After 10 years of dreaming, 2 years of sharking the classifieds, and a month of serious looking I found the boat I want to buy. It's a 2006 Champion 198 Elite with a Merc 225 Pro XS. The boat is located in Missouri.
Nico and I are going to be driving out Wednesday to pick her up and bring her home. The out of state transaction is pretty complex but I have a good feeling about things. I plan to do a full writeup on the out of state boat buying process when I get back (after I sleep for an entire day).
Here's a pic of the rig and some specs. Wish us luck!
2006 Champion 198 Elite Mercury Optimax 225 ProXS - 118 hours Motor warranty until 4/11 24v Minn Kota 80lb, lift assist Rod Organizer (left compartment) Hamby's keel guard LMS 520 front and back Champion boat cover 3-bank charger Flasher in dash Manual 10" jack plate Swing away tongue / tandem axle