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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2013 10:25 am    Post subject: Looking to buy my first boat Reply with quote

I have been looking all over the internet, reading reviews and forum topics. I need help picking out my first boat. I at least know that I want an inboard.

Budget is under $20,000 and I will be using it for multiple things. Must have tower, open bow, and nice stereo system.
Main uses will be wakeboarding and tubing, some skiing and kneeboarding(even though I know it is frowned upon.

I have some boats picked out, but y'all can point out better ones if they are out there. Location is Columbia, SC. Here is some I have found

2001 Centurion Air Warrior http://www.boattrader.com/listing/2001-Ski-Centurion-Air-Warrior-Eclipse-V-101888728
1999 Supra Launch http://www.boattrader.com/listing/1999-Supra-Launch-21-101925778
2001 Tige 21v http://hiltonhead.craigslist.org/boa/3612750254.html

Thanks in advance for the help.
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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2013 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

update to this...centurion and supra already sold. I guess I'm pretty much at square one.
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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2013 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are going to start moving much faster now that the season is getting near. Also get the word out to your local dealers. You might get lucky and pickup a trade that they take in on a new 2013 boat.
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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2013 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you in a hurry to buy? If not, I'd first figure out which boat (brand/model) I'd want, and then start searching for the right boat.
How much of the time will you be wakeboarding? What's your level, do you care about a good wake?
With your budget I'd be looking at Super Sport Nautiques (and maybe Sport/Air Nautiques if V-drive isn't a necessity), Mastercraft 205's, and Sunsetters.

Whatever you do just keep posting what you find here and you'll hear what we think of it.
Good luck!

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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2013 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a beginner at wakeboarding and skiing. I've kneeboarded behind a i/o and skied behind a fishing boat lol.
Only reason I would prefer a v-drive is the ease of storage.
Budget is going to end up being closer to $15,000 than 20,000. I know that pretty much eliminates a v-drive, but the wife is mad about my increase in budget. First boat we looked at was an i/o for $8,000 lol.
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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2013 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Older malibu, looks like it's more for skiing and the purple is meh http://winstonsalem.craigslist.org/boa/3716717620.html
Here is a prostar with horrible pics and description http://raleigh.craigslist.org/boa/3715113952.html
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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2013 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dude u can't go wrong with a supra launch. I got mine pretty cheap and the wake is pretty big and I have over 3k lbs to slam in it but it really doesnt need it. Great all around boat and I absolutely live mine. Mine is a 2000. Where are you located. I live in the upstate SC and your welcome to a ride to check it out

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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2013 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Occasionaly a Super Sport Nautique pops up for around 15k. But Sport Nautiques are much more available for that amount.
http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/boa/3709160004.html

If you look at those, make sure it's '93 or newer.

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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2013 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jamespjackson95 wrote:
Dude u can't go wrong with a supra launch. I got mine for under 10k and the wake is pretty big and I have over 3k lbs to slam in it but it really doesnt need it. Great all around boat and I absolutely live mine. Mine is a 2000. Where are you located. I live in the upstate SC and your welcome to a ride to check it out


I am in Columbia, SC. If I found a supra launch for under $10,000, I would buy it with my eyes closed. That was a steal!
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PostPosted: Apr 05, 2013 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah. I drove all the way to Orlando to buy it. It was loaded with literally everything perfect pass, sick audio, and 3k lbs of ballast. I'm telling you I still feel guilty like I stole it. But seriously if you can find one under 15 which I do see a few every now and then, you should jump on it cause there sick boats.
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PostPosted: Apr 05, 2013 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Idk if your willing to travel but here's one in Orlando... Boats seem to be cheaper in FL. I bet you could talk him down 14ish if you went to look at it.

2000 Supra Launch "Wake Board Boat" 17000 obo $17000

http://orlando.craigslist.org/boa/3721259038.html
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PostPosted: Apr 05, 2013 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only thing that would worry me traveling that far is if I didn't like it or couldn't get the price where I wanted it. I would feel obligated to buy it since I already traveled. It sure is a nice looking boat, though. The supra I posted further up was my best find so far, but it was sold.
Is the malibu response I posted a good deal? From reading, it seems the main issue is that it rides real low in the water. It does have a wedge to help with the wakeboard wake. If I go look at it, how much should I offer on it?
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PostPosted: Apr 05, 2013 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://knoxville.craigslist.org/boa/3708104036.html

http://jacksonville.craigslist.org/boa/3653714612.html

http://charlotte.craigslist.org/boa/3628524566.html

http://charlotte.craigslist.org/boa/3668822435.html

I'll keep posting boats in my range that meet my criteria. Y'all can let know if any of them are worth looking at.
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PostPosted: Apr 05, 2013 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.boattrader.com/listing/1996-Mastercraft-Prostar-205-102010761

