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    Hey Guys,

    I am an experienced boater (nearing 30 and been boating all my life), but I am mainly familiar with bow riders and cruisers. I am considering buying a 1988 Chris Craft Stinger and need some advice. This is the Fittipaldi model, 33' ft, twin 454's. What I wanna know is: 1. What do I need to look for when test driving the boat? 2. What questions should I ask? What are some of the not so obvious costs? Will my 2010 F150 with tow package be enough to tow this baby? Basically, what advice do you have for me (other than not to buy a boat!) If anyone is willing to talk I would be much obliged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyba20 View Post
    Hey Guys,

    I am an experienced boater (nearing 30 and been boating all my life), but I am mainly familiar with bow riders and cruisers. I am considering buying a 1988 Chris Craft Stinger and need some advice. This is the Fittipaldi model, 33' ft, twin 454's. What I wanna know is: 1. What do I need to look for when test driving the boat? 2. What questions should I ask? What are some of the not so obvious costs? Will my 2010 F150 with tow package be enough to tow this baby? Basically, what advice do you have for me (other than not to buy a boat!) If anyone is willing to talk I would be much obliged.
    Any Takers?

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    I would try asking your question over on OSO. Chances are you will find someone that already owns one just like it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyba20 View Post
    Hey Guys,

    Will my 2010 F150 with tow package be enough to tow this baby? Basically, what advice do you have for me (other than not to buy a boat!) If anyone is willing to talk I would be much obliged.
    No. My 30-footer with SINGLE engine weighs around 9000 or so trailering-weight. Chris-Craft is heavy construction and you have an additional motor/drive. 3/4T at minimum to be legal / insurance binding.
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