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Buying my first "pocket battlewagon"...Carolina Classic 25 !

Old 01-15-2007, 03:15 PM
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I'm closing on a 1997 Carolina Classic 25 this week after completing a successful survey and sea trial.

The Carolina Classic really impressed me with the ride and quality of workmanship. This boat is truly built like a tank and has some of the most beautiful lines around. I've been a multiple Whaler owner over the last few years and am a big fan of their quality. The Carolina Classic has them beat, IMHO. I have to say that the Carolina Classic is one of most well built and solid boats I have ever been on.

The sea trial was run in 2'- 4' seas and the ride was remarkable. When we crossed over the first big swell at 30 mph coming out of the inlet my two boys and I instinctively braced for the landing....nothing happened! My youngest got a big grin on his face and the decision was made! My 15 year, who feigns disinterest at everything these days, was smiling ear-to-ear and gave a big "thumbs up" when I asked what he thought about the boat.

I'll be picking her up in the next couple of weeks. First step is to a full electronics package. The second step is to eagerly await our first offshore trip in the spring!

Not the best pictures but a start!




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Old 01-15-2007, 03:17 PM
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looks like a very nice boat. Congrats!!
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Old 01-15-2007, 03:18 PM
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Congrats! what is she powered with?
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Pretty boat. Have fun. My Dad and I had a similar experience last spring when we first took our boat out- bracing for the hard landing that never came. Was a great moment.
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Congtars. That is a beautiful boat Anybody know what congtars are?
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Old 01-15-2007, 03:25 PM
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billh1963 - 1/15/2007 3:15 PM

When we crossed over the first big swell at 30 mph coming out of the inlet my two boys and I instinctively braced for the landing....nothing happened! My youngest got a big grin on his face and the decision was made!
Absolutely perfect! Congratulations. What are you doing for the electronics package?
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Congrats on the new ride. I considered a CC 25, but it was a bit more $$$ that I was ready to handle.
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Old 01-15-2007, 03:27 PM
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BTW, be careful about idleing the motor with the dog on the swim platform. Lots of Carbon Monoxide builds up there, causing deaths.
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And carefull looking up into the tower, liable to pull something...

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Old 01-15-2007, 03:40 PM
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She's powered with the original (600 hrs) carb'ed Volvo 7.4L with a Swedish built (vs. US built) duoprop outdrive. These engines are the ones that do not have the ingestion issue. I hope to get a couple of more years out of her before I repower with the Crusader 8.1L

I am seriously considering putting in the Raymarine C-120 unit with an dome radar but Jim at BOE says a new Garmin combination unit coming out in the spring will be the "mac daddy"! I'll have to see what the new Garmin unit has to offer.

Currently the boat has an Apelco LORAN unit, a Northstar 951X GPS, and a Furuno 667. I'll keep those as backup and install the combination unit as well.
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Very nice....you see alot of those and Albes where I fish....they are nice if you don't deal with shallower areas. The boat looks well kept...what is the power and drive combo on it?
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Old 01-15-2007, 03:50 PM
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I climbed all over a new one yesterday at the boat show. She was pretty! GOOD LUCK
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Greg Manning - 1/15/2007 3:44 PM

they are nice if you don't deal with shallower areas. The boat looks well kept...what is the power and drive combo on it?
See above for the engine/drive.

She is well kept...dry stack stored since new!

You're right about shallow water...she draws around 3'. My dock is only a mile or so from the ICW and it's reasonably deep all the way. There are shallow areas around, however, so I prefer the I/O over the inboard since there is less chance of damage if I go aground.
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Congratulations!! You must be very excited, best of luck in good health, make some memories no with those boys!!
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Trust me you won't regret it. It is a top of the line tank I mean boat. It will make them back aching rides to the canyons a lot more smooth and comfortable. You will love it!!! Good Luck!!! Charlie
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Congrats and I hope you catch em up. The boys will love it!
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Congrats, you bought the biggest and best 25 ever made.
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Sleeper - 1/15/2007 5:10 PM Congrats, you bought the biggest and best 25 ever made.


I totally agree.... Best of luck and congrats!
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congrats on the new ride. I am also looking at CC. They are one sweet boat
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Nive rig. I have ridden on several and they dont seem like they are "only" 25ft.

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