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  • In the market, but never been on at 25

    I am in the market...I think, for a Classic 25'. It appears to be the boat I have been searching for. 8500lbs, 28deg deadrise, etc. If I am in the market for a used one, what years should I be looking for? Maintenance, trouble, etc. Also, seeing that I have never been on one, how do you suggest I do that? Do dealers have new Classic's ready for test drives? Also, and finally, can you give me your opinion on this fine looking boat?


  • #2
    First they have a 24 deg deadrise at the stern, not 28. If you go used, I would go diesel because of the ingestion issue but that is mainly on the newer boats with the vortec engines. This is why they are no longer offered in a jackshaft version. The new straight inboards use a crusader package and the jackshaft boats are diesel only. If new I would go straight inboard for maintenance issues in gas or diesel. I like diesel.

    They are tanks as all the CC are. You will be happy when you seatrial one. They just rock a little but you get use to that.
    Life is to short for an ugly boat

    2015 Enclosed Helm 35


    • #3

      Cappy: if you live near central Fl, you are welcome for a ride on my CC25. Yes, it's for sale, however I'm happy to give anyone a ride just so they can appreciate what a fine vessel Mac and his group builds. Plus might give me an excuse to take off work and go fishing


      • #4
        I have a 1999 CC 25 with the 454 Volvo, and no problems (sounds of me knocking on wood), I have kept in contact with Mac regarding the "injestion problem" retrofitted a new exhaust with new bafflers etc., but I would agree to get he inboard diesel, she's a beaut, and less to worry about.
        I am extremely happy with my CC, she is simple to take care of, great for fishing, great for weekend overnights with wife and kids and solid as a rock. My friend owns a Grady, and cannot believe the lack of "pounding" when we go fishing. I get compliments everywhere I go, EVEN from the sailboaters who have a keen eye for hansome lines! I found mine after a year of watching all the 25's for sale on, mine showed up, I called, set up a sea trial, (pretty snotty day) and bought her as soon as we got back to the dock.
        You will not be dissapointed!



        • #5
          Diesel 25'


          I have the diesel jackshaft, 2004 Volvo. I keep my boat on a lift on my dock thus the outdrive is not an issue for me.

          Diesel is the way to go and these boats are really built for rough water. I love mine. Previous boats were Grady Whites and are no comparison to the build quality of this boat.

          Factory support is excellent, especially when you can talk directly to the owner when you have a serious issue (doesn't happen frequently).

          2004 Carolina Classic, Volvo 300 KAD
          2004 Boston Whaler Montauk, 90 hp Merc