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185 xlt differences

Are there any Major differences between these boats from the mid 80's era to an early 90's that I should be aware of.

Here are two I would have to decide on pulling the trigger on if I had my boat sold.
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No one yet?

Fyhr Factor, Tdaddy, anyone?

Also if anyone knows these two boats, please let me know if there is any history!

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Are there any Major differences between these boats from the mid 80's era to an early 90's that I should be aware of.

Here are two I would have to decide on pulling the trigger on if I had my boat sold.
Not really considering one was called Powerplay and the other was Powerquest which most likely had newer appoments thru the years. KG , just curious are both of the boats in the St Clare Shores area ?

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I had always assumed that they were all atleast from the same molds.
Windsheilds is about all I have ever saw as updated. Square vs rounded.
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No they are not local. I am pretty sure this "model boat" will be the next that I purchase if my Silverton sells.

I have always loved these boats since an uncle owned a Barron. My wife is on board, she likes the newer style, I like the older style though!
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KG - same hull for the whole prod. run 83-93. Few tweaks from the orig. Baron- hull/fuel tank location/cockpit and windshield angle... Very few accessory changes over the years - Italian winshields in 89, Angle iron motor mounts on some with 350 mags, elimination of teak trim in later years, etc... There were 3 deck options available but the XLT was by far the most popular.

There are usually a few for sale in W. Michigan in the spring. I can check with a few folks if you wish.

The Blue one in your pic is from Zeeland, Mi. last i knew and there are pics of it and the work the owner did in the PP section under Winter Projects.

I bought one new in 89 and still have it. Have run lots of boats over the years but the xlt is hands down the most fun to run around in.
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I dont have any clue at all only thing I know is you tell me how fast you want to go and I will tell you how much HP it will take.... been a long road

and knowing about those boats your looking at..... welll I don't have a clue either

help ya at all?

what... scared of a lil chevy?
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I just need my Silverton gone!
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Thanks guys!

Woogie- I love that color combo of yours!

Anymore pics around?
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Hey KG i dont know what your time line is like, but im seriously considering letting mine go here shortly.
I'm throwing it out there so you know.

Nothing wrong with it at all. Just not big enough for us anymore.
There are some pics in my photo album if you wanna see it. or i can e-mail you some, was trying to load them up here for ya,but was taking forever. sorry...

Im open for any questions you might have as well.

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Thanks! I will keep that in mind. I originally had a buyer for my boat that has since fell through...I am hoping I can get my boat sold this spring then I am going to purchase another....as soon as possible! I will take a look!
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Sweet............If you want i can email mail you some pics, and just general info on what ive done so far.
Basically im at the point with it where I either have to start dropping $$$$ into it to make it fit my needs or sell and upgrade......
Its a shame too because i love this little thing, but where i do my boating its sometimes like bringing a knife to a gun fight....

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I bought one new in 89 and still have it. Have run lots of boats over the years but the xlt is hands down the most fun to run around in.
Thats a nice looking boat.

Never get so busy making a living that u have no time to make a life ......
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Sweet............If you want i can email mail you some pics, and just general info on what ive done so far.
Basically im at the point with it where I either have to start dropping $$$$ into it to make it fit my needs or sell and upgrade......
Its a shame too because i love this little thing, but where i do my boating its sometimes like bringing a knife to a gun fight....
Yes I would be interested in the info. I really like the Old School blue one in the pictures, but nonetheless I have zero options till my boat sells! Its just Febuary though..hopefully she will sell soon though....I am going to be patient with this purchase...I am definitly waiting until mine is gone before I jump......hopefully!
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I would love to pick one of these up this summer. KG I am not going to jump on your thunder but if anyone has any other leads on any clean 185's (euro-windshield huge plus) I would be interested in any info you guys have.
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No problem!

I know of three that are available.

The two hear, and another locally.

I really want one now I am just holding off until I sell mine. If I snooze I loose...But in these economic times I am going to be patient!
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KG I will put together an e-mail for you this weekend.... The blue one's were my fave too. Or the 89' like woogies. I think are the toughest looking ones out there, but good luck finding one like that.....

Patience is the key to looking for one of theses old birds. I looked at....... at least half dozen of these that were in need of hull seperation resto jobs. Its a shame...

These boats were built solid as a rock and There really isnt to much to watch out for on these. The few things i did find preety consistantly was around where the windshield attaches to the deck....and at the engine hatch corners is where the majority of the stress cracks occur. If not taken care of properly over the years water gets in these cracks and aids in helping delam the bulkheads...FYI There is one in illinois like this that is still for sale and was when i bought mine three years ago..... Sucks too because it has the Italian windshield on it. I also noticed that if there is a ski tow on the back top deck water liked to run down between the bezel and the pole and it rots the wood in there. I took mine out and put a round pop-up cleat in and sealed it up nicley with the good old 3M Stuff.

I was able to get a few pics uploaded today before technology got me.. But ill send you over more orginized ones.

My boat stays bone dry... never seen any water in my bilge unless i put it there....Anyway i apologize for getting longwinded i just got on a roll...LOL.
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Is the Bow rider version the same hull as the XLT with a different deck?

5.7~ Thanks for the heads up!!!
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If my boat was gone today~ this is the boat tthat would be in my driveway!
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this is one I came across today that made me ask about the bow rider!
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