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ralph
09-28-2015, 05:00 AM
Old Trojan house boater looking at a Holiday mansion. Repowered in 1998 with 5.7 mercs. Any pro's and con's on the coastal barracuda would be highly appreciated. Its been awhile since I have been on this forum,but glad to be back. Thanks Ralph

OLD HOUSEBOATER
09-28-2015, 06:50 AM
Look for soft spots in cabin corners, top, decks and around ALL windows, doors and hatches. Transom and stringers should get special scrutiny. Get a GOOD House Boat experienced surveyor.

ralph
09-28-2015, 11:57 PM
Thanks. No air conditioning. What do you think of roof top units compared to other types?

OLD HOUSEBOATER
09-29-2015, 07:42 AM
Actually Roof top units do a good job in open areas because cold air flows down. The cuddy areas suffer though. How big is the genny?

ralph
10-01-2015, 03:33 AM
No generator. Going for sea trial this morning. Hydraulic steering and 1998 mercs 5.7 with throttle body injection. Thoughts on throttle body?

BananaTom
10-01-2015, 04:49 PM
My Brother had a 36 foot HM. He had two Air Conditioners.

A roof top mount, and a water reverse system.

Man he could keep that boat 65 degrees, in July, in Pensacola, in the heat of the day, with 15 people inside.

ralph
10-06-2015, 07:18 PM
After a good sea trial I bought the holiday mansion.

BananaTom
10-07-2015, 05:27 PM
After a good sea trial I bought the holiday mansion.

Congratulations!!!!

stp012
10-10-2015, 10:56 AM
Congrats on your purchase.

I also have a 1986 Coastal Barracuda with 5.7 inboards which I've done quite a bit of work on. Don't hesitate to post more questions, I will do my best to answer them.

I'm not a big fan of the rooftop a/c unit on our boat. It's loud, takes up a lot of deck space on the already small deck of a Holiday Mansion, and requires a large hole to be cut through a balsa cored deck.

ralph
10-12-2015, 05:20 AM
Thanks for the congratulations, and I do have some questions for you
stp012