What Boat to Buy

Hi Randy,

I know you are busy so to cut to the quick, I really could use some suggestions on what a good pick would be of the following boats.  Hydrostream, Baja, Checkmate and Glastron Carlson.  I am looking for something 16-20' long, preferably closed bow, and that handles really good in twisty canals, as in for racing, and then also on the straight away.  I am leaning toward outboard power and can repower something I get but I am looking for a solid and sought after performer that I can keep for a good while.

Past that, great site and I will be reading up on a lot of the articles.  Thanks in advance, and when I do purchase, I will share some pics of the finished project.

Again, thanks

John, VB Virginia



    Well you have kind of left the window wide open for me. The boats, sizes and brands you mentioned are all so different from one another. Your idea of racing down the river and mine might be two different things. The conditions of the water you will be running on and the speeds you wish to obtain would narrow the field down quite a bit. Keep in mind that the faster you go, generally the smaller and more limited use the boat will have, i.e. a Checkmate carries people and runs over rough water very well, but it is much slower than a STV. If you prioritize the things you will need from this, we could come up with a more accurate recommendation that should meet your needs.
    With this in mind, it is really impossible for me to give you a recommendation at this time.




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Mark C.


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