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blavid posted 03-04-2002 07:47 PM ET (US)   Profile for blavid   Send Email to blavid  
Hi all,

This is my first post and I have a few questions that I hope may be answered, I really enjoy the wealth of knowedge in these forums!

I am about to buy a 2002 model year 210 Outrage or a 210 Ventura. I like the setup of both (pros and cons weighed), and I know that the Ventura isn't exactly a very popular boat in these forums, but I still would like a few questions answered.

1) First, did the hulls used to be the same last year (2001) and for this year's model they changed the 210 Outrage hull? Why? Is there anything wrong with the 210 Ventura hull?

2) Can I be safe in assuming that the 2002 OptiMax engines are more reliable? Who has any concerns or praise?

3) I am definitely stuggling with how to keep the boat stored -- I love the convenience of a wet slip, but I know that I have to probably get the hull painted (I boat in Tampa Bay) and was wondering if anybody condones or has ill feelings about this. My dealer says that keeping the hull the water is a lot of work and needs so much more maintenance with monthly cleaning, haul-out fees, corrosion to the lower engine parts, sea growth in the intakes for the pumps/livewell, etc., as well as immediately decreasing the resale value (after the hull painting).

I have the option of "Hi and Dry" storage where the Whaler will be pulled out after everyday with a huge forklift and placed in dry dock, but I lose some of the advantages of 24-hour accessibility of a wet slip. I would have to call them prior to using the boat so that they can haul it back in the water.

I am thinking of just buying the boat and not bottom paint it for a couple of months or so while I try out the wet slip. If I really like the wet slip, I will have the hull painted in a few months after ownership, or if I think I really don't need the wet slip, I can just switch to "Hi & Dry" storage. If I do take this route, will I cause any permanent damage to the hull by keeping it in the water for a couple or so months with an unpainted hull while I make my storage decision?

Thanks in advance for any input, and I will hopefully become a regular member!!

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