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Old 04-30-2018, 01:23 PM
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Need help with I/O boat brands

I'm helping my neighbor at our lake house replace her late 90s Cobalt 190 that sunk last year. She has young grandchildren that will use the boat for recreational skiing, tubing and cruising. She has her dock and trailer set up for a 19' I/O so I'm looking for something similar under $10K.

Being an inboard guy I don' know where to start. Which brands are equivalent in quality to MCs? I'm seeing lots of Bayliners, Four Winns, Chaparrals, Glastrons, Sea Rays, Stingrays and Maxums in that price range.

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Old 04-30-2018, 01:30 PM
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Another Cobalt? I'd say maybe Sea Ray but will be lesser quality than the Cobalt. We had a Sea Ray at one point was was decent. 4.3L V6 19' did nicely.
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Old 04-30-2018, 01:36 PM
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I would say Sea Ray Or Larson. I actually considered both before I settled into MC. Four Winns and Chapparal are supposed to be pretty decent. I'd stay away from Tahoe's and Bayliners.
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Old 04-30-2018, 01:37 PM
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The I/O drivetrain will be either Mercury or Volvo in almost all of them. Of course if she’s buying used this is a different conversation. I’m assuming she’s buying used if she’s trying to stay under $10K. The TLC of that drivetrain will matter way more than the fit/finish.

I bought a 1997 Stingray 19’ for my first boat with 338 hours on it for about $6K. The drivetrain never gave me any trouble but it was in good shape and I am meticulous about maintenance. The interior was in fair shape.

My amateur ranking of fit/finish from best to worst is as follows...however I’m sure others will have different opinions:
Cobalt
Crownline
Chaparral
Four Winns
Sea Ray
Maxum (aka fancy Bayliner)
Glastron
Stingray
Bayliner

Please, someone else chime in because this is strictly my opinion and I’ve actually only been in a few of these brands on the water.
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Old 04-30-2018, 01:42 PM
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The I/O drivetrain will be either Mercury or Volvo in almost all of them. Of course if she’s buying used this is a different conversation. I’m assuming she’s buying used if she’s trying to stay under $10K. The TLC of that drivetrain will matter way more than the fit/finish.

I bought a 1997 Stingray 19’ for my first boat with 338 hours on it for about $6K. The drivetrain never gave me any trouble but it was in good shape and I am meticulous about maintenance. The interior was in fair shape.

My amateur ranking of fit/finish from best to worst is as follows...however I’m sure others will have different opinions:
Cobalt
Crownline
Chaparral
Four Winns
Sea Ray
Maxum (aka fancy Bayliner)
Glastron
Stingray
Bayliner

Please, someone else chime in because this is strictly my opinion and I’ve actually only been in a few of these brands on the water.
I agreed with Cam. For me it was a Cobalt or an MC
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Old 04-30-2018, 01:45 PM
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Never ever buy a Bayliner....think of the way a ten year old PT Cruiser aged. SeaRay was great before Brunswick bought them, but not anymore...and the company is for sale after losing $17M last year.

Cobalt is the leader in I/O (now owned by Malibu boats). Bryant Boats has always made a well built product as a family owned business, and they were recently acquired by Correct Craft (also owns Centurion, Nautique, Supreme, and PCM). Chaparral seems to make a decent product too and I have a few friends with those. Oddly, all three now have "surf boats".

http://www.cobaltboats.com/

www.bryantboats.com/

www.chaparralboats.com/

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Old 04-30-2018, 02:07 PM
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Another vote for cobalt here, I also wouldn't be afraid of an older well taken care of sea ray.

My question is though, how much of an upgrade does she think she can get from her current cobalt with 10k? At that price you are still going to be looking at 15-20 year old 19'ers.
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I agreed with Cam. For me it was a Cobalt or an MC
Not Cam....very close though
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Old 04-30-2018, 02:20 PM
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Thanks for the recommendations! I would love to find another Cobalt 190 but they quit building them in the late 90s or early 2000s so they're tough to come by. Most of what I see locally in a Cobalt is 20' plus which won't work.

She isn't looking for an upgrade, just a replacement. If it were up to her she wouldn't buy another one but her grandchildren insist. She got an insurance check for $8K when the Cobalt sunk so she wants to stay in that price range.
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Old 04-30-2018, 02:26 PM
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I recently sold my 1995 Sea Ray 200 (with 5.0L engine) for $10K. This was a nice boat for the activities you mentioned.


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