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Old 04-15-2007, 01:15 PM
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Default Wellcraft 270 coastal- good boat?

Looking at a 2003 Wellcraft 270 Coastal with twin 200 HPDI with less than 200 hrs. The boat seems well appointed for the money. Any experience or opinions with this model and with Wellcraft in general would be appreciated.
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strating in 2003, wellcraft started improving the product dramatically - this sounds like a good boat/motor combo - yam 200's are great motors...
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Old 04-15-2007, 01:31 PM
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I really like my Wellcraft 180. I've heard good things about the Coastals in general. I looked them over at boat shows this winter and would definitely consider moving up into one. Nice boat and competetively priced. I've also heard many good things about the HPDI's on boats of that size. There are a couple at my marina. If you're in Jersey, 4 Seasons just outside of Cape May has some good people working there.
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If the price is right and the boat surveys out,you can't go wrong.I do like the lay out of them,fit and finish is fair to good.Some things will need replacing in the near future like hinges,no big deal or thru hulls,"plastic" and a couple other things of no big expence.So,you pay for what you get.Do shop around your area for other boats that are the same to see if you are getting a good price on it,don't use NADA.com,that is just a base line.What a price of a used boat is what the local market is willing to pay.Do have boat and motors survey after a sea trail.Do have that a sale pends all that.That will save you a ton on money down the line if for some reason the boat has a problem up front.
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Old 04-15-2007, 03:57 PM
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I purchased a 2002 coastal 27 sportsman addition in the fall of 2005. I wanted the I/o for the bigger swim platform for the kids. - Volvo 8.1
I have used the boat for chasing tuna to beaching with the family. Because of my engine choice mine is not very fast - but is very good on fuel!
We have been very happy with the boat. I think the boat is a great value for a combo family / fishing boat.
biggest issues(not really issues):
-fish boxes don't drain all the way
-the dam snaps for the rug in the cockpit floor - a rug does not belong there!


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I own a 2004 Coastal 270 and love the boat. HPDI's are very good motors and have a solid reputation. If you are in NJ All Seasons (not 4 seasons,unless you are looking for a good hotel ) is a great place to purchase new or used. the Owner Brian is a stand up guy. I have not seen any plastic thru hulls, but if the 2003 model has, do yourself a favor and replace them before you wet the boat. Survey as stated and test ride pending sale is a must. If you do pickup the boat and have some questions send me a PM I may be able to help. After installing the genset and A/c myself I have grown to know the boat well.

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Old 04-15-2007, 04:21 PM
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I'm very happy with my '06 290 Coastal. And like prockvoan wrote, if it surveys and the price is right you can't go wrong.
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great looking boats if it was not for the dealer here i would have bought one in a heart beat
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Thanks bignick....I meant All Seasons
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Bignick, have you had the boat out to the canyon yet? Do you think it is doable with this boat?
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No, I have prepared for the last 1.5 years, gathering safety gear, raft, epirb, additional gps and VHF, ditch bag, gumby suit,etc,etc. I plan on making at least 6 trips this season weather permitting. From Long Island Canyons is an 80-90 mile run each way. I will bring extra fuel the first couple of trips until I have a good understanding. tank size is 188 gallons which on paper is not a problem when you do the math, However taking into account sea conditions I will be cautious and run with a 50 gallon tank, empty that item put it away and run off my main tanks.

I will post after each trip. By the way I have the F225's on my boat which I feel are a bit heavy for this hull, based on the way it sits in the water. However the genset, extra batteries,etc all have their say when it comes to weight.

