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Hey everyone. I have a choice to make. I am looking at two boats and I need help in deciding which one to get.
#1 is a 1988 28 foot Monte Carlo with 2 5.0 engines. One was replaced and one was rebuilt both have about 10 hours on them. The boat has 1300 hours on it in total. The cabin is in decent shape and everything works. I am going to have this one surveyed over the weekend. Seller wants $13,500 including the trailer. She is set up as a family cruiser and has a lot of good features for 1988! Ilike the big swim platform No generator though...
#2 is a 1997 24 foot walk around Excel. She has a single 200 HP Mercury outboard. I have not seen this one yet, but the seller wants $14,500 including the trailer. She is set up more for fishing and has more electronics than the Monte
Here is my situation. I live in the Outer Banks and will want to take this boat out into the sounds and hit some of the islands in the area like Ocracoke or Portsmouth. I also want to take the thing on some overnight trips or atleast long day trips so having a boat that is great at seakeeping is important to me. I am assuming the Monte is a better seakeeper due to the size and weight but I could be wrong.
Both boats have a head though the 24' is a porta potty and the 28' is a flush toilet. The wife and the other girls need this Either one will be used mostly as a family hauler with limited fishing as none of us really fish (yet) Family is me and the wife, three adult children and a grandson who is 4. The family only gets down here on a limited basis so having something fun to go out on is a must.
Does anybody own one of these boats? Can you tell me how it handles in the chop and what you like/dislike about your baby. Would you buy it again?
As I said, I looked at the Monte last week and it looked good to my landlubber eyes which is why the survey is being done. I can ask the same guy to survey the 24' if that is a good option.
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Hi there. New member. New Wellcraft owner.
I've been reconditioning a 2003 Coastal and it had a Danforth 1300 with a bent shank. I live in Southern California and anchor typically in sand with some kelp and rocks at some outer islands. 25' of water exposed to open swell. I've had a 30' Pursuit for a few years with a plow and it had held well through swells and wind changes while I am off the boat for hours at a time surfing. I'd love to stick with the plow but had read about some difficulties due to the pulpit on the coastal.
I've read on a forum that the pulpit was designed around the danforth - so stick with it. And I've also heard the pulpuit was designed for a plow? In searching pretty much every photo I can online I see mostly Danforths, but also a few plows on bows of 290s. Yesterday, I picked up a Rocna 10 and gave it a try but it seemed the shank was too short and also too wide to really fit and therefore it was hanging too low.
Has anyone here gone through this journey? If I need to go to the danforth I shall, but I also did a stroll through my marina and looked at everyone's anchor here and the plow was #1 followed by a bruce type followed by a danforth. So, would love to find a plow that fits snugly.
Two anchors that seem to potentially have a longer and thinner shank - at least from my observation of online pictures - are the Mantis 1 and the Hurricane- however they have that circular shaft for if they land upside down and I don't know if they would interfere with the pulpit. And I've never seen either of these in person. I have a nearby West Marine so have only seen their selection of Rocna's and Lewmars, etc that weren't on the bow of a vessel.
Thanks for any help.
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every time i open the engine compartment i have a hell of a time getting it to close completely. It goes almost all the way and then binds up. I have found that if i close it almost all the way and then manually pull it to the port side it will close, most times. Is there an adjustment that i can do to realign the cover so it will close all the way without manual coaxing?
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Just bought a 96 Excel and starting has been getting worse each attempt. Checked continuity on the ignition switch ok. Tried to remove shifter to look for the neutral switch, but could not remove shifter. Now it's winterizing time and she won't start. Nothing. Batteries good. Played with the shifter and once got a sound from the starter. Any tips or tricks to winterize the engine? I drained the manifolds, but I believe I need to remove the metal plugs in the block? And how does the shifter come out? Geez it has been time consuming. Thanks in advance for any help. Getting cold hete in Maryland.
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if i read correctly, the head flushes water from the inboard tank only. If i do not have any water stored it would seem that i cannot flush head. Is this correct or can i use the shore water connection to flush vacuflush head?
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