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Old 09-09-2015, 05:59 PM
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Hey guys/ladies,
Going to give you the quick rundown:
Had two small boats growing up living in Ohio. 16' w/40hp Merc and 19' with mercruiser 240hp. That was back in the 80's.
Since then have been a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy for 8 years active and 11 reserve so have spent my fair share of time on the water during deployments etc so pretty familiar with life on the water, but the ships I served on were a tad bigger than what I am going to get for the family now.
My goal is to learn as much as I can and ask a lot of questions so you guys may get sick of me that way, but hey, I hope you are open to teaching an old new boater which way to go...
So far I am thinking something in the 24-29 foot range (I have a new F-250 super duty to tow it) and according to the wife it HAS to have a head LOL!
In any case of the few boats I have seen so far, I am really impressed with the Cobalt brand.
Would love to know other brands you guys respect in the small cabin cruiser variety and for sure I will be buying used.
No rush to buy, but again, open to all suggestions. Family of three by the way.
Thanks and I look forward to getting to know you all. Will always be a car guy, but maybe you guys can suck me back into being on the water too.
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Welcome aboard!

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Look forward to learn from you! Welcome.
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Old 09-09-2015, 07:10 PM
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I am a "car guy" too. I ended up with a 25ft Walk around. Head for wife and I can still fish off the front. Mine has a 350 Chevy I/O something I can work on.
It does not stay in the water so corrosion is not a problem.

It is also pulled with a Ford F250 7.3 6 speed.


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Welcome aboard and thank you for your service.

Many/most on this forum are more of the salt water varity with fishing being their main boating activity. You really need to decide what yours will be. It it's more family cruising (with kids) around the Great Lakes the answer will differ from what most here would choose.

I'm a great lakes boater, not a ton of fishing, had boats for 30 years (more counting my youth on parents boats) and have owned about 10 boats or so. If you plan on spending time on the big water (grate lakes) I would probably not pick a cobalt. I'd go with a pursuit or tiara in the size and price range that fits. In the end it's the quality of the boat that matters, and buy a boat that you can call as it's likely you will to move up/down or ?? in size or needs...
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Thanks for the warm welcome guys.

Forget to mention now I live in Northern VA.

Worthington Ohio. Ohio State Class of '91: O-H__________

Mainly looking to cruise and use the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding waterways. Would like to be able to hit St Michaels, Annapolis and some other places around here.
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pics of the wife are mandatory...
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Sounds like you might want to check out the Formula brand. I would say that they are similar in quality to Cobalt but a little more performance oriented.
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Originally Posted by MB49Caddy View Post
Thanks for the warm welcome guys.

Forget to mention now I live in Northern VA.

Worthington Ohio. Ohio State Class of '91: O-H__________

Mainly looking to cruise and use the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding waterways. Would like to be able to hit St Michaels, Annapolis and some other places around here.
The OSU '82. -IO
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What's with all this fuzzy welcome crap? Has everyone gone soft after hearing about their grand daughters being cyber bullied on Facebook?

Welcome guy. Post pics of your wife, trade the truck in for a RAV4 because that Ffer can't tow crap and buy yourself a bayliner. You'll fit right in for the rest of the forthcoming hazing better that way.

Oh. Don't forget to start a thread for Yamaha vs anything. That's the next step to being accepted.
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Just my 2 cents but buying a used saltwater boat can suck the fun out of boating. Good luck either way you go.
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