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weekend warrior
04-21-2006, 07:06 PM
Any opinions on Aquasport boats??????

;?


Grady232
04-21-2006, 07:10 PM
Well, they've been yanked from the market by Genmar. That is the MFG's opinion of the brand. That should be all of the "opinions" that you need.

It was for me...

greyg8r
04-21-2006, 07:14 PM
Sounds like that was a business decision. My only experience with Aquasports is the 30 - 40 hours I have spent on my buddy's Aquasport 250 WA with hardtop and 140 Johnsons. It doesn't have much deadrise, like my Grady, but is stable and appears to me to be a sturdy, well-built boat.


billh1963
04-21-2006, 07:20 PM
Grady232 - 4/21/2006 7:10 PM

Well, they've been yanked from the market by Genmar. That is the MFG's opinion of the brand. That should be all of the "opinions" that you need.

It was for me...

I'm not sure that being "yanked from the market" means anything at all other than Genmar owns too many brands and put Aquasport on hold to decide how to differentiate it in the market place.

Aquasport had a long history of building good solid boats. They were one of the first mass producers of the center console as we know them today and rumor is that the 19-6 hull was used to mold the Shamrock 20's (identical lines).

I own one now that I am restoring and have been on many over the years. They are good solid boats. Study the history and you'll find they were first to market on many innovative ideas that are taken for "standard" these days.

Grady232
04-21-2006, 08:16 PM
billh1963 - 4/21/2006 7:20 PM

Aquasport had a long history of building good solid boats. They were one of the first mass producers of the center console as we know them today and rumor is that the 19-6 hull was used to mold the Shamrock 20's (identical lines).






Yeah, all that history stuff is great to read about, but it doesn't mean jack about "today's" Aquasport's.

Only the name lives on, not the initial quality (history) of the product from the 70's. Well, actually, the name doesn't live on (anymore).

Genmar took care of that...

billh1963
04-21-2006, 08:36 PM
Grady232 - 4/21/2006 8:16 PM
Yeah, all that history stuff is great to read about, but it doesn't mean jack about "today's" Aquasport's.

Only the name lives on, not the initial quality (history) of the product from the 70's. Well, actually, the name doesn't live on (anymore).

Genmar took care of that...

Unfortunately, that is true about many brands these days... Mako, Seacraft, and some even complain about Grady-White!

Thank goodness Boston Whaler makes a perfect product ;)

jethro1
04-21-2006, 08:39 PM
Well I have had one for seven plus years now and as far as I am concerned it is a fine boat. Wasn't as much money as a lot of others but it seems to do the job they do and it is holding up well. It is only 21 plus feet and will beat you up with any speed in four plus foot gulf coast seas but what 21' boat won't? None that I have been on anyway.

If I were you I would rephrase the question to something like "can any current or previous owners of Aquasport boats give me your opinions"? Posters on this and other message boards are quick to offer opinions that may or may not be based on any facts. Did I tell you that I have a cousin that worked with a man that was a friend of a dealer that knew a customer that heard how awful (insert boat brand here) are?

capemaychef
04-21-2006, 09:33 PM
Growing up we had a 20' mid 1980's Aquasport CC, now I am no boat dealer or know it all about boats, but I will tell you this, that boat handled everything from a flat day to a 6+ day outfront, the 6+ day wasn't fun but it did in fact take care of us, and brought us home. The capt(my dad) had more to do with that I believe, but anyway for the sake of these boats names, and the bashing they get for the late 90's version, it doesnt do the older models any justice. If I were to come across another mid 80's CC in decent condition I would pick it up, they are a tank. Just my opinion.

ancient angler
04-21-2006, 10:41 PM
I have two. A 1977 center console thats sitting in a garage passed on to me by my dad, and a 2002 205 osprey. I've been very happy. And quite frankly i dont have anything to complain about.

ChillOutfishing
04-21-2006, 11:07 PM
I had two friends with 17 Aqua, early 80’s and a 1990 models, both were happy and used them for many years. IMHO they did make a great boat equal or slightly less than the old Mako’s. And look at what happened to Mako now!

