Posted by SeaSwirl on February 18, 2003 at 08:13:24:
In Reply to: Good boat for diving posted by Tutt on February 17, 2003 at 12:55:03:
Some may disagree with me, but this should be right up your alley.
Bayliner 2452 Classic Cruiser.
Here is their web page.
The 02/03 model is very similar to older models.
It has an inboard/outboard engine drive config. Will come with a 5.0, 5.7, or 7.4 liter V-8, alpha one outdrive, sleeps 4, enclosed head, fully galley (icebox, microwave/stove, running H2O, etc) large upper deck, full transom swim step.
Here is the kicker, you can get older models (mid 90s)in your price range & it is trailerable by most V-8 powered trucks that can handle 5000 lbs +.
Not the BEST boat, but for the money your not doing too bad. If you can find one that has been properly taken care of it will still offer you YEARS of good use. Allot of these boats you will find have been in a wet slip, look for one that has been stored on the trailer (bottom paint SUCKS). Also try to find one that has fresh water cooling for the engine, this is not a deal breaker, but it is a plus. If it does not have fresh H2O cooling then make sure the owner has checked/replaced(replaced only if needed) the exhaust manifolds/risers every year to 2 years & that they RELIGIOUSLY flushed the engine after every use.
Or look for a boat in Arizona, Nevada, or Idaho that has only been used on lakes.
There are other boats to choose from... (premier models)
Wellcraft, Shamrock, Grady White, SkipJack, etc..
but dollar for dollar a Bayliner is a good deal.
Stingray is a newer maker, might want to check out their 240CS (http://stingrayboat.com/boats/)
Please feel free to ask any questions if you have any.
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