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Old 05-27-2010, 06:36 AM   #1
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Boat Buyers Guide ??

Back in the early part of 2000 I bought a book that listed boats over 26 ft. in length.

It had all sorts of information regarding wt. numbers build plus's and minuse's ...even pricing when new.

This book was fat had a lot of pages and normally cost around $70.00.

I would imagine because of the internet, they are no longer produced.*

I misplaced my last copy, and for the life of me can not remember the name or who put this thing out.

Any help out there?* It would and still be a good reference for buying a used Trawler.

A book like this would answer the question that the fellow had on the 42 Ocean Trawler for sale.
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:19 AM   #2
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I bought this book a few months ago. Good source of technical info on many older and recent models.

http://www.amazon.com/Buyers-Guide-M...973500&sr=1-12
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:03 AM   #3
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http://www.powerboatguide.com/

I believe this is what you are looking for. *did not see an option for a bound hardcopy but I would think they still have it...


Well after reading their description, they do not publish a bound hardcopy....


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Hiya,
** Yup, that`s the one I was thinking about (PBG).* Gives a fairly good overview of different models although I still think a personal visit to specific models is still in order.* Ive found what appears good on paper, MAY not be what`s experienced first hand.
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I think it is just a good "coffee table" book....too bad it is not a "book" anymore....that is a shame. I liked sitting down with it and dreaming....
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I think it is just a good "coffee table" book....too bad it is not a "book" anymore....that is a shame. I liked sitting down with it and dreaming....
I agree, it was a neat "book" to have.* When B'S'ing with friends, it was fun to look up the specs of boats we thought we could afford and the ones we could not.

Thanks for everyone on helping me find it.**

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Google "ed Mcknew powerboat guide 2008". This the last issue that we've found. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-28-2010, 05:53 AM   #8
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Google "ed Mcknew powerboat guide 2008". This the last issue that we've found. Hope this helps.
Thanks, that's the one I was looking for.

I will make sure this time I don't throw it out with the bath water

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Try http://www.krazyjames.com/*Lots of old and new nautical books.
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That book won me a bar tab once. I was living on my boat and we were out with a friend of a friend. I saw a Hatteras LRC and made the remark that it was a full displacement boat. He disagreed and bet me a bar tab. As luck would have it, I had ready access to the PBG and we proceeded to the local watering hole to see how much damage we could incur on his wallet...it was pretty extensive...
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Baker,

Good Reference is right.

That book is the reason I bought the pre runner to your boat.* Alura 30'

I really wanted a Hinkley Picnic boat...but the price was way out of my reach.

So I bought the book and started looking through it for something down east looking.

Saw the Alura, I took the specs from the book and drew a full size floor plan with chalk on my driveway.* Then put in a few chairs and boxes to see if the boat was big enough for our needs.

It was a great weekender, and had it for 10 years and put on over a thousand hours on her.*
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I first saw an Alura in San Carlos, Mexico. It was sitting in an overgrown weed field and I fell in love with the Down East look of the boat. I investigated* further, only to learn that the early hulls were work boats and used for crabbing in the Chesapeake. As was mentioned, the Alura was the forerunner of the mainship Pilot 30, which I purchased in 2002. Great little boats!

With the Pilot 30, I could (and did) single hand the boat 99% of the time with the longest cruise being approx 400 miles. (round trip)

My one and only reason for selling "Southern Striker" was that we needed a bigger bed!


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The most recent version of the smaller Pilot(31) sure is nice. They brought the galley out into the cockpit which freed up a lot of space down below. We use the *&^*&^ out of our boat. We just don't overnight on it enough simply because we don't have the space we want. Walt, my version of the Pilot and the more recent version have a centerline queen....but their are compromises.
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With our Alura, we bought it in Florida, had it trucked up to Wisconsin, were it stayed for 5 years.

Then when we retired my wife and I put the two dogs (airedale and Corgi) on the Alura and drove it down to where we live now in Southwest Fl.*

It wasn't a weekender...it was Monthender. Kept it for 5 more years and than sold it.*

Now on the prowl again,

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Mine is for sale, Mr. Trader....
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Need to sell our condo first...then on to a 36 ft. something.
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