165Striper
04-21-2006, 11:20 PM
I'm afraid mine's the oddity, but it hasn't let me down yet. We've got the oddity, a '98 165 Striper, that we've owned for about 1 year. I guess you could call it a tiny CC bay boat with REALLY short sides. The ride is rarely dry ride (especially in the "no wake zone" where others don't feel it means them, but that's a nother thrtremmead), but she's solid and safe. There is always a trade off for cost. The wiring looks like it was run by a blind drunk with the shakes. Some of the hardware is average quality, but the hinges, bow rail, and cleats are top notch. Fit and finish aren't perfect, but everything works without looking like junk or tearing itself up just from opening hatches and such. The deck is wood core and is starting to show some age, but it is also an 8 yo boat that has not been a garage queen.

If I was in the market for a new (to me) boat, I would consider an Aquasport if there was a layout that fit my needs and tastes.

SCAngler
04-22-2006, 08:06 AM
genmar is reconfiguiring the aquasport & should be back out in the next year or 2. even the newr aquasports were very solid boat

jbigwater
04-22-2006, 08:13 AM
I have a 225 2004 Explorer. I really like mine, huge cockpit for fishing. I really like the styling of the boat with the forward cabin. Plenty of seating for the family while cruising and a nice little cabin the kids can go down and play in. The deadrise is low so you will hit and big chop rough, however the stability is nice. It all depends what you are looking for in a boat. I paid 34k new with a trailer and a 4 stroke 200 hp Johnson. A Whaler or Gradyy or any other WA that size would have been significantly more.

BTW - Genmar pulled the Aquasport brand because of the internal competition with Wellcraft. Apparently it cost more to build the Aquasport than the Wellcraft but they were sold at similar prices. The Aquasport will be reintroduced in 2007. This is what a dealer told me.
Good Luck!

KJS
04-22-2006, 08:28 AM
Genmar pulling the line, while interesting, doesn't really matter a hill of beans about the quality or functionability of the boat. Over the winter I acquired a 1986 Osprey. I haven't put her in the drink yet but I really like the layout. One item to watch when getting an Aquasport is the cap on the transom. On mine the fiberglass is cracked where the cap joins to the core so I will fix that before I use her. Look closely at this spot, because I have seen this crack on many Aquasports.

parnine
04-22-2006, 09:21 AM
If you do some research - other than listen to people on this board (some of which I would seriously question their foundation for their opinion - such as Grady232) I believe you will find Aquasports to be very well made 'mid-range boats' and priced accordingly and fairly. Also look around and see how many old Aquasports there are, for a 'low production' boat (compared to pro-line, grady, boston, etc.) you'll find lots or a 'high percentage still in use compared to total built for that year'.

I've owned a 215DC model since 1997. (same hull as all 20'r from 97-01? I think and same hull design as the similar wellcraft models for the years) Wellcraft used to 'copy the hull design' and 'mass produce with less fit and finish' the same Aquasport hulls. Different tops of course.

The 215DC is a good 'family/fishing' boat if that is your market and the 215 CC is a nice fishing model. The hull is VERY solid and will last years.

weekend warrior
04-22-2006, 09:37 AM
Thanks guys for all of the feedback...........both positive and negative. I am looking at a 1998 245 Osprey that has been kept in dry storage on a rack since new. I really like the room and it looks very fishable. I hate to get rid of my Cape Horn, but I need more room and more storage and the 245 looks like it fits the bill. The big plus is that the boat was bought new by the current owner and he has kept it like new....and he only lives a few miles away. I think I'm gonna get moving on selling the Cape Horn. Thanks again!

kd

:thumbsup:

amr72
04-22-2006, 10:53 AM
The notion that Aquasports were discontinued because of quality issues is actually the opposite of the truth. In fact Aquasports were simply too good a deal for the consumer so that Genmar wasn't making enough money on the line. They were being marketed and priced as somewhat of a less expensive Wellcraft, but they were costing Genmar jut as much to make as the Wellcrafts. They are not a top-tier boat, but they are solid mid-tier, well-built, reliable boats. When they are reintroduced they will truly be an economy line, probably akin to the Sea Boss line of Sea Pro boats.

freespirit1
04-22-2006, 11:18 AM
I have an Aquasport 02 250 explorer. I had an opportunity to buy a friends grady 24 offshore but decided not to because of plastic thru hulls, and the fact that the grady drive accually seperated from the hull by about a 1/4 inch as we rode over waves under power. I was absolutly shocked when I saw that. The 25 foot aquasport performs very well with single 225. Is rock solid at drift and has more cockpit than most any 25 footer.

