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  1. Ok, you all have probably seen this similar thread a hundred times... My wife and I have been talking about a boat for a decade now, but this is the year. I have read so much online and considered many boat brands that I feel I'm going a bit mad (all used for budget sake). recently we have actually gone out and looked and felt real boats (very exciting). used malibus, MCs, Supra, centurion, Tige...all 6-10 years old for our budget. many beat up and may hours. Moomba's, very nice, attracted to the fit and finish and the helm. Axis, I actually liked but didn't seem as nice as moomba/supreme. Supreme, I am in love. feel that the 2017 to current (with the new helm) is my boat. I have an opportunity to buy a beautiful 16' s238 for reasonable price although not the color scheme we would ever consider and without the dash we now want after seeing the 17-on. As well, Despite being ready to buy now, I have no where to put the thing, no moorage/slip available. So now I am thinking keep my cash down until this winter, figure out logistics of storage/moorage, and by for next spring. Am I crazy to think that a 17 will come available, or an 18', for 60-70k, by next spring? We are on a big lake with BIG storms/chop, depths over 1000' (Pend 'Oreille, ID). I want the biggest boat I can find (S238) for this reason but I know that also pushes up price and fuel costs. The s226 seams like the next best option at almost 23' for bigger water. S232 is beautiful but even more expensive and looks like came out for 19' as a new design. Purpose: Surf (main activity), occasional tubing, anchoring to swim (three kids under 10), maybe skiing. No wakeobarding Are there other boats I should consider? I see older centurions on these posts, really want something surf designed and post 14' do to what seems like the industry really became more surf focused around this time. So much appreciate any insight.
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