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    Default Very interested in buying an Eliminator Daytona. Info, experiences, what to look for?

    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.
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    Are there any other forums or websites where I might be able to get some of the information that I'm looking to find?
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    I have a 26' Daytona with a blower engine in it and am very happy with it. Can handle rough water great, fast and looks great too. There is a little driving style change when going to a cat from a v bottom. imho..... Good luck with the hunt...

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    Try screamandfly.com, riverdavesplace.com or offshoreonly.com

    I love my Daytona, runs great.
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    Default The Big Daytona....

    Quote Originally Posted by jpf091959 View Post
    Try screamandfly.com, riverdavesplace.com or offshoreonly.com

    I love my Daytona, runs great.
    That is badass...

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    We love our 25. It will handle very well in consistent 2' chop and gets over wakeboard and cruiser waves pretty easily. It is NOT a 28' Skater but not much, if anything, will hang with those in big water. I have ridden in a 28' Daytona single with 800hp a few years ago and it handled bigger water better and topped out around 90 I believe. It's going to take big HP to get a 28 single over 100 if that's what you are looking for. My 25' with 735hp naturally aspirated gets upper 90's with 6 people and 80 gallons of fuel. Good luck with your search.

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    Hey guys, thank you for the replies. Especially the personal experiences from t-bag'n and lake p.a.l.

    I'd say that 2' chop is about what I'm experiencing here on Lake Conroe when it's busy so it sounds like a 25 footer will handle it just fine. I get absolutely pounded in my 20' Stingray bowrider .

    I've been looking at these boats for quite a while but there is so much that I don't know. Many that are for sale have built, big hp engines (naturally aspirated and supercharged) but many of them have the standard 500-525hp Mercruiser fuel injected engines. Most of the blown engines are twin carbed but I've seen some that are FI. I'd prefer FI but that isn't the most important thing.

    What do you think that a 26 ICC with a 500hp Mercruiser would do? I've been looking at this one. Might already be sold but it's a good looking boat although I admit it's pretty lacking in the hp department:

    2008 Eliminator Daytona 26 ICC Mercury Racing 500EFI, 100hrs, Mint!
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    I had a friend with a 02 26'icc Daytona with a 575sci merc engine and a 2" shorty lower and it ran mid 80's I think like 86mph. I think the Daytona your looking at is a nice boat and would probably run about the same mph. It is a good platform to do a whipple upgrade to at a later point in time. Another friend has a 2008 27' Daytona I believe year is correct. It's the same bottom with a different top and it has a Teague 800 efi with a platinum xr drive and it runs around 110mph anyday.

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    I had a 25' with a 496/375 HP that did 65 on a good day. Wasn't even packing air at that speed. Needed more HP but handled the rough water great! Bob leach always to me the 28's need single big HP but he preferred twins in that model. My advise would be a 25-27' with a 525 and enjoy a turn key, no hassles boat that will be fast enough to feel the need.

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    t, thank you for the info on 26' and 27' Daytonas. I don't know a ton about these boats but those speeds seem to be pretty fast for the amount of power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by X Hoser View Post
    I had a 25' with a 496/375 HP that did 65 on a good day. Wasn't even packing air at that speed. Needed more HP but handled the rough water great! Bob leach always to me the 28's need single big HP but he preferred twins in that model. My advise would be a 25-27' with a 525 and enjoy a turn key, no hassles boat that will be fast enough to feel the need.
    Thank your for the experiences with a low hp boat. I'm getting the feeling that these boats will do well in the rough water and that's a good thing.

    I'm with you on the no hassle thinking. A 500-525 Merc should be a reliable boat. Not the fastest on the lake but still fun and reliable. And, like t-bag'n said, a nice Whipplecharger would really wake it up.
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    Please understand that almost all "cats" will have a porpoise at some speed. Our 25 hops on smooth water from 62-72mph. If the water in front of you allows, you can turn a little to the left or right and almost completely eliminate the hop. If you plan to cruise 60 or lower you won't have any issue's. If you want to cruise 75mph I believe you will need more than a HP500. The 525 would be the lowest HP that I would want in one of these boats. I know the stock Merc 600 in a 2008 25' Daytona runs low-mid 90's. We have a good friend with a 22' Talon I/O that doesn't hop at any speed and turns way better than my boat. It has a new 588" n/a motor and it's for sale. He's going back to an outboard.

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    Love mine too!!! Its a 2006 27' STD deck just love how well its built first off! It rocks in the ruff stuff and very very little hop, it leans in to turns and not out!! If you know how to drive it there is zero hop! I say go for it for sure!!! For HP i say 550-600hp min or the boat can not even do what the hull was made to do!
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    Eliminators are great boats. But don't sell yourself short on the option of buying a talon or American offshore. I love the bottoms on these boats. Handles the chop Imo better than the eliminator icc. My brother threw a 3 different motor combinations at a one off splash of a American offshore. 95mph single carb. 125mph 871 blown w/carbs. And 138mph with a blown Injected motor on cornfuel.. feel safer at 130mph driving my brothers than 105 in my dad's 25' blown warlock

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