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Old 10-30-2013, 06:14 PM
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i will definitely let you know... Rag top, i added a Pro-fish 1000, Garmin 740s , Upgraded both baitwell pumps, added on board Battery charger too. I posted a pic a while back , but am learning how to make the pic smaller so i can post them. I will be going to the Ft Myers boat show next month and will sea trial the 251 then....Pull the trigger in mid-Jan or first of Feb.
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by the way mine DOES have trim tabs and the response is immediate..they are essential imho.
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Anyone know the cost of a 251 with 150s, trailer, and no electronics?
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Old 12-15-2013, 06:46 PM
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At the Ft Myers Boat show last month the 251 loaded up , No electronics, with trailer i got the following numbers......List PACKAGE w trailer.$$ 116923.00 Red Hot Show pricing $ 92,995
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I just joined the Hull Truth and am already amazed at the amount of criticism launched by members who don't have any personal experience on the hull or model they are trashing ... Amazing!

I rode on the Sportsman 247 Bay Boat today in the South Edisto River. The sea conditions were as nasty as any weekend warrior would care to be in. It was blowing out of the North / Northwest at 20 kts. The sea trial was on the outgoing tide - that matters tremendously here. This boat has a Yamaha 250 hp four stroke engine.

The boat performed extremely well. Having previously owned a Sea Pro 21' Bay Boat, the Sportsman is air superior is ride, handling and overall comfort. I tried to get wet and could not at any heading. The chop was 2' with 3' swells near the ocean entrance. The ride lasted 2.5 hours.

At 2000 rpm ... 14.5 kts
At 3000 rpm ... 21.5 kts
At 3500 rpm ... 24.5 kts
At 4200 rpm ... 33.0 kts
At 4800 rpm ... 39-40 kts
At 5700 rpm ... 46-48 kts

Again, the ride is what is impressed me the most. The boat is not trim tab sensitive which is nice because I have been on boats where the trim tabs could quickly ruin the ride. In this case the trim tabs added the necessary adjustments to compensate for sea state.

Once I get a better idea of fuel burn I will post an update.
Come on........this is a joke right....20knts out of the North in 2-3 and you couldnt get wet?
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If anyone is in the NY/NJ/CT area and wants to see the 251 Heritage in person, we have one here at the NYC show in Carolina Blue w/ twin F150's. Show pricing is right at $89,900. Here's the list of STANDARD items on the 251...

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Also check us out in Stone Harbor or Belmar New Jersey. Give us a call as well at 732-775-4515.
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I was at the Stuart Florida boat show this past weekend. The 25" Heritage with twin 150's was $87,900 and the 231 with a 200 was $52,900.
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Saw one of the new Sportsmans' at the local boat shop out front one day while I was picking up some parts and walked over to check it out. After walking around it a little bit the glass seemed a little thin and wavy and it had this "cheap" look to it. Not long for a salesman came out and right off the bat started telling me what a bullet proof boat it was and how great it rode in rough water and so on. I asked him how long he had his and he stated although he doesn't actually own one or been on one he knows plenty of guys who do and they all "love" them. He then asked me if I owned a boat and I said yes, I have a Contender, he replied, Oh, I see., told me to have a nice day and turned around and walked back inside. I guess he thought my contender wasn't worther of trade?
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I saw one at a place in morehead city nc today and jumped up here to get the scoop. Seems to be so new that there is not a real scoop on it. Does anyone know if they have any foam injection?
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Saw one of the new Sportsmans' at the local boat shop out front one day while I was picking up some parts and walked over to check it out. After walking around it a little bit the glass seemed a little thin and wavy and it had this "cheap" look to it. Not long for a salesman came out and right off the bat started telling me what a bullet proof boat it was and how great it rode in rough water and so on. I asked him how long he had his and he stated although he doesn't actually own one or been on one he knows plenty of guys who do and they all "love" them. He then asked me if I owned a boat and I said yes, I have a Contender, he replied, Oh, I see., told me to have a nice day and turned around and walked back inside. I guess he thought my contender wasn't worther of trade?
This is not to be meant as a bash because the Sportsman seem to be a nice boat, and come from a proven lineage.
They do have a few innovative touches which I thought to be quite nice ( speaking of their bayboat ), such as the running lights being integrated into the rubrail as well as the ease of bilge access the sump drain's.
Other than that, they seem to be copying a competitor.
Being a new boat manufacturer with tried and true bloodlines backing them, you would think that they would be way more innovative with their product.

