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#253342 - 14 May 18 7:58 am - America/Chicago Advice on buying boat in the states for the sea
PeteG Offline
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Registered: 25 May 16
Posts: 75
Loc: Wisconsin, USA, Hopkins, Beliz...
Hello all. I'm beginning my search for a boat here in the states to eventually ship to Belize.
My fist question is: Is a 18 foot boat too small? I'm thinking I would only be taking it out on the sea in nice conditions, at least for the first many trips.
Today I'm looking at a Thundercraft 150 18 foot. And a Starcraft 17 foot. Both are outboard.
I'm already planning on buying a brand new Yamaha Enduro outboard.

Just hoping for feedback as to who is running "ski boats" out in Belize.

Thanks,
Pete

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#253343 - 15 May 18 12:18 pm - America/Chicago Re: Advice on buying boat in the states for the sea [Re: PeteG]
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Registered: 26 August 11
Posts: 745
Loc: Michigan / Sittee River
First I own a marina in Michigan, and I have a boat in Belize.

Stay away from Aluminum hulled boats for the salt water.
In my opinion 18' is to small. I have a 22' with a 225HP Motor, somedays I think that is to small. Yes it can be nice when you head out but sometimes on the way back you can be sorry.

I would also recommend buying a 4 stroke outboard over the old Enduro model. They use less than half the fuel and as we all know gas is not cheap in Belize.

Next the sun is hell on everything. The less vinyl the better, (seats)

Look at center consoles would be my advise.

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#253345 - 15 May 18 2:29 pm - America/Chicago Re: Advice on buying boat in the states for the sea [Re: PeteG]
PeteG Offline
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Registered: 25 May 16
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Loc: Wisconsin, USA, Hopkins, Beliz...
John P, thanks.
I will upgrade my search to 22 footers.

Now I'm debating inboard vs outboard.
I would prefer a 4 stroke Yamaha outboard but most of these bigger boats have onboard. With an inboard though I don't have to worry about stealing my engine.

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#253346 - 15 May 18 2:45 pm - America/Chicago Re: Advice on buying boat in the states for the sea [Re: PeteG]
PeteG Offline
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Registered: 25 May 16
Posts: 75
Loc: Wisconsin, USA, Hopkins, Beliz...
But, the inboard are major gas guzzlers...

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#253348 - 16 May 18 1:39 am - America/Chicago Re: Advice on buying boat in the states for the sea [Re: PeteG]
sitteecity Offline
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Registered: 21 July 17
Posts: 12
Outboards are far easier than inboards to get anything fixed.

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