So it begins. I've been boating all of my life. Owned 3 boats (18' Tahiti 455 olds, Jet boat-- Sunk it. That sucked! A 1970 Miller 19.5 V-drive Flattie w/ BBC-- Owned for 12 years. I loved it. My baby, but I sold it when my 1st of 3 real babies came along. Who's heard that before? For the last 5 years we've owned a 2002 Centurion Wakeboard boat). I'm sick of the roll cage boat. Practical but really boring. Did I say really boring?? They're really boring. I've decided that I'm not getting any younger and want another fun boat but with a little more utility than the Miller. We have a house boat and there is always wakeboard boats around to pull the kids. Last half of the summer, didn't even launch my boat on several weekends because it was redundant. This annoyed me. It wasn't even fun to wash/wax. I decided that I wanted an ex ski race boat with a 3 speed tranny and a family interior. And about 700 HP on pump gas-- with a single carb. I want a family friendly sleeper that will WOMP 9 out 10 schmucks that have the misfortune of coming into my sights.. Love the Sciadas but they are just out of my price range. I need to get into this boat for more or less what I get out of the Wakeboard boat. 30 K-ish.
I posted a thread on the old site about ex ski race boats. Received about 6 zillion replies and pictures of stunning boats. It was killing me to look at, but most were turbo/blown, av-gas gulping two seat beasts. Probably not the best for my family situation or financial situation. I received a post from a guy who mentioned his dad had a Sanger 21 cruiser that was ex ski race and he might be interested in selling. Always liked Sangers and I live in Fresno (where Sanger's are made), so I was curious. A couple weeks later, I received a PM from Dave. He owned the Sanger and loved it but wanted to go race his son in a tunnel. He gave me the history and sent me some pics. Woa... ! I liked it very much. Instantly. It did have a blown BBC in it. We discussed money and he mentioned he'd like to sell less motor. He wanted it for his new boat. Now it's perfect for me. I can build the motor I want in a family friendly bad ass boat. Only downside, is that the boat was now in Minnefrickinsota..And it's December. Lake tests are kinda tough, when there is no water that is still liquid.. SO after about 50 e-mails and pictures, I did the deal. Sight unseen. Relying on the honesty of a hot boater and good vibes.