I was told from a Sportsman dealer this evening as a matter of fact, that rather than hand laying the glass, they use a chopper gun,which could equate to the wavyness as well as the thin feel.
How true and whether or not it is a bad thing, I have no idea.

That being said, if anyone in the upper eschelon of Sportsman boat's would like to contact me, I have plenty of ideas with which to share in exchange for a demo.
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I personally have walked thru 3 plants here in Columbia, Charleston looking for THAT center console.(Tidewater, Sportsman, Sea Hunt) I can say that all are laid up using the same method. Chopper w/hand laid. Sportsman hands down leads the pack but @ 82K for the 251, my budget will go w/ the 25 Gamefish (Sea Hunt).
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It will be interesting to see where Sportsman is 10 years from now.
I am leery about the Sportsman just due to the fact that both owners of Sportsman were also owners of 2 very good and proven boat lines, yet both chose to walk away and start a new company albeit a few years later.
I have been on the Sportsman and they are nice, but some areas of the top cap could definitely use some re enforcing at least in their bay boat line.
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I was at the Stuart Florida boat show this past weekend. The 25" Heritage with twin 150's was $87,900 and the 231 with a 200 was $52,900.
Ditto for the 231 at the Raleigh boat show. Very similar price. I was hoping it would be similar to a Sea Hunt or Nautic Star. At least it made it easier to cross off my shortlist....

Its a nice boat but not sure if it is good enough to compete with Robolo, GW, Cobia, etc.
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I haven't been to a show in years. I went to the fred-burg show here in VA today, and the Sportsman 25 stunned me. Really nicely thought out and great fit/finish. Too pricey for me though, at 75K show pricing with an F250, it's not really shooting for the value market IMHO. At those prices I am comfortably in a larger used Grady or Mako, and ahead of the game IMHO.
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That Heritage 251 Platinum looks like a credible dual purpose boat. Beamy and that 155 gal fuel cap seems legit too.


* 25' 2"
* 9' 2"
* 400 HP
* 155 gallons
* 1 x 30 gallons w/ livewell pump
* 1 x 30 gallons
* 80 gallon fish box w/ macerator
* 21 degrees
* 4100 lbR2

How much does that one go for?
21 degree deadrise, what a shame....
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As far as C.C. I have ridden in Contenders,Regulators ect, and their ride is also terrible,very wet, they pound like a brick. My ride today in the 27 SH Gamefish was excellent overall. Sea Hunt is in my opinion, sort of underpriced and their quality is second to none,
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My 2 cents:

Sportsman is a line of boats for people who don't mind spending a few percent more for a product that is nicer. They do want to compete in the value market, i.e. Sea Hunt, Tidewater, Nautic Star, Sea Fox (lol) - but they refuse to cut corners to get down and dirty with their pricing.

I understand people who have owned a certain brand for a long time will have their own personal biases, and that's completely natural (I've always owned a Trophy, and shed a tear the day they were taken off the market, because IMO they were the BEST DAMN BOATS EVER!!!). But for a fresh unbiased eye, it's easy to see where Sportsman is a step ahead (of the value market). Which is why Sportsman has exploded in it's first 2 years. They just finished moving into a brand new facility last month, twice the size as the original.

My guess is that in 10 years they're one of the top manufacturers in the industry.
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Just left the AC boat show. The quality of these boats to me looks a lot nicer than when they came out 2 years ago. They had the 24 bay. No my style.......could grow on me if it had to but a really nice boat.
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My 2 cents:

Sportsman is a line of boats for people who don't mind spending a few percent more for a product that is nicer. They do want to compete in the value market, i.e. Sea Hunt, Tidewater, Nautic Star, Sea Fox (lol) - but they refuse to cut corners to get down and dirty with their pricing.

