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my "new" boat

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1997 Charger Foxfire 395TF - 1997 200 HP Johnson Venom

I've never had a boat like this, recently I've been wanting a boat to take the wife and 2 kids out on (9 and 7 years old) and my 7 year old son is wanting to fish.

I had a couple of bass boats when I was younger, smaller 16'-17' Bass Cats and some of my most vivid and special memories are from fishing and playing on the lakes with my family and friends.

So even though the economy sucks, and my job unstable, and as much as it doesn't make sense to buy this boat, buy it I did as of last night assuming everything works out well in the deal and the boat runs well when I pick it up Saturday.

My uncle fishes Charger boats, loves 'em, this is a 19.5" boat, big, takes rough water easy - by far the nicest boat I've ever owned. I paid $7500 for it, this economy makes it a nice buyers market, the condition and all I thought that was a nice price.

Thought ? I'm tickled to death !
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You might be shocked the amount of gas it uses. You can't really figure miles per gallon when on the water, but my dad runs a 150 johnson exactly like yours and It will burn six gallons of gas in less than one hour of run time. idling, running, slow trolling, normal use. He has a 25 gallon tank and we have never been able to get more that 5 hours of run time. It loves to drink some fuel, I myself am opting 4 stroke.
I guess it's not too bad, but it seems to be. When you go fishing for a half a day and spend $60. figure 3 hours run time at 5 gal per hour 15 gallons at $3.85 per gallon $57.75. High enough for me.
that's true about the movies. I personally don't have a family, so I find it hard to spend 100 bucks to go fishing by myself. I went with a Yamaha 115 4-stroke. I fish all day run the boat 5 or 6 hours and spend less the $20 in fuel.
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