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Old 01-09-2004, 10:19 AM
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I've seen Tim G. 's Pantera out there in the rough. My vote would be for Pantera and second choice would be for a used Powerplay 28.
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I knew I wanted a 28 Pantera or 28 Active Thunder.
I couldn't find a decent deal on an AT anywhere. Their new boats were just toooooo much money for my poor wallet.
Sunsation builds a nice boat, but I haven't seen any running in the rough down here.
remamber... Construction is just as important as design. You can have the most technological design, but it's no good if the stringers seperate from the hull....
The rigging on the Pantera and AT is clearly designed for the long haul.
.. don't rule out a nice used Powerplay. There are a few out there.
Tim- My thoughts exactly. It's all in the timing, isn't it? We were lucky enough to find a used AT, but there weren't any Panteras that fit the bill when we were looking,, and the Powerplays are harder to find than the AT's!
I looked at Sunsations too- been to the factory. Too narrow, small cabin headroom, and not enough freeboard, plus no twins available, and that was a must. Their build quality is quite good though.
I've never ridden on a 28 Saber, but my friends on the west side of Michigan swear by them. I hope to get a ride in one sometime soon.
AT, Pantera, Saber- all a little different, but they are true 28's, custom built, and all are incredible rough water boats for their size. I like the Apache too, and Pat had one for sale when I bought my AT. The boat was in pretty rough shape. I'm very happy with the performance of the 28 Savage.
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There are not many people that would argue that we make the fastest rough water in the world. The only boat banned from APBA F1 and A Class racing because it was "too fast."

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Old 01-09-2004, 11:12 AM
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Pantera or Saber!! Look at the design, build quality and company that backs it... Jo & family are the very best, and the Saber boys are right there. I would say that it depends on your personal preference, but either one will get you across the pond or Lake Michigan with comfort and style.
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Well, I have to put my 2 cents in. My buddy has a 27 Liberator that is just amazing how well it handles Lake Erie. Was much better in rough water than my Formula 311. And the twin Big Block pushed it right along too. Cant get new ones though.
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what about the 28 donzi with twins I heard it runs great in the rough.
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Old 01-09-2004, 11:36 AM
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That is a great list of boats to look at . Next two criteria to meet are :

1. find an available boat that will fit in my budget of $50k
2. boat that is easy to get out onto the bow. my one big gripe with the fountain is that there is no place to step to get out front.
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by powerguy
[B]That is a great list of boats to look at . Next two criteria to meet are :

1. find an available boat that will fit in my budget of $50k


Ahh yes, The budget.. i went out looking to blow 50k as well. You can guess/see what happened. What's the difference between 10 and 15 years anyway??
Your budget is better off at $72k. And I think I know of a damn nice Pantera for you.
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