I now live on a freshwater lake north of Houston. I love my 2004 Stingray 200LX bowrider but Lake Conroe gets rough on the weekends and the Stingray just isn't made for that. This will be my eighth summer owning it. Since I've always loved fast boats I've really been looking on craigslist and elsewhere on the internet to try to get a little smarter on these Daytonas. FWIW, I've seen two of them on trailers here locally. Anyway, there are probably other makes of cats out there that are just as good but I think that it's hard to go wrong with an Eliminator.
I'm looking at 25'-28' boats with single engine power. I don't want to get into the maintenance/fuel cost of dealing with twins. Most of the more modern hulls seem to be 26'-28' and have canopy windshields (ICC?) I'm sure these cats aren't the best for rough water handling but I'm sure their size makes them vastly superior to my smooth water only 20' Stingray. My dock and boat lift are set up for a max hull length of 28'.
My main goal is going fast in a hot boat. My secondary goal is to be able to enjoy it more when the lake gets busy and choppy even if I'm not going WOT. Right now, my Stingray is pretty much only usable on the weekdays and maybe early in the morning on weekends before the masses of "roll bar" boats make it out and churn the lake into an ocean.
I've been researching these boats for about a year and it's finally time to post questions and get some feedback from people that may own or have owned these boats.