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  1. Rip5

    What Cruiser Would You Buy?

    Did not realize I had to. Marquis 50. Made in USA . Been on this boat several times. Would buy a Marquis over an Azi-Dog anyday.
  2. Rip5

    What Cruiser Would You Buy?

    Looks like the O/B's have no problems being raised.....
  3. NMMA’s latest New Powerboat Registrations Report shows new powerboat registrations were up 4.2 percent in 2018 compared to 2017. Tow boats and personal watercraft remained growth leaders, up 10 percent and 8 percent respectively and accounting for nearly 30 percent of new boat unit sales. Registrations of new outboard boats, which comprise 64 percent of total new boat sales, were up 3 percent YOY.
  4. Rip5

    Anyone cross shop a monterey 224fs?

    If I were you, I would seriously consider the Monty. I have owned two. Would have a third if I could have found a cuddy. Same power considerations as the Chap however. 4.5L is adequate, but 300HP + V8 is preferred. That is why the 224FS is "leftover" . And, unfortunately the 4.5L is the only engine option for 2019, and maybe 2018 as well. With a V8, the 224FS would be closer to $50K.
  5. Financing may have contributed slightly to higher prices, but only marginally. Cost's are driven up same as always has been, material costs are up (resin, aluminum, etc.) technology is more expensive and better than ever ( electronics, etc) and labor is much higher than ever before, so to get the boats profitable, prices have to go up to compensate. Dealer margin has always been high, and most dealers are not making significantly more on a new boat than they did several years ago on a similar sale.
  6. Rip5

    4.5 mercruiser 250hp enough power?

    Make sure you bring all 5 people with you on the sea trial. It's not "how fast" you can go, it's more a function of will the engine be capable of doing what you want with a full load. While the Wellcraft may have been fast enough, how was it with 5 people on board and pulling a tuber ? Still "fast enough" ????
  7. Rip5

    4.5 mercruiser 250hp enough power?

    SSi are Cuddies and Bowriders. Odd numbers = cuddies (i.e. 235 ssi, 255 ssi) Even numbers = open bow (i.e. 226ssi, 256ssi, etc.)
  8. Rip5

    4.5 mercruiser 250hp enough power?

    SSi is heavier than H20 with same engine. The 4.5L would be "adequate" but V8 would be preferred in 226ssi.
  9. Rip5

    Daily Commute Via Boat On Potomac River?

    This exact same post is on 3 or 4 boating boards. If it helps at all, many people responded to the poster with sincere answers and comments, same here. Could be legit, but likely not/
  10. Rip5

    What color to buy?

    White, or White, or even White. All good choices.
  11. Rip5

    Chicago Boat Show

    A little more on the OSX line from Chap. https://www.tradeonlytoday.com/manufacturers/chaparral-unveils-new-line?utm_campaign=TOT Newsletter Campaign&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=68925455&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_eD_dKA7JmkjDF1B6LIz19salfaBaB6SU7db30nlb_tKrst6AoFw3ll_Ao6FBqHQtVgcpOYR6h6SHwTC9hW3XiUWt4ZQ&_hsmi=68925455
  12. Rip5

    What Cruiser Would You Buy?

    Only two Heli-pads ? Pitiful.....
  13. Rip5

    255 SSI

    You just answered your question. And, they are built so well, they last, and people just keep them. I was lucky to find our 235SSi. We are keeping it until we are done boating (3-5 years more I think)
  14. Rip5

    What Cruiser Would You Buy?

    Dimensions Length: 35'6 ft Beam: 11'2 ft Max Draft: 3'6 ft Min Draft: 2'7 ft Dry Weight: 16,000 lb Deadrise: 22 °