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Old 06-04-2018, 07:20 PM
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It's OK, but not great. It and the 215 are both wet. Now that doesn't mean they are bad boats. It's just that rides not their best attribute. Fishability, storage and room are.

I'd buy another 215 tomorrow.
Having owned a handful of Whalers, the ride of the Kencraft is amazing. Didn't take much to get beat on a Whaler, especially a small one. The later model Whalers are extremely dry though.
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Old 06-04-2018, 07:22 PM
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On another note, I pretty much wrapped up installing my new throttle and shift cables tonight with the help of my wife. The difference is incredible. Throttle and shift extremely smooth now. Was not a hard job at all either.
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Old 06-04-2018, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by sonofasonofasailor View Post
Having owned a handful of Whalers, the ride of the Kencraft is amazing. Didn't take much to get beat on a Whaler, especially a small one. The later model Whalers are extremely dry though.
Had a 22' HydraSports after the 240 Kencraft. It was a much smaller boat. Bone dry in any condition. Rode damn near as good as the Kencraft.

Here's the 240 doing work in some chop

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Old 06-04-2018, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by sonofasonofasailor View Post
On another note, I pretty much wrapped up installing my new throttle and shift cables tonight with the help of my wife. The difference is incredible. Throttle and shift extremely smooth now. Was not a hard job at all either.
Great what new cables can do, right!
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Old 06-25-2018, 12:40 PM
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Perfect location on transducer, held bottom at 40 MPH, good enough for me. Thank you sir.
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Old 06-25-2018, 07:15 PM
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sonofasonofasailor,

Perfect location on transducer, held bottom at 40 MPH, good enough for me. Thank you sir.
Good to know! Thanks for reporting back. My transducer bolts actually loosened up a little and mine was pointing downward. Just adjusted mine to be level with the hull again and she holds perfect bottom at speed.
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Old 06-25-2018, 08:02 PM
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Anyone have a Challenger 215 with bracket they are interested in selling?
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Old 06-26-2018, 04:50 PM
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Anyone have a Challenger 215 with bracket they are interested in selling?
Man, you have been looking a long time now! Still no luck?
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Old 06-26-2018, 05:50 PM
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Man, you have been looking a long time now! Still no luck?
It’s a rough market out there right now haha. Was pursuing one heavily but unfortunately the trailer ended up killing the deal on that one. It was really nice but I would have been approaching $30k on that deal once I got a new trailer under it so the numbers weren’t working out for me. Then got the idea to pursue a 235 which would have been only slightly more money but realized it was more boat than I probably needed and was willing to trailer. Swore off getting a boat at all now starting back through the cycle all over again.
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Old 06-26-2018, 09:54 PM
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It’s a rough market out there right now haha. Was pursuing one heavily but unfortunately the trailer ended up killing the deal on that one. It was really nice but I would have been approaching $30k on that deal once I got a new trailer under it so the numbers weren’t working out for me. Then got the idea to pursue a 235 which would have been only slightly more money but realized it was more boat than I probably needed and was willing to trailer. Swore off getting a boat at all now starting back through the cycle all over again.
Well if you have any questions feel free to ask. I've been able to get out on mine every other week or so since the season started. Still tinkering with mine. Added some things, make some changes, redid some stuff. Most of the stuff I've done I've mentioned in this thread. Mainly small projects.
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Old 07-07-2018, 10:22 AM
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Had her professionally detailed, new vinyl, and a few goodies last year and just finished rewiring the entire boat this winter.






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Old 07-08-2018, 05:22 AM
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I have a 1997 206 also... Your boat looks great!

Nice wiring job too.
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@bullisland How do you like the 206 on the bay? I'm debating one of these myself. Love the wiring and e-box work!
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I have a 2001 206. Have owned it for 2 years but unfortunately the previous owner didn't care for it like should have and the fiberglass top has rot along with corision on the t top. Love the way it rides though.
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Old 07-09-2018, 03:34 PM
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@bullisland How do you like the 206 on the bay? I'm debating one of these myself. Love the wiring and e-box work!
Love it. Listen when everyone says tabs are an absolute requirement. It also is a little light in the bow, but easily rectified.
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:48 AM
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Had her professionally detailed, new vinyl, and a few goodies last year and just finished rewiring the entire boat this winter.





I spy a bracketed 215 in the background with a cobia tower....me likey
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Old 07-12-2018, 05:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Knollie81 View Post
I spy a bracketed 215 in the background with a cobia tower....me likey
yep, that was at Factory Point in Hampton, VA last year. Theres one 206 local that has a tower, and the owner said its not tippy assuming your smart with it. I PMed jaybrooks on here about his, and he said the same thing. I'm still on the fence with it though.
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Haha Knollie81, that's your unicorn.
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Old 07-12-2018, 08:27 AM
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Haha Knollie81, that's your unicorn.
If it doesn’t have the walk-in console (fuel tank further forward), you’re definitely right about that! Maybe that guy will sell soon
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Old 07-15-2018, 09:33 AM
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Well, looks like my new to me 215 is going in for a repower. My Df250 blew a head gasket and got water everywhere. Based on the diagnostics it doesn't make sense financially to tear it down and diagnose further. Good thing Suzuki is still doing it's 3+3 year warranty promo. Going with another mechanical DF250.
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