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    A friend of mine has just purchased an 18' Crownline bowrider with a 3l 4 cyl mercruiser and alpha 1 gen 2 leg.

    I am pretty up to speed with the mercruiser stuff, but just interested in your thoughts on the Crownline hull.

    #2
    Very good quality boats just a little pricey here in the states....

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      #3
      Agreed. Great build quality but way overpriced, even used.

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        #4
        From what I had read they are a very well built boat. On par with Formula. Not quite Cobalt but really good.
        Phil, Vicky, Ashleigh & Sydney
        1998 3055 Ciera
        (yes, a 1998)
        Previous boat: 1993 3055
        Dream boat: 70' Azimut or Astondoa 72
        Sea Doo XP
        Sea Doo GTI SE
        Life is short. Boats are cool.
        The family that plays together stays together.
        Vice Commodore: Bellevue Yacht Club

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          #5
          I have the same boat but with the 4.3lt V6. The hull is great but some other areas are not all that good.

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            #6
            My only experience with Crownline was a 26' cruiser a friend bought about 10 or 12 years ago. He was very fussy on the little details and the fit and finish of this boat was excellent.

            Feeling under a hatch and not finding rough fiberglass was important to him.

            However that boat was designed by someone who never lived on a boat.

            When my wife and I looked at the interior layout, she looked at me and I looked at her. We didn't have to say anything.

            A friend who was a boater went with me to see it later.

            As we were returning home I said to him, you didn't say anything about the boat.

            His reply. My mother told me if I couldn't say something good, don't say anything.

            They went with us to the North Channel. They were very uncomfortable living on the boat.

            They soon sold it and quit boating.

            Just a couple of things. It was very difficult to get from the dock to the boat.

            The stairs to the cabin was almost straight down making it very hard to get in and out.

            There was no comfortable seating. It used the bunks and they were so wide there was no back rest.

            The windows in the cabin was such you could not see out sitting down.

            They came on our 2755 and were shocked how much more room the cabin had with 1 foot difference in length.

            This was some time ago and I don't know if things have improved. I was so turned off by that boat I just wasn't interested in ever looking at another. My bad I know.

            Just pointing out fit and finish is only a small part of a good boat.

            Doug
            Started boating 1955
            Number of boats owned 32
            Bayliners
            2655
            2755
            2850
            3870 presently owned
            Favorite boat. Toss up. 46' Chris Craft, 3870 Bayliner

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              #7
              It's been a couple of years since I looked over a "new" Crownline, and at the time, I wasn't too impressed with the fit and finish. Wavy gelcoat and exposed screw heads everywhere were the two main things that stick in my mind.
              Mocoondo
              2002 Bayliner 195 Capri
              Mercruiser 5.0L V8 / Alpha I Gen II
              MMSI: 338091755

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                #8
                lexdavis wrote:
                I have the same boat but with the 4.3lt V6. The hull is great but some other areas are not all that good.
                What are the other areas that you have concerns about?

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                  #9
                  I will take exception to the digs at Crownline here. comparatively speaking, I've found Crownline boats to be near the top in build quality. Here's a partial list of the boats I've had in the past 20 years: Crownline 250CR 225CCR, Bayliner 2452, 2455, 2655, Seaswirl Sable 22, Sea Ray 220DA. The 25CR compares favorably to the 2655. My only complaint with the 250CR is the aft bed hatch is kinda small. I prefer the Crownline hull over the Bayliner, and I prefer the hardware and upholstery used on the Crownline as well. Also, despite the Crownline 250CR weighing more than the 2655, it somehow has better performance on the 5.7L with Alpha drive.

                  I liked the way the Crownline handled, and took heavy waves. I'm shopping again and I'll consider the Crownline right along with the Sea Ray and the Bayliner.

