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    I'm still deciding on which used boat to buy (although I think I've narrowed it a bit) and I need opinions on hull type. I want a performer, but I also want something that will put my wife at ease when it gets choppy (rules out flat-bottoms). I'm talking Parker (or Havasu) choppy. I want something that's safe for the wife and kids, pull 'em around on the skis/tube and handle safely. But I also want something that I can unload (kids and wife) and take a buddy out late in the day (or early in the morning) and have some fun.

    Is it fair to say that something like a gullwing will handle the chop better than something like a Bahner semi v? I'm only really interested in a 18 or 19' jet. I've been looking over 19' open bow gullwings, Bahners, and similar. Thoughts or experiences? Thanks.

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    My TX19 handles chop considerably better than my old Miller 19' jet. I don't think I'd take either to Parker....damn sure not havazoo. If those are your two preferred locations I'd look into a 21' jet or even a 21' vdrive cruiser. Something with more freeboard than a 19' jet. My .02 cents.

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    i agree with TX... my 19' winger handles it pretty good, but damn man i get scuuuuurd of big chop, dont want to break it in half haha.
    "i'm into snatchin' kisses... and vice-versa!" haha

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    If you are going to be spending all your time in Havasu or Parker you should really set 21' as the smallest boat I would consider if I were you.

    Last summer we took my dads 21' open bow jet boat (decent amount of freeboard) to Havasu on a Tuesday and the chop that was caused by the wind and the few boaters that were out that day made it hard to boat on that lake.

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    21' Daytona! enough said!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRG View Post
    21' Daytona! enough said!
    yep!

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    Thats it
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    yep!
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    21' Daytona! enough said!

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    I hear ya! 90% of the time we'd be in Parker. I used to have a flat bottom and couldn't even think about taking it out on the big weekends. I like the 19' open bow gullwing. I would love to buy a 21' Daytona, but I think that's probably out of my budget (I'd have to check the money tree). I also like the Bahner. Damn. Decisions, decisions. Eventually, I'll figure it out.

    Anyone see a good deal on a 21' Daytona recently?

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    21" Daytona may not have enough freeboard to comfortably handle the chop.
    vdrive cruiser. http://www.performanceboats.com//showthread.php?t=46076

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    Havasu? Might have a problem turning it around at Parker though.


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    Gullwings can handle a little chop-but chop and rollers are different beasts!

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    Of all the boats, I'm leaning toward a 19' gullwing.

    And, yes, a 47' cigarette hauler would work just fine in Havasu, LOL. I hardly ever go to Havasu though, for that reason.

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    how much you looking to spend on a GW? mine isnt for sale nor is it an open bow, just asking i may be able to find ya one.
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    There is a clean Open bow gullwing in san diego on CL. It is a predator hull Built by SDPM on the boards. The mold is now Rousse performance boats.
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