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    Question Used boat do's and do nots

    For used boats, there's so much information it would take weeks to go through it all, so is there a "cheat sheet"? I'm thinking from 1995 on...any quirks with different outboards, or ones to avoid? Everyone knows Skeeter, Ranger, etc., but what about lesser known brands(Shadow, Javelin, Sprint), any to avoid, any hidden gems? I'm looking for a "tide-me-over" boat in the 18-19' range that's not too expensive ($10-12k-ish the BBC way) and felt this could be useful for others as well.

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    Look for an early 2000's Stratos 285Pro XL. They were all composite construction, no wood, and fish great for an 18.5' boat. If you can find a Larry Nixon edition they were rated for 175 HP and came with Hydraulic Steering, Hot Foot , Blinker Trim and Jackplate.

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    Thanks, I've been looking at all sorts of boats and I've found a lot of different ones in that price range from the late 90s to the early 2000's. Champion 187/183/191 Elite, Triton 185/186 and even a TR19 or two, Skeeter ZX180/190 and TZX180/190, Nitro 700/929CDX/NX750, Basscat PII and PIII, Ranger 300/400/518/519s and R series, Stratos 288, etc. Right now the one I'm eying is a Champion 187. I know the reputation Champ has, but I don't know anything about them myself. I don't know much about boats older than about 2010 for that matter.

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    for more info on the champ go to the champ page along with the pages of the other brands. So many members that only frequent those pages. Very knowledgeable folks on this site that enjoy sharing knowledge and helping out.

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    It'd be easier to find one you're really interested in and study that exact rig.....it will be hard to get facts with a broad list

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    look at Cajun, nice boat, picked one up ( 1990) dirt cheap and just got a clean bill of health from my mechanic, he said the 100hp Merc is very clean and the boat is awesome

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    I'd avoid the Fitch evinrudes and the 125 hp 2+2 Mercs.

    150 xr6's and EFI Mercs were tough engines.

    Find one maxed on hp, I've never seen a post or heard a guy at the ramp say he has too much HP.. hear all the time about wanting more.

    Apperance is everything.. If it looks like crap..It was most likely treated like crap.
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