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    Quote Originally Posted by CLASSIC MUSCLE View Post
    My final questions is about the salt corrosion? Is that a concern in these boats at all? I seem people advertising "fresh water" only on PWC's and boats but maybe I shouldn't be worried about it with this type of machine? Thanks again for everyone's input!
    MOST of the boats you are looking at will never have seen salt water. You might find a few. Mine, for instance, has never been in the ocean. I wouldn't have a problem with it, since it has closed cooling (anti-freeze/coolant in the block and heads) so the exhaust is really the only thing that could even remotely be bothered by the saline. If you found a boat with a 496mag or mag HO, it already has closed cooling. Previous models did not.

    That being said, I still wouldn't worry about salt - except for the trailer. I have seen a trailer that was dipped in the ocean a few times. All of the welds were rusty and the areas under the diamond-plate (fender steps) were swiss cheese. So, I would NEVER drop my trailer in the ocean, but I would have the boat lifted off with straps and set in the water / lifted back out.

    Again, 25' and under are rarely put in the ocean anyway.
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    EFI is the wave of the future. There can be no denying it. Electronics have been on the leading edge of our entire lives. Not only os the magneto dead, but the standard issue CDI is wavering. Its all about total fuel, air AND spark control. Anybody that thinks its not has their head up their ass.


    2001 SleekCraft 30' Heritage SSB, open-bow mid-cuddy. 496HO / Bravo-I.

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    My Top 10 List of things to think about.

    1. Pony up for a boat inspection. That would be money well spent. I bought a boat that ran great, sounded great, but had some problems.

    2. Bring an experienced trusted boat buddy along for the inspection and water test. An objective 2nd opinion is a good thing.

    3. Bring GPS for the on-water test. If it doesn't hit the speed the owner claims, use that to drive down the price.

    4. Buy the engine you want long term. Upgrading later will cost much more than if you are patient and wait for what you want. If you want a HP500, then buy it up front not later.

    5. Consider all the extras - stereo, bimini top, covers, spare prop, etc. If you buy those with the boat, you get them pennys on the dollar.

    6. Look hard at the trailer. If anything is wrong, use it to drive down the price and budget for repairs.

    7. Buy a good looking boat. Buy one that gives you a rush just looking at it. Buy the color you want. If it isn't love at first sight it won't grow on you later.

    8. Make sure you go low enough price/size that you can enjoy running it conscious free (finacially speaking). If you are second guessing yourself, you likely are going too expensive. Factor in a repair and maintence budget also. You want going to the lake to be fun, not a budget anxiety event.

    9. Make a list of what you want up front. Research what boats will give you what you want.

    10. BE PATIENT! If you miss a deal, there will be another better one alone later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLASSIC MUSCLE View Post
    Agreed. Thanks for that post Beer:30, very informative. I'm going to start looking and will post some boats that I find in here for your opinions guys. I've already sensed that the majority of these boats seem to be in the coastal regions and a lot of them are in CA. My final questions is about the salt corrosion? Is that a concern in these boats at all? I seem people advertising "fresh water" only on PWC's and boats but maybe I shouldn't be worried about it with this type of machine? Thanks again for everyone's input!
    Did ya see this one? This is right up your alley!!!:

    Link: http://www.performanceboats.com/boat...-velocity.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by gn7 View Post
    EFI is the wave of the future. There can be no denying it. Electronics have been on the leading edge of our entire lives. Not only os the magneto dead, but the standard issue CDI is wavering. Its all about total fuel, air AND spark control. Anybody that thinks its not has their head up their ass.


    2001 SleekCraft 30' Heritage SSB, open-bow mid-cuddy. 496HO / Bravo-I.

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