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  • 245ToGo
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    I thought I would just chime in for fun. We have 2003 245SB 220HP 5.0L Alpha 1, the standard power setup. When we first got the boat I was really disappointed in the performance, way underpowered, took forever to plane even w/ tabs down. Worked with a local prop shop, they eventually sold me what they called "elephant ears", a proprietary in-house grind. It makes ALL the difference. The boat hops up on plane easily without any tabs, runs 30mph (GPS) at around 4K rpm or less. I had them make me 2 spares in case I munch the 1st one (don't laugh, you will get your turn at this, too). I really like the performance with the correct prop, so if it turns out you find the "perfect" boat with the 5.0L, don't necessarily shy away simply based on that, it can be correctly propped. I also mounted a Superfin (search the forums, there a few like it now) to minimize the bow wander, I completely recommend it, a great addition.

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  • ksanders
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    Jsanders wrote:
    thanks for the comments. We did end up buying this boat. It should be here on the 17th. I'll post pictures in a new thread when it gets here.

    Jsanders
    Congratulations!

    I'm sure you'll have a great time on your new boat!

    Better splash her quick because I heard you have a long trip planned for later this month.

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  • Guest
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    thanks for the comments. We did end up buying this boat. It should be here on the 17th. I'll post pictures in a new thread when it gets here.

    Jsanders

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  • Guest
    Guest replied
    This is still a buyer's market - get someone else to play ''lets make a deal" for you, if you are unwilling to play

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  • Guest
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    Jsanders wrote:
    Hello,

    I'm Jamison, from Juneau, AK. My wife has given me the OK to buy our first boat, and has picked out the 2001 and newer 2455. There appear to be two engine options, and I'm looking at the 5.7l with bravo III drive. Is anyone familiar with this model/engine combo?

    There seem to be several available in and around Seattle, and I'm curious if anyone has worked with or knows of a particular broker that is selling one. The boat I'm currently looking at is http://www.bellinghamboatland.com/details.php?ID=517

    Thoughts?

    Jamison Sanders
    Jamison, I have the same drive train on my 246 and it will do 40+ mph, similar size boat. The B3 will make you look like a pro around the dock with a little practice, especially in reverse, good luck with her and welcome.

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  • Guest
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    I had a 2005 245SB as our first salt water boat. We went all over the Puget Sound in that boat. The 5.7L is a good choice and the B3 will give you better control when coming into the dock. You'll also get pretty decent gas mileage, well OK decent for a boat. LOL

    The best advice I can give you besides getting a survey done is to spend time sitting on the boat to get a feel for how much space you have. When we got the 245 we thought it had lots of room and for a boat that size it's a good layout, IMHO. But keep in mind that you're not going to be hauling 10 people around in that boat. For us it was a good 4 person boat. Room enough without being overly large.

    Plus the single engine will make it more economical to operate and with gas prices heading upwards you'll be glad for that this summer (and next summer and the next..etc...)

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  • Guest
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    I had a 98 2455 and regret selling it. My family grew up around that boat and it was a joy to trailer and float with. Now, I wouldn't go out in the AK N Pacific very far with it, but it'll do the job around the bays and islands. Might even catch a fish or two....

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  • joe440
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    I was at Bellingham Boat Land today. I saw the boat. Its in great shape. Enjoy it

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  • Guest
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    joe440 wrote:
    I bought my boat at Bellingham Boat Land. You have a lot of extras that I wish mine had, like the 5.7 B3, campertop, washdown.

    It looks like it has everything you need for a great time.
    And the grill!

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  • Guest
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    I think you can safely expand your search a little, I am a former owner of a 2000 2455 which was the first year for that model. It also resurfaced as the 245 for a few years recently before being retired for good.

    I had the 5.0L 220hp engine, and it was ok but if I were buying again I'd definitely pay the extra for the 5.7. We used the heck out of that boat for 11 summers before selling it last spring to get a bowrider.

    Things to look for based on what I experienced:

    1. Sun damage to the dash area (fading, cracks, 'melted' screw covers)

    2. Bathroom door that doesn't close well enough and pops open when under way (or when you pull on it lightly)

    That's about it, we loved it while we had it. Good luck with your search.

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  • Guest
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    Get 'er done!

    That is nice set up.

    I'd recommend you get a survey done just to be sure. I went with the surveyor and basically got a complete lesson on how everything worked (and made sure it did). I don't know if they all work that way, but I sure learned a lot.

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  • joe440
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    I bought my boat at Bellingham Boat Land. You have a lot of extras that I wish mine had, like the 5.7 B3, campertop, washdown.

    It looks like it has everything you need for a great time.

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  • Guest
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    I had the 2001 2455 with the 5.7 carb and B3 drive before the current one. The admiral and I have nothing but great things to say about that boat. We looked at 25-30 boats and picked that as the best in the price range.

    Note that upgrading the carb to a four-barrel will improve both HP and fuel economy a lot. In fact if you put a lot of hours on it, you will get a payback pretty quickly. We got a 20% improvement in fuel economy.

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  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Good luck. Great little cruiser, and that drive package is more than enough for that boat.

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  • ksanders
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    Welcome to the Boc Jamison!

    Guys, you might see a resemblance in the family name.

    Best of luck with your boat search, the guys (and gals) here have the most combined knowledge about Bayliner boats that you'll find anywhere.

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