I'm looking to get a new boat, but cant decide what to get. hopefully you guys can chime in with opinions or personal experiences.
the boat must seat 10 people. bowrider for extra space. between 22-25 feet in length. must do 65 mph+ and handle the big wavy water of the great lakes. the boat will be pulling wake boards and tubes most of the time, the speed is for me. but it must be able to handle rough water. i have been looking at late 80's checkmates with 250 merc on the backof 21 foot boats. speed is there but, but not the seating. i dont know if they will handle the wavy water. i see the checkmates and big bass boats in one of the bigger lakes i visit(simcoe) the bow is pointed to the sky and they are not going fast. they must be getting pounded. i keep seeing a tuff 21 in the lake but i never see him going fast.
i have concentrated on baja islanders in the 24' range with a 496 or 502. i was told to look at eliminator and cougar boats as they have large bowriders. but i dont know if they will handle the rough water. can anyone comment or make a suggestion?