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Just looking to shoot the breeze with some Pachanga owners. Likes, dislikes, modifications, etc. Mine is a 1988 Pachanga 32 with twin 330HP, but with Alphas. What I like about it is that it not only runs pretty well, but it has some more of the live aboard comforts.

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You must have missed the thread about getting it back on track (at least I though I posted it). And now I see I didn't update my profile either. I am a jacka$$. Anyway, got everything all squared away with the guy. Just in time to pay for it all winter. The boat really needs nothing. Its in good shape. Not quite up to my standards, but pretty close. I am gong to take put the upholstered cushions in the cabin and have them vinyled, update the stereo a bit, add some pimp lights to the cabin, rub out the white and wax her up. Oh and check the gas tank.

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Must have been another forum :shocked:

I don't remember you saying that it has been finalized.

Why don't you give us a low down on exactly what you got. Any more pics?

BTW: Congratulations again !!!
 

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Didn't you just get the other one? You remember, the one with a Thermos bottle for a fuel tank.
 

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Ha ha ghart. Yes I picked up the scarab in June and sold it the weekend after labor day. I had a guy willing to give me 2 grand more than i paid for it. And the fact i needed to replace the fuel tank, i thought the 2 grand sounded better. than i got a line on a friend of a friends boat that i wanted to buy last year, but he wanted to much for it, this year he needed the money bad and i got the boat for payoff. at first we had a deal and then he waffled (probably because he was giving it away and knew it) and then he decided that he couldn't afford the payments and gave me a call back. payoff was about 10 grand short of book value. So anyways it a 1988 Sea Ray Pachanga 32 with twin 330 Hp's and alpha drives. it has 390 hours on it and is good condition. its in the guys barn (down the street from the other red barn my scarab was at) and i haven't been in a hurry to haul it up to Lansing and sit it outside in my back yard, but i will soon. its a triple axle trailer (eagle) and of course it white and RED. the red has fresh paint about and below the rub rail about 4 inches a piece. i will get pics this weekend of her, but this is what she looks like.
 

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A friend of mine restored his '89 from the keel up. New paint, vinyl, roof, everything. He completely updated it to current and it has to be one of the sweetest rides in the 1000 islands. They don't build them like the Pachanga anymore. It's such a solid boat and runs about 66mph GPS. Here's a few pics.
 

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Go fast -

Is that the Pachanga 27? Good looking boat. What do you mean he restored the roof? Whatever he did, it looks great.

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When I was looking for boats the last time, when I got the Liberator, I had Pachanga on my short list of boats to consider. Very nice, classic boat. I would be open to finding a 32 Pachanga to replace my 26 foot Libby.
 

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Is that the Pachanga 27? Good looking boat. What do you mean he restored the roof? Whatever he did, it looks great.

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Yes, it's a 27. He put a new roof (black bimini with front, side and aft curtains) on it to match the red, yellow and black graphics.

He did such a good job, people who don't know Pachangas would think it's an '04 boat. He put alot of money into it but it would easily compare to some new boats that would retail for 125k yet still be better quality than you'd typically find today.
 

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I think they did a great job with the Pachanga. I don't see to many 27 around though. I see the 22's and 32's a lot. What is he running for power in the 27. I would think 350's wouldn't get you to 66 and 454's he'd do better that that, but I have been wrong before.

G-hart -

If you want a project boat there is a 32 in Florida that needs some work for 15k. I can find it for you again if you'd like. I thought about it as a project boat for awhile. Let me know.
 

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He does have 350s. Can't remember how it's propped but when I had my Baja 272 the'd only run about 1-2 mph less than me. Pachanga's are excellent choices for project boats. I'd bet you'd get a better ROI on them than most boats.

If you're looking for 27s there's quite a few in our region and there always seems to be one for sale. The trick is finding one with twins rather than a single big block.
 

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I have a 22 that I repowered with an HP 500 and love the boat.
It is a 90 with a bravo one, the rides and handles much nicer than I ever expected. Looking to add some trim tabs this winter to keep it form chine walking over 75 mph.
 

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A mechanic friend of my father's had a 22 and dropped some ungodly power into it and the boat would run 92 on a radar gun. It was nuts. However, note, he hit a wake from a freighter at night and never even saw it, came down and pounded the deck right off of the hull, broke some ribs, blew the motor. He won't admit it, but I think he was all buzzed up (hippie stuck in 1966). Now he owns a 25 Outlaw and won't run it over 55. I think he learned about stupidity.
 

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I know that it can be interesting at higher speeds, still had more left at 75 and was hesitant to go faster. 75 is fast in the little boat and did not want to make the wife uncomfortable.
Things happen quickly at those speeds!
Still is fun to play with the boats that think they can run right by you!

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Have any issues with 500 HP on your bravo? Is it a stock 1990 Bravo One or did you upgrade? I would eventually like to beef up the 454's maybe next winter, but then I have to upgrade drives and I don't want to spend a fortune. Maybe find a used or remanufactured bravo one or even stone aged trs or something. But that is WAY WAY down the road anyway.

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You will love the 32 Pachanga. I have a '87 same as your color, engines/drives except I have a radar arch on mine. Bought it 5 years ago and have loved every minute of it. Great ride in rough water. Only complaint I can think of is the head is kind of small. Other then that it is a great boat. Bought a 42 Sonic so now the Pachanga has to go.
 
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