I would beware of comments from Grady owners.

tubbyama
04-22-2006, 01:02 PM
I had a 1997 Aquasport Striper. I would not buy another Aquasport. After a 2 mile run in heavy seas, the deck separated from the hull. Starting from the bow, 1/2 way to the stern. All the screws that held the hull to deck came out. The joint is held only by self tapping screws and putty, not adhesive. Otherwise it was a fun boat and rode well, but I have learned if you use a boat alot, it pays to buy top tier.

reelapeelin
04-22-2006, 01:14 PM
It depends on size, year and other things you didn't mention in your question...what size, year, what ya gonna use it for...as mentioned some of the older A S hulls were widely used and developed quite a following, while the newer ones weren't as popular and were dropped...

Tubby
04-22-2006, 03:11 PM
I own the 205 osprey tournament edition. This is a rock solid boat. The hulls have very similiar dimensions to the hydrasports. The dealer told me the aquasport and hydrasport are so close they are redoing the line will be back out in a few years. This boat has a 19 degree deadrise and has taken care of me up to 50 offshore and everything the bay can throw at me. If you talk in terms of gold and silver the aqua is silver the hydra gold. Good boats....I saw my friends grady develop soft spots in the rear deck and rot out anything can happen to any boat take care of it and it will treat you good...

Jonb
04-22-2006, 08:31 PM
I had a 2004 osprey, tournament package, and really liked it. The truth is though that it had problems. An intake for the live well (plastic) was over tightened at the factory, broke, leaked and burned out the bilge pump. This had disasterous consequences and cost a fortune to have a lot of pumps replaced. Also the electronics overwhelemed the circuit and everything shorted out the first trip out, with wife and my 2 small boys onboard. All of the problems were easily repaird by a good boat mechanic. I moved up in workmanship and bought a Stamas. Bottom line: The aquasport is fine IF you have boating experience, know what to look for, can trouble-shoot mechanical problems and like that sort of thing. Its not a great choice if your a novice. BTW, the guy I sold the Osprey to absolutely loves it. Ignore the Grady owner that posted the first response. Obnoxious comments from a snob. Hard strikes!

stamas 31 express 225 yamas

aquasport 22 cc 200 yama - sold

t_bare
04-25-2006, 11:05 PM
freespirit1 - 4/22/2006 12:18 PM



I would beware of comments from Grady owners.

GreyG8r said nice things about mine, Grady owners aren't all bad ;)

t_bare

4wheeler
04-26-2006, 08:09 AM
I've got a 2004, 205 Osprey Tournament Edition. The only thing I don't like about the boat are the in floor fishboxes which do NOT self drain, they have to be pumped out, a pain.

The boat has been rock solid. I've only had very minor problems after purchasing new, I think that would be expected from ALL boats.

Good luck with your purchase.

ki jim
04-26-2006, 08:19 AM
My brother had a 1980 22 foot center console. Rand the he!! out of it. boat held up well. No complaints or issues over 24 years of heavy, rugged use.

Tailgunner
04-26-2006, 11:19 AM
I know you were asking about newer Aquasports but I have to say this, I have a 1973 222 and I use it EVERY day all summer long. My only complaint has to do with the previous owner and not the boat.

As far as new boats it's funny that you want to sell your Cape Horn. It's one of the new CC boats I like.

nsvencer
04-26-2006, 11:47 AM
FWIW- Just bought a 165 '96 striper and have only had it out twice. Both times it ran great and for a 16 foot boat I thought it was SURPRISINGLY dry. I mean, its 16 feet long. You're supposed to get wet in those, yet in the 1-2 ft chop on top of 3-4' swells it ran dry as a bone while at speed. Slow it off plane, you'll get wet... Boat seems to me to be well built and I'm very happy so far.

