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#82805 - 03/09/06 12:30 AM 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express
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I figure I ask on here to see what I should expect if I decide to bite.

I was looking at a 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express w/ 5.0 L. 220 h.p. Mercruiser with only 134 hours. Optional equipment includes a Lowrance depth indicator, a Lowrance fish finder LMS 160, a vacu flush head w/holding tank and shower, anchor line & chain, a spot light, a remote for the stereo on the dash, a walk thru windshield, shore power cord, dual batteries and a battery isolater switch. There is also a cockpit shower and cockpit speakers. Canvas includes a bimini and a cockpit cover. The boat will sleep four and is white with cream interor colors. It has factory dockside air conditioning.

Now this boat has been sitting at a marina (inland lake). What I am wondering is how do you think my 97 Expedition 4x4 (5.4L) will pull this thing around? Can it? Also I rate this boat at a 96% great condition factor for its age. I really never consider getting a big boat like this, but the price is heck of a good deal.

Also anyone got any experience on this boat?
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#82806 - 03/09/06 12:34 AM Re: 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express
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#82807 - 03/09/06 12:41 AM Re: 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express
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By specs, this is the only info I can find out about it. I hope that this could answer my question. Thanks

Power: Stern Drive - I/O
Hull: Fiberglass
Draft: 1 Ft. 8 in.
Beam: 8 Ft. 6 in.
Fuel Tank Capacity: 60 Gallons
Water Tank Capacity: 30 Gallons
Dry Weight: 4500 lbs


Standard Features:
Builder/Designer Builder: WellCraft Measurements LOA: 255 Beam: 86 Draft: 18 Dry Weight: 4500lbs Engines Engine(s): MerCruiser Engine(s) Tankage Fuel: 60gals. Water: 30gals. Accommodations Master King Size Guest Queen Size AM/FM Cassette Stereo Storage Galley Corion Sink Refrigerator/Freezer Electric/Alcohol Stove Microwave Hot water Heater Dinette Deck Anchor Windlass Coast Guard Kit Gray Camper Top Side Curtains Black Bottom Paint Swim Platform Transom Door Windshield Wipers 2 Bilge pumps Aft Curtains/Screens Electronics/Navigation Lowrance X85 Fish Finder Compass Trim Tabs Docking Lights Electrical/ Mechanical Battery Charger 2 Batteries CO2 Detector Dual Battery Switch Electric Winch Additional Transom Shower Full Camper Performance Trailer -
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#82808 - 03/09/06 03:31 AM Re: 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express
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You are going to have a heck of a time towing that thing without a trailer.. \:D

My guess is that the actual towed weight is going bo be close to around 7,000lbs.

Boat does look pretty clean though.
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#82809 - 03/09/06 05:18 AM Re: 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express
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Wow only 134hrs! I don't think you can go wrong with a Wellcraft.
I think you might be pushing it with the Expy but if it's too and from the lake in the spring and fall it might do ok?
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#82810 - 03/09/06 05:28 AM Re: 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express
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The reported engine hours are out of wack with the age of the boat.

What reason is given for the low hours and lack of use?

Can you talk/interview all the owners in the boat's history?

Have you personally seen the boat?

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#82811 - 03/09/06 05:36 AM Re: 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express
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It should pull it okay. It will be struggling at times, but should be adequate for short distance towing. The 5.0 will also be adequate for this boat, but not exhilerating. It won't have the get up and go that your other boats did. Mike, if you are seriously looking at a cruiser in this size, see if you can find a FW 248 Vista, they have copious amounts of cockpit and cabin room compared to Wellcraft. Wellcraft makes a very solid boat. Make sure you get a sea trial to see if you really are happy with the way it performs. You have no idea how different a cruiser is from a bowrider until you test drive one. Big difference IMO.
Also, on those hot Texas days, that cabin will be an oven at times, and the A/C will be of no use unless you are hooked up to shore power. Just a thought.

Hey, you are not supposed to get a new boat until next Thursday. \:D
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#82812 - 03/09/06 01:15 PM Re: 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express
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Looks like a Vista 248 on the lot next to that Wellcraft. You should compare the two.
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#82813 - 03/09/06 01:33 PM Re: 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express
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My guess is that boat was a slip queen. Looks very clean. As for towing, I towed a 1986 SeaRay 250 around with a '96 Dodge 1500 5.9. Did alright, I think your Expy will do better with the Wellcraft. Just don't fuel until you get close to the launch if you are trailering.

