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caterboat posted 02-05-2002 02:55 PM ET (US)   Profile for caterboat   Send Email to caterboat  
I have not read where anyone has commented on the ventura 210. Does anyone have any thoughts good or bad. Can this boat be trusted 20-40 miles off shore the bay in Md. Do you think the price on this boat is a match. What would you compare to. Curious
lhg posted 02-05-2002 04:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
This boat is built on the previous 21 Outrage hull, which has now been discontinued. I'll bet the same is in store for this model. You might want to wait for the version based on the new 21' hull, which I assume is in the works.
David Ratusnik posted 02-07-2002 01:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
caterboat- I've seen a number of Ventura's at Parker Boats in Orlando. I like them. They are certainly set up (open bow) for family ski sort of activities etc. They are also fishable. They strike me a a very upscale Sea Ray- I believe Sea Ray makes a less expensive look alike. Over the years a number of Venturas have been listed in the South Florida boat trader at rather attractive prices. My opinion but they don't seem to hold their value quite like an Outrage or Revenge of the same general length. They are built well. As for going off shore they would be just fine. David
lhg posted 02-07-2002 02:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I believe that for serious offshore duty in a Whaler, you need a boat in which you can stand at the helm. The Ventura bow rider is not set up for this situation. As far as I am concerned, they are an inland waterway boat.
David Ratusnik posted 02-07-2002 04:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
caterboat- The comment by lhg is correct, in short, if you intend to fish well off shore on a regular basis then go with an Outrage- it's a fishing machine set up for this sort of duty. Figure out just what you REALLY are going to do with the boat you buy. You may save thousands on the buying end with a Ventura, but if it falls in value (likely) more than an equivalent length Outrage you are not really ahead. Always an up-down side to any boat. David
caterboat posted 02-07-2002 05:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for caterboat  Send Email to caterboat     
I see your points. Trying to please my wife and myself is tough sometimes. This boat will be use fourty % fishing and the rest other activities. I think i might consider the outrage as long as my wife isn't OUTRAGED! Do you think there is a safty advantage with the outrage and was there a head on the boat? Any other points of interest you may have to help plead my case?
David Ratusnik posted 02-07-2002 10:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
caterboat- Just one guy's opinion, but, 40% fishing yet the wife wants a head--is not the Ventura. My rec- go with a 22-25 Outrage with cuddy. A fishing machine plus does the things the wife wishes. I'd set it up with twins on a Whaler drive. These boats are available -- search South FLA BoatTrader mags. I know of one available now at SunRise Marina in Port Canaveral (KSC). Solid boat needing TLC and repower-poor single 225. But it's all there. ($18K ask). My .03. David

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