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    I've been a v-drive guy forever, Nd love my v-drive cruiser. But, I grew up in jets and am thinking about adding one to the mix. I saw this advantage online, and thought it was interesting having a runner bottom. Any pros / cons on these boats would be greatly appreciated. I was also looking at a marlin tunnel hull, and have been told by many to stay away from if it will be used as a river / lake boat. The advantage has a 455 olds. The marlin has a blown big block Chevy

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinwag View Post
    I've been a v-drive guy forever, Nd love my v-drive cruiser. But, I grew up in jets and am thinking about adding one to the mix. I saw this advantage online, and thought it was interesting having a runner bottom. Any pros / cons on these boats would be greatly appreciated. I was also looking at a marlin tunnel hull, and have been told by many to stay away from if it will be used as a river / lake boat. The advantage has a 455 olds. The marlin has a blown big block Chevy

    Thanks for your time and input
    I don't have any first hand experience but, I have heard the Marlin/CP tunnels can be a hand full (bow steer ect.)at shut down or motor loss after a high speed pass without a pop off valve. I'm sure someone on here will put forth more input on the matter.

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    Thank you Jetdream'n, that's what I'm hearing as well. I would love to know more about the Advantage hulls actually. I've read that advantage bought the molds from Rodgers. This boat is listed as a ski boat, but if seems to have great potential. Can you tell what kind of pump is on the red boat by the pictures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinwag View Post
    Thank you Jetdream'n, that's what I'm hearing as well. I would love to know more about the Advantage hulls actually. I've read that advantage bought the molds from Rodgers. This boat is listed as a ski boat, but if seems to have great potential. Can you tell what kind of pump is on the red boat by the pictures?
    With it having a set back intake, someone was looking for more performance out of the pump. Boat might have started life out as a Drag/river racer. Looks like a Berk bowl, kind of tough to see the suction housing.
    The Rogers Bonneville TR were safe, well built boats. Can be pretty damn fast too if setup right. I'm sure the Advantage splash of it would be just as well. There has got to be someone on here that has either owed or know some of the history on this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetdream'n View Post
    With it having a set back intake, someone was looking for more performance out of the pump. Boat might have started life out as a Drag/river racer. Looks like a Berk bowl, kind of tough to see the suction housing.
    The Rogers Bonneville TR were safe, well built boats. Can be pretty damn fast too if setup right. I'm sure the Advantage splash of it would be just as well. There has got to be someone on here that has either owed or know some of the history on this one.
    The way the cav plates sits, this looks more like a Rogers Dragstar. Very cool boats

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetdream'n View Post
    The way the cav plates sits, this looks more like a Rogers Dragstar. Very cool boats
    I have a friend that has a dragstar like that. We call it flipper. It porpises no matter what you do. I looked into buying it and after a lot of phone calls, the consensus was, you can set them up to run wide open or cruise, but even with a diverter it can't do both. jmo

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