Go for it.....for the $, its a good buy.
I have a 2006 2400 SR3 (now 200 hrs on her) and like it a lot.
I have the 350 mag/bravo III which is a good engine and drive,
and happy with its performance. Not a single issue to date, engine,
drive or boat. BTW: I am also very very fussy/anal about my toys, keeping
them in perfect shape, pristine and always like new....again no problems
or complaints from someone who always finds faults.
Typically WOT> 50 mph, under ideal conditions I got her to 52.
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My partner/next slip last year bought the 2009 with the 496.
IMHO: I am a old gear head and love power, that said, I like the idea of the 496 because of the extra
HP and torque, however, for me, the extra power/torque does not justify the +++cost. The difference
in performance (my buddy > 57 mph and we get to plane at the same time/496 is heavier).
Other notes: Here- chain o lake /IL the 496 is only offered with closed cooling. He had lots of problems with
over heating, but I believe that was due to him constantly taking in mud/silt/etc. as the chain o lakes/IL are
really just puddles, very shallow, 2-3' very common. He sits lower due to the heavier engine, but
we go/slip in the same places and I have never over heated.
Another thing I noticed is: I have no idea how you access/remove/service the batteries with the
496 as there is no room...and I mean no room. Its a PITA even with the 350, but impossible on
his with the 496.
He also got the upgraded audio system and it is kick *****.
These boats have plenty of room and storage, handle well, and can hold a lots of folks comfortably.
We cruise, ski, party and its a good all around boat.
One other note: Like I mentioned, I have the B3 and love it, it came on the boat when I bought it,
but I would have also considered the single prop version B1, as the dual prop in shallow waters by
us gets pretty expensive if you hit something hard as you typically also damage the prop shafts
and bearings. Also the B3 props (2) are matched and 4x the cost of a typical single prop in SS
($1200 vs. $300) to replace, plus possible cost for shafts, bearings, etc.. Its performavnce
is outstanding though......again, go for it, I would do it again in a heartbeat.