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Old 09-03-2019, 12:48 PM   #1
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Good morning everyone, I was just wanted to post here to seek a little advice from other Maxum owners. From what I have researched and read, there seems to be pros and cons for either option, making the choice harder.

We are looking to get out first boat and have narrowed it down to a couple of choices (one is trading a car + cash, one is cash and selling the car), both are in very good shape and both in similar shape - both are in the 600-700hrs range (1994 has a meter, the 1997 is verbal).

We mainly will be using the boat for tubing & fishing (fresh water only in the few lakes central Alberta has to offer, lol). It will typically have around 1000lbs of passengers and cargo.

Choice 1:
1994 Maxum 1800 SR - with the 4.3l (has snap covers, bimini top)
($6500 CDN / $5000 USD)

Choice 2:
1998 Maxum 2100 SR - with the 5.7l (no snap covers, only full boat cover)
($12000 CDN / $9250 USD)

I would just like to hear peoples opinions.

Thank you.
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Old 09-03-2019, 02:05 PM   #2
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Well this is a loaded question.

Which boat do you like better?

We canít judge this as we canít see the condition of either. Do they both have trailers and what is their condition? Are these both fresh water boats? Seats in good shape? Bellows ok? Have you taken them for a test run to see if you like the way they handle?
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A lot comes down to how the boat and motor survey. Larger boats ride nicer but have higher tow vehicle requirements (IF you're towing). The larger engine will be nicer for tow sports. The larger boat will be more comfortable for the passengers.

It is common to outgrow smaller boats faster.
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The 1998 is in cleaner shape, neither has any issues, seats are in good condition for both, no floor issues, fiberglass issues, bellows good - but the 1998 is prettier (function overrules pretty).

Both are freshwater, the 1994 sat on a lift when not used, the 1998 in a driveway. Have not taken them for a test run, it would be possible with the 1998, but not the 1994 (1998 is private, 1994 is dealer). Not like it would tell me much, don't have enough experience to judge, would be more like yup, its a boat, lol.

I guess I am more looking for the 18' - 4.3 to the 21' - 5.7 comparison. Price comparison seems reasonable given the age difference and the size difference. Any opinions is helpful for sure.
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Old 09-03-2019, 04:49 PM   #5
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I've had both boats.
Using the logic, "buy your second boat first", I'd lean towards the 21'.
The 21' will tow a tube and handle water sports with ease. Having more room and more power is never a bad thing with a boat.
I would recommend a test drive, you can tell a lot and gives you a chance to talk to the owner. Make sure it runs smooth at high rpm and that all the gauges work. Walk around and check for soft spots. Make sure the trailer is solid and the lights work. You don't have to know boats to check the basics.
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Go bigger now so you don't have to go through selling and purchase a new boat in a couple years. 2' itis comes on fast and strong in that size range.

Also, the dealer should allow you to sea trial the boat if you are interested.

Any canvas shop can make you a custom snap cover if it's that important to you.
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2ft itis is real. I would recommend the 21' with 5.7l. I had a 21' Crownline with the 5.7l it was a great motor plenty of power and good mpg. The 5.7l is good engine and parts are easy to come by. What drive does the 21' have?
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It has an Alpha One drive.

Added a few pics of it, since the general consensus seems to be leaning to the 21' boat.
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Why does the '98 not have an hour meter? Does it have maintenance records or has the owner done it all himself?

Something I do when buying anything from a private party is to take note of the condition of the other vehicles they own. Are the well kept? Also, if you can see in their shop or garage is it well organized or is stuff thrown everywhere? That can tell you a lot about how the boat was maintained.
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From what I can tell, with the 1990s Maxums the hour meter was an optional accessory (at least when without EFI), but certainly not 100% on that.
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