First Time Boater Help Please??
Hello you all.
I'm planning to buy my first boat and after long long search i ended up to the following models:
SEARAY 185 SPORT
REGAL 1800 MX
CHAPARRAL 190 SSi
CROWLINE 192 BR
Now where i live in the mediterranean all the above boats are similar priced
i mean $3k difference maximux which does not make any difference to me.
Please all of you that you are way more experienced from me please tell your opinion like how you rank them (best first worst last) and please a few comments for each one.
You see i cannot trust dealers cause they want to sell .
Ride all the boats at least one time. Ride them again with the number of people you expect to carry. Do this as many times as you need to pick 1 above all others. Then bring a mechanical freind to check that boat. Still like that 1 boat? Yes ? Have it raised and look at every inch of the hull - bottom - holes for piping - really look closely at areas where drive parts come thru, sterndrive for cracks. Older boats can have very fine hair sized cracks and still be ok.Try to keep them above the waterline. A perfect boat that you do not like, is much worse, than a less than perfect boat you love. Enjoy your new love. Rich
Never tried one but in the Uk the Rinker boats have really taken off. I've never heard of any owner complaining about their's (from working in a marina with about 20 of them).
It's up to you - I would agree with Richard - the only way is to try it for yourself, you can never just go by reputation...
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