1998 Caravelle 188

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1998 Caravelle 188

Postby bunker108 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:20 pm

I am finally getting around to posting pictures here. Here is my 1998 Caravelle 188 with a 4.3GL Volvo Penta. We bought this last July from the 2nd owner and have had it on the water many times, mostly on Lake Powell. It is about the smallest boat I think you can get by with on that lake. The main channel get rough! This boat has been great so far. We load it up with camping gear and run 20 to 50 miles uplake to camp depending on where we set up. We have probably put over 400 miles on the boat just this year. It has a slow power steering pump leak, I have to replace the trim switch on the throttle, and I had to replace the fuel level sending unit and do a starter this year too. Other than that it has proven itself a very reliable little boat.
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Here is the boat this one replaced...1973 StarCraft SS and trailer I restored. It was just too small for my family on Lake Powell and the old Merc was proving to be problematic. It was a fun old boat and the project was fun...but that is also why I enjoy the Caravelle so much, not a project!
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Re: 1998 Caravelle 188

Postby dancaravelle267 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:05 pm

Nice boat! I have house boated twice on Powell as a teen and I can't wait to get back out there soon with my Caravelle.
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Re: 1998 Caravelle 188

Postby bunker108 » Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:44 pm

Thanks Dan! This is a Texas boat too. I bought it out of North Lake and drug it out west. This boat was originally purchased by Chuck Norris's brother...how cool is that?
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Re: 1998 Caravelle 188

Postby AndrewT » Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:03 am

Nice pictures,thanks for sharing.
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Re: 1998 Caravelle 188

Postby Irie Mon » Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:44 pm

Great pictures and on a great lake.

I have been on Powell twice also house boating. The first time we did not take our boat but the second time we pulled it out there from here in Southern Illinois. Took a total of around 24 hours of drive time. I love that lake but not sure I want to tackle that drive again.
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Re: 1998 Caravelle 188

Postby jwroberts76 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:21 pm

I have the exact same model and color but mine is a 1999. I'm the 4th owner and aside from a few battle scars the boat is in good shape. I'm curious, on your boat what color the carpet is in the center ski storage compartment? Mine was cheap black outdoor carpet and I think it might be a replacement. Anyway at some point fuel or oil got in that compartment and got on the carpet creating a horrible smell that wont go away so I replaced it. When I pulled the carpet out I found two different kinds of staples around the wooden edge of the compartment leading me to believe the original carpet has been replaced.
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Re: 1998 Caravelle 188

Postby HOT PURSUIT » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:48 am

GREAT pics and nice boat :mrgreen:

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Re: 1998 Caravelle 188

Postby BigB » Sat Apr 18, 2015 6:58 pm

Sweet! :beer:
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