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View Poll Results: How do you choose a boat?
I choose by color 16 25.00%
Money is no object 2 3.13%
I must find a deal 34 53.13%
I canít find the perfect boat 8 12.50%
I like all shiny new things 6 9.38%
Iíve had my next boat planned for 6+ months 18 28.13%
I buy on impulse 2 3.13%
Choosing a boat is simple 5 7.81%
Choosing a boat is complex Ė I play with excel to manage choice 12 18.75%
Choosing a boat is complex Ė I have a system with post-it notes to manage choice 2 3.13%
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:26 PM
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How do you choose a boat? You can pick multiple answers in the poll.

So, I've got the spring-time boat shopping itch. As a mental break from studying (grad school) sometimes I putz arounnd the web for 5 min looking at boats. With a couple friends looking for boats, I found out just how different our processes are. It got me wondering what most people do (presuming we all seek wake and performance quality).

I have a wide range of boats I'd enjoy owning. I figured I'd start tracking prices I saw so I'd know if I found a good deal and wound up putting in another 15 min to build qualitative comparisons with benefit weightings. Funny, I thought I liked 12 boats or so... It got up to, ehem, 42 different models & designs, narrowed to 37 considerations after regressing outliers. It's handy to have a legit top 10. It's no work of art, but thought I'd share what I whipped up in 20 min last week.

Am I crazy? Maybe in contrast to my finance it's fun. Since Waterski Mag isn't doing BBGs like they used I might as well make my own. Now when I find a boat online I plug in the price, add-on costs and see if it's worth buying.

So what's your process?
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:38 PM
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I badgered my folks from 1994 when I was getting out of college until July 2011 when they finally gave in and sold me my dream boat. Didn't want a different S&S, as it's really not a very practical boat, wanted the one I grew up loving. Lots of scrapes and dings, and I know how just about all of them get there. Runs like a dream and my family tolerates the rough ride and limited space to keep me happy. Was getting real close on a 205 a couple times, but my heart was never really in it.
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:52 PM
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And this is why youll make more money than me.....but..... http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=gZEdD...%3DgZEdDMQZaCU
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:48 AM
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And this is why youll make more money than me.....but..... http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=gZEdD...%3DgZEdDMQZaCU
Nice one! I embrace my newly found nerd-ness. Beats wearing a cheerleading skirt

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Old 05-11-2013, 08:15 AM
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You shouldn't have the 06 X30 in the same category as the 01-05s, it's a completely different boat.
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:47 AM
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You shouldn't have the 06 X30 in the same category as the 01-05s, it's a completely different boat.
Typo, good catch. I left that boat out as I hear its not worth skiing behind. I suppose the same is true of the mb21 and the SAN220 which made the list. I'll have to throw it into the mix and see where it lands. I had pulled out the 04+ xstar as the sole sport focus left it an outlier in regression.
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:03 AM
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I putz arounnd the web for 5 min looking at boats.?
LMAO 5 minutes my arse!
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:13 AM
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Lets be honest here. Impulse is the only true answer.
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:16 AM
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LMAO 5 minutes my arse!
Indeed there are times I get sucked in. But it's really that quick - I setup google alerts fo CL and a few boat sites and just check my email.
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Choosing the right boat is easy. Paying for the damn thing is something I haven't figured out yet.
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