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Old August 12th, 2005, 07:12 PM
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thanks adam and patrick~
it seems to be well maintained.....hope it works out for the best!

thanks again,
-dan
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Old August 16th, 2005, 08:52 PM
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I agree with many of Adams statments. Just wanted to add a few more:

1. 1 year in salt water is equal to 10 years in fresh water.
2. 50 hours/year is average usage for a boat with a season similar to the north east. Not sure about CA
3. You need to check and see if your engine is raw water cooled.
3a. If it is raw water cooled, consider installling a flush mount kit providing easy access to hook-up a hose to flush the engine and extending the life of the boat.
4. Like Adams said, try your best to rack your boat or get a trailor
5. light coat the engine in 656 every month to avoid corosion.
6. You only need to paint the bottom once unless your running the boat up on the beach
7. You need to wash the boat and cover it with a tight custom cover to avoid oxidation to the fiberglass and ruining the cushions.

If your anything like me who cant seem to relax, a full day on the water will feel like a couple of days of vacation!

Good Luck and welcome to boating!
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Old August 18th, 2005, 02:41 AM
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thanks, chris and the rest of you d-90 boys..

yeah, it's always been a dream....

BUT!

now there is a new crossroads....

another guy is selling a LARSON 330 Cabrio.......2000 model year.....33 feet...only 200 hours on the twin VOLVO PENTA engines......

it's going for around $100,000 avg on-line....but he really wants to sell it now.....willing to sell for $84000.

any opinions on LARSON? i never heard of it before......

but it sure looks great! do you think a 33 footer is way to big for a first time potential boat owner???

thanks!

keep the advice coming!

-dan
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Old August 18th, 2005, 09:24 PM
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1. Larsons are not built with quality in mind.
2. 33 is a huge starter boat
3. If you want a 33 go with the Formula that looks great, quality to last a life time and remains timeless

From your questions, I dont think you know what you want. Here are a couple of questions you may want to answer to help narrow your choices.
What are you looking to do with the boat? (Day boat, over night) (water sports, partying)
Are you going to trailer the boat to other locations?
Do you have children? How old are they?
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Old August 20th, 2005, 02:54 AM
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yeah, pretty unsure of the whole thing...
i KNOW i want one, but not sure WHICH one....

my choices are limited since i live in the marina.....so i could only get a slip if i bought a boat from this specific marina...otherwise.....4-5 year waiting list!

here's some more 411:

-i want to be able to cruise the harbor, go fish, go to the local island (catalina) and go diving....it's about 26 miles from where i live....

-no trailer

-no kids, but we're trying....

thanks for the comments, chris...

ps> larson is not a good company? aiyaya....someone told me there were a good one....

-dan
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Old August 21st, 2005, 12:26 AM
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Sounds like you should charter to figure out what you want. Just because you have access to a marina is not a great reason to buy a particular boat. See if there is rack storage available nearby.

Get a handle on your budget and then find the best boat that works in that budget. Don't forget to include 10% of the cost of the boat annually for maintenance.

Twin motors? Your're gonna burn a lot of gas...18+gph (gallons per hour) minimum at perhaps 15 knots. Add's up quick as you increase the speed. Twice the maintenance costs for twins also.

Bigger boat...bigger slip payment. Usually is cost per foot. I paid $11.75/ft. per month covered not including electrical in Seattle. Dunno what the cost will be in Long Beach.

Don't rush this decision and look at lot's of boats.
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Old August 21st, 2005, 02:52 AM
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hey adam~
thanks for that input as well...

went on the larson today.......was really fun, but quite large......the twin 5.7L volvo penta motors were strong....and yeah....i could only imagine the gas costs!!! yikes!!

as for searching....i will keep on looking......

my dream: sea ray, chris craft, or cobalt.....they seem really nice.....

the boat slip does NOT include electrical??????

-dan
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 07:53 PM
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I am not giving up on you. Please add Formula to your dream list. The Formula has a deeper V Hull and is built like a tank. This will help you get to your fishing spot a little quicker and in comfort. Check out this 260 bowrider http://www.formulaboats.com/bowrider/1058706.aspx. '23 - '28 ft boat is where you want to be for your first boat and a single engine should give you the performance you are looking for. Get the bravo 3 drive. I also happen to like the cobalt, however they may be a little too plush for me. Sea ray is a good boat, but you pay a lot of money for the name.
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Old August 26th, 2005, 03:38 PM
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points well taken, chris...thanks!

and yeah..........that's a niiiice boat......

-dan
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