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                    #10
                    We just sold our Crownline 266LTD last year only because we wanted a cruiser. Our Crownline took waves like no other at any speed... Spped the one thing I do now miss with the 3055 Cierra, but I didn"t buy it for speed. I also belong to the Crownline forum. Check over there and you will get plenty of guys and girls who have possibly owned the same model your looking at. www.crowniehq.net

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                      #11
                      docmirror wrote:
                      I will take exception to the digs at Crownline here. comparatively speaking, I've found Crownline boats to be near the top in build quality. Here's a partial list of the boats I've had in the past 20 years: Crownline 250CR 225CCR, Bayliner 2452, 2455, 2655, Seaswirl Sable 22, Sea Ray 220DA. The 25CR compares favorably to the 2655. My only complaint with the 250CR is the aft bed hatch is kinda small. I prefer the Crownline hull over the Bayliner, and I prefer the hardware and upholstery used on the Crownline as well. Also, despite the Crownline 250CR weighing more than the 2655, it somehow has better performance on the 5.7L with Alpha drive.

                      I liked the way the Crownline handled, and took heavy waves. I'm shopping again and I'll consider the Crownline right along with the Sea Ray and the Bayliner.
                      Excuse me but are we not supposed to give an honest opinion when ask?

                      I for one gave exact examples of what not only I saw but other experienced boaters and eventually including the owner also saw.

                      Build is important but so is design and usability. No boat you mentioned has a habit of sinking so I guess all is equal there.
                      Started boating 1955
                      Number of boats owned 32
                      Bayliners
                      2655
                      2755
                      2850
                      3870 presently owned
                      Favorite boat. Toss up. 46' Chris Craft, 3870 Bayliner

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                        #12
                        dmcb wrote:
                        Excuse me but are we not supposed to give an honest opinion when ask?

                        I for one gave exact examples of what not only I saw but other experienced boaters and eventually including the owner also saw.

                        Build is important but so is design and usability. No boat you mentioned has a habit of sinking so I guess all is equal there.
                        Excuse me, but I never said, nor suggested that others should not share their honest opinion. In fact, I clearly said I took exception to the prev commentary, not that they should be removed, barred, banned, or excluded. As for useablilty I like a boat that performs better than an equivalent model from another vendor, in this case Bayliner.

                        Just put me in the column that considers the 250CR a better boat overall than the same year 2655, which is a close competitor.

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                          #13
                          docmirror wrote:
                          Excuse me, but I never said, nor suggested that others should not share their honest opinion. In fact, I clearly said I took exception to the prev commentary, not that they should be removed, barred, banned, or excluded. As for useablilty I like a boat that performs better than an equivalent model from another vendor, in this case Bayliner.

                          Just put me in the column that considers the 250CR a better boat overall than the same year 2655, which is a close competitor.
                          OK, by all means it is the boat you should buy.

                          Verb

                          to take exception to

                          1.(idiomatic) To be offended by; to consider offensive 1][2][3] I take exception to the assumption that simply because I am young I am not able to discern fact from fiction. ÔÇâ[quotations Ôû╝]
                          Started boating 1955
                          Number of boats owned 32
                          Bayliners
                          2655
                          2755
                          2850
                          3870 presently owned
                          Favorite boat. Toss up. 46' Chris Craft, 3870 Bayliner

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                            #14
                            dmcb wrote:
                            OK, by all means it is the boat you should buy.

                            Verb

                            to take exception to

                            1.(idiomatic) To be offended by; to consider offensive 1][2][3] I take exception to the assumption that simply because I am young I am not able to discern fact from fiction. ÔÇâ[quotations Ôû╝]
                            Why, thanks for permission. Next time I'm boat shopping, I will definitely check with you in advance.

                            Oh, and when you quote someone with an English lesson, it should be complete. Otherwise, people could get the wrong idea about the commentary. You could leave others with the impression that you know more than they do about idiomatic expressions. It also helps to provide your source material. Sorry I offended you:

                            take exception (to something)

                            1. to take offense at something. I must take exception to your remark. Sue took exception to Fred's characterization of Bill as a cheapskate.

                            2. to disagree with something. I have to take exception to the figure you quoted. The manager took exception to the statement about having only three employees.

                            http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/take+exception

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                              #15
                              Depends on how you see it I guess.

                              This is turning nasty and I'm out.
                              Started boating 1955
                              Number of boats owned 32
                              Bayliners
                              2655
                              2755
                              2850
                              3870 presently owned
                              Favorite boat. Toss up. 46' Chris Craft, 3870 Bayliner

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