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buddy79 posted 10-18-2004 07:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for buddy79   Send Email to buddy79  
Does anybody have any experiance with a 34' Defiance? We were looking at a 31' Cabo but it fell through (bad engine survey) so we're back in the hunt. Anybody here ever rode on one? We own an '03 Montauk so we are a little familiar with Boston Whaler and have been overall pleased. The ride is not as good as I would like. Is it really a bigger Boston Whaler with that level of quality or just a Sea Ray with the name? Thanks for your opinions.
DaveH posted 10-19-2004 01:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveH  Send Email to DaveH     

I did a search on the site for information for you but only one person mentioned having a Defiance and that was back in 2001 from someone who did not post but a few times.

The general feeling here from what I've read is that the price of the boat was too high for what it cost new at $350K plus extras. The price now with depreciation is around $200 to $300K depending on location and equipment per Yachtworld. I have no opinion on quality of materials or ride since I have not been on a Defiance

My personal feeling is that there are better fishing machines out there that have decent cabin amenities and superior rides. I would put on my list a fully restored mid 1980s 33SF, 35C, 38C Bertram or late 1970s 36C-42C Hatteras as a more serious model to look at.

The Cabo is nice and I would consider keeping a look out for one with decent engines or make an offer to the owner of one you saw with deductions for repowering ($120K deduct if repower is done right). You never know, he might just take the money and you get what you wanted with new power. You can never insult someone with an offer if it has legitimate claims (survey) and justifies the price reduction.

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