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Old 09-02-2002, 03:16 AM
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Does anyone have any thoughts on the Wellcraft V20 center console. I am moving to Pine Island , Florida (near Cape Coral/Fort Meyers)come October and am looking to pick up pick one up when I get there . I will be looking for the best hull from 1984 through 1991. If it does not have a late model engine I will repower. What about an engine bracket.
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Old 09-02-2002, 05:51 AM
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My father has a Vstep20 cabin w/150 yamaha its a great boat and dry ride but can bang alittile in chop.
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Old 09-02-2002, 06:47 AM
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I've had te exact opposite experience, I owned a '76 V20 CC for 20 years, I found the boat surprisingly wet but would handle the steep, short chop of the Chesapeake Bay very well. During its day it was a very good boat,however, newer no-rot construction techniques and better hull designs make the old Wellcraft design obsolete. She brings back fond memories but I'd never buy another. Stan



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Old 09-02-2002, 06:54 AM
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what do you mean by not-rot construction. did the transom have problems. also do you know if they improved the ride (drier) in the late 80's models.
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Old 09-02-2002, 07:28 AM
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My dads is a 86 vstep20 cuddy.Like i said gives a dry ride buy can bang in chop alittle not real bad.As for no rot must newer boats have fibglass stringers and composite transoms.Older boat used wood.
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Old 09-02-2002, 08:45 AM
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After 20 years the wooden transom and stringers went, we took the boat to a boat repair company in Crisfield MD., they replaced the transom and flooring, I sold it and the boat still fishes on Kerr Lake NC. pulling in Stripers.

The cuddy is probably drier than my old CC, more glass to hide behind and the ride harder since you are sitting more towards the bow. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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I have a 1985 20V cuddy w/ 225 high output Evinrude. This boat screams up to 54mph and cruises easily at 38mph-4300rpm's. The Hull is great for its size, and I was surprised to read that people consider it a wet ride. I have trim tabs that really keep the nose down. This keeps the steep V cutting into the waves and the large flares spray water out to the sides. I have been in 5 ft waves and I never worried about taking on water. I would suggest picking up one of these hulls. I also noticed that Angler boats has copied the hull design with one of there 20 footers.
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Old 09-06-2002, 03:27 AM
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I have owned a 1983 18' and a 1973 20' center consoles and I was more then happy with the ride and dryness. They do have rot problems in the transom, stringers and the floor.
 
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Old 09-06-2002, 05:15 AM
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I have had a 1979 v20 cuddy wwith 150 Johnson and a 1986 V18 Wellcraft with a 90. Both boats were good boats.The V20 was super boat for the size it can handle a lot. Oersonally I thought the flare on the V20 was great and kept me very dry. For a twenty footer I dont think you can find many better, (it may be an older design but that doesn't make it bad) Check the boat over closely for rot and soft flooring. Good luck also the V18 is a good design I fished out 15 miles in it and it handles seas well too.
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My boat for 20 years was a wellcraft V20 CC, not a cuddy, it was and is the wettest CC I've ever been on. Few waves break directly over the flared bow, they usually come at you offset, time for a shower! Don't get me wrong, it was a great boat for its time, but in this case, older is not better. Stan

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My dad bought a Wellcraft v20 CC brand new in 1990 with a 1989 200 HP Yamaha. The baot would go 58 mph with the 200. One thing is that the boat was a very wet ride. The boat handled very well although it did have some hull slap. I think having trim tabs would have eliminated alot of the bounce though. My dad still has the boat and fishes it often throught the summer. If you have any particlular questions drop me a line and I can answer most all about the boat. Don't believe any of the other posts about it being dry. Sure the cuddy might be dry if you are behind a windshiled and canvas Anyone who says a cc console is totally dry is lying out there teeth. Sure some are dryer than others but none are trully dry. If you want dry buy a full enclosure
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I don't beleive anyone hear is lying. And why would they, how would it benifit them to do so. In comparison to other center console boats I have owned in the same size range (Mako and Aquasport) the Wellcrafts had the best ride and were the dryest.
 
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Sorry about accusing people of lying and I didn't intend for it to come out that way. I guess we need to come up with a way to rate the "dryness" of a center console Maybe on a scale of 1-5 where wet is a 5 and dry is a 1. We all know that no center console is truly dry so we may as well start a 2. Just kidding.
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