It's all over but the cryin.......
Paperwork is going through as we speak, I got to do my loan through Advantis credit union down in the Oregon. It's for WA residents and a bunch of counties in OR. But, since my inlaws are in Seattle, and my wife is on the loan with me (bless her gorgeous heart), we qualify as first of kin for 4.78 for a 15 year note. I will soon be in possession of a new 2011 Raider 2284 with a 225 Yamaha on her (I upgraded from the 150, I couldn't stand to spend that kind of cash and have any regrets on how much power I had for that many years). She's a full on hard top with solid bulkhead.
Got to do a walkthrough with my neighbor last night who has a 2006 just like it but with a Honda 225. He's a fantastic salty fella from here in Juneau with lots of water time under his belt and he thinks the sun rises and sets on this boat. There was little I didn't like, and most of it was exactly what I want. A cab I can stand up in, lots of deck space, high sides, high bow so I don't eat it too hard and fill it, extended bracket and now with a beautiful monster of a motor on the back, hydraulic steering, nice big windows, rocket launchers and not so many doodads that I have to baby it. Just a good, solid, well-powered boat....and it's kinda sharp too.
I've got a 15 hp kicker for her already from my little lund, and now need to start shopping for a plotter/sounder dealio, a radio, and another downrigger, and one or two more rods. Hopefully she's in town by April 17.