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Howdy all,

We have been set on Sundancers for so long, but are entertaining other possibilities. <surprise, surprise> Looking at a 1997 Carver and a 1990 Baja Cruiser on thursday. Whats the boards opinion on these as well. Naturally any serious offer would include a survey and sea trials, but what about reputation for this newer and somewhat newer models?

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Jim

P.S. We are heading out to Holland and Grand Haven at 5am saturday morning to check out the Sundancers there. Have to go bright an early as I start work at 4pm and we have to do this round trip by then.
 

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Hey PyrateJim-
Good luck hunting. I don't know much about Baja Cruisers.
I'm not a big fan of Carver's, more because of their look. I also know someone who had a mid 90's 32 Carver. Didn't have the best of luck with it. I think overall it is probably an OK quality boat, but not sure how well they are built.

I will say that I see a lot of 10 to 20 year old Carver's on the water, which tells me they must do something right. I'm also looking for a Sundancer, it's fun shopping!
 

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old carvers looked like a carp to me, new ones look nice, seem to have good quality.

baja cruisers have alot of room, freeboard on them, that is for sure, ask hammer, he had a baja cruiser at one time i believe.
 

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I'vve known a lot of people who had Carvers and never really had any problems. They're not the nicest to look at from the outside, especially the Mariners, but they're real nice on the inside. Don't know much about Baja cruisers, but my buddy had a 24' Baja and it was a great boat. Good luck in your boat hunting!
 

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Baja didn't make cruisers in 1990. Only 1992-1995/6. A 29' and 34' were the two models.

Do you mean baha cruisers???

 

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QUOTE(BoatChic @ Mar 17 2004, 01:19 PM)Sea Ray


Carry on.....
oh brother.......lol
they are all good anymore, they all have same drivetrains
and similar fabrication methods, searay has maybe better resale because well they are searay and they think they should.
my opinion, they are all nice, all have problems, all require maintenance, all have anchors.
 

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Good article Bill. Also read the one on Searay's use of balsa core on boat bottoms. (Balls of core)
 

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QUOTE(Bill272 @ Mar 17 2004, 05:04 PM)If it's Baha, you might want to check this site - http://www.yachtsurvey.com/boatreviews/bah...a_260_targa.htm
Bill,
Luckily the boat we looked at was a BAJA and not the BAHA that you provided the link to. The Baja's are made in Ohio, while the BaHa's are made in Florida.

Having lived a good many moons in Florida and knowing the Floridian mentality, it doesnt surprise me.

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QUOTE(PyrateJim @ Mar 19 2004, 07:52 AM)QUOTE(Bill272 @ Mar 17 2004, 05:04 PM) If it's Baha, you might want to check this site - http://www.yachtsurvey.com/boatreviews/bah...a_260_targa.htm
Bill,
Luckily the boat we looked at was a BAJA and not the BAHA that you provided the link to. The Baja's are made in Ohio, while the BaHa's are made in Florida.

Having lived a good many moons in Florida and knowing the Floridian mentality, it doesnt surprise me.

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Sorry, Bill! This was a good one


One thing about that pictured BaHa.....the seats are moldy as all heck....looks like that boat was stored outside w/o a canvas or other protection. WhY would somebody do that to their boat???
 
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I always think of that review when I see the Baha (not Baja) name, and I originally saw it probably 3 or 4 years ago. Lots of good info on that site.

I don't know why anyone would do that to a boat. At the storage lot we keep ours at in the summer, there are a few boats that haven't moved or been covered in years. One had a small tree growing in it last summer, another has shrinkwrap that's at least 4 years old. Ok, shredded scraps of shrinkwrap with more of the boat open than is covered. I expect they are completely worthless since it would take a lot more money than they are worth to repair.
 
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