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Ron Bachem
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Posted: February 27 2008 at 17:38 | IP Logged Quote Ron Bachem

Looking for the pros and cons of owning a 1989 422 Convertible, 671TI's 485 HP........

 

Thanks....

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jabixby
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Posted: March 15 2008 at 10:39 | IP Logged Quote jabixby

The Chris Craft 422 is a great boat - I bought mine (a 1988 model) in 1996, and we have caught a lot of fish on fishing out of San Diego.

Cons:
The DD engines are 2-cycle, and have a reputation for being messy. There is no head gasket, and so the engines ooze oil. But they are solid and reliable engines.

Age: any boat of this age is going to present a constant series of maintenance issues to its happy owner, and there are a lot of things on a boat like this getting old, like hot water heater, plumbing, pumps, and on and on.

The engine room is a little cramped, but that's the situation on any twin engine 42-foot boat. The generator is particularly hard to access. Engine room access is through a hatch in the salon, and so one has to be careful about getting engine room dirt/oil on the carpet.

Pros:
A solid competent boat great for sport fishing. We fish it on overnight trips with five on board - six is just a bit crowded at the rail when we are into fish.

The three air conditioners help move air thru the boat - we seldom actually need air conditioning, but running the fans on the A/C units keeps the boat ventilated on trips.

The boat is heavier than most, giving a very comfortable ride when going out overnight slow, but has the power to do 25 kts WOT and cruise at 20 kts for the trip home. It is a little limited on fuel, with 550 gallons - sometimes I wish I had more, and I own 6 33-gallon plastic drums to carry more fuel for longer trips down the Mexican coast.

On a typical typical overnight trip (going perhaps 60-90 nm out, trolling, and returning) I will average about 0.7 nm/gallon. If I'm careful, I can move that up to better than 1 nm/gallon by going out at 8kts or less and returning at a little less than cruise. At WOT, the boat gets 0.5 nm/gallon, and at hull speed I think it is around 2+ nm/gallon.

You can see mine at http://home.san.rr.com/bix/Rascal/Rascal.htm. Coincidentally, I'm considering selling this boat if you are in the market.

Jim

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