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    Advise for buying 1986 38' Holiday Mansion coastal barracuda

    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

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    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.
    Last edited by OLD HOUSEBOATER; 09-28-2015 at 07:53 AM.
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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    Thanks. No air conditioning. What do you think of roof top units compared to other types?

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    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?
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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    No generator. Going for sea trial this morning. Hydraulic steering and 1998 mercs 5.7 with throttle body injection. Thoughts on throttle body?

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    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.

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    After a good sea trial I bought the holiday mansion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph View Post
    After a good sea trial I bought the holiday mansion.
    Congratulations!!!!

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    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.
    Last edited by stp012; 10-10-2015 at 12:11 PM.

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    Thanks for the congratulations, and I do have some questions for you
    stp012

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