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    Default 1980 Howard V Drive River Cruiser

    1980 Howard V Drive River Cruiser sits on top of a 1980 Competitive Trailer.

    1980 Chevrolet 454 Hydraulic Roller Motor. Motor has been disassembled and rebuilt with all fresh bearings. New Comp roller cam, Comp roller lifters, Comp roller rockers. New HP Aluminum Chevy heads, New Weiand Intake Manifold. New ready to run Marine MSD Distributor and MSD Coil. One hour of break in time on motor.

    Two buckets seats, all new auto meter gauges. Two aluminum saddle tanks sits on top of the original glassed in tanks that came with the boat.

    C 500 V Drive with 18 gears attached to a 72C Velvet Drive. New steel driveline tube cover from Bergeron Marine.

    Current C 500 V Drive braces were installed for testing. Buyer should install proper ladder bars or Bergeron C 500 braces.

    Hull and trailer are all original Gel coat and paint.

    This is a nice v drive cruiser for someone to buy and enjoy.




    Priced to sell at $10,900. Boat located on Nor Cal. Jon Meads 925-548-0421
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    This is a steal...literally. I just rebuilt a big block for a Spectra project I'm working on (same basic boat)...It cost me basically 4500.00 for a freshen. Motor put out 554 HP...but a good motor...

    I need to do some gel work and trailer work and a whole new interior to get it to water...and I paid 4500 for the boat...and I thought I STOLE it...

    So for this price you go to the lake and it looks clean inside and you don't have to spend gobs to make it look nice.

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    That is a nice Howard, I was looking at a 77 Howard with a 454 for 6500, but it needs all interior Redone.
    It has a V-drive adjustable mount that is messed up.
    The bull nose bow is what turned me off about buying it.
    The owner wants 6500 or trade for my ski boat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattle Can Lou View Post
    This is a steal...literally. I just rebuilt a big block for a Spectra project I'm working on (same basic boat)...It cost me basically 4500.00 for a freshen. Motor put out 554 HP...but a good motor...

    I need to do some gel work and trailer work and a whole new interior to get it to water...and I paid 4500 for the boat...and I thought I STOLE it...

    So for this price you go to the lake and it looks clean inside and you don't have to spend gobs to make it look nice.
    Thanks RCL, This is a real nice boat for someone who is looking for a V Drive River Cruiser. You and I know what is costs to make these and other boats nice and it is a lot more than what i am selling this one for.

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    No doubt John...and Howard builds a very tough boat. I can't believe how nice and clean it is...the floors are immaculate. You'll sell it for sure...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetterthebetter View Post
    That is a nice Howard, I was looking at a 77 Howard with a 454 for 6500, but it needs all interior Redone.
    It has a V-drive adjustable mount that is messed up.
    The bull nose bow is what turned me off about buying it.
    The owner wants 6500 or trade for my ski boat.
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    The rounded bow is the most popular part of these 70's cruisers. They may not appeal to you but you will be hard pressed to find one without it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattle Can Lou View Post
    The rounded bow is the most popular part of these 70's cruisers. They may not appeal to you but you will be hard pressed to find one without it...
    Lou, After looking for a 21ft day cruiser, I see what you are saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetterthebetter View Post
    Lou, After looking for a 21ft day cruiser, I see what you are saying.
    Just think about it this way, it is just more room for those big girls to frolic on! I gotta worry about the skinny girls sliding off my narrow pointed rayson craft bow....
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    I would agree with Lou on the quality of the Howards, I was looking for a Howard when I bought my Spectra because every Howard I have seen from this era was hands down laid up better than any other cruiser in its category. I believe the gent that laid these up was named Mel, and he was a glass guru.

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    The bull nose bow is what turned me off about buying it.?????

    Im kinda curious. I have looked any many Howards. I have never seen another one with the Bull Nose? Is this just on the early ones? Im just kinda curious.

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    All of the 21' Howard/Spectra's had the so called bull nose, its just part of the design, I like it. Of course I have had them since my first one in 1975.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dansblown73Nordic View Post
    The bull nose bow is what turned me off about buying it.?????

    Im kinda curious. I have looked any many Howards. I have never seen another one with the Bull Nose? Is this just on the early ones? Im just kinda curious.

    If you look at any 21 Howard, Spectra or Campbell Day Cruiser they all have that nose. I am with VD Cruiser .

    Dan. your 21 GN was a one off that Howard built a very few of. Shallow v and A more pointed nose. Very nice looking as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmeads View Post
    If you look at any 21 Howard, Spectra or Campbell Day Cruiser they all have that nose. I am with VD Cruiser .

    Dan. your 21 GN was a one off that Howard built a very few of. Shallow v and A more pointed nose. Very nice looking as well.
    Yup! your run of the mill Howard / Spectra 21 has that more rounded nose. The 21 Howard in my driveway look just like it, its an iconic boat / look for sure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmeads View Post
    1980 Howard V Drive River Cruiser sits on top of a 1980 Competitive Trailer.

    1980 Chevrolet 454 Hydraulic Roller Motor. Motor has been disassembled and rebuilt with all fresh bearings. New Comp roller cam, Comp roller lifters, Comp roller rockers. New HP Aluminum Chevy heads, New Weiand Intake Manifold. New ready to run Marine MSD Distributor and MSD Coil. One hour of break in time on motor.

    Two buckets seats, all new auto meter gauges. Two aluminum saddle tanks sits on top of the original glassed in tanks that came with the boat.

    C 500 V Drive with 18 gears attached to a 72C Velvet Drive. New steel driveline tube cover from Bergeron Marine.

    Current C 500 V Drive braces were installed for testing. Buyer should install proper ladder bars or Bergeron C 500 braces.

    Hull and trailer are all original Gel coat and paint.

    This is a nice v drive cruiser for someone to buy and enjoy.




    Priced to sell at $10,900. Boat located on Nor Cal. Jon Meads 925-548-0421
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