> Thanks to a long time friend of mine I was recently left some funds from
> an estate.
> boat. Please help what should I buy
It is tough to determine without knowing where you boat (offshore?),
what you want to do with it or what price range.
Just tooling around in Mercedes quality ride but not fast enough to blow
your hair off and alot of $$, go with Formula. They are heavy, smooth
riding, top quality boats and are priced accordingly. You want to mess
around in some chop, Fountain, Wellcraft Scarab, Donzi- (the older the
better). If you want a top shelf offshore ride, see Apache, Cigarette,
Hustler and Velocity. My personal pick would be a late model or new 26'
Velocity with 502. All these manufacturers have at least one model in
the size range you specify.
(You mentioned Baja, It may be an awsome lake or inshore boat, but the 3
that I know either broke (hull) or ride so sloppy in chop, owners can't
wait to get rid of them. The 24' Outlaw (IMO) seems to have the best
performance in chop, but nothing compared to the heavier performance
oriented manufacturers mentioned above.)