Door#3
04-26-2006, 12:40 PM
I have a 2002 Aquasport 215 DC. I like the boat and it has caused me very little trouble. That being said, I just rented a 21ft Cape Horn in FL, and was quite impressed. To me the Cape Horn has a much more solid ride than my Aquasport. So, nothing wrong with Aquasport, but, you might be taking a step down compared to a Cape Horn.

petersr2
04-26-2006, 01:28 PM
I like my aquasport. Saying that I am one of those people that is always looking to improve and redesign something, so this boat is perfect for me:
as I have rerouted the fishbox plumbing to allow the area outside of the stringers to drain properly into the bilge.

added drain plugs in the fishboxes, so I have to option to drain boxes into the bilge

rewired many components on the boat.

I guess I did not need to do any of these things but I enjoy this type of work.
If you are not a tinker, buy a higher end boat that takes care of some of these issues, (but I bet there is something about all boats (high, middle, low) that the owner probably would have done differently).

kf08655
04-26-2006, 01:49 PM
I purchased a 2005 250 explorer leftover. I have used it only a hand full of time but I really love it. Built solid and the cockpit is huge. My favorite thing about it is the nice enclosure that allows for me to fish I April in the GREAT SOUTH BAY(NY). Its my first boat so maybe I'm not the guy that you should listen to.

freespirit1
04-26-2006, 01:52 PM
I installed a drain from my fishbox to the bildge also. The pumpout would not be bad if it would just get that last 2 inchs of fish slim out.

Pinchincrab
04-26-2006, 08:10 PM
Mine is still very solid after many, many years of service. GREAT boat.

eddieg
04-26-2006, 08:13 PM
Love my 1983 20' walkaroud!! 3 engins later!!! Awsome, Reliable, Safe Ed

sbra27
04-27-2006, 02:35 AM
I have a 2000 205 Osprey and love it, great boat. The only thing I dislike is the drainage system. In the storage compartment below my CC, the drain is about 2" from the floor which prevents it from fully draining. I was wondering if you have come up with a solution for this yet in all your tinkering. Also could you explain how to drain the fish boxes into the bilge? Is it as easy as disconnecting the hose from the pump, or did you have to modify this another way? Thanks

freespirit1
04-27-2006, 08:50 AM
I drilled about a 1 inch hole in the lowest part of the fish box. Then installed a screw in plug. It then drains into the bilge. Of course I will only do this when she is on her trailer, and being stored. At first I was very concerned about the water in the box freezing and busting the box. However that was never a problem.

petersr2
04-27-2006, 10:44 AM
That is what I did as well. I wrote up an post, probably a year ago or more ago, on rerouting the drainage of the area outside the stringers along with diagrams for my boat. DO a search, probably with my user name to get this post.

petersr2
04-27-2006, 10:46 AM
also, my boat has never been completely dry in the bilge area while in the water. I think I have a leak at the bait well, but I will not be able to dignose this until I get the planned access hatch cut, due to very limited access to the baitwell plumbing.

sbra27
04-27-2006, 08:01 PM
Thanks for the help, I will give it a try.

Bolander
04-27-2006, 08:17 PM
I love the boats but when I was at the providence boat show looking at the 210 there was a large amount of water pooled in both the port and starboard aft sections of the bilge. Do these boats have a drainage problem? bad pump placement?

sbra27
04-27-2006, 09:45 PM
Never had a problem with the bilge draining, just the storage bins and fish boxes. In the case of the 205 Osprey, it is just a matter of my drain holes not being flush with the bottom of the boxes.

Grady White
04-28-2006, 06:45 AM
My brother has a 70's Aquasports 17 footer and loves it. Yes he has done work to her but being that it is is 70's boat that is to be expected.

Me I would buy a Aquasport if it were offered for the right price and not look back. Personally I like the Explorer 215. I love the table that is offered, now if only they had a second bunk set up under the helm I would buy it in a heart beat. That cabin just is not big enough for 2 adults and 2 smal kids. However if they added a 'under the helm' bed set up it would be my perfect boat.

