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05-02-2012, 01:25 PM
Any owners out there that can share their ownership experience on a Deep Impact? I know a lot of folks like to make comments about the lines of the boat or about some of the exotic paint schemes, speakers, etc. but I am more interested in the quality of the product and the systems on it. Anyone have any first hand experience that can comment good bad or otherwise?
05-02-2012, 01:40 PM
I have a question first then statement. Have they done anything to the hull since 2006-2007?
If not then the 36 is a fast economical boat when it is nice. Put it in honest 3' gulf chop and wear a mouthpiece b/c it will beat the crap out of you and the boat. The one I fished on for 2 years sucked when the wind started to blow and you had a head or quartering sea. It was decent in a following if you played with the tabs. If you want something that hp to hp will compete with a fountain on the "family" kind of days this is your boat. If you fish alot and fish distance look elsewhere.
05-02-2012, 01:44 PM
Thanks for the info. Honestly not sure if changes have been made since the 06-07 model years but I will definitely inquire. How was fit/finish and did it hold up well?
05-02-2012, 01:52 PM
if you are looking used id probably look elsewhere. the new stuff ever since tim has gotten involved with the company looks very good. He has turned the inside to a nice 3 piece boat set up for fishing with every imaginable feature available and not half assed either. if you want a hatch or tackle put in he builds a mold with a recessed lip so its not just screwed on and sticking out. Components are top of the line and they are definately on the cutting edge when it comes to the latest and greatest electronics and features. The lines are not terrible if you see them on the water and from performance standpoint they seem to be pretty good. I personally have not been on one in the water running so can not tell you about the ride. But if you are serious about them i would call the factory and see what new stuff they have going on and you will be very impresed.
05-02-2012, 01:53 PM
It was finished at the time decent, i think they finish them alot better now that they know that people other than Dwayne Wade might try and buy their boats to fish. The boat held up ok, stress cracks in corners and channels that had sharp angles. Also from experience , coming in from the tug wreck at the middle grounds, in a head quarter sea 2-4 and choppy we averaged 18 kts thats it. Yes we could have gone faster but the T-top was about to come off. When we got in all but 4 welds on the top had major structural cracks. All in all not a bad boat , like many say hear just ugly with the top cap depending on color scheme. Some schemes transfer that cap line better but I would honestly sea-trial it on an "average" day offshore against something else.
05-02-2012, 05:31 PM
Judging by the location of the front step I was curious about how it would ride in certain conditions.
05-02-2012, 06:45 PM
Thanks for all the input, will sea trial in rougher conditions and measure up against the competition for sure. They claim they have a great, dry, solid ride and welcome a lengthy sea trial and then the sea trial of competitors boats. They are confident a buyer will come back to the Deep Impact. I like their confidence, not many manufacturers I have come across are as confident or forthcoming as DI is. I guess we will see, thanks again.
05-02-2012, 06:54 PM
everyone saying rough ride :rofl: . why is it that they are the only ones to show to race when the seas get big? Grove Slam !!
05-02-2012, 06:55 PM
Sea trial it in slop against a seavee or bonadeo
05-02-2012, 09:33 PM
Can't say first hand but theres a guy who always comes through my marina with a DI 36. Apparently it was the first, or at least one of the first ones made after Tim got involved. Spoke to him last summer and he didn't have a harsh word to say about it. Very fast, smooth, dry, etc. Great fit and finish and had a great experience working with the factory. He said he would buy another in a heartbeat.
05-03-2012, 07:33 AM
Great Info, keep it coming. Thanks.
05-03-2012, 07:46 AM
GTR96 I just looked at you Pm and will call you later. We fish a deep impact about 20 tournaments a year plus other fun trips and promos. That being said we run the boat hard and fish rough conditions. The fit and finish is amazing on these boats really top of their game. As for the ride not many can come close EATS a head sae and is VERY VERY dry. As far for a quartering sea she still rolls I posted a video a couple of weeks ago to show that. They would be glad to take you out on a snotty day and run it against any other boat in its class. There are a few people on here from the miami boat show that will say the same. The ride is amazing the fit and finish is great its an awsome boat..