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Boat Color: Love It or Hate It???


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I have been having remorse since selling our Malibu. I just found another one for sale that’s in really good condition. I’m really interested in it, but I can’t decide if I’m in love with the color. What do you think? Do you love it? Or hate it? (GREY upper and lower stripes, ORANGE center, GREY trailer)

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I definitely don’t hate it. It’s not probably something I would design but if it’s a great used boat and it’s eveeything you are looking for I think it looks quite good! Some orange boats I hate and that definitely isn’t one of them. I think whoever designed it did a pretty good job. 

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I think the exterior looks very nice.  Question is, what does the interior look like?  Not sure i could personally deal with orange cushions. 

The trailer would be a negative point to me, as it looks like an extreme rather than a boatmate. 

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Looks good...like the others said, I wouldn't necessarily order new that way.  Buying used I'd be fine with it as long as the interior isn't some crazy mashup of nonsense.

Edit....now that I see the interior, I love it.  My boat came with an Extreme trailer and I have no complaints about it.

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Had to add another 2 cents....
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I like it!  If you are going to do orange, then I think the best color to put with it is grey, which they did.  The interior looks great, just enough orange to compiment the exterior. I like the grey trailer too.   

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I'd have never guessed, looked a lot bigger than that to me.  Axles seem pretty far back for a dd.  I'd make sure to see what the tongue weight is like and that they didn't stick an fxi on a vtx trailer. 

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7 hours ago, oldjeep said:

I think the exterior looks very nice.  Question is, what does the interior look like?  Not sure i could personally deal with orange cushions. 

The trailer would be a negative point to me, as it looks like an extreme rather than a boatmate. 

After having Boatmates under our '02 and '03 team boats and an Extreme under my '01, I can 100% say this is bad advice.  The Extreme does a much better job of centering the boat, has a folding tongue that takes less garage space, has integrated prop cage rollers, carries the boat lower and between the fenders, has much nicer boat guides, and has a much better method of carrying the spare.  That and it looks better.

Boatmate makes a fine product, but I couldn't possibly be happier with my Extreme.  I'd consider it a plus to have one of those under a boat I was considering.

On the Orange, I'm not crazy about it, but I don't hate it either.  The FXi is a unicorn, as I'm sure you know based on your boat history.  They're neat.

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9 minutes ago, UWSkier said:

After having Boatmates under our '02 and '03 team boats and an Extreme under my '01, I can 100% say this is bad advice.  The Extreme does a much better job of centering the boat, has a folding tongue that takes less garage space, has integrated prop cage rollers, carries the boat lower and between the fenders, has much nicer boat guides, and has a much better method of carrying the spare.  That and it looks better.

Boatmate makes a fine product, but I couldn't possibly be happier with my Extreme.  I'd consider it a plus to have one of those under a boat I was considering.

On the Orange, I'm not crazy about it, but I don't hate it either.  The FXi is a unicorn, as I'm sure you know based on your boat history.  They're neat.

Guess it is personal preference.  No way i would want that v block that they use under the bow instead of full length bow bunks. 

Boatmates have prop cage rollers, and a folding tongue.  And there is no way i want my spare under the boat instead of on the tongue. 

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5 minutes ago, Steve B. said:

What the heck is an Fxi? Sunsetter, Response ? Never heard of one.

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Fxi is a vtx hull with the engine in a direct drive configuration.  Pretty rare, but cool.  A ski boat with more freeboard. 

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I'm not in love with the color, but I don't hate it.

If the boat was what I wanted otherwise, I would probably make an offer.  I would try to beat up the seller on the color though......

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