TheHullTruth
04-28-2006, 01:41 PM
Aquasport

4RodsFishing
04-28-2006, 02:31 PM
I have a '01 A.S. 215 Explorer walk around cuddy and it has been a great boat! My family and friends have really enjoyed this boat. I have taken it 30 miles off shore and has been able to handle 4' waves with no problems, these boats are built solid. There has been a few times when we were caught in bad weather, the kids were kept dry and safe in the cuddy. The wife and I put up the bad weather curtains which kept us dry. If the wife and kids have to use the restroom at least there is the cuddy for privacy. Everyone knows that when the wife is happy everyone is happy. The A.S. boat use every part of the boat for storage and comfort which other boats do not. I would gladly purchase another A. S. boat without thinking twice about it.

petersr2
04-28-2006, 02:47 PM
in my case I would say it was bad design since the fishbox hoses go through the stringers and were sealed, so water from the outside area of the stringers could not drain. Soultion was to reroute these hoses and use the hole where the original hose went through as a drain. Works great. The best soultion, and I have not done this yet, is to have a seperate macerator for each fishbox, mount this in the area outside the stringers and cut a new drain hole on the port side (or which ever side does not already have a drain hole, so you do not have to run the hoses into the bilge area.

petersr2
04-28-2006, 02:48 PM
and my bilge drains fine, when on the trailer. I just always have some water (2 in) in the bilge when it is in the water.

4RodsFishing
04-28-2006, 02:56 PM
boat is on the trailer and tilted up. I have very little water left in the fish boxes but after I wash the boat I usually get the shop vac to pick up any amount of water left. Like in the cuddy where the table pole goes and fish box.

petersr2
04-28-2006, 03:02 PM
I also use a shop vac, if I am going to be storing for more than a week. In the summer, I usually don't worry about it, of course my boat is kept inside when not in use.

TheHullTruth
04-28-2006, 03:34 PM
More Aquasport Threads below:

http://www.thehulltruth.com/search/query.asp?fid=0&action=search&searchforumid=all&keywords=aquasport&mode=1&subjects=1&author=&collapsethreads=1&datemode=1&days=31&custom-start=&custom-end=

markm0369
08-05-2006, 09:40 PM
not that this thread is all that current, but what ive found (due to the fact im in the process of purchasing one ) is the aquasport 215 sport. discontinued in 05 is the same boat (almost exactly) as the 06 well craft 220 sportsman. in my opinion the aquasport was a better value under that brand. Do some research and climb over some boats but as far as the grady guys comment, at least some of the aquasports are still bieng made, just wearing a wellcraft name now. sort of like the yammerc 4 stroke (whats in a name)

superstriper
08-05-2006, 11:33 PM
i have a 215 explorer, for sale. check your e-mail and it is listed in the boats for sale forum as well.

GTRFAN101
06-26-2009, 07:07 PM
i have a 20 ft with a 115 its a great boat, u can run the flats and itll take you 10 miles off

ShokLaRok
07-15-2009, 08:31 PM
Wow, seems as though Grady232 is just a judgmental 'ole cuss who doesn't know much about boating. The prior posters are right... Aquasport is a fine boat with a fantastic history and, most likely, a even brighter future.

I've had two Aquasports and they ran quite well for a LONG time.

Wayne Red Fish
10-13-2009, 05:03 PM
I've owned my 1972 17ft Aquasport since 1974. That's over 35 years. Every fall I would acid the hull down, because of all of the years of maintenance the gell coat is getting a little thin in spots. Other than that, the older boats are GREAT! Zero other problems regarding the hull. Boat still looks brand new. Have upgraded by putting in louvered teak doors on the console. Still have all the original Aquasport letters riveted to the side off the hull. Don't have a clue about the newer boats. But the resins used back in the early 70's were far superior and laid on a lot thicker. Go with old.

mcr7478
10-13-2009, 05:24 PM
I have a '97 21.5 dual console that I am in the process of repowering. I thought long and hard about the expense of putting another motor on a '97 boat but in the long run I couldn't think of another boat I would rather own. It is a great fishing boat and a great family boat. I challenge you to find another 21' boat with more fishing room in the back. I think it rides as good or better than a lot of the 23' boats I have been on and is a lot dryer in my experience....

jethro1
10-13-2009, 06:18 PM
in my case I would say it was bad design since the fishbox hoses go through the stringers and were sealed, so water from the outside area of the stringers could not drain. Soultion was to reroute these hoses and use the hole where the original hose went through as a drain. Works great. The best soultion, and I have not done this yet, is to have a seperate macerator for each fishbox, mount this in the area outside the stringers and cut a new drain hole on the port side (or which ever side does not already have a drain hole, so you do not have to run the hoses into the bilge area.

