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    Hello members. Just joined forum today. Let me introduce myself. I am a long time Michigan resident. I've had a couple boats. Mostly the fishing/ski type, all outboards. The most fun one was the Ebbtide with the 150 merc. Did'nt get much fishing done though!!!! Just recently went through a divorce and had to refinance the house to buy the ex out. I refinanced extra money to purchase a boat. I always had a thing for a jet/v-drive. Anyone know somebody selling a boat. Also closing in on the big 50. Do you think am making the right choice? Thanks for reading, looking forward to the replys. Deweydaddy

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    A lot of things to think about when buying a boat, where are you planning to use it ? What do you plan on pulling it with, a lot of choices in Michigan. I personally think a guy needs 2 or 3 at least !!!! Some guys like restoring the old jets, they are reasonable and a total ball, ride pretty good , fairly safe and room for women and party essentials..........plus you can tow them with a car. there is a lot of work involved in owning one and keeping it up you have to have a passion for being somewhat of a gearhead............... Outboards are a good choice,no maintence, run good all the time, Tunnel Hulls, V - bottoms, flat bottoms............ and I'm just getting started, like I say a guy really needs at least 3 boats........ LOL !!........ V-Drives....... dangerous as hell a lot of work............ I personally love mine to death !!!! The 24 to 26 io's are nice but not that much fun on a small lake and you need a 4x4 to tow them.......... I had a 16 foot checkmate with a 150 merc inline 6 on it years ago and to this day it remains one of my favorite boats............. just the time in my life where everything was working out and the boat did it's job well ........... good luck !!!!
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    Welcome Dewey, I too am new to the forum and to MHB. I'm married w/ a 17 month old son. I own a '95 checkmate 19' w/ 175 Mercury Black Max. ("Whampler's pix/ride460") This boat will go thru all types of water, fast (fast enough) and safe. If you have kids, thats important. My son has been on it from just about day one. We all wish we could have a differant boat for every occasion. Good luck in your quest and keep us posted on what u find!

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    Welcome to the site guys. Here's a nice Sanger for sale. http://detroit.craigslist.org/boa/984027234.html
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    The only blab's I will even be a part of is just when it is me they are talking about. Aaaah yes I can see a few good looking shiny tall deck motors on the beach, with barely enough fuel to get back to the launch saying, "Holy crap how fast you think that Daytona was going man? That's like the 20th time he's gone by today?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by michigan-checkie View Post
    Welcome Dewey, I too am new to the forum and to MHB. I'm married w/ a 17 month old son. I own a '95 checkmate 19' w/ 175 Mercury Black Max. ("Whampler's pix/ride460") This boat will go thru all types of water, fast (fast enough) and safe. If you have kids, thats important. My son has been on it from just about day one. We all wish we could have a differant boat for every occasion. Good luck in your quest and keep us posted on what u find!
    Thanks I will. I do have a 10 yr. old boy. I share joint custody with ex. Every other weekend and one day a week. ( thats the hard part for me, he's such a good kid. I just hope this stuff does'nt mess him up). I now come home to a empty house and kinda bitter everyday. I need something to do with my time. I think boating will be a good thing for me and him. I'am all about safety, he's about the only thing that keeps me going. Thanks Dewey

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    Quote Originally Posted by One More Year View Post
    The only blab's I will even be a part of is just when it is me they are talking about. Aaaah yes I can see a few good looking shiny tall deck motors on the beach, with barely enough fuel to get back to the launch saying, "Holy crap how fast you think that Daytona was going man? That's like the 20th time he's gone by today?"

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    Thanks, most kind of you.

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    Either one of those could be had for probably 2000.00. Great bang for the buck. !!! You could buy that sleekcraft and throw it away at the end of the summer and still be money ahead !!!!!! Definately spend a lot of time and be picky and get what you really want.......... right now it it a LOT easier to BUY a boat than it is to SELL one............ You may have whatever you buy for a LONG LONG time................Good Hunting........... I still stop and look at EVERY boat I drive by !!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Violater View Post
    Either one of those could be had for probably 2000.00. Great bang for the buck. !!! You could buy that sleekcraft and throw it away at the end of the summer and still be money ahead !!!!!! Definately spend a lot of time and be picky and get what you really want.......... right now it it a LOT easier to BUY a boat than it is to SELL one............ You may have whatever you buy for a LONG LONG time................Good Hunting........... I still stop and look at EVERY boat I drive by !!!!!
    Don't you have a boat for sale.
    Quote Originally Posted by One More Year View Post
    The only blab's I will even be a part of is just when it is me they are talking about. Aaaah yes I can see a few good looking shiny tall deck motors on the beach, with barely enough fuel to get back to the launch saying, "Holy crap how fast you think that Daytona was going man? That's like the 20th time he's gone by today?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Violater View Post
    Either one of those could be had for probably 2000.00. Great bang for the buck. !!! You could buy that sleekcraft and throw it away at the end of the summer and still be money ahead !!!!!! Definately spend a lot of time and be picky and get what you really want.......... right now it it a LOT easier to BUY a boat than it is to SELL one............ You may have whatever you buy for a LONG LONG time................Good Hunting........... I still stop and look at EVERY boat I drive by !!!!!
    Thanks for the advice. Yes I have bought stuff, and wished I spent more time looking. I really do want to do this right this time around. Great advice,if I can only remember to do so. Dewey

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    There is a web-site called" dragboatcity.com" which has a wide variety of nice boats for sale. I sold my last boat on that web-site. Good luck and welcome to the fun. You may want to join up with the guys and gals of the Michigan hot boats. We have a lot of good get togethers. Chet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildfire View Post
    There is a web-site called" dragboatcity.com" which has a wide variety of nice boats for sale. I sold my last boat on that web-site. Good luck and welcome to the fun. You may want to join up with the guys and gals of the Michigan hot boats. We have a lot of good get togethers. Chet.
    Thanks, I'll check it out. Dewey

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanger rat View Post
    Don't you have a boat for sale.
    Yeah, but if I can swing it , I would just as soon keep it and give it to the kid....With a mild motor........ unfortunately for me, I'm better at buying than selling !!!! I'm going to start pecking away on the 396 this week, If you run accross a v-drive pan for around 200 bucks in your travels E-me !!!
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    Will have one shortly.
    Quote Originally Posted by One More Year View Post
    The only blab's I will even be a part of is just when it is me they are talking about. Aaaah yes I can see a few good looking shiny tall deck motors on the beach, with barely enough fuel to get back to the launch saying, "Holy crap how fast you think that Daytona was going man? That's like the 20th time he's gone by today?"

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