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    Back after a long absence - need info and advice-gctid379869

    I was a part of BOC about 12 years ago when I had a 22' 1999 Trophy WA. I retired in Southern Calif. and moved to Utah in 2001. Sold the Trophy and bought a 21' pontoon boat for fishing on Lake Powell. My pontoon "Pokey" is great for fishing, but not so good for exploring Lake Powell. I want to get a faster boat for exploring - Lake Powell is 180 miles long with over 2,000 miles of shore line.

    I can't afford a new boat, so I have been looking at older ones. The one that seems to best fit my needs and budget is a 1991-1995 Capri 1952 Cuddy. There are several available with the 3.0L Mercruiser power plants in the $3,000-$4,000 range. What I want to know is will this boat will cruise fast enough (@3000 RPM)? Does anybody on this forum have one of these boats? A friend says I need to get the 4.3L engine, but seems like when I find one it's $2,000 more expensive, and I can't afford it. I need something that will cruise at 23-25MPH. Somebody please help.

    #2
    A 19' capri with a 3L should cruise at 25 mph no problem, provided the motor is in good health. I have a 2150 ciera sunbridge with a 2.1L that will cruise at 25 mph all day long.

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      #3
      Stay with the 3.0l plenty of power for that size boat sips fuel.
      Be good, be happy, for tomorrow is promised to no man !

      1994 2452, 5.0l, Alpha gen. 2 drive. Sold ! Sold ! Sold !

      '86 / 19' Citation cuddy, Merc. 3.0L / 140 hp 86' , stringer drive. Sold ! Sold ! Sold !

      Manalapan N.J

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        #4
        Chief Alen wrote:
        Stay with the 3.0l plenty of power for that size boat sips fuel.
        +1

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          #5
          Welcome back! And it sounds as though you've got the answer you were looking to hear.

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            #6
            Hold it!

            What is Powell at in terms of altitude?

            Biiig difference.
            Matt Train
            BOC Site Team
            Chicagoland, IL

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              #7
              Download_Complete wrote:
              Hold it!

              What is Powell at in terms of altitude?

              Biiig difference.
              About 3500-3600 feet, if I recall...

              Edit: http://lakepowell.water-data.com/
              Jeff & Tara
              (And Ginger too)
              Lake Havasu City, AZ

              2000 Bayliner 3388
              "GetAway"
              Cummins 4bta 250s

              In memory of Shadow, the best boat dog ever. Rest in peace, girl. July 2, 2010

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                #8
                welcome back to the zoo!!.....hope the info they have provided will help bring you back to the fold.....

                :arr arr

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                  #9
                  I had a 1984 Capri Cuddy with the Volvo 4 cylinder, 125 hp. I boated on Lake Mead and Lake Powell with no problems for 10 years. The only place I had an altitude problem was at Big Bear Lake. It was a great little boat.

                  grebob wrote:
                  I was a part of BOC about 12 years ago when I had a 22' 1999 Trophy WA. I retired in Southern Calif. and moved to Utah in 2001. Sold the Trophy and bought a 21' pontoon boat for fishing on Lake Powell. My pontoon "Pokey" is great for fishing, but not so good for exploring Lake Powell. I want to get a faster boat for exploring - Lake Powell is 180 miles long with over 2,000 miles of shore line.

                  I can't afford a new boat, so I have been looking at older ones. The one that seems to best fit my needs and budget is a 1991-1995 Capri 1952 Cuddy. There are several available with the 3.0L Mercruiser power plants in the $3,000-$4,000 range. What I want to know is will this boat will cruise fast enough (@3000 RPM)? Does anybody on this forum have one of these boats? A friend says I need to get the 4.3L engine, but seems like when I find one it's $2,000 more expensive, and I can't afford it. I need something that will cruise at 23-25MPH. Somebody please help.

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                    #10
                    Based on what the B O C folks told me and other research, I bought a 1996 1950 Capri 3.0L. Would have preferred the 1952 because it has a cuddy, but the open bow is OK. Found one for less than half the price dealers are asking. It needs a little TLC, but nothing I can't handle. Biggest problem is a broken skeg and no spare tire. Upholstery is in great shape for a 16 year old boat. Out here in the desert a boat interior goes to pot quickly if not kept inside.

                    Noticed that one of you folks has a boat named getAway. The Trophy I sold in 2002 was named Getaway. We may name the Capri Getaway II.

                    Thanks again to everybody.

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