What year and model are you speaking of?

Marsh Mallowe
10-13-2009, 08:45 PM
I've got nothing but great things to say about mine. Hull is completely original, no structural restorations, solid floor and transom. Planes out with very little horsepower (I used to run a 90hp on mine), runs skinny, drafts less than a foot, and I've had mine over 50miles offshore (it was a good day, to be fair). Great boat that's relatively cheap to own and operate. I've also heard good things about the newer Aquas.

bumster
10-30-2009, 06:57 PM
Ive got a 94 20' with a yamaha 150 and I love this boat. very few issues with it and I have beat the crap out of it more than once trying to get home. Used to live in West Palm and took it out Jupiter inlet many times . Got caught up at Hobe Sound once in 8 ft seas we got wet and boat took a pounding, I had more issues with the broken welds on the T-Top from that trip but not the boat itself

webeboats
10-30-2009, 07:09 PM
Built them from '94 to '00. Mechanical and electrical, mostly 225/250 Ospreys, but also 215s, 170s, 200s, and 225/250 Explorers.

There is an excellent site devoted to ASs. Just do a search, starting with "Classic"...if you get my drift...:thumbsup:

Mod 4,
Please don't ban me for this one. Didn't refererence or link a site directly, and am just trying to help...:)

Marcq
10-31-2009, 05:54 AM
Not sure about the newer models but these boats were build like tanks in the 70/80 , mine is a 170 1979 and it's still rock solid, I call it my little big boat
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww177/Marc1956/DSCN0586.jpg

Marc..

eddy2419
10-31-2009, 06:11 AM
This thread was started 3 years ago.

webeboats
10-31-2009, 10:36 AM
This thread was started 3 years ago.

Good things live long lives...

Aquasport 225
10-31-2009, 01:37 PM
As you can tell from my log in name-I owned a 2001 OSprey Aquasport 225 for about 6 years. IMHO the boats did everything I asked of it. Good layout for fishing. Solid mid range (price) boat. I would still have it if the 2001 Ficht motor wasn't such a piece of junk. Traded up when the motor got too expensive to repair.

TVBX
10-31-2009, 02:06 PM
I owned an '85 Osprey 20 until 3 years ago. The older models had some transom problems. Mine had a few srtess cracks but not below the water line. It never got saturated although others did.
I loved the boat. Build quality wasn't the best but it was good enough. It was used long and hard and is still going strong for it's new owner.

retrac
03-14-2010, 09:55 AM
the older aquasports were among the finest & strongest hulls made. the flat backs were designed by the same man who designed PT boats. i have a 1970 "osprey" does 49 mph with a 140 hp evenrude sport. the difference between a deep V hull & flat bottom are significant and should be understood before making comparisons. Genmar has effectively put aquasport out of business & genmear's quality is the one at issue. i also own a grady white 19' weekender, its quality is a joke compared to my aquasport!

retrac
03-14-2010, 10:00 AM
i've owned 2 boston whalers, they are the most over rated boats on the market! once the spider cracks open and the water seeps in they become incredibly heavy & consume gasoline like an alcoholic consumes alcohol. i wont be purchasing another!

eddy2419
03-14-2010, 11:33 AM
This thread was started 4 years ago.

seabob4
03-14-2010, 11:41 AM
This thread was started 4 years ago.

Maybe some folks get bored...

retrac,

You might want to try Classic Aquasport (http://www.classicaquasport.com/phpbb3/index.php)...

Captain AL
03-14-2010, 04:18 PM
we used to own a 25 foot cc from 97-99. The thing rode great for the boat it was, had a nice upper station and every bell and whistle you could put on a boat that size. Great ride but, the thing i hated about the boat was that it was verrry wet. We would go out in moderate 2-3 footers and have to where rain gear while running. If you dont mind getting wet, then go for it...Ours had twin 150 ocean runners on it, those motors made that bad boy cruise

seabob4
03-14-2010, 04:30 PM
we used to own a 25 foot cc from 97-99. The thing rode great for the boat it was, had a nice upper station and every bell and whistle you could put on a boat that size. Great ride but, the thing i hated about the boat was that it was verrry wet. We would go out in moderate 2-3 footers and have to where rain gear while running. If you dont mind getting wet, then go for it...Ours had twin 150 ocean runners on it, those motors made that bad boy cruise

