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Boat Reviews By Owners

1978 -- 19' 0" CENTURY

Model: Arabian 200

Cockpit: This is a big cockpit for a 19 foot boat. The V drive setup allows the engine to be positioned about where an IO would be, and with the deep V there is no loss of deck space to the V drive components. Seating is ample for up to 8 people, and there is a large sunpad over the engine. With a teak swimstep accessed via the sunpad, she is a great watersport boat, for tubing, skiing, or just plain swimming.

Cabin: She's a runabout, with a covered bow and no cuddy. A forward ski locker was present, but is in the process of being removed to expand the under bow storage and access.

Construction: The hull is very solid, with a lot of glass in the keel and up to the chines. The gelcoat on the hull sides and top deck isn't as smooth as some of the newer boats, but overall her quality is great. For a 28 year old boat she holds up remarkably well, and has very few stress cracks in the typical areas. I'm also pretty impressed with the lack of dry rot in stringers, transom and flooring. A few small spots were found in one engine stringer during the rebuild, and that was all.

Handling: With her very deep bow and prounounced deep V aft, this boat takes rough water in stride. At only 19 feet she seems small, but I've had her in the San Joaquin and Rio Vista bay areas in a good blow, and she takes up to 2 foot chop with ease. Of course she doesn't take that kind of chop at 30 knots, but she loves it at 20 to 25.

Engine Room: Completely rebuilt 454 Big block Chevy with Borg Warner 800 series V drive and Velvet drive trans. This much power makes the boat very fast, in excess of 50 mph with ease. At a normal cruise/ski speed of around 30 mph she is loafing, and the secondaries on the spread bore Rochester aren't even open. Pros for this much power are no significant strain on the engine ever. Cons are it's very heavy, and makes the transom ride lower than I would like. If I were to repower I would go with a late model small block and same drive system. The V drive is smooth as silk, and the velvet drive shifts much better than any IO I've ever run.

General Comments: I use her for mostly cruising and some salmon fishing in the fall. Too old to ski anymore, but I love being on the water, and she is easy to handle singly or with a crew. She is best suited to lakes and river areas, but can handle big water when necessary.

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Date Submitted: 2006-08-25

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