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Old 09-15-2003, 06:15 PM
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While on business in Columbia S.C. today, I decided to ride over to the Sea Hunt headquarters for the 5 cent tour. It's only about 6 miles from the airport. I arrived at about 12:45 without calling them first. Walked in the door, introduced myself to a gentleman named jai, who was still eating his lunch. And about 2 minutes later we were at the starting line of the build up process. Very nice first impressions.
Jai took his time walking me through the plant and explaining every process. Got to look at the new 220 model, which is just a shortened 232, but nice. He said they had just sent the new model line-up to the printers and they will be out shortly. Also said the printer does their web site so that will follow.
As far as the craftsmanship, I could not have been more impressed, all the workers looked like they paid high attention to detail. I would not wish laying up fiberglass on anyone as a career, but these guys knew exactly what they were doing and I saw no bad attitudes. These guys have made alot of boats and are good at it.
As far as the construction, I really don't want to get deep into that and start any arguments on how is the best way to build a
boat. But to refer to recent discusions
on the amount of foam filled flotation, they put that stuff in every stringer, void, and every dead spot that is available. I personally did not see any void where they could have possibly put any more in. I noticed all hardware was stainless, with lockwashers,
even where you can never see.
Wiring was very neat and clean.
I could go on about the build process and if anyone wants more info on anything just let me know. I also understand that this is a Sea Hunt 232 and not a Regulator 23. This was a dilema for me, buy a used Regulator 21 or 23 or a new Sea Hunt or Sea Pro. I limited myself to how much I would spend. After what I saw today, it was the blue collar guys at Sea Hunt that impressed me the most. Just hardworking guys that seemed to be dedicated to having fun and building a quality product.
DISCALAIMER: I ORDERED A NEW 232 LAST WEEK.
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Old 09-15-2003, 07:03 PM
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CR - Thanks for the info! Nothing like a little "backtesting" after placing an order. It does make one feel a lot better, though, about a purchase. As I've said ad nauseum, I love my 232 and your recent story only confirms my opinion. Thanks for making the journey - did you post this on the "other" site??

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Old 09-15-2003, 07:43 PM
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We toured the Sea Hunt factory last November. It is the reason we went with the 232.
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Old 09-17-2003, 06:23 PM
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Can you give me directions to the plant coming from the Lexington, SC area?

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Old 09-17-2003, 08:56 PM
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glad you found your way there some people get lost .once you get on the dirt road your home free for the most part.you can not let being in a mostly residential area fool you.your drivin past houses then at the end of the dirt road your there.it is not the most modern boat plant but they do know how to build a good boat
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Old 09-18-2003, 09:11 AM
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I checked the web site. The 232 looks very nice. I also noticed they don't specify the deadrise on any off their models. Anyone knows what is the deadrise on the 232?
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Old 09-18-2003, 09:35 AM
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An unannounced solo factory tour!! Sounds like the typical mode of operation for these guys! I have been impressed with their attention to customer satosfaction from the start. I talked to Joel Moss several times before I even purchased a SeaHunt, and several times since. He has personally made it a point to answer, or get the answers, to all my questions to MY satisfaction.

They don't have fancy manuals, giveaways, gimmicks, etc Instead they have (in my opinion) a no BS group of people striving to make the highest quality boats possible within a price range affordable to more people than so called "high end" boats. They know and understand some problems will arise, and they will make every effort to solve these problems if given the chance.

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Old 09-18-2003, 09:38 AM
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AlbieNut,
The Sea Hunt 232 has a 60º entry, 25º midship, and 18º at the transom.

Here is a pic of my 212 on the trailer. Doesn't give the best idea of deadrise, but it does provide some idea.



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Old 09-18-2003, 09:45 AM
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18 degree deadrise. I owned a 2000 Sea Hunt triton 200 with 16 degrees. When I decided to move up, I bought a used Contender because I wanted more deadrise, liked the one level deck, liked the layout, and liked the livewell better. I've been very happy.
On that note, I think Sea Hunt builds a very good mid tier boat.
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Coralreefer...back to your comment on the 220...this intrigues me.
So is it basically a 22 foot Triton with a Euro Transom?
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Hal,
I went to the factory from the airport in Columbia so my directions might not help you from Lexington but this might help. From airport, take Platt Springs Rd. 4mi to Old Orangeburg Rd and take a left. 1 mile to Backman or beckman, I can't remember exactly. Take left go 1/4 mile and then take right on Rosebank which is dirt and at the end of that road is Sea Hunt.
I hope that helps because I had to walk out to the car in the rain and wind from Isabella to get my directions. There ph# is 803-755-6539.
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Groovy dude,
It is basically a 232 Triton shortened a foot. It was hard to distinguish between the two at the factory because they are so much identical. My guess is it will be something to compete with Sea Pro's 220. Probably about the Same price range. The hull # I saw was #6, so they have already shipped 5 somewhere.
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If they stick with their model number methodology and it is in fact a 220, that "0" on the end means that the console will not have a walk in console. All boats ending with a "2" have walk in consoles.
I am curious to see it however.


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Old 09-18-2003, 10:50 AM
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Ahhhh...good point Seaclusion...wife's gotta have the potty so it may not work. Thanks for the info Coralreefer.
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quote: Ahhhh...good point Seaclusion...wife's gotta have the potty so it may not work. Thanks for the info Coralreefer.
Groovy - that's one reason I went with the 232 model - for wife and daughter. Don't let 'em use it much (that's what the ocean is for, right??) but it's there when you need it!

Seaclusion - your boat looks sharp! Sea Hunts really are good looking boats, eh! Hope all is well in NC...
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Old 09-19-2003, 06:34 AM
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I saw the 232 and the 220 at the Raleigh boat show last month. I think the consoles are identical. Both the 232 and the 220 have the eurotransom with livewells infront of the outboard well. There's only one inch difference in the freeboard at the transom (232 = 26", 22-0 = 25") and they have essentially the same layout. There's only 400 lbs difference in the weight as well. The biggest difference I could see was the livewell on the 232 was much larger than the one on the 220. The 232's livewell measured 21-1/2" deep x 24" wide x 18" long. The 220's livewell measured 14-1/2" deep x 27" wide x 13-3/4" long.
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Yea, it had a porta-potti area in the console, I did not climb in and look at it but from the outside it looked adequate.
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I was on the 220 Triton today at the Norwalk Ct. boat show and was very impressed.They had a package with t-top,Yamaha 4 stroke(forget which one) and the basics for 30k.The dealer couldn't tell me the difference between that and the 232.It was hull #2.It compared very favorably to its competitors there in fit,finish and design.I did notice some screws poking thru unprotected inside the console, but if that saves you 20k, its ok with me! I am curious about you 232 owners with F225 Yamaha's about what speed is best for cruising at, and what RPM that is.Also want to make sure the F225 is not too heavy(issues like scuppers,how it sits in the water etc).I've been looking for a while for the "right boat" and I think the 232 may be the best combination of value,design(fishing and casual) and durability.Thanks.
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