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Old 10-21-2020, 01:18 PM
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I have a '19 Pursuit 325 OS. At the time like most people who buy an express we thought we would use the cabin a lot more. Specifically going to the keys and such. Now we are thinking of buying a 2nd home in the keys and I'm thinking well we don't need an express anymore if we do that. So I'm looking at the Pursuit CC(which they call sport) and DC along with other brands. I come across Sportsman, which I never heard of and knew nothing about. Their 322 and 332 CC caught my eye. The pricing on them seem ok, not the highest or lowest but not too bad.

I'm thinking of trading or selling my 325os knowing I'm going to take a hit on it but it seems I'm going from a Mercedes to Kia when looking over the boat and reviews online. I haven't seen a sportsman in person though so I could be wrong. So I figured I'd post up here to see what others think of this.

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If you like it, go for it - I know at least three people who have switched from luxury vehicle brands to a Kia and very happy with their choice.
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Originally Posted by Clinker View Post
If you like it, go for it - I know at least three people who have switched from luxury vehicle brands to a Kia and very happy with their choice.
Kia ain't what it used to be
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Kia ain't what it used to be
yep, the point I was making was if you’re happy with your choice, don’t worry about brand perception or what you feel others might think.
As long as the OP is happy with the quality of the boat he purchases that’s the only thing that matters.
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I went with both.

I have a smaller sportsman 229/232 and a 325os.

Best of both worlds!
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It’s probably more like Lexus to Chevy.

But Chevy makes a nice reliable car that has good performance for a decent price. It just isn’t “fancy.”

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Originally Posted by JaxBch View Post
I went with both.

I have a smaller sportsman 229/232 and a 325os.

Best of both worlds!
I thought about that too, but then I know one would of the two would rarely get used.
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My buddy is a mechanic at a local Sportsman dealer and he and I just has a long convo. about the brand.
He says they are only seeing minor problems prior to delivery and not much else after.
He also said that he ran a 21' in some very ruff seas and was highly impressed.
I believe that some people often over-buy on items, like a 4k TV when there is no 4K content.
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Originally Posted by Lucky Bum View Post
My buddy is a mechanic at a local Sportsman dealer and he and I just has a long convo. about the brand.
He says they are only seeing minor problems prior to delivery and not much else after.
He also said that he ran a 21' in some very ruff seas and was highly impressed.
I believe that some people often over-buy on items, like a 4k TV when there is no 4K content.
Good to hear. I am in the market for a new bay boat or flats boat and the Sportsman was on my list.
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Originally Posted by Lucky Bum View Post
My buddy is a mechanic at a local Sportsman dealer and he and I just has a long convo. about the brand.
He says they are only seeing minor problems prior to delivery and not much else after.
He also said that he ran a 21' in some very ruff seas and was highly impressed.
I believe that some people often over-buy on items, like a 4k TV when there is no 4K content.
I can get behind the bang for your buck concept.. Personally, Id always go older premium over newer mid tier.. but I dont see any issue at all.

I am.. however, slightly confused on the 4k content. Im not sure that analogy works
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Need to look at the brands in person and see if the difference between the two is as profound as the price difference. Also need to take into account they both come with Yamaha motors that makes up a large % of the price. No one can make that call for you as some people want the benz while others are happy with the chevy.
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Originally Posted by Jasongator View Post
I can get behind the bang for your buck concept.. Personally, Id always go older premium over newer mid tier.. but I dont see any issue at all.

I am.. however, slightly confused on the 4k content. Im not sure that analogy works
It kinda makes sense.

Like buying a sports car in a town that’s all straight roads and stop signs. Or a 40’ triple engine boat to bring to the sandbar.

”Over-engineered.”

But It kinda reminds me of the old slogan “Have you driven a Ford..... lately?”

Mid-tier is a lot nicer than it used to be. And they have all the same gear and options the top tier boats have now, just the fit/finish isn’t quite there, but it’s way closer than it used to be.
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I’d keep the pursuit vs taking a hit simply to downgrade.
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Originally Posted by kwipp View Post
I’d keep the pursuit vs taking a hit simply to downgrade.
It wouldn't realy be simply to downgrade it would be to get a boat that better suits our needs IF/When we find a place in the keys. No sense in having a cruiser anymore because we really wont need to overnight or anything in it.
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" Am I Crazy" - yes
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If you like the current boat (besides the cabin portion), then I think you would regret not getting the S328 or DC326. They are both the same hull, so ride will be almost the same. Probably better on the Sport since you are a little further back and in the middle.
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Check out the Robison Group with Remax. They are avid boaters and great people to work with in your home search in the Keys.
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Originally Posted by 69Mach390 View Post
It kinda makes sense.

Like buying a sports car in a town that’s all straight roads and stop signs. Or a 40’ triple engine boat to bring to the sandbar.

”Over-engineered.”

But It kinda reminds me of the old slogan “Have you driven a Ford..... lately?”

Mid-tier is a lot nicer than it used to be. And they have all the same gear and options the top tier boats have now, just the fit/finish isn’t quite there, but it’s way closer than it used to be.
It seems to me that the top tier boats don’t have all the crap that goobers up all the modestly priced boats, just higher quality.
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I say keep the Pursuit, The AC is not replacable in the CC, or the comfy head, Microwave etc.
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Originally Posted by 69Mach390 View Post
It’s probably more like Lexus to Chevy.

But Chevy makes a nice reliable car that has good performance for a decent price. It just isn’t “fancy.”
why take the chance on Chevy (gm), they have beat on me and family for years with vehicle’s that fell apart at the 30,000 mile mark? Yes 2 were gm trucks.

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