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  1. CRT JR

    CRT JR Member

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    hello all,

    I’m new to the forum looking to get into my first boat. I grew up early on a Sanger flat bottom when I was a kid and now that I have small kids of my own I have made up my mind that I want a V-drive cruiser with a minimum of a healthy big block. I am open to anything good that is clean. Possibly even open to something with no motor. I wish I could afford a Schiada RC 21 but at this time with a current major re-model at home so this whole thing may need to wait until next summer but o figure it could not hurt to get my feelers out now. Sorry for the long thread but I’m excited. Thank you
     
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    wettrthebettr Well-Known Member

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    I hope you got to enjoy this 4th of July holiday weekend.
    Last year at this time I had the same thoughts as you wanting a V-drive cruiser.
    After spending a year putting my Campbell V-drive cruiser back to together,
    I would suddest buying one already together ready to use.
    The cost of all the little things will empty the money tree, unless you enjoy working on a boat.
    Good luck with your search
     
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    Wheeler Well-Known Member

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    https://www.riverdavesplace.com/forums/threads/howard-v-drive.183260/

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    i did have a good 4th thank you spent 5 days in north Lake Tahoe I hope you had a good one as well. I will do exactly what you advise as this would make sense. With that being said I think I’m going to try and hold out for a Schiada RC 21 with a covered engine preferably a twin turbo setup. The more I watch and look at these beautiful pieces of art the more I want one. I’m thinking it is going to take a minimum of 30-40k for an 80’s boat? What do you think I think of I’m patient I should be able to hold out for exactly what I want? I’m willing to do so.
     
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    I have yet to ask that question. I know that it's not as fast as his Kurtis flat.
     
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    CRT, I would hold out for exactly what you want,
    If you have kids at home it will be more difficult to build one up.
     
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    the 30 to 40K for a clean twin turbo may be about 20K shy... there are deals that do come along but if you are talking big horse power I would be skeptical of deals. Just my opinion and I could be way off. It all comes down to what you want and if you settle you will always have wandering eyes :) I grew up in a Sager Flat and have owned a couple Sangers and still have one. I started my Day Cruiser hunt out with a buddy as we were looking for the Schiada, we ended up agreeing we didn't want to be partners and both ended up with Spectras. I dig my Spectra, but its not going to win any drag races. Pretty basic 1/4" stroke BBC with tunnel ram.
     

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    I have this V-drive Spectra for sale.

    https://www.riverdavesplace.com/forums/threads/75-spectra-v-drive-with-a-bad-blown-572.147388/



     
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    Blown 21 Rayson....... Ideal fast family ride, and it's for sale! 20180904_183903.jpg 20180612_182347.jpg
     
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    I’ve seen that Rayson before it’s also beautiful, the video of this boat I’d ailing is what got me started on this whole deal about 8 months ago.

    What do you guys think about a 20 foot Schiada run about? I know of one for sale original owner with 100 hours on it. It’s a 1983 with a naturally aspirated big block chevy. The gentleman that owns it says it runs in the high 70’s. It is very clean with an asking price of 35k? I don’t know much about these boats are the 20’s worth less then the 21’s? I actually like everything about the boat but it doesn’t come with a trailer and a turbo setup would be nice. Thoughts?
     
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    I am asking $27,000 for it. If you read the thread then you know I purchased it (after Gregs passing) to put it back together and rebuild it better. Just before we got it back together I was hit by a semi-truck and my back is still pretty messed up from the accident. Thus, I really haven't used it much since I have three other slower boats to use. All the engine parts are high dollar and the boat was rigged right to handle the big power. If you have any questions let me know. BTW...it's not that hard to add a back seat if you need one.
     
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    Small kids with vdrive. You know your back seat will be very limited in space ...

    I love vdrives as much as the next guy.
    Glad you want a schiada ...I am bias of them ..lol

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    Small kids with vdrive, LOL
    My Kids were 2yrs and 6month when we had our AquaCraft V-drive, I had to LOL
    We went to Shasta lake Camping, And For got our play pen for the Kids.
    No problem we used the Flatty, LOL
    The 6 month old had some wires he pulled from dash, LOL
    We had a great time after reinstalling the wires.
     
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    Any thoughts on the 20’ Schiada? Seems like 35k with no trailer and mild motor may be top dollar especially if the boat hasn’t been driven much at all over 35 years. It may need some work due to sitting I would think but I may be completely wrong it may need nothing but I’m looking at this with caution trying to keep everything in budget to get on the water with something reliable . Also a trailer I’m sure is not cheap. Would $25k be a fair price for that boat or is that too cheap?
     
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    I was just referring to the room in the back seat is all.

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    I think they're nice boats but I like low freeboard boats. I think it depends on where you want to run the boat. Parker and Havasu in the summer will kick your ass in the 20 Schiada. @rivergames had a real nice 20 he sold a couple years back for around that price but boat prices have continued to increase over the last few years. I think you will probably be happier with a bigger boat if you are using the boat on a busy lake or river. You might want to check out @djunkie 22 Schiada. Seems like a good deal for a someone with a family. https://www.riverdavesplace.com/forums/threads/76-schiada-v-drive-for-sale.174519/
     
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  20. djunkie

    djunkie Broke mo fo

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    It’s sold.


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    Sweet boat I have never seen one with the open bow like that. I guess I should keep my eyes peeled for a Schiada 22 day cruiser v- drive as well and maybe stay clear of the 20. This is probably great advice as I will be using the boat at lake Berryessa in Napa Ca mainly and I have seen it choppy at times for sure. Im down for the bigger boat but would like to get 80mph out of what ever boat I get. From what I’ve read it will take a lot of HP to move a 22 Schiada in the 80’s correct?
     
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    Mine was almost there with 660hp. With a good 2 blade prop it might have gotten there.


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    660HP is a real healthy big block I’m sure it was bad ass
     
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    djunkie Broke mo fo

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    496 with really good heads and big cam.


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    21 schiada can handle water ...

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