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Old    lake_ape            04-10-2005, 7:29 PM Reply   
I am getting ready to buy a "new used boat", I only have about $25K to spend. The boat will spend most of its time on Lake Meade, Havasu and on Lake Pleasant. I am trying to find a decent boat with the longest range possible (big gas tanks). Does anyone have any suggestions? I will use the boat mostly for skiing/wakeboarding but want to get to the far places on Meade and Powell.

Lake Ape
Old     (greatdane)      Join Date: Feb 2001       04-10-2005, 8:38 PM Reply   
In that price range, a Sanger or SAN will have the best range -- the more narrow boats.
Old    masterwake            04-11-2005, 3:12 AM Reply   
My 99' Mastercraft Maristar 230 VRS holds 60 gallons . . .can pick one up for around 30K.
Old    lake_ape            04-12-2005, 7:10 PM Reply   
Thanks for info. Any suggestions on exactly which Sanger model? What is a SAN? What year did mastercraft start installing 60 gallon tanks on the VRS?

Thanks for the help!
Old     (fox)      Join Date: Jul 2002       04-13-2005, 9:56 AM Reply   
SAN = Super Air Nautique

You could find a sport and add a tower probably cheaper.

Old     (ccwhite)      Join Date: Jul 2004       04-13-2005, 2:12 PM Reply   
Sanger v210 is the narrow vdrive model. I prefer the v215, but thats not going to help with your range issue
Old     (deltaboarder)      Join Date: Jan 2005       04-13-2005, 5:42 PM Reply   
the Sanger v210 gets great gas mileage for a boat. Ours burns maybe 4-5 gallons an hour at wakeboarding speeds. The only concern you may have making trips is that the lakes you mentioned are big so if it gets windy it would be a pretty tedious drive. The sanger sits pretty low and doesnt do too well in rough water
Old     (bob)      Join Date: Feb 2001       04-14-2005, 6:08 AM Reply   
Sounds like you should be more concerned with getting a rough water boat then a long distance boat. Although not entirely as safe as gas in a tank people have been toting gas cans around for years??
Old    lake_ape            04-16-2005, 10:24 AM Reply   
Do you have any suggestions Bob? Rough water, tow bow with a big gas tank?
Old     (trump)      Join Date: Mar 2002       04-16-2005, 7:54 PM Reply   
The Centurion Cyclone and Avalanche have deep v hulls that handle the rough water well. I have never test driven the Centurion Lightning, but it also has a deep v hull, so I'm would assume it rides as well as the Cyclone and Avalanche. However, the fuel tanks are 36 gallons. Hope this helps.
Old     (nlitworld)      Join Date: Feb 2005       04-16-2005, 10:14 PM Reply   
You could always do some custom work and get larger tanks put in on your own. rather than settle for a 35 or 40 gallon tank, get one made to hold 50 or 60 gallons. it would also be added ballast when full.
Old     (bob)      Join Date: Feb 2001       04-18-2005, 6:28 AM Reply   
My buddy has a supra ssv, rides around the bay down here in Florida and occasionally takes it 50 miles round trip to Pensacola beach on the intracoastal side. It handles the rough water pretty well. I still think my 20' I/O handles it better but he had a moomba d drive before and it was a turd in rough water.


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