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has anyone ever heard of Javelin bass boats? i have never heard of the manufacturer. how are their boats? there is a pretty good deal on one locally and i wanna know what these boats are like.

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I have one. They were part of the OMC group before the bankrupcy deal along with Hydrosports and Stratos. The Hydrosports and Javelin bass boats were built in the same factory in Murfreesboro, Tenn. They were the package deal models which included the outboard motor, trolling motor and trailer. There are lots of them still around especially on North Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee.

I have the 1993 17'9" model called 379T with a 150 Fastsrike engine. It is one of the better riding rough water hulls. The earlier hulls of that size were not as good riding-I had one of those too. The 18'9" size model 389 held the speed record in some catagory for a while, it is rated for 175 HP.

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It's not a good buy until you take the cover off and look at the boat, and have the motor checked.  The OMC bass hulls were some of the best riding hulls made.  I never rode in one, Javelin, Stratos, or Hydra-Sports, that I didn't like.  If every thing checks out, jump on it.  There are still places that have pelnty of parts, seats, windshields, etc. available, so parts shouldn't be a big consideration.

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I have an 1989 Javelin 285 F/S, 18' 0'' powered by a 150 Evinrude.  I like the ride.  If you can take it to a marine mechanic, and he gives it the thumbs up, I'd say its a good deal.

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cool!

what kind of vehicle would it take to tow something like this? we have a 2000 nissan fronteir (v4) front wheel drive, and a 2008 hyundai tuscon (v6) front wheel drive. neither have a tow hitch that is attached to the frame, its just the kind that attatch to the bumber.

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I would think both of your vehicles are on the edge of safe towing. If the trailer has brakes you're in better shape, but I wouldn't want to tow far or up and down hills with either truck. You will need a real hitch (I believe a class 2, but I'm not sure), a transmission cooler, and possibly an oil cooler. I know you're looking at close to 3000 to 3500 lbs, boat, motor, trailer, batteries, fuel, equipment, etc. If a new truck wasn't in your future plans, you might want to keep looking for a boat.. On the bright side, the price of used trucks and SUV's are falling fast, and you might be able to pick up a used truck real cheap to go along with the boat.

 Just took another look at the ad.  The trailer is new and not a Javelin trailer.  It looks like the boat sits high on the trailer (no "drop axle") and might be a difficult launch.  It also looks like it doesn't have good steps on the fenders, which would make the boat almost impossible to get into.

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Hehe. That Tuscon would do it great, but if you drop that boat on the bumper you're going to have quite a repair bill. That's a lot of weight and you need to put a real hitch on the car. It isn't a tough thing to do. You might be able to get away without the trans cooler on the V6, but if you're in the hills you definitely need one.

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This new (I know 12years old), all of those extras, I think you will be happy with that boat.  This is also assuming that everything under the canopy is in spec.  I imagine this boat would go 7500 in my area, just to give you an idea.  Anyway good luck and keep us posted.

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I have a '94 Javelin 409 20' 3" with a 200HP Johnson Venom.  I have had the boat for about a year and have been very impressed with the ride.  It handles rough water pretty well and will get down the lake in a hurry.  If the boat and motor are in good shape, you won't be disappointed.

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Check the manufacture of your vechiles they are all rated for max towing. Those 389 were light boats proably 3000lbs. The closer you get to this number the harder to tow.

Garnet

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I have been in an 16 foot javelin. Don't know what year I broke the trolling motor, and when we would turn the prop would come out of the water. personally I hate them. Save your money and go buy a ranger

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