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Old 02-19-2011, 06:26 AM
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If your price range is $60K, I'd look at boats in the $70K's. Quality boats like Bertam, Blackfin, Hatteras, and Viking are all in your range.
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Old 02-19-2011, 06:51 AM
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Despite the fact that the Tiara is the Mercedes in both quality and resale, unless you plan to boat often in 4' or higher seas,why pay more for the tiara ? The Luhrs,with lower quality and resale overall, if bought cheapily enough (which is why you are buying used anyway), will give you good service for years and, unless you are going out in the ocean frequently, will serve your purpose and save you money. I've had my Tiara for 10 yrs. and love it, it is overbuilt and will last for years but why spend the money ?
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:47 AM
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Agree with above. Have owned a late 80s 33 with 454's.It was a 20mph cruise boat. Burned a lot of fuel. I would be looking for a 3208 boat. Might buy Powerboat Reports on CD. Has a lot of good info on these and other boats archived. That 36 express has a lot of room. Be sure to get a survey fuel tank and bottom would be my concern. Lots of good deals out there on diesel boats. LOTS of good 35 and 38 Berts out there and these late 70's and early 80's boats are pure quality. Not hard to update interiors. TW

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Old 02-19-2011, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by REZ View Post
i saw alot of diesels sitting or taking short trips when diesel broke $5gal
When was that? For the pat 10 years I have had it delivered to my dock in Toms river NJ never paying more than $3.50??????
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Old 02-19-2011, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by WEEB View Post
Agree with above. Have owned a late 80s 33 with 454's.It was a 20mph cruise boat. Burned a lot of fuel. I would be looking for a 3208 boat. Might buy Powerboat Reports on CD. Has a lot of good info on these and other boats archived. That 36 express has a lot of room. Be sure to get a survey fuel tank and bottom would be my concern. Lots of good deals out there on diesel boats. LOTS of good 35 and 38 Berts out there and these late 70's and early 80's boats are pure quality. Not hard to update interiors. TW
For diesels to pay you have to do the hours, rack them up, otherwise a waste of money. And if you can't turn wrenches, that only compounds the problem of making the diesels definitely not able to pay you back.

With diesels you pay up front and may not pay you back. With gas you pay at the pump, pay as you go, or don't pay as you don't go.
Gas is the way to go for a lot of folks.
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Old 02-19-2011, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Local Motion View Post
For diesels to pay you have to do the hours, rack them up, otherwise a waste of money.

With diesels you pay up front and may not pay you back.
I agree however in this depressed market there are deals out there.

I never thought I would own a diesel powered Bertram but
I do.

Sure maintenance can be expensive but that can be applied to any boat if you don't have any clue as to what is going on inside your boat/bilge etc and can't turn a wrench.

Shop that 60k as hard as you can and you just might end up with a high end boat with diesels.
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Old 02-19-2011, 05:44 PM
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For me the Tiara decision had as much to do with helm ergonomics as it did with build quality. My last boat was a 38 hatteras DCMY. same reasons. No crappy automotive steering wheel like they put on the sea ray ilk. Boats are supposed to have a proper wheel.
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Local Motion View Post
For diesels to pay you have to do the hours, rack them up, otherwise a waste of money. And if you can't turn wrenches, that only compounds the problem of making the diesels definitely not able to pay you back.

With diesels you pay up front and may not pay you back. With gas you pay at the pump, pay as you go, or don't pay as you don't go.
Gas is the way to go for a lot of folks.
I totally disagree with this.
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:29 PM
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I own a Pursuit Offshore 315 and as a sister to Tiara, this is a boat that I have fell in love with. Every bit of equipment on this boat is top notch. Tiara is a step above in the cruising arena. Tiara is in a league of its own.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:29 PM
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i visited the Tiara booth this weekend at the Miami show and was extremely disappointed with the small fishboxes. You would not be able to do a tuna run in them unless you brought huge coolers, but then you wouldnt have any cockpit space.
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