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    Well - I bought one. Darn it, not a Bayliner-gctid385664

    We've been shopping for about 4 months. Saw a lot of boats, some nice, some that should be sunk where they sit. My favorite was a 2855 wide body in OK that would be perfect, but it was on a marginal trailer, and I've had some horror stories about towing so we passed on it. We looked at other brands of course, and almost bought a Chaparral 26' but alas, it was also on a crap trailer that wouldn't last more than a year. No brakes, small axles and tires. Sigh,,,,

    So, anyway, on to the good news. We got a 1996 Wellcraft Excel 26SE. The Excel series was Wellcrafts' attempt to break into the Bayliner cost/feature market, and its a lot like a Bayliner 2655, with some subtle nice features that made the decision. It's on an oversized alum trailer with surge brakes, guide bunks, and 5 new tires. I towed it about 1000 miles from the sellers place and never had a second of problem towing. The boat has some maint issues that I'm working through now, as usual, but nothing that a semi-skilled DIY guy can't handle. Here's the rundown:

    27' 7" overall, 8'8" beam, 3' draft, 5350Lbs empty, 7.4Merc, B-II drive, SS prop, Lenco trim tabs, full bimini and canvas, full boat cover, vert shaft anchor windlass, 9000BTU AC with heat cycle, 6gal hot water, depth/fish finder, stereo with 10disc changer, new tan bottom paint, 26gal fresh, 12gal waste, 77gal fuel.

    Things needing attention: AC raw water pump has a slow leak on one fitting, hard/slow start cranking needs all power contacts cleaned, macerator pump inop(I never use it), right trim tab intermittent, a few dings into the gelcoat, screws holding the fridge in are stripped through.

    I'm happy with it. It runs well, and tows my Kawa 900 ski with no trouble. Wish it were a Bayliner, but happy with the fold down deck seating, and the side dinetter and fixed V berth.

    #2
    Sounds like you found what you were looking for. It pays to take your time when shopping around for a boat.

    Even though it's not a Bayliner I am sure it is a good boat and there is a lot of many enjoyable years of boating left

    in her. I have an old 84 2150 and it's still going strong.

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      #3
      Haha! What a coinkeedink. We started this process looking at a 86 2150. The two features I insisted on was an aft cabin, and a potty. I saw one with the Volvo 4 pot asking $5600. I was going to get it, but my wife kept going bigger. I drew the line when she showed me a Silverton 31 with twin 5.7s. Our original budget was about $10k, but we busted that a little getting this. The extra was worth the comfort. Love me some AC out on the lake.

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        #4
        Congrats on the new boat!
        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
          Congrats, got any pics of her yet?

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            #6
            docmirror wrote:
            We've been shopping for about 4 months. Saw a lot of boats, some nice, some that should be sunk where they sit. My favorite was a 2855 wide body in OK that would be perfect, but it was on a marginal trailer, and I've had some horror stories about towing so we passed on it. We looked at other brands of course, and almost bought a Chaparral 26' but alas, it was also on a crap trailer that wouldn't last more than a year. No brakes, small axles and tires. Sigh,,,,

            So, anyway, on to the good news. We got a 1996 Wellcraft Excel 26SE. The Excel series was Wellcrafts' attempt to break into the Bayliner cost/feature market, and its a lot like a Bayliner 2655, with some subtle nice features that made the decision. It's on an oversized alum trailer with surge brakes, guide bunks, and 5 new tires. I towed it about 1000 miles from the sellers place and never had a second of problem towing. The boat has some maint issues that I'm working through now, as usual, but nothing that a semi-skilled DIY guy can't handle. Here's the rundown:

            27' 7" overall, 8'8" beam, 3' draft, 5350Lbs empty, 7.4Merc, B-II drive, SS prop, Lenco trim tabs, full bimini and canvas, full boat cover, vert shaft anchor windlass, 9000BTU AC with heat cycle, 6gal hot water, depth/fish finder, stereo with 10disc changer, new tan bottom paint, 26gal fresh, 12gal waste, 77gal fuel.

            Things needing attention: AC raw water pump has a slow leak on one fitting, hard/slow start cranking needs all power contacts cleaned, macerator pump inop(I never use it), right trim tab intermittent, a few dings into the gelcoat, screws holding the fridge in are stripped through.

            I'm happy with it. It runs well, and tows my Kawa 900 ski with no trouble. Wish it were a Bayliner, but happy with the fold down deck seating, and the side dinetter and fixed V berth.
            Great boat. Best wishes 7.4 in the 26' Welcraft plenty of power!
            Port: Sassafras River Georgetown, MD Bayliner 2000 2855 7.4

            http://www.chart.state.md.us/video/v...50fa36c4235c0a

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