As for the Wellcraft vs FW debate, I would bet Mike is looking down the barrel of a tremendous deal on the Wellcraft. Given they don't make the pleasure boats now, and they for some reason were never overly popular to begin with, dealers really cut the price to move them. Nice boat.
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#82814 - 03/09/06 01:56 PM Re: 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express
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Good looking boat! I love that style. But remember to buy it for the right reasons, not because its a deal.
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#82815 - 03/09/06 02:00 PM Re: 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express
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I think it would be under powered a bit. I knew a guy who had a Bayliner 2355 and it struggled to get on plane with 4 adults. He often wished he had the 5.7.
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#82816 - 03/09/06 04:33 PM Re: 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express
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Originally posted by LanierBoater:
Good looking boat! I love that style. But remember to buy it for the right reasons, not because its a deal.
Amen to that.
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#82817 - 03/09/06 05:27 PM Re: 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express
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Boat looks really clean, nice looing too. But 220 hp is wwaaaayyyyyyyyy too small. It will be a dog to be totally honest, get 3 or more people on that thing and I bet it struggles to get on plane.

Ry has an '04 Expy and it pulled my boat...but he would not take it on the highway. I only use a 3/4 ton to do the towing...only safe way to do it. Your Expy will pull it...but if you need to make an evasive manuver...look out ...it will not handle it.
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#82818 - 03/09/06 05:31 PM Re: 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express
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WoW guys thank you for all the feedback. I honestly did not realy want to look for a boat over 20' , but this has everything I would need if the family ever plan to sleep on the lake. I just don't want to get into towing isssues. I am a trailerboat person. I choose to want to bring my toys home. So making sure the Expedition can get the job done was my main concern.

As for seeing the boat. Yes, I saw it. Its really clean . The owner is a 67yr old and wife has passed away so he does not need the boat and has not driven it much for the past two years. I am going back Sunday to see it again and if I proceed to the deal it will be a boat cruise ;\)
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#82819 - 03/09/06 05:36 PM Re: 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express
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Mike...like I said...please take some adult people with you. Also...your kids ever going to want to do watersports? I think it will struggle. Not trying to knowck down this boat...just think the engine is too small and would hate to see you be unhappy after you own it for a month.
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#82820 - 03/09/06 05:38 PM Re: 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express
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[QUOTE] I honestly did not realy want to look for a boat over 20' , but this has everything I would need if the family ever plan to sleep on the lake. I just don't want to get into towing isssues.[/QUOTE

Has your Wife seen this boat? I ask, only because that's a pretty big boat, to keep in the backyard.
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#82821 - 03/09/06 05:41 PM Re: 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express
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Originally posted by Wet Doggg:
Mike...like I said...please take some adult people with you. Also...your kids ever going to want to do watersports? I think it will struggle. Not trying to knowck down this boat...just think the engine is too small and would hate to see you be unhappy after you own it for a month.
Wetdoggg, Well wife still works the weekends, till after spring break so she will not be w/ me to see it. I maybe consider taking a buddy of mine w/ me, plus the owner and my two kids tagging along. So 3 male adults, and 2 lil ones will be in the boat. As you said, the 220hp might be lacking, but I dont think this boat will be much heavier then my 194 Funship, U think??
My kids will be into water sports of course, and this might not be the right boat. I do have my options open. I might go see a 2000 Searay 190 Sundeck w/ the 4.3L mercruise if I have enough time this weekend. Well see. I am "a" shopping, and I rest assure before I bite on any boat, I'll will ask you guys 1st before doing so. I dont want to screw up again (cough, cough...-Nissan Pathfinder) ;\) .

Thanks
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#82822 - 03/09/06 05:44 PM Re: 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express
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Originally posted by LanierBoater:
[QUOTE] I honestly did not realy want to look for a boat over 20' , but this has everything I would need if the family ever plan to sleep on the lake. I just don't want to get into towing isssues.[/QUOTE

Has your Wife seen this boat? I ask, only because that's a pretty big boat, to keep in the backyard.
We went to see it, got in it, thats all. She loves it b/c of the nook area and stove. AC was not important , but since she knows it has one,,, shes got a bigger smile on her face. lol

As for back yard. It will be on my parents land. I will not have any issues in that dept \:D

-Mike
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#82823 - 03/09/06 05:54 PM Re: 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express
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If you take it for a sea trial, not only see how easy it gets on plane, but also see how many RPM it turns when going at cruising speed, say 25mph.

Anymore than about 3500 RPM and you will be running the engine awfully hard at cruising speed.
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#82824 - 03/09/06 06:21 PM Re: 1999 Wellcraft 2400 Martinique Mid Cabin Express
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Thanks Vista. I'll log that and see what it does. Thanks
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