I understand people who have owned a certain brand for a long time will have their own personal biases, and that's completely natural (I've always owned a Trophy, and shed a tear the day they were taken off the market, because IMO they were the BEST DAMN BOATS EVER!!!). But for a fresh unbiased eye, it's easy to see where Sportsman is a step ahead (of the value market). Which is why Sportsman has exploded in it's first 2 years. They just finished moving into a brand new facility last month, twice the size as the original.

My guess is that in 10 years they're one of the top manufacturers in the industry.
I hope so!! And actually I have found they are less expensive. You just have to do your homework and be persistent. I just bought a 231 Heritage today at the VA Beach boat show. I was looking at Sea Hunt, Tidewater, Key West, & Sportsman. After a few weeks it was down to Sea Hunt and Sportsman.

Anyone familiar with Sea Hunt knows they just came out last Fall with the Ultra 235SE. It has a Yami 250 and it fixed 2 problems I saw in the Ultra 234. One with the rod holders that drained into the bilge and two they moved the drains to the floor instead of the transom wall. The 235 is an awesome boat. But, I got everything that the 235 has option-wise on the Sportsman today and I saved almost $3,000.00.

Could not pass that up. Anyone interested in those 4 boats feel free to PM me I spent a lot of time looking at all 4 of these boats and I can give my opinion.
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I just joined the Hull Truth and am already amazed at the amount of criticism launched by members who don't have any personal experience on the hull or model they are trashing ... Amazing!

I rode on the Sportsman 247 Bay Boat today in the South Edisto River. The sea conditions were as nasty as any weekend warrior would care to be in. It was blowing out of the North / Northwest at 20 kts. The sea trial was on the outgoing tide - that matters tremendously here. This boat has a Yamaha 250 hp four stroke engine.

The boat performed extremely well. Having previously owned a Sea Pro 21' Bay Boat, the Sportsman is air superior is ride, handling and overall comfort. I tried to get wet and could not at any heading. The chop was 2' with 3' swells near the ocean entrance. The ride lasted 2.5 hours.

At 2000 rpm ... 14.5 kts
At 3000 rpm ... 21.5 kts
At 3500 rpm ... 24.5 kts
At 4200 rpm ... 33.0 kts
At 4800 rpm ... 39-40 kts
At 5700 rpm ... 46-48 kts

Again, the ride is what is impressed me the most. The boat is not trim tab sensitive which is nice because I have been on boats where the trim tabs could quickly ruin the ride. In this case the trim tabs added the necessary adjustments to compensate for sea state.

Once I get a better idea of fuel burn I will post an update.
What is the cost of the boat? what size motor?
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My 2 cents:

Sportsman is a line of boats for people who don't mind spending a few percent more for a product that is nicer. They do want to compete in the value market, i.e. Sea Hunt, Tidewater, Nautic Star, Sea Fox (lol) - but they refuse to cut corners to get down and dirty with their pricing.

I understand people who have owned a certain brand for a long time will have their own personal biases, and that's completely natural (I've always owned a Trophy, and shed a tear the day they were taken off the market, because IMO they were the BEST DAMN BOATS EVER!!!). But for a fresh unbiased eye, it's easy to see where Sportsman is a step ahead (of the value market). Which is why Sportsman has exploded in it's first 2 years. They just finished moving into a brand new facility last month, twice the size as the original.

My guess is that in 10 years they're one of the top manufacturers in the industry.
WOW! What dedication to your product. The "S" copying from Sea Hunt and the funky design of storage compartments including the console make me think they will not last. Let's hear about what the gel coat cracks look like in 5 years. Maybe as bad a Pioneer. Sea Hunt been around since 1990ish I think. I have seen some 90's models with no cracks.

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