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    Default Bahner or Miller... which is a better boat to build?

    Just looking for some opinions... I have a 19' Bahner bubble deck that needs some transom work, but was offered a 19' Miller... Ive had a few Bahners, and really like them, but never had a Miller and dont know what to expect... Which is lighter or faster? one better than the next?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HEMETDRAGRACER View Post
    Just looking for some opinions... I have a 19' Bahner bubble deck that needs some transom work, but was offered a 19' Miller... Ive had a few Bahners, and really like them, but never had a Miller and dont know what to expect... Which is lighter or faster? one better than the next?
    HP-HP and stock bottoms i would think a Bahner would be faster.
    I havd a 79 bahner B-Deck with a Delta pad, boat was pretty quick with little HP compared to my friends 81 Miller with higher HP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blender over View Post
    HP-HP and stock bottoms i would think a Bahner would be faster.
    I havd a 79 bahner B-Deck with a Delta pad, boat was pretty quick with little HP compared to my friends 81 Miller with higher HP.
    Thats kinda what Ive heard...
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    i have a 81 miller, 514 bbf nothing special, dominator jet with no shoe or ride plate and run high 80s all day, plus millers love rough water....

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    Ii like the Miller as well.

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    we have a banher tunnel boat we would sell cheep .This hull was set up for a jet and motor from factor but was never riged that way. Someone install a jack plate behide the pod and installed a outboat.Everything is there to make it a jet even came from factor with the spoon center keel.


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    allso have a rodger too for sell just hull or complete

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    Never had a Bahner, but I am a Miller fan all the way!
    I've had 2 1979 Millers. Here is ours now.




    We have had it about 5 years now. I just dynoed the engine and it makes only around 550 HP at 5400, a little more at 5600.
    Torque curve is flat at 530 +- from 4200 to 5400.
    With a Stainless A, droop, shoe, plate, loader and diverter it does mid 80's all day.
    We fish from it, cruise, basically our Family truckster.
    It will be the last thing I ever sell if I have to.

    Little vid of ours, 86 MPH.
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    I can't compare them, like I said, never had a Bahner, but you can't go wrong with the Miller in my book.

    Tell Me more about this Miller you have access to...free????
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    the two im showing you is the tunnel is a banhar and the v-bottom is a Roders.From what we have been told both of these two hulls with 500-550 hp will easy do 85 90 mph just what we have been told

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    With similar power and set up My 78 Bahner ran 84 and my Last 75 Miller ran 78mph Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by thatguy View Post
    Never had a Bahner, but I am a Miller fan all the way!
    I've had 2 1979 Millers. Here is ours now.




    We have had it about 5 years now. I just dynoed the engine and it makes only around 550 HP at 5400, a little more at 5600.
    Torque curve is flat at 530 +- from 4200 to 5400.
    With a Stainless A, droop, shoe, plate, loader and diverter it does mid 80's all day.
    We fish from it, cruise, basically our Family truckster.
    It will be the last thing I ever sell if I have to.

    Little vid of ours, 86 MPH.
    Boats :: boatatShasta.mp4 video by thomasljr - Photobucket


    I can't compare them, like I said, never had a Bahner, but you can't go wrong with the Miller in my book.

    Tell Me more about this Miller you have access to...free????
    Not free but pretty cheap, its a 460, Berkeley 12JC, needs cables, wiring, hoses etc... The Bahner I have has a nice 454, 12JG with diverter, etc... So if I went with the Miller, I would likely swap all the parts out of the Bahner...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    With similar power and set up My 78 Bahner ran 84 and my Last 75 Miller ran 78mph Tom
    Then I quess we were told pretty close ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by HEMETDRAGRACER View Post
    Not free but pretty cheap, its a 460, Berkeley 12JC, needs cables, wiring, hoses etc... The Bahner I have has a nice 454, 12JG with diverter, etc... So if I went with the Miller, I would likely swap all the parts out of the Bahner...
    Bahners are great boats and I think it would be crazy to get rid of it just beacuse the transom wood is rotted. Sure, it's an inconvenience but it's not the end of the world. I just had mine done and it cost around $1,500.00 for the shop to pull the engine and jet and replace the wood. If you pull the engine and jet, you may be able to get it done for less. It's an added expense, however if it's done correctly it should only need to be done once. Plus, it'll probably help sell the boat when that time comes. Let me know if you want the info on the shop in Havasu that did mine.

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    Miller all the way i have had two of them one ran right at 90 mph all day long with a nothing 470 ford and it was a tank and the one i have now with a 427 Chevy the boats are ez to set up and with little hp they can run hard

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