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    Default Liberator Boats and New Toys

    I've been working at gathering information on a new jet boat I hope to purchase sometime this year. My wife and I both have been unemployed the last few months and I'm hoping we go back to work before all of my play money that I had sat aside from selling the Shelby is used up.
    Any way, last year ya'll gave me a ton of information on Eliminator and GS Marine on the 19ft. Daytona so I decided to visit up with Dave over at Liberator Boats to see what he has to offer. It had been quite a while since I visited with Dave and it was good to visit with him as Dave is very easy to talk to and real laid back. He didn't have a 19ft. in stock but I looked at several pictures of boats past. As someone had stated before Dave only uses 1/4 stringers but I am assured the boat does very well without them. The quality of his boats were excellent and top notch from what I could see of his current inventory. When the time comes I am still going to visit Eliminator and GS Marine as promised before making the decision.
    He had several other projects in the works that I thought were very cool so I thought I would share the photos I took. There are pictures of 2 new 21ft bare hulls in white with red and white with blue, with a new 30ft. in the background in white. Also a new 21ft. walk through console open bow in white jet boat. a new Curtis 501 Hydro almost complete being capped at this moment. Last was a new outrigger hydro still in the molds to run in Pro Comp and Top Fuel I believe.
    All in all it was a good visit and gave me lots more to think about and put into the equation.


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    I have a 19" liberator with 1/4 stringers. It is a heavy boat(900 with pump). I have been running 650 hp in it with no problems, and getting ready to have 1,000-1,200 hp in it. The boat only has 1/4 stringers, but has plywood glassed in the floors all the way up. The tunnels are also very thick to help with the flexing issue. I had a lightweight(around 475) centurion before the liberator and it had balsa wood floors and full stringers. That boat flexed way more than this one. Liberator feels more solid and rides great.

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    Cool pics. Hope it all works out Gary. It will be cool to have someone with a brand new boat in our group. Can't wait to see it get done. Are you going to buy turn key or are you going to rig any of it yourself? You should throw the pics of your old Lib up as well. It was a great looking boat.

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    The red and white 21' is nice!

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    One of my runnin buddies has a 21 Liberator, finest riding "jet boat" I have ever rode in


    Real nice boat
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    Quote Originally Posted by tnyoungblood View Post
    one of my runnin buddies has a 21 liberator, finest riding "jet boat" i have ever rode in


    Real nice boat
    pics??

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    Default Here ya go !!!!

    Not sure the year but it's one of the cleanest jets on the river .. Its a Kevlar layup, 460 with a 8-71 BBC .. Runs right around 90


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    Quote Originally Posted by TNYoungblood View Post
    Not sure the year but it's one of the cleanest jets on the river .. Its a Kevlar layup, 460 with a 8-71 BBC .. Runs right around 90



    Nice Thanks for the pics

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    Default Here is a couple pics of my liberator.

    I bought it new from Dave without a motor. I built the motor and rigged it the way I wanted it. It is a great riding boat! I highly recommend!
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    Default my Liberator Dave experience

    We have owned 3 Liberators and like the boats. Not a performace boat as they are waaaaayyyyy too heavy to ever be quick. I was interested in a new 21 Liberator, but after taking my Mirage to Dave for new interior and cowl and he didnt install the back seat correctly and the hatch wouldnt stay up. The seat cushion blew off the seat on the ride home , he promised to make it right but never would. BAD GUY TO DO BUSINESS WITH!!!!
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    I didn't buy this one new. But if I was ever in the market to do so, I wouldn't flinch at hooking up another one.

    I've been told the ride is quite nice. Even with the waters here being like a washing machine. On average weekends, this boat flat out runs nice.

    I could argue the heavy part since this one is a bit lighter than the normal lay up. Its gotten heavier with the blower and all the crap that goes along with that.

    To bad about wildstreak's experience. I guess you cant please everybody.

    Its not the fastest, Its not the quickest but its sure is a ton of fun to drive. Sounds good to. IMO.





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    Quote Originally Posted by cave View Post

    Holy cow Jimmy, what's going on here in this picture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrork View Post
    Holy cow Jimmy, what's going on here in this picture?
    Looks like he's demonstrating the landing style of his boat after crossing a wake board barge's wake!!

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    Is the 21ft Liberator a wet ride like the 20ft Liberators??? You dont take the 20ft out in cold weather or you will freeze due to getting constantly sprayed with a mist from the center of the boat in choppy water.

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