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Old 11-02-2004, 06:06 PM
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Just window shopping - but I like this!!!!

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Only a couple of things look funny. What's with the way the glass just below the rail at the bow hooks out to the bow?? - kinda strange looking line on the hull.

I like the way in pic 2 the bolsters drop out to the gunwales instead of backward. Any opinions on that? seems like it would support better in the rough and hold you in from side to side.

Price doesn't even seem outrageous.
Could use a little updating, but I like it!
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awesome boats for sure but i believe they handle better with small blocks. i think that is the same hull as the sport magnum and they don't have the freeboard or the beam to handle the heavier big blocks. nice boat for running the great lakes . . . .oh . . . forgot your not on the great lakes .

one other thing about that boat. if it has been converted to brovos there may be a weight trade off from the TRS drive and transmission to offset the heavier motors.
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The only thing that scares me is that with a boat that old I wonder how it is on the insides. Is there a way you can x-ray a boat for stress internally ?
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The only thing that scares me is that with a boat that old I wonder how it is on the insides. Is there a way you can x-ray a boat for stress internally ?
With a tack hamer. Lightly tap all over and listen for hollow spots.
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I'm just scared to buy a performance boat that old and then expect it to hold up after 20- 25 years of lets face it rough riding
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seems a bit over priced...especially with TRS drives...and the big blocks are gonna really make the boat stern heavy. look for stress cracks around the front of the faring, around the engine hatch and along the center rail on the bow. unless the crack are substantial, you should be in good shape...and obviously you'll want to check the transom and stingers for moisture and cracks...you can climb through these boats pretty good and see most all of the trouble spots...
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How much for the 4 dirty toes?
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I'm just scared to buy a performance boat that old and then expect it to hold up after 20- 25 years of lets face it rough riding
Age realy isnt as much a factor as other issues ..the biggest nono ive seen is improperly sealed screw holes etc.. Anytime you cut into the core it should be sealed as well as possible ..The transom seems to be the first place to look..Bigger exhaust cutouts , trim tabs etc .. If water can get in , it will !
The plastic hammer is the best way.. And even if it sounds solid a moisture meter is a good second step ..
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If you are looking for a nice boat in that price range, you might try looking for an older 30' Scarab. The ones from the late 70s and early 80s where built pretty good. Nice ride and a decent cabin. I had one for a few years and was very happy with it.
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Don't be scared of those old boats ... my 1970 Donzi's hull integrity is incredible! Solid as a rock, no rattles or squeeks after 34 years. The 70's & early 80's era Cigs & Donzi's were very well built, and should last almost forever if properly maintained.
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