Al,
Wasn't a 245 Osprey, was it? Forest Green Hull?

eddy2419
03-14-2010, 04:33 PM
Didn't the Aquasport line mimic the Wellcraft line for some time period? I had a 1998 WC and it was almost identical to the 21 AS. Seems the hull was the same but the liner was a tad different. Same console.

riverdawg
07-08-2010, 06:29 PM
Aquasport's are great boats. Awesome, solid fishing boats.

flounderpounder225
07-08-2010, 08:03 PM
Thanks guys for all of the feedback...........both positive and negative. I am looking at a 1998 245 Osprey that has been kept in dry storage on a rack since new. I really like the room and it looks very fishable. I hate to get rid of my Cape Horn, but I need more room and more storage and the 245 looks like it fits the bill. The big plus is that the boat was bought new by the current owner and he has kept it like new....and he only lives a few miles away. I think I'm gonna get moving on selling the Cape Horn. Thanks again!

kd

:thumbsup:

I just finished fixing up a 1997 245 Osprey, and repowering it with a 250 HPDI, awesome boat, heavy and solid... heavier than a comparable Grady.. and handles the gulf with ease. She's running mid 40's (MPH) with the 250. Tons of storage, check out classicaquasport.com gentleman on there called SeaBob4 helped build the boat your looking at. Chime in over there and get some opinions... you will love the Osprey.

Captain AL
07-08-2010, 10:14 PM
Al,
Wasn't a 245 Osprey, was it? Forest Green Hull?

Yes it was, had a bimini up front a a small upper station

seabob4
07-09-2010, 09:26 AM
Yes it was, had a bimini up front a a small upper station

We built 8 of those back in the day, the bitch was you really couldn't shift from the upper station using the Morse S controls. Our engineer (Todd Biddison) decided to run the controls in parallel rather than in series going back to transfer boxes.

How did your's run? She really needed electronic controls, but at that time Mather's Micro-commanders were about all that were available, and they were to pricey for that boat. Teleflex KE-4s hadn't come out yet...

And yes, I rigged that boat...

Captain AL
07-09-2010, 05:16 PM
We built 8 of those back in the day, the bitch was you really couldn't shift from the upper station using the Morse S controls. Our engineer (Todd Biddison) decided to run the controls in parallel rather than in series going back to transfer boxes.

How did your's run? She really needed electronic controls, but at that time Mather's Micro-commanders were about all that were available, and they were to pricey for that boat. Teleflex KE-4s hadn't come out yet...

And yes, I rigged that boat...

It ran great, loved the boat, took it to the keys several times from fort pierce. Only sold it cause at the time we bought into a partnership on a 46 post. The only thing we changed were the props. We wanted a little higher rpm on her so we propped her with a little less pitch. WOT we got 50 and cruised at whatever was driest.

....and yes, it was very hard to shift from up top, i think we had some work done to her to try to make things a little easier though.

smccall
09-26-2010, 08:41 AM
I've got a 1998 175 Osprey. Most excellent cc. Would recommend that boat highly. Have made several crossings from Ft. Lauderdale to Bimini in 2ft and 4 ft seas. I would not consider this a mid tier boat, especially due to its price compared to simular boats like Mako, Boston, Polars, and the likes. But don't just take my word. Google battle of the boats. Great article on which boat was the best and why.

smccall
09-26-2010, 08:50 AM
Just google aquasport 175. There is an article from boat magazine under centers of attention. A must read.

gmccloskey
09-27-2010, 06:01 PM
I have a 1997 245 Osprey Tournament Master and I love it. This is the second aquasport that I have owned. I had a 1997 175 osprey and that thing was awesome. I have a 2006 250hp Etech on my 245 and it moves. Both boats have done everything that i have asked. The bad news is that I need to sell the 245 because we are moving and will not be able to use it. I will be posting it soon once I get a chance to take some pictures.

