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Old 06-04-2003, 12:56 PM
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Default Pursuit v. Hydra Sports

From your experience and perception, would you rather have a 1999 Pursuit 2470WA / Yamaha 225 for $37,000 or a 1997 Hydra-Sports 2450WA / Evinrude 250 for $10,000 less? Boats are similarly spec'ed, the Hydra-Sports a little more loaded (includes electronics, hard top, no bottom paint) and also a year or two older.

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thought you already bought the pursuit????

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The Pursuit (which I have) is a better built boat, but the Hydra w/ hardtop is a great value, if the hours are somewhat equal. In that case, I'd probably by the Hydra-Sports.

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The Pursuit is under contract, survey on Friday and sea trial after that... but its so much money, I'm thinking... is it worth settling for #2 for $10,000 less? There are boats listed on Boattrader for about that much less money, with a trailer and electronics, and without bottom paint, which are problems we have with the Pursuit.

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Take both for a ride. The only thing I can see other than the 10k difference is that if the electronics on the Hydra are not up to date, you will be re-doing electronics anyway. At least in the Pursuit you will have the helm area already available for flush mounting electronics.
Is the 97 Hydra 2450 WA in the Vector family?
I see a 97 2450 on Boat trader for $36,500. This boat has quite a bit on it. Isn't that where you came in with the Pursuit?
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The 2450WA is a Vector series boat with Kevlar hull. We started at $41,000 on the Pursuit and ended at $36,600. The Hydra Sports I see online are a 97 in Florida for $27,500, another 97 in NC loaded for $36,500, and a 98 in MA well equipped for $32,000. Figure you could negotiate these prices and suddenly HS are much less expensive than a Pursuit.

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Actually the vector series boats only had Kevlar used to tie the stringers and grid system together. The way I understnad it, the hull is actually still laid up with FRP with kevlar only as a re-enforcement. Not knowing how much lower the $36,500 will go and the $32K will go, you may not save 10K. This seems to show a pretty big spread $27k to $36.5K. Looking at them will tell the story. The pictures don't always represent the actual condition. Heck of a long distance to go to take a look!

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How long do you plan to own this boat? Let's say 5 years. Look for boats 5 years older than your current models and see how the prices compare. The NADA used boat price guide would also be helpful. We bought our Pursuit because we were impressed with the quality. Also, it has been my experience that the better known name brands sell faster at resale time. I am betting that the Pursuit will be easier to sell. Peter
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sounds like a toss up

I would let the ride and condition be the deciding factor unless the $ is already the deciding factor for you.

Both sound fine from what we know...
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MR- You answered your own question. "Settle" for the H/S. You may not ever forgive yourself. If you can afford it get the one you really want.
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Hard to "settle" for something you have not ridden. I have owned the 2450 cc ( up for sale ) and it is one fine riding boat. It is very well built throughout - so are Pursuits. As to the power on each boat, I would be concerned about possible underpowering of the Pursuit and what the story is on the 250 Evinrude - is it a ficht - same year as boat - are you sure its a 250 - probably a carbed 225 - gas hungry but reliable. Will do close to 40.
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quote:Originally posted by mr_mbuna:
The Pursuit is under contract, survey on Friday and sea trial after that... but its so much money, I'm thinking... is it worth settling for #2 for $10,000 less?
You should not renege on a contract.
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Take the Pursuit and the Yammy and don't look back. No regrets, no buyers remorse. It's easily twice the boat as the Hydra/Rude combo - plus living with someone else's electronics selection really stinks. Especially electronics that are 6+ years old. The older Hydra's (pre Genmar) are nice, but a far cry from the solid construction of the Pursuit. Your sea trial will explain it all!!!



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I can't resist replying. I believe this is your first boat. Some large number of folks who buy first boats discover that they bought wrong...they bought cc when they really needed a WA, bought with a Hardtop and hate it because they want the sun...and so on. (Many)Others find that they really don't use the boat and it just sits there. I happen to be in the small percent who seem to have bought the right boat....although I would now prefer twin engines for security when offshore alone...but I don't want to pay the maintenance and fuel for those dual engines. OK, I admit there's a 28'er that I'm oogling

Let's say you buy the wrong boat. Which do you think will sell quicker at a "better" price...a 99 vs a 97 hull; a 225 Yamaha OX66 vs Evenrude ? engine...I'll leave out HS or Pursuit even though I thing Pursuit has better name recognition (it's not genmar). Will your boat not sell because of bottom paint, trailer, electronics?

I realize this is a negative way to look at the purchase...but by complete accident (and some minor help from members of this forum) you've really picked a great boat at a good price...it may be perfect for you..and if it's not, you should have an easier time selling and getting your price. Do you see any comparable pursuits for sale anywhere close to what you are paying for yours?

BTW...I didn't even bother to look at boats with Evinrude/Johnson/Optimax engines...wanted the reliability of a Yamaha.
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Good points, everyone... it is our first "big" boat and I guess we'll go for it and hope for the best.

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