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Old 08-20-2019, 12:58 PM
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and the one guy flat told me all tournament boats are 1:1 drive. Granted, I’d never heard of it before reading this forum.
The flat wrong guy!

All tournament boats NOW are gear reduction, but they're more like 1.23:1 now.
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Old 08-20-2019, 06:18 PM
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Congrats! Got a good month of warm water left!
IMO, $4500 CAD is a good price if it runs as good as it looks!
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Old 08-20-2019, 06:28 PM
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Photos of the 88–I took very few pics of this boat, and none of the hull or interior. Hull and running gear look good, everything is bone stock and looks original. The upholstery is not great, though—you can tell the boat’s seen some use. Ad says 734 hours, but the hourmeter says 900-something—seller says that’s because his kids were running the stereo one night, enough to drain the battery, and brought up the hours (by more than 200?). 1:1 drive—this is the guy who swears all towboats are 1:1, he has an ‘84 S&S (that he’s not selling) and it’s 1:1 as well, so...

In the ad, you can sorta see in the pics how the rear seat cushion is separated from the seat back (there’s at least 1” of space in the corners) and the vinyl is badly cracked & torn. Seller is a bit of a character, nice guy though and really lives to ski, loves teaching the local kids.

https://m.facebook.com/marketplace/i...8012012651300/
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Old 08-20-2019, 06:30 PM
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I think you did well with the purchase. Congrats!
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Old 08-20-2019, 06:37 PM
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Thrall, thanks—yeah, I thought $4500 was pretty good, most I’ve seen at that price have been non-runners. This thing started easy and seemed to run well, idled pretty low, and all in all seemed ready to go. I did need to fix the steering column (did a fast fix, going out now to take a look & see if I can do better), blower’s not running, tach isn’t hooked up, and I gotta get or make a dipstick for the transmission. Plus, there’s that bent skeg. But it didn’t require a 2 or 3 day trip to get it (or worse, to go look and pass) and I figure the $$$ I saved can go into parts, gear, & gas...
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Old 08-25-2019, 02:12 AM
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Just wanted to say, had the ‘85 out on the lake today, it did great! Here are some pics, at the launch ramp and at a beach we stopped at (yes, it’s drawn up on the gravel, I was very nervous doing that and my next purchase will be an anchor—been reading on this forum about box anchors).

Even as old as she is, she looks pretty sleek and fast to me, just sitting in the water...
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Old 08-25-2019, 08:58 AM
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Do you not have an anchor at all on the boat?
You may want to look into bumpers/fenders as well for at the dock / ramp.
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Old 08-25-2019, 10:40 AM
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Boat came with very little on it. I bought some lifejackets, mooring ropes, and yes, bumpers (they’re deployed ln the pic, just not seen under the dock). Installed a fire extinguisher. Will be buying an anchor soon.
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Old 08-25-2019, 01:12 PM
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Cars have bumpers, boats have fenders ��
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Old 08-25-2019, 03:52 PM
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Cars have bumpers, boats have fenders ��
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