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Old 04-03-2013, 08:05 PM
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Deck boats, who makes them?

Besides Hurricane, who makes a decent deck boat?
My sister-in-law and her husband want something used under $20K that they can party on, pull a wakeboarder, tuber, and even fish off it.

They are first time boat owners, so an I/O would be a good start for them. (Easy to dock, quiet, etc.) A used 220 Tristar is in their price range too, but still won't have the same space as a deck boat.

So who makes a decent one?
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:29 PM
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I had an I/O previously. IMO, I think a v-drive would be better because there can be much maintenance expense in an I/O. Fixing/replacing the bellows and etc is costly. Nothing you said would eliminate the v-drive with the exception of easy to dock - just find someone to take them out an practice a bit. Otherwise, if you/they are really stuck on something that can be dragged around by the back end why not consider outboard?
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:41 PM
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Before they buy - pay attention to the load ratings USCG label, and load the boat up and have folks walk to one side, compare it to the performance of a pontoon at similar load.

You can wakeboard better behind a deck boat - but safety wise I think a pontoon will carry people with more stability.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:03 PM
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Hurricane. I had an 05 and back then it was awesome, the 250 E-Tec outboard was not so great. If they go outboard, don't buy the E-Tec pre 2008... Mine was replaced in 2006 and again in 2007... Tons of power, awesome rough water handling but...horrific on fuel and connecting rods (engine, not boat). Mine was a 237 O/B

I think in that price range, he'll be looking in the 2005-9 range depending on the model. A windshield comes in handy in colder climates.

Some others deck boats of interest...

Monterey..

http://montereyboats.com/boats/m-series/


Chapparel...
http://www.chaparralboats.com/2013/c...rral-Boats.php


Searay makes a great boat, the used price point is higher, but resale based on brand recognition is also higher. Example boat below.

http://boats.iboats.com/2001-sea-ray...k/1281171.html


Starcraft, not on par with above, but price point reflects that...

http://www.starcraftmarine.com/showroom/deckboat
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:50 PM
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Ebbtide's Mystique 2400 and Rinker's 243 Siesta are both well built and offer decent space.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:17 AM
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Crownline also makes a deck boat.........They are pretty nice boats.

Search for a 238DB or 239DB

http://boats.smartcarguide.com/crownline-238-db
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:18 AM
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Chapparel for sure two of my buddy's have their older 24 ftr's. things are built like tanks. Chapparel makes a quality product



Harris Kayot not sure about their quality but see a bunch around here
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:07 AM
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my lake neighbor has a chapparel sunesta. seems like a great layout and he routinely packs it full of people. definitely gonna cost some money over an outboard when it comes time to service the outdrive.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:21 AM
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My neighbor has an Ebbtide, which looks pretty snazzy. My dad also bought a Kayot (Made by Harris boats) which is a pretty slick boat, and built really well.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:46 AM
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My buddy has a no-longer-made Donzi Z23 deck boat. The reason I mention it is that I've spent quite a bit of time on it. It's very nicely made, comfortable and rides/handles very well. They are value-priced on the used market too, as they were not very popular with the Donzi crowd

Here's a link to some more info:
http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...ck-boat.html#b
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