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Bignick, have you had the boat out to the canyon yet? Do you think it is doable with this boat?
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Old 04-15-2007, 08:28 PM
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Thanks everyone for the guidance. I am encouraged about the boat based on what you are all saying. I am going to take a hard look at it.
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I would caution you on the range of that boat if you intend to try to hit the NE canyons.
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I had a 290 for 4 seasons- Watch your range- the boat is NOT a Canyon boat- Bring as much fuel as you can safely and your anticipated fuel burn goes right out the window when the conditions turn. Watch your forcasts. The boat pounds and rattles like hell in a tight 3 ft chop, which we get alot of on Long Island. I really enjoyed the 290- decent fishing platform and laid out nicely for entertaining. You could go out in any boat w/ the range to the canyons if you pick your days. The difference in boats comes to life when its time to go home because of a blown weather forecast... Did you ever get your ass kicked in for 7 hrs trying to get home ? Happened a few times on my 290- It did get me home...
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Old 04-16-2007, 11:39 AM
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I think the 290 and 270 are quite different boats.
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Tim - you are right- I lost track of the thread- I owned 2 Wellcrafts- They served me well- Ken3 go for 270 if the deal works for you-As stated above have the boat checked out- I fish on 26 Regulator w/ 200 hpdi and they are great- Good Luck...
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in the 290 you have to use the trim tabs in a tight chop or you will pound. Have to figure out the range on my 290 with twin 250 4 strokes...
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I owned a 05 aquasport 275 which is the same boat as the 27 costal.
I would sea trial before you buy and pick a day with at least 3' to get a real feel for this boat

The head is to small to be functional
The boat pounds and rattles really bad in anything over 3' even when using the trim tabs.
If it has a Gen set it is really loud in the mid berth even with the sound shield
It doesn't drift very well with out a sea anchor the bow tends to get tossed around allot
The bait well overflows into the cockpit while you are running which gets anyone sitting in the back seat really wet.

I would look at the 29 costal instead it rides better you can use the head and it just has allot more cabin space than the 27

Don't get me wrong I had fun on the boat it caught fish and did 9 trips to the Bahamas but when it gets rough you will wish you were in something different.
Just my thoughts on the boat
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I owned a 05 aquasport 275 which is the same boat as the 27 costal.
I would sea trial before you buy and pick a day with at least 3' to get a real feel for this boat

The head is to small to be functional
The boat pounds and rattles really bad in anything over 3' even when using the trim tabs.
If it has a Gen set it is really loud in the mid berth even with the sound shield
It doesn't drift very well with out a sea anchor the bow tends to get tossed around allot
The bait well overflows into the cockpit while you are running which gets anyone sitting in the back seat really wet.

I would look at the 29 costal instead it rides better you can use the head and it just has allot more cabin space than the 27

Don't get me wrong I had fun on the boat it caught fish and did 9 trips to the Bahamas but when it gets rough you will wish you were in something different.
Just my thoughts on the boat


I own one also, 05 275 exdplorer, twin Y 225 4 strokes, I find the boat handle well in rough seas, Use of trim tabs withh help. yes the head would be better if the sink and john changed places, I have no generator , but I can see where that would be noisy, I installed a 5000 watt inverter and it runs the heat and ac, as far as the bait tank overflowing a simple adjustment to the over flow tube addresses that , cut an inch or two to lower the water level. also my boat rides a solid as a rock, no rattles or shakes, not even from the hardtop....

but sometimes bigger is better
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That's what I love about this site, It proves alot of points. shake rattle and roll to one can be solid as a rock to others. I agree the head is small, but I knew that before I purchased. My last boat had a porta-potti so I will not complain. As we all know every boat is a trade off. I have a genset installed on my 270, I installed it myself, It is not that loud in the mid berth and I did not install the sound shield. It was too tight with the sound shield installed to be able to service the genset which I do myself. I have slept in the mid berth as well as my 2 year old and it did not stop her from sleeping when the genset was on ( Although the a/c blowing may have been the balancing factor. ) For me the boat rides fine, when the water gets rough Tabs and slow down has worked for me. The trade off for me is less fuel than a 36 or 40 footer and run to the canyons when the weather is right. Other than that its short runs out the inlet 10-20 miles which is no sweat. What ever you decide do what's right for you and what fits your needs. You can run to the canyons in a 50 footer if you are not prepared you can find yourself in trouble very fast...

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