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    If you had a choice,18ft 1982 bobble deck Bohner Jet or a 1976 18ft bubble deck Eliminator Jet. Just wanted to no some pros and cons i might be buying a Bohner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Mohican View Post
    Is a bobble deck anything like a bobble head?
    BUBBLE ! Thanks for the Spell Check

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amango View Post
    BUBBLE ! Thanks for the Spell Check
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    All else equal(motor,paint,pump,cond.ect)...I'd go eliminator. Having said that I've never been in a banner(sp?), but I have been around a lot of eliminators. A couple that are still in the family from the 70's. Pics help..
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    I will try to post some pic's, I own a 76 Eliminator now and I'm looking to buy a Bahner really good price but i cant keep them both, The bhaner haul is in better shape and is a lighter set up from the looks of it, the pump is set back, The bahner has full length stringers very thin stringer? compared to my eliminators a lot of drag boats have the thiner stringers i have seen. Plans would be to sell one and keep the other and put my 850Hp BBF in the one I'm going to keep. The eliminator has a Delta pad and the bahner is a round keel, previously set up. ride plate and shoe. Love my Eliminator though. It is the pic in my aviator.

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    If it were a 76-78 Bahner BBdeck, that would be the better performing hull IMO, It a very similar bottom as the Rogers 18' Bonneville.

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    I'd go eliminator because I know it is good. Also I think are more of a collector and will be more so over time.
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    Bahner hands down. The delta pad bottom on the Eliminator will limit your expectations with that kind of power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RCB19 View Post
    Bahner hands down. The delta pad bottom on the Eliminator will limit your expectations with that kind of power.
    That's what i wanted to know I'm at the point were i want a wild river toy and i feel that the delta pad has been limiting the performance, and the weight of the boat. I will take pics of both boats and post them I'm picking the bahner up Monday or Tuesday. She needs some TLC but the Gel is in wonderful condition.

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    Didn't bahner as well as Elim. both have Delta pads Ross? Not too sure at the moment, But I have a buddy that has a elim style BBdeck bahner, and I wanna say it also has the delta, But im not 100%!

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    Recently had a Bahner and Eliminator side by side in the shop (also a Tahiti) the Bahner and Eli' were dimensionally nearly Identical !






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    I have had a few Bahner's (I know, I have a problem) they are very well built boats, the quality was several times better than their buisness practices. I have worked on many many Eliminators and to be quite honest, there really is not a lot of difference in the quality, to say one is "better" than another is pure opinion (IMHO).

    The three Bahners' I had were all full stringer 19' bubbles I had a 1983 and two '85's one small block Chevy and two BBC's.

    The name Eliminator carries with it more of a legacy, but that would be about the only area they beat out Bahner.

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    Looks like the same boat except for the gel. Are the bottoms as similars as the decks and sides?

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    The Bahner i'm buying is a 1982. Looking from the back the sides are more rounded not squared like the two shown above. Thanks for the pics!, it is a rounded keel where the Elm.is a Delta pad. The Bahner looks like a lighter layup then the Elim. i have now.

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