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JTAlberts
09-20-2012, 09:25 AM
A friend of mine is looking for some larger Kings Craft houseboats. I have found that there are some of the larger boats with the Chrysler 318s. How well do these boats perform? Are they pretty much dogs? I know you aren't looking for the boat to ski behind, but when traveling a decent cruising speed would be nice.

Fred Waterhouse
09-20-2012, 02:00 PM
We have a Kings Craft located on Kentucky Lake, 44' but we have the MercCruisers if he is interested ours is for sale. 636 458 3662

pirate
09-20-2012, 02:40 PM
The boat actually does well with 318s. I know a fellow who took out the 318s and put in 440s but only got another 8 mph. He got to 31 mph, 23 with the 318s. This was with a slick bottom

OLD HOUSEBOATER
09-20-2012, 07:29 PM
You can ski behind a 44 with 318s

Ed K
09-21-2012, 07:55 AM
My 44 with twin 318s tops out at about 22 MPH

GoVols
09-21-2012, 08:02 AM
A neighbor of mine is considering selling his '98 Admiral 522 in order to get a larger houseboat. He's only owened it for 1 year and replaced all the flooring. I know he has 2-V8s, but not sure which ones.

KC55
09-21-2012, 07:16 PM
If he is up in your area, I don't know of any Kingscrafts there... but if he is near Minn/StPaul have him look at Craigslist there. :cool: I have been looking really hard. I am far away from there, or I would keep this to myself. I wish him luck- I LOVE the 55'ers

KC55

JTAlberts
09-21-2012, 08:56 PM
If he is up in your area, I don't know of any Kingscrafts there... but if he is near Minn/StPaul have him look at Craigslist there. :cool: I have been looking really hard. I am far away from there, or I would keep this to myself. I wish him luck- I LOVE the 55'ers

KC55

Where are you from KC?

KC55
09-22-2012, 02:32 AM
JT

I am from Indiana. Had I known you were going to be at Lake Monroe a few weeks back I would have tried to arrange arranged to meet you! We have looked at several boats there. As a matter of fact, when I was in high school (a few years ago :rolleyes: ) we had a small runabout there. I water skied every chance I had and really love that lake. My Mom is still living and only lives a half-hour from there.

KC55
Patiently waiting to close on our boat

JTAlberts
09-23-2012, 03:45 PM
JT

I am from Indiana. Had I known you were going to be at Lake Monroe a few weeks back I would have tried to arrange arranged to meet you! We have looked at several boats there. As a matter of fact, when I was in high school (a few years ago :rolleyes: ) we had a small runabout there. I water skied every chance I had and really love that lake. My Mom is still living and only lives a half-hour from there.

KC55
Patiently waiting to close on our boat

Where in Indiana? I was born in Bedford.

Stmbtwle
09-23-2012, 03:52 PM
I dunno about those particular boats but IMO houseboats are about comfort, NOT speed. If I want to go fast I'll buy a boat designed accordingly.

Fork-lift-king
09-24-2012, 01:02 PM
Kinda like women.

42gibson
09-25-2012, 08:06 AM
i have a friend with 302 fords in his 55 kingscraft and is very satisfied with them. jamie, there is a 55 kingscraft on barron lake in ky for sale. we looked at it this summer. it has 454's with 500 hours and a new generator with warranty left. he's asking 45,000 but is open to offers. we didnt buy it because we couldnt find a dock for it.if you need more info gimme a call.

JTAlberts
09-25-2012, 09:07 AM
i have a friend with 302 fords in his 55 kingscraft and is very satisfied with them. jamie, there is a 55 kingscraft on barron lake in ky for sale. we looked at it this summer. it has 454's with 500 hours and a new generator with warranty left. he's asking 45,000 but is open to offers. we didnt buy it because we couldnt find a dock for it.if you need more info gimme a call.

I think I have seen that one on craigslist. I wasn't impressed with the finish job on the Glendenning controls. I imagine that thing would drink the gas pretty quickly.