I have a 2006 1800SR3. I put 56 hours on it last season (bought it in June so missed some of our season).
I love this boat (as does my wife and daughter and our friends and family).
I have the 190hp carbed 4.3 V6. I've had seven people on this boat many times and it's primary use is for wakeboarding and tubing. I've had six in the boat and pulling a wakeboarder with no problem whatso ever and that is with the stock 23 pitch prop!!!!!!
Just this week I've ordered a Big Air wakeboard tower and the High 5 19" prop which everyone tells me will make me think I bought a new boat. I can't wait!
Complaints? The 18' is not great in rough water. It gets tossed around quite a bit. I'm going to order some good quality trim tabs to see if that helps. I've heard it makes a world of difference.
the 4.3 is a tried and true little engine that will last years with proper maintenance. I do have a 'run on' (diesling) problem with mine on hot days which is a trait of this engine and a big pain in my ass, but I like the fact that it is just slightly down in horsepower than the carbed V8 but weighs less and gets better milelage. It's a good performer for this size boat. I do wish I had the knowledge to buy the fuel injected at the time however. My next boat will be fuel injected.
With the 23 pitch prop I easily do 50mph. Easily. It's funny because I can do 50 with six people on board but by myself I can only pull 55. That will come down once I move to a 19 pitch but like I said we use this primarily as a budget wakeboarding boat.
Check out picture gallery for some pics of my boat. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a small run about that is easly towable.
17,5K sounds about right. I paid $22,5K for mine last summer. Is this 2005 fully optioned? Mine came with the two stereo remotes, snap in carpet, captains chair, depth finder, upgraded stereo, bimini, full snap on cover, graphics, chromed hull bumper, galvanized trailer with swing arm, swim deck, recessed cleats all of which are upgrade options.
Good luck. How many hours are on it? Does it have maintanance records for the past year?
Let us know how it goes. Maxums are fine boats. Not the best, but not the worst!