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Old 09-09-2007, 10:55 PM
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well I sold my 2002 18' Mariah and am looking to upgrade to a big(ger) b/w for tubing, cruising, skiing, etc.We boat in upper Chesapeake and smaller boat just kept getting beat up by boat wakes, waves, etc.

we have looked at quite a few in the 22-26' range, namely Bryant, Regal, Monterey, SeaRay, etc.

we seem to keep getting drawn to the Monterey. price, appearance, layout works for us.

Does anyone have any real-life experience w/ this boat? Good, Bad and/or ugly advice is appreciated.

Old 09-09-2007, 10:57 PM
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www.trailerboats.com Probably get more response over there..

I don't see any ugly with Monterey, they make a really nice boat at a good price point, not cheap, not the most expensive.
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Try sending "UNCLEBENZ" on here a PM - he just bought a new Monterey "298 SC" last year and really seems to like them.

He had a smaller Monterey (24 or 26ft.?) before that and, I think has had excellent results with the boat AND, the dealer! I saw this boat (his) about 2 years ago and it looked really NICE!

He lives in Portsmouth and bought the boat (maybe BOTH of them?) new from the local dealer in that area.

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Bruce W - 9/10/2007 12:16 AM

Try sending "UNCLEBENZ" on here a PM - he just bought a new Monterey "298 SC" last year and really seems to like them.

He had a smaller Monterey (24 or 26ft.?) before that and, I think has had excellent results with the boat AND, the dealer! I saw this boat (his) about 2 years ago and it looked really NICE!

He lives in Portsmouth and bought the boat (maybe BOTH of them?) new from the local dealer in that area.

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Hi there!

Bruce said it all - I bought both boats from Bills Marine in Portsmouth VA - those guys are just outstanding!!! From the sales to the service they really make a difference.

I know that the 214 and 234 are probably the most popular selling boats they make - My family and I had a 248 that was great but just a bit to small. Our current boat the 298 SC just turned a year old and we have put about 130 hours on her and enjoyed every bit of it.

Any questions -don't hesitate!
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thanks for the feedback..
the boat we are looking at is the 248ls... a huge amount of room, fit/finish looked decent.. my kids are almost adult size (still teens) and the space it gives us is good,.
it is a local dealer, in fact they also have high&dry storage so we may even be keeping the boat there.. He seemed pretty anxious to sell, it is his last 07 in stock.. I dont want to run right out and buy first boat that I saw but.. we have been climbing on boats all season.

thanks for the feedback
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We had the "Cuddy" version of the boat you are looking at - like I said great boat - we just wanted something a little larger that could sleep two adults and two kids.

What is the '07 powered with that you are looking at?

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I have a '01 18 Edge BR. Probably the cheapest boat they make, but it's been great for me. The boat has been ridden hard & put away wet. 600 hours of fishing (in Feb, March, December), skiing, family boating & hard partying on the upper chesapeake. She's been out in 2-3'er's in during a snow storm, been thru 6 Canal Day parties (that in itself is a test of any boats interior) & countless days of parties on the susky flats. She's been left open to the elements for long stretches, been iced over & snowed on while in the water & generally abused...

The boat needs new cupholders, the sun has rotted out the cheapo plastic ones... Thats it, everything else is holding up fine....

Monterey uses good cushion material, builds a decent hull, has nice appointments in the cabin & used the same power plant as everone else.
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it is the Volvo-Penta 5.7 w/ dup-prop.. looks like a whole lotta motor.. big step from my old mercruiser 3.0 l 4 cylinder
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Here is a thread on another site that may help -

http://www.boatingabc.com/forums/ubb...&Number=313263

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