New 217LS Owner in Oz

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New 217LS Owner in Oz

Postby Swerve » Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:58 am

Hey All,

Pretty excited as just bought a our new boat 2008 Caravelle 217 LS.

Last boat was a Quintrex 480 Freedom Sport which wasn’t happy with so now with a real boat !

Picking her up in a month or so, which isn’t bad as were in the middle of winter here is Oz. Boat has the 300hp and upgraded gearbox, binimi, docking lights, rear transom controls for the stereo, have also ordered GPS and depth sounder etc and a fresh water shower to be installed on the transom.

She was a ex demo with 19 hours but were getting a good deal, which were happy about J

Still undecided if we should get a wakeboard tower to mainly hold skis and boards etc. ?

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Postby RLS » Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:36 am

Good Lookin Boat, If you going to be wakeboarding and/or skiing I would go with the tower.
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Postby HOT PURSUIT » Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:47 am

Welcome here and CONGRATULATIONS on your new BABY :lol:
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Postby Swerve » Sun Jun 22, 2008 7:20 pm

Decided against the tower as that would be another $3500 dollars we dont really have. We were looking at the 196 but we have stretched a little further for this one.

Have done a fair amount of research on your forum and lotsa good info and you all seem like a great mob.

Looking forward to sharing boating tales once we receive it.

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Postby TX Redneck Boater » Sun Jun 22, 2008 10:16 pm

Swerve,

Welcome - I love Black Boat Boats - just too hot for em in Texas

Boat has the 300hp and upgraded gearbox


Educate me Sir - What is an "Upgraded" gearbox

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Postby Swerve » Sun Jun 22, 2008 10:31 pm

TX Redneck Boater wrote:Swerve,

Welcome - I love Black Boat Boats - just too hot for em in Texas


It's actually navy :wink:

TX Redneck Boater wrote:
Boat has the 300hp and upgraded gearbox


Educate me Sir - What is an "Upgraded" gearbox

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Unless the dealer spun me s*&t he said the gear box was a upgraded stronger model as I have the 300hp (350 MAG MPI) Have some notes somewhere saying its teh Bravo Leg ? Not to sure myself.
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Postby TX Redneck Boater » Sun Jun 22, 2008 10:40 pm

Swerve,

Got it the - I see the lower is a Bravo


And the Color is Beautiful - really looked Black to me at first glance but I can see the Navy Blue when I pay attention

After you get it and get out - Please take some pictures of the lake/ surrounding area - would love to see it Sir

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Postby Swerve » Sun Jun 22, 2008 10:46 pm

No problems with the photos. I'm a little gung ho with photos. Have a look at my other hobbie

http://www.rmp-o.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=634&start=0

I noticed there wa another 196 Owner in Southern Sydney as well. Will need to hook up with him later.

Might even get it in two weeks, problem is it is winter here Temp of 5 - 12 degrees. Water wind chill ? don't want to think about it :cry:
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Postby TX Redneck Boater » Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:59 pm

A Milk Crate for a seat, and a Gas Can for a fuel tank - Just brings a tear of joy to my eye :wink: :wink:


That is going to be one sweet ride when ya get it finished Sir :2cool:


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Postby sdk » Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:38 pm

Welcome to Club Caravelle!
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Postby ummgood » Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:01 am

TX Redneck Boater wrote:Welcome - I love Black Boat Boats - just too hot for em in Texas


haha I have a black boat and I don't think it makes a bit of difference here in Texas.
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Postby buyfire » Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:15 am

Caravelle must be doing some business in Australia. we've got a couple members from there now. cool.
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Postby Swerve » Tue Jun 24, 2008 6:45 pm

Yeah the dealer only started in Sydney last year (along with the distributor I asume).

The brand isnt well known here yet and if you look at used Caravelle's online they just don't exist yet !

www.boatpoint.com.au

We have looked at the normal competition like Bayliner, Sea Ray and just dont like there styling or feel.

Which reminds me in the July version of (Australia) Modern Boating my boat (yes my actual boat) is staring in the 217 LS Boat Review !!!

I picked up last months and ther was a Interceptor review.

Reading through the forum the best tip I can see so far is to not tow with the covers on, but also take the ski locker carpet off !!! other wise the studs pull through.

Candle wax is good to keep the studs easy to pull on/off. Not greasy or runs like WD40 or similiar.

Another week or so now for pickup, has moved forward all going well :P
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Postby singintheblue » Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:14 pm

Hey Swerve,
Welcome to the forum.
I can't wait to see some pics of that big thing on the water in Australia.
By then, it will be cold here and we will really appreciate your weather.
Good luck.
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Postby Poolman2234 » Fri Jun 27, 2008 7:23 pm

Hi Swerve.
I am the other owner in southern Sydney. I live in Illawong. I have had the 196 out a few times and love it. We can't wait for the warmer weather. We will have to go for a day on the Harbour and get some photos to make these yanks envious.
I had and have a few issues with the boat. Derek has been great with after sales service so I am now confident they will all be resolved.
I have had my TIG welder out and have made a bait board that bolts to existing holes on the swim platform but have not tried it out due to home projects. If I can figure out how to post photos I will.
Looking forward to summer.
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