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Old 10-05-2015, 02:02 PM   #1
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Default Maxum 2700 SE versus Maxum 2400 SE

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I am just about to purchase my first motorboat and I have fallen in love with a 2008 Maxum 2700 SE. She is fitted with a Mercruiser 350 Petrol Engine with Inboard Z drive. I am a bit worried, though, that she may be under-powered. I have seen another boat which I really like, which is a 2004 Maxum 2400 SE, which I think has a Mercruiser 5.0 engine.

They are both in first class condition, but I would appreciate the opinion of forum members as to which might be the best bet for me. I don't want speed, but just to go out and enjoy a day on the water, and fuel economy is of course important to me..

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Old 10-05-2015, 03:59 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard, I would have to ask what are you looking for in the boat how many people do you plan on having on the boat at any given time. These are the biggest factors in the decision but I do have to say the 2700 SE is a real nice boat with ample power, and according to the people in our marina that own them they love theirs.

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Old 10-05-2015, 09:36 PM   #3
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Welcome aboard

IMO go with the 2700, wider beam and extra length. That 350 should be EFI and makes good power for this boat.

I have a 1997 2400 and a friend has a 2002 2700, I'd take his hands down. Do not get me wrong the 2400 is a really nice boat but the bigger boat just makes it so nice.
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Old 10-06-2015, 04:07 AM   #4
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Thanks for replies and welcome. Your opinions are much appreciated.

There will mostly be 2 people on the boat, and occasionally 3. She will be kept on the Med and will only go out in good weather and calm seas. We don't want speed but we do want comfort! I just didn't want to feel that the boat was struggling to cope ...
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:46 AM   #5

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No matter how large a boat you buy, after some time, you will wish it were bigger. Whatever two sizes you're considering, get the larger. I've had a 2800 for 8 years and the admiral and I are to the point where it feels far too small to us now. Frustratingly small, in fact. A friend with a 37 told us he feels the exact same way.
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Old 10-06-2015, 11:57 AM   #6
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Jay, not sure where you are located but my 2004 2500SE is for sale. See PM for link to listing.
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Old 10-07-2015, 12:35 PM   #7
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Thanks for all your help, everyone. I went for the bigger boat in the end and hopefully all should go through smoothly.


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Old 10-07-2015, 04:15 PM   #8
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Go for a bigger boat. I was overwhelmed with the size of my 2400 SCR when I acquired it, now I feel it's small and I want at least 2900 SCR or something comparable.

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