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$650 sounds like a great deal! That Honda probably cost about that new. Mine was $800 with a 4 horse Yamaha 2 stroke. I just bought a fishfinder/GPS today. Gander Mountain had it for $154 on clearance. I was looking at $75 ones just for the depth meter, but GPS should come in handy on the bay. I keep putting nickel and dime money into the boat -- it's more "wants" than "needs" but it's weird, I don't mind it at all. I think the people who say "it's a hole in the water you throw money in" don't have boats.
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$650 sounds like a great deal! That Honda probably cost about that new. Mine was $800 with a 4 horse Yamaha 2 stroke. I just bought a fishfinder/GPS today. Gander Mountain had it for $154 on clearance. I was looking at $75 ones just for the depth meter, but GPS should come in handy on the bay. I keep putting nickel and dime money into the boat -- it's more "wants" than "needs" but it's weird, I don't mind it at all. I think the people who say "it's a hole in the water you throw money in" don't have boats.
More likely, they have LARGE boats. The bigger the boat, the bigger the expense.

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Or maybe power boats...I know I've thrown a lot of money at those over the years!
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big boats, powerboats = agreed. I do find myself looking at larger boats though - something like the Com-Pac Eclipse.
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Those are nice. I also like the Compac 23, although I've been told they are pretty slow.
I think cost per foot is still pretty manageable on 25ft boats and smaller.
It starts getting exponentially higher when you get to 27, 30, and 35 ft boats and bigger. Sails are much more expensive and hardware, and even lines and anchors.

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Hi Joe,

I took some pictures today with the sails up. You can see that it's hull number 85. It looks like they had the process down pretty well by the time they built this one. I tried to get a shot of the bunk indentation to show the hairline crack running longitudinally. Any idea where I can get a baton for the main? I'm missing just one of the three. Let me know what you think. Thanks.

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Brian,

Looks like you did get a great deal. I think that Joe is right about the keel and bunks. You have a good looking boat, but how about the cabin? Do you mind posting some pics? Trying to get some ideas for mine. Your paint job looks good too. Oh, was that trailer made for your boat or was it for a different one first? That could be another reason for the flexing problem. just a thought.
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Looks real good Brian. Wow, that's a clean boat for that kind of money.
I wouldn't count on 85 being your hull number though. It could be, but if you want to know for sure, look at the starboard, aft bulkhead below the floor board ( starboard quarter berth ) . It should be little holes drilled through the fiberglass in the shape of numbers.

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Hi Guys,

Thanks for the comments. I will try to get some pictures of the cabin tonight. I crawled back to the end of the starboard birth last night and became a little claustrophobic so I crawled back out. I checked the title on the boat and it has 85 as the hull number. Since it was built during the first year of production, it's highly possible I suppose. The trailer is also a 1969 according to the title, so it looks to be an original package. Hope you have a good weekend!
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Hi Guys,

Thanks for the comments. I will try to get some pictures of the cabin tonight. I crawled back to the end of the starboard birth last night and became a little claustrophobic so I crawled back out. I checked the title on the boat and it has 85 as the hull number. Since it was built during the first year of production, it's highly possible I suppose. The trailer is also a 1969 according to the title, so it looks to be an original package. Hope you have a good weekend!
That's pretty cool to have an all original, 40 year old boat.

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