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    I've been wanting to upgrade the family boat for a couple yrs now. I'm first and foremost a V drive guy, but for the family I also bought a Rinker 232 Captiva CC. I bought it new in 2003. It's been a great boat.

    My question is, who out here has like a 28-30 foot Nordic, Kachina, or Sunsation mid cabin open bow? Who likes what better? How are they to ski behind? What motor combination is the best on these boats for dependable lake use. (I'm not looking to upgrade the motor I just want stock)

    I want the mid cabin open bow because I because I have two little ones and the cuddy on the Rinker has been great for them, but I also want to be able to load the boat with friends so I want the open bow also.

    I'm posting in this forum because I know there are a lot of Knowledge in here and I would rather get it here than from some punk salesman at the dealer or from someone that won't tell me the whole story on their boat if I decide to buy used.

    Thanks in advance guys
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    I have a buddy with a 28' nordic. He claims it will run 74 with the 496 ho. I can't seem to get him at the lake to race me though.lol If you want I can get you his #...or let you know next time he goes out to utah lake. Not sure what your after....maybe get ya some interior shots.
    Edit: It must do ok in the ski department....this guy is a barefootin...slalom skiing mofo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by H20MOFO View Post
    I have a buddy with a 28' nordic. He claims it will run 74 with the 496 ho. I can't seem to get him at the lake to race me though.lol If you want I can get you his #...or let you know next time he goes out to utah lake. Not sure what your after....maybe get ya some interior shots.

    Cool, I for sure want the mid cabin open bow and min 28 footer.
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    If you want to do more skiing and want to keep the motor stock but still want to be able to hit Havasu, Mohave etc on weekends you may want to look at the 24-26 foot range. At 28-30 feet a 496 is going to be a dog to get on plane especially if trying to pull someone out of the water. You will definitely need tabs to ski often at that length. Also you really won't get more seating with the bigger boat. A bigger cuddy yes but the open bow will be about the same and you will have two forward facing in the cockpit and the back bench. Of course there are variations to everything.

    I've got a 24 footer (true 24 with bolt on swim steps) with open bow and two forward facing, two rear facing and the rear bench in the cockpit. Plenty of seating for extra folks and we can ski, tube and board all day long with a 496Mag, get on plane quickly and go 70 mph if wanted. I do have to do some "driving" when Havasu turns into mush on a Saturday afternoon though but it handles it well. If we didn't do watersports I'd look at the 28 foot model but since we do the only other one I'd consider is maybe the 26 footer.

    Just food for thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragboat4ever View Post
    Cool, I for sure want the mid cabin open bow and min 28 footer.
    Go with a 525 and trim tabs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VoodooMedMan View Post
    If you want to do more skiing and want to keep the motor stock but still want to be able to hit Havasu, Mohave etc on weekends you may want to look at the 24-26 foot range. At 28-30 feet a 496 is going to be a dog to get on plane especially if trying to pull someone out of the water. You will definitely need tabs to ski often at that length. Also you really won't get more seating with the bigger boat. A bigger cuddy yes but the open bow will be about the same and you will have two forward facing in the cockpit and the back bench. Of course there are variations to everything.

    I've got a 24 footer (true 24 with bolt on swim steps) with open bow and two forward facing, two rear facing and the rear bench in the cockpit. Plenty of seating for extra folks and we can ski, tube and board all day long with a 496Mag, get on plane quickly and go 70 mph if wanted. I do have to do some "driving" when Havasu turns into mush on a Saturday afternoon though but it handles it well. If we didn't do watersports I'd look at the 28 foot model but since we do the only other one I'd consider is maybe the 26 footer.

    Just food for thought.
    Awesome, thank you! This is the kind of info I'm looking for. Also who has the 525 EFI or the 600 SCI I haven't heard too much on the stock SCI motors.

    Anybody ever set up their mid cabins to sleep in?
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    Depending on your budget I would also consider a Howard 28 Bullet Cuddy bow rider. Another great options. There are a few for sale right now on Boat trader and you can get a super deal. They are expensive new, but the used market right now is dicating, if you want to sell huge discounts to the cost new.

    Good luck.

    Here is a few photos of my 25 Howard Cuddy bowrider, a great family boat. The 28 is even better, a little more room in the cuddy and a little more length to take on bigger water. Also nice thing about the Howard cuddy is the step down, the pass thru is one of the larger ones available - so you still have to duck, but it is much easier to pass thru that most.

    Either way both are great rough water boats with a 22.5 degree deadrise in the boat, but still a very fast hull. Mine goes 70 mph with a 496HO - stock exhaust etc. A 28 with a 525 is a solid 78-80 mph boat, totally reliable.

    Good luck in your search
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    I have a 27' cobra (27' 7" to be specific) with a huge open bow and medium sized mid-cabin and can carry plenty of people if needed (I have had 5 adults comfortably up front). Different manufacturers will have different sizes of open bows....yes, some do have a long mid-cabin with no bigger open bow than a smaller boat, but others (like mine) do have a much larger open bow. Also, I don't buy the story of the 28heat doing 74 with just a stock HO. These Vs are a lot of hull pushing through the water, so i would go bigger than what you might default to as far as power goes. If you want to stay stock, go 525 minimum. Feel free to PM any time if you have more questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by millhouse961 View Post
    I have a 27' cobra (27' 7" to be specific) with a huge open bow and medium sized mid-cabin and can carry plenty of people if needed (I have had 5 adults comfortably up front). Different manufacturers will have different sizes of open bows....yes, some do have a long mid-cabin with no bigger open bow than a smaller boat, but others (like mine) do have a much larger open bow. Also, I don't buy the story of the 28heat doing 74 with just a stock HO. These Vs are a lot of hull pushing through the water, so i would go bigger than what you might default to as far as power goes. If you want to stay stock, go 525 minimum. Feel free to PM any time if you have more questions.
    You are right....my friend text me back...he has a 25' er. His father just passed and left it to him....I would have swore he said it was 28'....my bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragboat4ever View Post
    Anybody ever set up their mid cabins to sleep in?
    You can get a filler cushion in the mid-cabin on the 288 Sunsation and 32 Dominator that makes a nice sleeping quarters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Civil Onrest View Post
    You can get a filler cushion in the mid-cabin on the 288 Sunsation and 32 Dominator that makes a nice sleeping quarters.
    Yeah I looked at a 288 Sunsation. ( just online tho ) looked big inside..
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    I have a Magic Wizard. Nice set up I think. Run a stock 502. 62-64 top speed on a good day. Can ski behind but its no ski boat. Has no problems pulling me out of the water. Im a big 6'5' about 275. Like many other boats I have cushions to fill the center gap in the cabin. Makes not to bad of a sleeping area. Hard door on the cockpit side of the cabin. I have a snap in cover for the other end. All in all a nice ride.

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    My 27 Dana was an awesome boat to ski and wakeboard behind but at the same time, I would not want to teach somebody how to ski behind it. The constant turing in a boat that big gets tiresome. When you test ride the boat, turn it at lower speeds like you're going to pick up a fallen boarder.

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    My buddy has a 26 1/2 ft Nordic with mid cabin. 454 powered. Runs great and pulls skiers too.

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