Pete
09-27-2010, 07:36 PM
love mine!!;cool;

stapon251
09-27-2010, 11:23 PM
I have a 2003 225 Osprey that I fish off Vancouver Island. 2004 called it a 235. 200 OX66 and a 9.9 Yam 4 st. troller.
The boat is Azz heavy with 4 guys huddling in the back and it porpoises a bit even at full down tilt and some tab into a chop, and she pounds at anything over 2 feet at plus 25 MPH. A permatrim will be added this year. A 250 -300 would be better to hold plane at 15-18 MPH in the really rough stuff.
The fish box does not drain completely but, other than that she is great. 44MPH tops with an 18 in. Merc prop WOT calm ,and she has been seaworthy in Gale 6-8 footers short duration waves several times. Scary and wet,,but safe.
No cracks , no wiring issues and I would buy another.
It is not a Contender or a Regulator, but is better on the drift/slow troll than either, and I have no issues going 10 -20 mi. offshore in the wild Pacific.
I have been bidding EBAY for a 27-31 Contender or a 26 Glacier Bay, but it will take a very sweet deal on either for me to sell this Boat.
Maybe that is the true test. Excellent mid tier at a bargain price.

funsuncpl
10-01-2010, 07:41 AM
We're about to start a 78 - 22.2 FF rebuild through the winter.

malinovs
12-05-2010, 05:45 PM
I have a1997 215 Cudy and it smells like gas in cabin and the hull after ir is coversed for the night, but there is no gas or oil sheen in the water in the hull. Must be fumes? Any one else ever have this problem. Other then this its the best boat I have ever owned.

Necessary Evil
12-29-2010, 08:21 PM
Just bought a 1976 22.2 on ebay, I think :) It is either the screaming deal of the century, or I've bought another artificial reef; we will see...

bumster
12-29-2010, 09:07 PM
Just bought a 1976 22.2 on ebay, I think :) It is either the screaming deal of the century, or I've bought another artificial reef; we will see...

http://www.classicaquasport.com/
Classic Aquasport will be your best friend as you restore her

Necessary Evil
12-29-2010, 09:43 PM
Who said anything about restoring? I'm giving it to the wife for her "bang into things" boat. ;)

bumster
12-29-2010, 09:46 PM
Who said anything about restoring? I'm giving it to the wife for her "bang into things" boat. ;)

You let the wife play Captain? LOL :jk:

Necessary Evil
12-30-2010, 08:08 PM
Don't knock it 'til you've tried it... I think she will be named "DockBuster"

LongAshes
11-30-2013, 06:07 PM
There is no new boat in the under 25 class that can hold a candle to a restored Sea Craft, Pro-line, Aqua-sport, And my true love in the boat world the 233 Formula pre 1972. These boats re done will out run out fish and out class any new boat hands down.

LongAshes
11-30-2013, 06:27 PM
Look up Hammer head boat works in Tampa, Florida. the 22.2 and the 19.6 are bad asses.

100deltacharlie
11-30-2013, 07:41 PM
in the 70s my parents and I went from stuart florida to Hilton head and back in a 17 ft a-sport... and my parents went on so many long trips after that the miles cant be counted...I later bought a basket case 17 that we rebuilt and my son(now a 100 ton capt) wore it out..this is a brand that is very dear to me

redslayer069
11-30-2013, 07:56 PM
Rest in peace Aquasport Opinions : April 21, 2006 - August 6, 2006. Oops, I mean June 26, 2009 - Dec. 30, 2010. Wait it's still ALIVE!!!! I guess it's true, you just can't kill an aquasport or it's thread :rofl::rofl::rofl:.

Aquasportfisher
12-01-2013, 05:11 AM
Melissa001- where did you get that info? Genmar is no more. Rec Boat Holdings owns most of the Genmar brands.

capnJ
12-02-2013, 10:35 AM
Rest in peace Aquasport Opinions : April 21, 2006 - August 6, 2006. Oops, I mean June 26, 2009 - Dec. 30, 2010. Wait it's still ALIVE!!!! I guess it's true, you just can't kill an aquasport or it's thread :rofl::rofl::rofl:.

Yep them old AS are pretty tough

1986 290 Tournament Master

Mandalay1949
09-01-2014, 07:04 PM
This is an older chain, but after having owned several Grady's, a Mako, and in the early days (80's) a Wellcraft, I'm going to buy an Osprey (17').

You really can't write them off so flippantly, (and you're a Grady owner), for their size they were an excellent center console boat at one stage of their ownership and manufacture.



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