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    Question SleekCraft, Lavey Craft, Stoker, Hydrostream, Champion, Shadow. ??? HELP ???

    Hello,
    I'm new to these type of boats, & we live in N.C. so not too many around to look at. I'm trying to find a fun hot boat that would have a good small wake for skiing. Be comfortable cruising at 55 to 70 mph. And be easy to drive at speeds up to 80 or 90 top. IS THIS POSSIABLE? I have never ridden in any of the boats mentioned, so please let me know what you think. I appreciate you help. Ray

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    I'm partial to the Lavey, as I own one. It pretty much checks all those boxes... though the top speed will be dependent on motor and setup.

    I know the Stoker and Hydrostream guys all love theirs too. Probably can't go wrong with any of them.

    No experience with the Champion or Shadow.

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    There is a Lavey I just looked at, what a nice boat. It is a big 21 foot boat.
    Checkmate Starliner: Sold
    Velocity 220: Sold
    Stoker: Sold
    Active Thunder Savage: Sold
    Cobalt 282: Hurricaine almost took that one.
    SuperBoat: Sold to a guy who bottom painted and ruined it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 282 View Post
    There is a Lavey I just looked at, what a nice boat. It is a big 21 foot boat.
    Yes sir, if you were looking at the 20.8 they have tons of interior room with the deleted sun pad... and drives great too.

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    Thanks for the input. That is a nice looking boat you have, What year is it? And can you show me any interior pictures, or how it sits in water? Thanks

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    Did you look at one for sale?

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    I am most likely buying a 21 I/O with a whipple charger on the motor.
    Checkmate Starliner: Sold
    Velocity 220: Sold
    Stoker: Sold
    Active Thunder Savage: Sold
    Cobalt 282: Hurricaine almost took that one.
    SuperBoat: Sold to a guy who bottom painted and ruined it.

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    What is the budget? Grand sport would be very good. For me the 20' plus boats have too much wake for skiing.

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    Most of the MODVP style boats actually don't have much of a wake at least the ones I have skied behind. Any 80 MPH boat needs to be properly learned to do so in a safe manner, true V's tend to take more time. A couple of the boats you mentioned were at least partially derived from a Stoker.

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    If you want a small wake, the Stoker's wake is no bigger than a flat bottom boat and easier to get in and out of than the Lavey's. The extra room in the Lavey is nice.

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    boats

    love my STOKER!!
    why ask me ?


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    (love my STOKER!!) too

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    Budget would depend on boat/engine year and condition, Probably as low as 12,000. up to 30,000. if boat is awesome, & engine is newer. I test drove a 21 checkmate and was really turned off with the chine walk in the mid 70s and above, so the allison would probably be in the same category. Plus the turning capability of a tunnel sounds appealing.

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    Ease of entry would be nice, wife & I are in late 50's.

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