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Am in process of looking at an S2 8.5. Before I pull the trigger on the purchase, I would appreciate thoughts on this model-strengths, weaknesses, areas of concern and value. Thanks
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Re: S2 yachts

This is all second hand information but I met a guy with a S2 7.9 and researched it at one point. The reputation I remembered was of a well made boat. It was one of those quality boat manufacturer that did not survive the luxury tax of the 80s.

Without posting something from a competing web site do a search and you will find a good review of the boat. Regardless of how well it was designed and built it will be at least 30 years old now, pull the boat and get a thorough survey.

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The S2's have a pretty good rep around here...Western Michigan, which is where they were made. They made some nice looking boats and they made some UGLY boats. The 8.5 is one of the former.

Looking at the data for the boat, a one cylinder Yanmar 8 horse engine is shown.

My '96 Catalina 28 has similar specs as the S2, and similar weight, but has a Universal M25-XP three cylinder under the hood with something north of 20 horsepower. Granted, this is the engine Catalina used in the 28, 30, 34, and 36, so we could argue it's has more than enough power for a 28, but when I'm pounding straight into a stiff wind and tall waves on Lake Michigan, I wouldn't want to give up any of my ponies.

You gonna be okay with 8hp?
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For anyone looking at an S2, most have solid FG hulls but some are balsa cored. The cored ones warrant a careful inspection.
Solid fiberglass: 11.0, 9.2, 8.6, 8.5, 8.0, 7.3, 6.0, 6.8, 27 - 2911 boats total.
Cored: 10.3, 9.1, 7.9, 6.9, 6.7, 5.5, 22 - 1142 boats total.
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I can certainly verify that the 7.9 is cored... got to see it up close and personal like..

I know nothing of the 8.5, but the quality reputation for the S2 is quite good (now known as Tiara Yachts, yes they still exist) Don't believe me, check here... Their reputation in the powerboat world is also quite good. About Tiara

There is tons of information on the company... but check here for more info on other models of S2s (besides the 7.9 which I own, and which still has a somewhat active national association). but the S2 boatowners website seems to have various other model S2 owners on it.
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