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#308196 - 04/16/07 12:29 AM The best birthday present EVER. (long)  
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Its been about three years since I bade farewell to my beloved Bayliner 1850. I bought it brand new when I graduated college, and owned it for 5 years. During that time, I had more fun than I can possibly explain....I took it everwhere, made meories that will last a lifetime, and genuinely developed a bond with an inamiate object. It was like a friend to me in the summer time. Heck, I was even First Prize winner on Bayliner's website when I sent in one of my boating pictures to their Beauty Shots contest.

Deciding I needed a change, I moved to California, where I quickly discovered that small bowriders are as appropriate as Rosanne Barr in a thong.... In a fit of frustration, I posted it on Boattrader and sold it within 1 week to a nice family in Lake Arrohead. I ended up returning to IL shortly after, and have been licking my wounds (and kicking myself in the @$$)ever since. I went to every single boat show, dreaming about something...ANYTHING...that could fit into the budget. I am 29 and don't have the financial resources of most boat buyers, so it just looked like a boat was not going to happen. I was a regular on Boattrader, and even went to go look at a few budget specials in the feeble hope that maybe I could get a decent boat for pennies on the dollar.

The Gods have smiled upon me. I finally struck pay dirt.

2 weeks ago on my lunch break, I did a random search on boattrader for one of my all time favorite depreciation specials. These boats tend to be beaten to death even in the best of condition. THe worst ones can only be described as planters. Making matters worse, they're rarer then hen's teeth - it was a one-model-year only special, and its never been replaced since. But I always said that if I found a nice one, its coming home with me. As I hit refresh with my search criteria posted in, a new ad came up. It was in Laurie MO, Lake of the Ozarks. It looked great, and had a trailer and a nice price tag on it. I was salivating.

What followed next was a whirlwind of 50 digital pictures, hotel reservations, prepping the truck, and making arrangements for time off from both of my jobs. I spent a week stressing like you cannot believe over travelling so far for this thing. In the end, I said screw it, and made a mini-vacation out of it.

And the result? Well....I think the smile speaks for itself.



The details are inconsequential. THe trip back was mostly trouble free despite trailer tires that wouldn't be appropriate for a 5 year old's swingset.

THe boat is a 1986 Bayliner 2450 Ciera Sportcruiser. Its a Sunbridge cruiser hull, mated with a gigantic bowrider deck cap. It has an enclosed head, a water system, and more storage than some apartments. Power is by a 5.7L 260hp Volvo Penta AQ260. The drive is a 275 series, cone clutch.

This boat has an interesting gestation. This was the only Bayliner bowrider ever designated as a Ciera. As such, it was built to cruiser (and motoryacht) standards in those plants, so these boats don't suffer from the '80s Capri quality issues. It was also the last year before the switchover to mass production and OMC drives, so this boat was a sort of sweet spot in an otherwise darker period in the company's history.

The boat itself is remarkably clean. THe interior is ORIGINAL, and like new. It has a dead tach, and needs a battery. Otherwise its turn-key. The sea trial went extremely well....she planes in under 4 seconds and will top out at 48 mph. Exterior wise she needs a good buff and wax.

The Shoreland'r trailer is...uhm...well, lets say distressed? It needs some going through. It needs tires, a new winch, and all new wiring. But I can't complain....it carried the boat across 500 miles of interstate.

But with a grand in parts and labor, I think this thing is going to be fine. The owners were the original owners, and the boat feels like it has low hours (there is no hour meter, but the owners estimate it has between 300 and 450 hours total). It spent its whole life at LOTO on a lift.



So thats my new toy (and my ugly mug too, while I am at it). Just in time for my 30th birthday next week. Hope you guys like it. Its not a Cobalt, but maybe the Chain Gain can come say hi to me this summer. ;\)

It may have been 3 of the most painful years of my life, but I am now, finally, a boat owner again.

All this for the princely sum of $5500.


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#308197 - 04/16/07 12:37 AM Re: The best birthday present EVER. (long) [Re: Download_Complete]  
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Very, very cool DC... congrats on the find! She sounds like she's found a good new home!!!


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#308201 - 04/16/07 01:03 AM Re: The best birthday present EVER. (long) [Re: NoMoBoatN]  
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Very nice looking boat.

