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Old 06-28-2013, 07:44 PM
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Re: Owning a Boat?

I seem to recall Force engines being HP rated at the power head, while competitors rate at the prop. That boat looks good, but test drive it with a full crew of passangers and gas. I think it will feel pretty underpowered.
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:48 AM
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Boat looks in great shape. Fresh water is much easier on a boat I think.

Here's another old saying...the happiest 2 days in a boat owners life is the day he buys it and the day he sells it

I haven't had a boat in about 15 years but had a few the 15 years before. Like everyone said its not as bad as the old sayings.
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:11 AM
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Re: Owning a Boat?

Not a fan of open bow small boats in waters that can be rough. The industry came up with these so they can advertise more seating, but in waves: 1) Kids seated in the front of windshield can become airborne (I was in a boat where this happened). 2) You can take water in the boat over the bow. Just my 2 cents. Enjoy.
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Re: Owning a Boat?

If you are new to boating then I would highly recommend that you take a safe boaters course before you go out on the water. I have been boating for over 40 years and you would be surprised how many people that have no clue what the "rules of the road" are. Enjoy your new toy.
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Re: Owning a Boat?

We taught a Vermont course last weekend. The parents aren't interested in learning. Fortunately the kids have to take the course if they want to operate a power boat.
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Re: Owning a Boat?

My family has an 80's gulfstream and loved it for years. Never had a problem until we tore it up on an unmarked sand bar, nothin but problems since, probably a poor repair. we ended up having to replace the entire motor and outboard, bad deal.

The boat you are looking at is a good brand and seems of good quality, as long as it was well taken care of go for it and enjoy it. Depending on usage and area some things change. As was mentioned some don't like open bow, but in Utah we don't get rough waters and I wouldn't even thing about anything besides an open bow. Make sure you have good safety equipment blah blah blah. One thing I have noticed is people, kids especially, tend to wear life jackets much more often if they aren't the cheap orange ones. Spend the money and get the "cool" neoprene ones that people will want to wear, it's worth it.
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Re: Owning a Boat?

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When were the trailer bearings repacked and does that swim ladder swing up?
I'm not sure about the bearings and good question about the ladder. The ones I've been on in the past they fold up, but I didn't examine this one that closely to know for sure. I'm assuming it folds up, but looking through my pics it does appear to be a solid ladder. I'll have to double check.
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Not a fan of open bow small boats in waters that can be rough. The industry came up with these so they can advertise more seating, but in waves: 1) Kids seated in the front of windshield can become airborne (I was in a boat where this happened). 2) You can take water in the boat over the bow. Just my 2 cents. Enjoy.
Yeah I hear where your coming from, but I will be mostly boating on a flat smooth lake where the only waves created are by other boats. So I don't mind the open bow. I actually prefer it, more room for passengers and everyone always liked sitting up front in my uncles boat who has a similar one.
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One thing I have noticed is people, kids especially, tend to wear life jackets much more often if they aren't the cheap orange ones. Spend the money and get the "cool" neoprene ones that people will want to wear, it's worth it.
haha funny story, but I already have 4 of the cool neoprene life jackets by accident. Over fathers day weekend, I was driving to my fiances parents house for dinner and on the way I passed a life jacket in the middle of the road and didn't think anything of it. Then within about 5 miles I ended up passing 4 more. There is a lake about an hour away from there so I'm assuming someone was hauling their boat and the life jackets kept flying out of the back. Anyways, I turned around and went back and retrieved them all except 1 (someone else already grabbed it). To my surprise, they were all the nice life jackets, didn't look cheap. I felt bad for whom ever lost them. Especially after they got to the lake and realized they were missing. My finances father lives right off the road and I watched the entire time we were there to see if anyone with a boat came back for them, no one did, and now I still have them. Maybe it was another sign that I should get a boat lol.
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Boats do take time and money to own. DIY helps but you still need a good pro for some things. For a good time try changing the impeller (cooling pump) in a Malibu v-drive like mine. Someone engineer stayed up late figuring out how to hide the darn thing where can hardly see or reach it. A std maintenance job not for the faint of heart. That said the bad stuff fades fast when you are cruising along. Best advice I can give is take a safe boating course, get out on a quiet day and practice your skills until you know yourself and your boat. Then have fun!
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Who much do those Malibu's run for? They look pretty nice.
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Re: Owning a Boat?

Biggest piece of advice: make sure the plug (very bottom of the back, under the motor) is in each and every time you launch
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I also would be worried about owning a boat with a Force engine. I have had one before and they are nothing but headaches. Parts are usually quite hard to find and some mechanics don't even want to mess with it.

Do what nek121328 said, get is looked at by a marine mechanic.. also ask about availability of parts if something were to happen to the engine.
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