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Old 04-04-2013, 05:03 PM
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You guys sure do a good job of spending people's money.

Here is the other end of the spectrum. I bought this 1988 24' Grumman w 50hp Force and tandem trailer for $700. It was supposed to be a flip but I put too much time and $$ into making it too nice to flip with a decent profit so I have kept it and really like!
Stripped it, refloored (prob not necessary), heavy duty carpet, new blue fencing, re-installed the aluminum top. DONE!
$2000 in parts, mainly flooring, carpet, .040 Al sheet, tires. Plus about 120 hrs (much of it learning time. kept track because a buddy was supposed to be 50/50 but he put up no money and only about 10 hrs)
Built a 4'x2'x2' storage box, also doubles as 2-3 seats.

The open space is great. I have a stack of 6 decent quality fabric covered metal deck chairs. Chairs move as the sun or conversation changes or out of the way when there are 6 coolers.
This utility boat has been more fun and added flexibility than I would have imagined.
2-3 times more fuel efficient and a low maintenance alternative to launching the fiberglass if all we are going to do is hang out for a few hours. (no wipe down

What to look for:
- Aluminum toons (better names may be larger diameter) TriToon would be great but significantly more $$
- 24' is really nice. Much more room than 20. 28' would be cool but my buddy has one and you do start to loose maneuverability. Easy for almost anyone to drive.
- Have a mechanic look over the OB for any big mechanical risks.
- Step and stomp all over the floor to check for soft spots, including moving furniture. Look underneath the deck as suggested and poke w screw driver. A soft area is not necessary a deal breaker. Just know it is there, will need to be torn down at some point and bargain hard accordingly.
- 50hp pushed our 24' to 21mph GPS with 4 people. Adding the top dropped us to 18mph but the shade is nice. Enough to tube small kids but if big kid towing is intended, you will prob need to step up to 80-115hp.
- Honda or a newer Merc would be ideal but Yamaha, Evinrude, whatever. Hopefully the mechanic can clue you to any issues. Ours is a Force which is generally regarded as crappy but it has worked 3 yrs.

You should be able to get into a decent turn key for $3-5k. Just look for one that has set for a few years and vinyl has turned crappy. Motor and other systems may be fine but aesthetic ugly duckling. Who cares the more that is wrong, is less you will get in trouble for breaking and more fun will be had.

Last couple - loaded with my PA gear and anchors for a holiday weekend
Coved in party line with all three of my fleet - Blue Toon, OPP (OtherPartyPlatform, 12'x24' w 5 logs), Mastercraft
So easy a 3yr old can drive
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:49 PM
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those are some big anchors. looks like a great setup for lots of fun.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:04 PM
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sloop... fairly certain i partied on that platform at the June midwest boat party event last year haha. That was a legit Saturday.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:47 AM
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After 8 years of party lines, one figures out line drifting and bending SUCKS! The only way to stop it is with good anchors. OPP really attracts a crowd and as you can see, a Tee of boats also develops. Overkill makes life easy and safe.

Mzimme, I think I remember your boat? With all that I have going on big weekends, it blurs sometimes. Glad you enjoyed. Two weeks after Memorial Day we do it again!
MWBP weekends are more fun than Holidays IMO. Most are knowledgeable boat enthusiasts so there is more courtesy and less drama than a Holiday weekend.
Aerial of Fall 2011 late afternoon. Turn out is always lower Fall than Spring Party and the heat w Blue Green Algae was a buzz kill for some. My MC appears to have been on a marina run and missed the photo op

Another of the fleet lineup.
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:10 AM
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what on earth swimsuit is that dude wearing in the last picture!!!
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:49 AM
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I keep telling people I want to get a pontoon. However, I want a zip up net to go around the whole thing to keep skeeters out at night. End the day of pulling with a nice cruise and party boat; without the bugs.

Only problem is there is no way, at 28 years old, that I am going to pay to own, store and maintain 2 boats. If I had a 50/50 partner I would. But even then, as BSLoop mentioned, that doesn't always work out either.
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:04 PM
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Premier with twins would be the ultimate.

When i was working as a boat mechanic/sales guy, i sold one of these. 10 ft wide, the guy put twin suzuki 300s on there, jack plated it, custom made racing props, and the few engine hop ups they make for those suzukis. it was crazy. topped out around 72 mph, and cost about 128k.

Premier does make an excellent boat though. Bennington as well. If i was buying with everything i've seen in 5-6 years as a professional mechanic, i would be buying one of those two brands.
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:04 PM
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:08 PM
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I keep telling people I want to get a pontoon. However, I want a zip up net to go around the whole thing to keep skeeters out at night. End the day of pulling with a nice cruise and party boat; without the bugs.

Only problem is there is no way, at 28 years old, that I am going to pay to own, store and maintain 2 boats. If I had a 50/50 partner I would. But even then, as BSLoop mentioned, that doesn't always work out either.
But we got the hidehout...don't need no pantoon.. http://www.mugzshideout.net/
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:25 PM
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But we got the hidehout...don't need no pantoon.. http://www.mugzshideout.net/

True true. we go there so often in the summer. They mix up the girls' bloody mary's in their own huge to go cups. I like that bar. I can wear my anti Obama shirt and people say "Nice shirt" ... my kind of people.
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