#308204 - 04/16/07 01:16 AM Re: The best birthday present EVER. (long) [Re: trooplewis]  
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BE AWARE that LOTO was at ground zero for one of the worst snowstorms in the area in decades. Many docks collapsed and hundreds (or more) boats sustained damage ranging from nicks & rips to sinking. This was in late November. I've been concerned ever since about people buying used boats from that area. If you haven't already, make sure your new dream boat wasn't salvaged from the depths or that it didn't sustain some sort of hidden dock related damage. Otherwise, congratulations!

http://di-vo.net/diozarks/thestorm.htm





Mike
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#308205 - 04/16/07 02:03 AM Re: The best birthday present EVER. (long) [Re: 230 Mike]  
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Very nice! I have only seen a couple of those and niether one was anything close to that clean. It pays to know what your looking at now doesn't it?

#308207 - 04/16/07 03:44 AM Re: The best birthday present EVER. (long) [Re: prober]  
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Interesting piece of history. Thanks for sharing.

#308228 - 04/16/07 06:22 AM Re: The best birthday present EVER. (long) [Re: seabuddy]  
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Great looking ride DC! Congrats


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#308229 - 04/16/07 06:35 AM Re: The best birthday present EVER. (long) [Re: Boatsrule]  
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Glad you'll be back on the water. Congrats.


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#308249 - 04/16/07 08:14 AM Re: The best birthday present EVER. (long) [Re: Capn Morgan]  
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Congrats. Great story, evoked memories of my long search for a boat, long distance purchase and subsequent trailer tire failures.


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#308271 - 04/16/07 09:13 AM Re: The best birthday present EVER. (long) [Re: Dave R]  
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DC, That is great story and a great looking boat. i can certainly understand the feeling of letting your boat go only to kick yourself over and over again for doing it. The boat that my admiral refers to as "our first big boat" (read..not a aluminum fishing boat) was a Bayliner 1750 Capri, and I could not help but smile and think of that boat as I read your story. I know the exact feeling you speak of when you find the boat that meets your needs and fits your budget and is still worth buying. Congratulations.


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#308324 - 04/16/07 11:19 AM Re: The best birthday present EVER. (long) [Re: Familyman]  
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Sounds to me like it was meant to be. Welcome back to your baby. Now we want to see a bunch of pics of you using it, not just standing next to it with that sh**-eating grin on your face!


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#308331 - 04/16/07 11:30 AM Re: The best birthday present EVER. (long) [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Finding what you want....priceless


#308423 - 04/16/07 04:18 PM Re: The best birthday present EVER. (long) [Re: Frantically Relaxing]  
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Hey, DC:
Last time I went by the house where your old boat was parked, it was still there. However, that was probably longer than last summer ago. It is out of our normal route, so I don't do it very much.


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#308435 - 04/16/07 05:17 PM Re: The best birthday present EVER. (long) [Re: Jack T]  
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Congrats DC! Nice story. Looks like a well cared for boat. Can't complain about the price at all, either.


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#308464 - 04/16/07 07:54 PM Re: The best birthday present EVER. (long) [Re: Adversary98]  
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Nice! A Bayliner with a VOLVO! That's pretty sweet.


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#308466 - 04/16/07 08:10 PM Re: The best birthday present EVER. (long) [Re: Just Bob]  
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Nice find. Congrats!


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#308469 - 04/16/07 08:22 PM Re: The best birthday present EVER. (long) [Re: tasuti]  
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Great find, Great deal, and a great return to something we all love.
Very eloquent writing also!


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#308485 - 04/16/07 09:11 PM Re: The best birthday present EVER. (long) [Re: Justification]  
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DC,

I've followed your recent saga over at BOC as well. Congrats. Nicely done on your deal for the boat. I was curious what the interior of this model looked like, so I went to Boat Trader and did a search. Guess what I found. The add for you boat. Nice done on the price. Looks like you got a sweet deal.

Jeff


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#308487 - 04/16/07 09:17 PM Re: The best birthday present EVER. (long) [Re: F18lumpy]  
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Very Nice Boat! How did the truck do?


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#308503 - 04/16/07 09:51 PM Re: The best birthday present EVER. (long) [Re: Familyman]  
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you know what you a call a lunatic who travels ridiculous distances in search of his treasure? ....a boater. congrats! she looks great.


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