One More «New Boat for Newbie» Question … :)/ 589842

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Good morning everyone.


I’ve been reading this forum so much lately my wife complains. and I’m thankful for lots of information and knowledge everyone’s willing to share.

I’ve read lots of threads about getting the first boat to educate myself and narrow down my search. There’re a couple of threads that answer most of my questions. I’d just like to run my scenario through with you for more advice/input please.

Please pardon my first but lengthy post. I just want to lay out everything possible so you can help me better.

A. Quick background:

— We like camping: used to go at least once in the mountain, once in the winter for skiing/snow boarding, and once in the lake (summer) per year. The last 5 years I’ve been. home raising up my new family with 2 kids (2 yrs 4 yrs boys). My wife I just discussed and it’s time for us to start camping again, starting this summer.

— We have a Yamaha cruiser jet-ski (3 seater) been sitting in the backyard. So for light water sports (tube towing, skiing and wake boarding), we can use it instead of a boat.

— So for the new boat, we’d like to use it for cruising, sight seeing, and definitely stay over-night/weekend.

— I think we most likely want to stay in lakes, rivers, maybe in the fresh water part of the CA delta only. I heard if you boat in salt water, even with careful cleaning, chances of engine damage is high, is it true?

— Mostly (50%) would be us 4, 25% of the times would have some more siblings/friends (2-4 max), 25% with bigger group of friends/relatives (8-10). For the latter, the jet-ski would be with us as well.

— So I think we only wanna go with cuddy cabin boat since the jet-ski would take care of the sport portion.

B. What I’ve been looking around:

— I checked out a 1996 Wellcraft 28′, with a Volvo Penta GXIE, 350 Chevrolet V8 — fuel injection. The boat was not kept clean. Maybe the seller hasn’t been out for a while. But I know nothing about boat so I know I would have to hire a surveyor to check more carefully. I talked to the mechanic who’s been working on his engine. He said the seller just had it serviced recently. Asking price is around $15,000. Nada Guide shows only $8500 (maybe +$2000 for the trailer??).

— Another guy lives near me (not really a neighbor though) also shows interest to sell his 1992 Regal (I think it’s a 26 footer) for $13,000. Looks ok. Engine was just rebuilt. Nada Guide also shows lower price for this: about $8000 (plus trailer) I think.

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— I also looked (through ads only, not in person yet) at some smaller ones, like 2001 Bayliner 19′ ($9000) — only sleeps 2, 1995 Reinell 197 rxl Cuddy ($6000), 1994 Chris Craft 21′ Cuddy Cabin, 351 Ford IO for $12000, etc.

C. My questions/concerns:

— Based on a number of threads on this forum what I heard from a local marine mechanic: Outboard is better. Some of you even insisted on an outboard exclusively. But the boats I’m looking at (cuddy cabins) all have I/O engines, which is different from pure inboard, right? (I’m not interested in fishing boats, which do have outboard options but don’t have enough seating/benches). That marine mechanic was like: inboard would cost you a lot in the long run because of more troubles/maintenance requirement. But what about an I/O engine? Is that better than just inboard? I don’t know engines, but my cousin is an auto mechanic. Does that help me a bit, at least for not-so-major problems, if I get an I/O? Since I/O engines seem similar to auto engines.

— I also heard rebuilt engine is not good because of the engine wears tears. True/false? Why/why not?

— Now we’re in Hayward, CA. I know a couple of lakes around here (1-2 hrs drive). If you’re only taking the boat out for cruising/sight seeing (we would probably only over night/weekend once in a while), would you get bored after a hand full of sight seeing times of the same places? Where to look for guide on worthy places for boating? This is important to us because if we can use the boat often, and there’re lots of places to go, I can convince my wife to spend a little more.

— Boat size question: I’ve read about the 2 footitis phenomenon. Haha. Right now I have a F250 regular cab truck for construction work. Wife wants a Toyota Highlander (5000 lbs max towing) by end of THIS FEB. So if I buy a smaller boat then we can tow it with the new Highlander. But I really like the look and feel of the 24-26-28 footers. Hahaha. I guess because they all have bigger cockpit with lots of seating, and can sleep 4-6. They also look grade, more luxurious. But if I go more than 5000 lbs (trailer included), I have to trade my f250 in for a crew cab, long bed truck. That’s long for me, plus it’ll cost more. But if I have to, I can. So, for those of you who have a smaller cuddy with 4-5 family members: how do you utilize the cabin? Do you actually sleep on board? How is it? Do you with the bigger (24-28′) boats? What about when cruising, how smooth/bumby is it with the smaller ones (less than 20′)?

— Then it comes to the next last question I hope: after consider above question (about boat size) and the boats I’m looking at in section B, which one would you recommend? I wanted to spend around $10K max for the boat, but if it makes more sense, I can sweet talk to my CFO (Ms boss) for more. There’s one poster on this forum mentioned something along the line that I have to be able to sleep on the boat. And I kinda like that too. Hehehe.

Again, sorry for the long post. But I really need help.

Thanks in advance for your time.

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