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    There's an ad for a 35ft Martin boat that looks to be in pretty good shape. The links below. Anyone know anything about Martin boats? Apparently they primarily build commercial boats but I can't find much else out about them. Also, the boat has surface piercing drives. I've never heard of them or have any experience with them. I've read a bit around the internet but does anyone have experience or knowledge of them?

    Thanks in advance for the help.

    http://juneau.craigslist.org/boa/4332074188.html

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    They are apparently stronger drives that are far more economical...best suited to heavier craft. I think they would be a cool choice for that type of craft giving it a bit more shallow water capability.

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    Take a look at this one at Alaska boats and permits.

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    Every boat in cordova that installed those drives was a total failure !! I'd take a outdrive before i'd take one of those and you know how i feel about outdrives. Not sure but Yanmars are not Toyotas. Martin hulls are good but need a bit of power to make them go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by potbuilder View Post
    Every boat in cordova that installed those drives was a total failure !! I'd take a outdrive before i'd take one of those and you know how i feel about outdrives. Not sure but Yanmars are not Toyotas. Martin hulls are good but need a bit of power to make them go.
    Great info. I looked at those things and immediately thought they were probably a maintenance nightmare. Glad to get some info on the drives from someone who's been around them.

    The boat itself looks to be in pretty good shape so too bad it's not a shaft drive.

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    Oh yea, I have seen that boat before, it is one of those fantastic recreational beasts that is built for commercial use. Also check out the 30x10 Bounty Offshore that has been listed in Oregon and Washington Craigslists. There have been a couple posted over the past few months. Twin diesel straight shaft and i/o models.

    Or I seen one or two OceanSport Roamers on yachtworld.com under $200k. Here is one for $169k http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2004.../United-States

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sobie2 View Post
    Oh yea, I have seen that boat before, it is one of those fantastic recreational beasts that is built for commercial use. Also check out the 30x10 Bounty Offshore that has been listed in Oregon and Washington Craigslists. There have been a couple posted over the past few months. Twin diesel straight shaft and i/o models.

    Or I seen one or two OceanSport Roamers on yachtworld.com under $200k. Here is one for $169k http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2004.../United-States

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    Those sure are nice boats. I've seen one around off and on for a year or more. Thanks for passing it along.

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