Another one I found. Trying to keep it close location-wise, and it will have to be under $15,000. Wife is putting her foot down so to say.
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PostPosted: Apr 05, 2013 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That prostar doesn't look so bad and we all know the 205 will throw a good wake. I would just stay away from all the boats with shallow hulls. My last boat was a ski boat and I hated it. I would have atleast 3 rollers over the front every time with 1k lbs in it. Bigger is always better when it comes to wake boats Very Happy
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PostPosted: Apr 05, 2013 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You said your in colo? This one is close I would definatly atleast check it out.
http://columbia.craigslist.org/bod/3697731039.html
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PostPosted: Apr 05, 2013 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some great options I think! The Pro Star looks good, that last Wakesetter does, and the '99 Pro Air too. That last one seems to have some space for negotiations, why not make an offer and see how low he can go.
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PostPosted: Apr 05, 2013 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah the wakesetter looks like it's missing the wedge tho... That could help you drive the price down
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PostPosted: Apr 05, 2013 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prostar has perfect pass... But that tower is pretty ugly- I think atleast
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PostPosted: Apr 05, 2013 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the help.
Called on the wakesetter, it's located right up the road from me at Lighthouse Marina. Been in dry storage there for it's entire life, but it is missing the wedge.
Emailed on the Pro Air and called on the Prostar, waiting to hear back on both of those.
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PostPosted: Apr 05, 2013 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://jacksonville.craigslist.org/boa/3653145176.html - X-Star

Pro Air has been sold.
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PostPosted: Apr 06, 2013 4:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure that xstar is the same boat as the mastercraft prostar 205 which is a good but cheaper.
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PostPosted: Apr 06, 2013 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that.

Here is another air nautique, is price too high?
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/boa/3713498639.html
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PostPosted: Apr 06, 2013 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/boa/3637726896.html
http://raleigh.craigslist.org/boa/3727509262.html
http://knoxville.craigslist.org/boa/3708104036.html
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/boa/3694712188.html

Here is some. Posting everything fitting my criteria so I have an archive.
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PostPosted: Apr 06, 2013 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

guffeyp wrote:
Thanks for that.

Here is another air nautique, is price too high?
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/boa/3713498639.html


Depends on hours and maintenance and general shape if price is too high or not. Price doesn't seem outrageous if boat is in good shape.

There's a '99 Super Air posted on Planetnautique, boat is at Buxton. Not right around the corner, I know, but it's a beauty, and a modern classic imo. 20K though. I've been drooling over that boat for the last 2 days.
http://www.buxtonmarine.com/web/boat/7276146/1999-Correct%20Craft-Super%20Air%20Nautique--Lewisville-Texas

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PostPosted: Apr 06, 2013 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is an amazing boat, Texas is a little far though. I know the condition is important, but condition being equal is the 01 wakesetter or 98 air nautique worth more?
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http://www.boattrader.com/listing/2000-Moomba-Mobius-102011679 One that actually falls within my budget. Is moomba really a supra without the gadgets?

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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2013 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Due to unexpected circumstances (refinancing the house), my budget has been decreased even more. I am planning to go look at this boat. I know it's not perfect, but how much should I offer and what should I look out for?

http://greenville.craigslist.org/boa/3734077242.html - 1994 searay ski ray
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PostPosted: Apr 12, 2013 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is one. Maybe you could get it for a little less than asking price. Not too far from you.

http://www.marinemax.com/boats/details/4313985/used/supra-21-launch.aspx
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PostPosted: Apr 12, 2013 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So what's your budget now? I'm not sure about the wake on that Ski Ray. I think someone on this forum has or had one. You can probably find some wake pics in his thread. That Supra looks nice.
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PostPosted: Apr 14, 2013 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Budget is definitely under $15,000. That Supra does look nice so I will give them a call. What should I offer on the Supra? I am paying with cash.

This a good looking boat that I found, but the seller said he's not negotiable.
http://jacksonville.craigslist.org/boa/3711662541.html
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I would go with the supra over the nautique, since they are about the same price. I am not sure what a fair offer would be for the supra. Try to look up the NADA value and see what it tells you is a fair price.
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PostPosted: Apr 14, 2013 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be aware that that Nautique has wood in the floors. Best look for '93 and later when looking at Nautiques.
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