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Old 10-05-2007, 05:12 PM
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Hello all. I was hoping some of you here could give me your take on the Osprey fishing boats. I am currently looking at a used 26' fisherman powered by a volvo penta duoprop. I guess I'd like to know if anyone can justify the rather high price tag they carry with them in comparision to similar pilothouse boats.

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Old 10-05-2007, 05:18 PM
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They are a well made boat, nice finish work and will serve you fine..They also hold their value.

Check out the SeaSport..The Osprey is a knockoff of these. Both carry a pretty hefty price but , in my opinion, are worth it..I own a SeaSport.

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Old 10-05-2007, 05:39 PM
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Recently, I was checking out a newer Osprey 30 at my mechanic's yard... Not real impressed... there was a leak at the deck/hull joint that caused sea water to spray the port motor during motoring... wasted a diesel Volvo... That could be a fluke... Oh yea the engine access on the 30 IMO is dumb... The 26 has single as I recall with good access, definitely much better... Good luck to you..
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Old 10-05-2007, 07:19 PM
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Thanks for the info.

Those seasports look like a floating tank.
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Old 10-06-2007, 10:13 PM
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checked out osprey before buying my Steiger which has OSI built like a you know what-- the DP really comes out of the hole-- I could not find one with an open back-- yes they are $$$ if new---
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they still sell them new?

for some reason i thought they where done
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Yes a dealer in Washington State has an 07-- (24) for 160K--- I think someone purchased them and only making a couple models--maybe Seasport--- the 22 was neat little fishing boat --
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ide go sea sport, both very nice boats though
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Old 10-07-2007, 05:09 AM
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Sea Sport purchased the rights to make the Osprey when Osprey went bankrupt in 2005. Sea Sport is currently building both Ospreys and Sea Sports. I am biased because I own a Sea Sport but if you get the chance to view them side by side you will see subtle differences in build and design qualities with the edge going to Sea Sport.
I bought my SP in 2005 and recently discovered the floor was leaking over the port gas tank. Sea Sport has informed me they will pay to have the floor resealed next spring at no expense to me. That is pretty good service.
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Old 10-07-2007, 10:01 PM
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Very satisfied with my 2002 24'.....very well constructed...
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Old 10-08-2007, 05:37 AM
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Sea Sport purchased the rights to make the Osprey when Osprey went bankrupt in 2005. Sea Sport is currently building both Ospreys and Sea Sports.
Close. Sea Sport purchased the _molds_. They don't have plans or other company assets, just the molds. They do have a worker who was with the older Osprey company for several years.

I bought an older 1994 Osprey 22 (they no longer make this short model, which is just a 24' with 2' less cockpit and slightly reduced tankage) and flat out love it. My wife went on new Sea Sports, Skagit Orcas (another similar boat), and Ospreys and the only one that got a thumbs-up was the Osprey. I'm not really sure why, but I think that she liked the flush deck design rather than stepping down into the cabin.

One significant difference is that there seem to be a decent number of older Ospreys on the East Coast at very good prices. I saw a couple in the $40K -$50K range with diesels. I was actually looking into getting one of those, acquiring a trailer (rarer on the East Coast), hauling it across the country when this local one came on the market.

There is a Yahoo Group for Osprey boats where the various issues (and ALL boats have issues!) have been discussed.
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Old 10-08-2007, 06:42 PM
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I recently got rid of a 26 w/ a Volvo diesel & a DP. I named it "A$$biter". It never stopped biting. Very wet ride, Cored hull that took on water, foamed in fuel tank & the foam was always wet, fish boxes w/ aluminum covers that got hot as hell & would literally bake the fish in them & also they drained their crap onto the bilge which always had water in it, cheap cloth upholstery, no deck plate to get to the faulty fuel sender (I had to cut one into the deck), scuppers that are a cheap joke (check the Osprey forum), the list goes on & on. I am so glad to be rid of it!!!
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Old 10-09-2007, 03:10 PM
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I own a Osprey 24 Fisherman-2004. The boat is built like a tank and in heavy seas does get wet. I bought it so I could stay in the cabin when it was rough and cold. The cabin is amply heated and a blast to be in when it is cold and wet outside. My hull has never been wet from rainwater or saltwater, my fish boxes are not metal, nor hot, just ordinary big old fish boxes made for Pacific fishing. They do not drain into the bilge and never have. I had all my scuppers checked and a couple were not installled in perfect manner-I replaced them. I also replaced the below the water plastic thru hulls with bronze-just in case. I have had many people comment on how nice the interior is laid out and how nothing was "cheaped out on". The boats are heavy, reliable and fairly expensive but you also get what you pay for.

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Mine was a 1998. They might have improved them since then. It did not take heavy seas for my ride to be wet. The windshield wipers were working a lot. Also there was NO factory help or support whatsoever.
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Mine was a 1998. They might have improved them since then. It did not take heavy seas for my ride to be wet. The windshield wipers were working a lot. Also there was NO factory help or support whatsoever.
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Mine was a 1998. They might have improved them since then. It did not take heavy seas for my ride to be wet. The windshield wipers were working a lot. Also there was NO factory help or support whatsoever.
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:18 PM
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LOL. I actually had an office in the boat yard where the Osprey's were once built. Absolutely funny story behind the demise of this much loved boat.

The owner, one of those idiot geniuses, gets the company going and everything is coming up roses. Hires this guy who got a little sticky fingered with deposits on future custom build boats. One of the depositors gets miffed and sues. Idiot genius owner gets advice, probably at a bar, and decides to protect himself by moving all the assets of Osprey out of its company and putting them into a new corp. and bankrupting the old one.

Well...

In come the lawyers, the bankruptcy court and Trustees.

All said and done. Some are never designed to make money no matter how gifted. And everybody else is left pining for one of the best boats ever made.

If the molds (which I know were sold) are being used to make new boats, thats great but they are not Ospreys cause good ole Idiot Genius left out a few key points in the assembly.

(que the soulfull lowly music and roll the credits.)
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Go Bayliner you can't go wrong and about half the price.
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I've had a 1999 Osprey '24 for three full years. Yes, it is a wet boat, but it cuts through Chesapeake Bay's notorious chop quite well if not very fast, rocking and rolling all the way. It was meant to be an ocean-going boat, though, and I believe it would plane through large but widely-spaced waves rather than sawtooth chop.

The cockpit heater adds two months to my fishing season (March through the end of November).

I've had nothing go wrong with the boat in over 300 hours of operation except leaky hose-ends on the tabs.

I have a macerator which pumps all the fish goo off the boat. There is a drain to the bilge at the end of the two sternward (of four on my year's model) fish boxes, but I sealed it with a wooden plug and some caulk. I use plenty of ice to keep my fish cool and never put them in the sternward box, which gets a bit warm from the engine, a Volvo 5.7 which has performed flawlessly (and gets a bit less than 2 nm/gallon (ouch!)).

Overall, I very much enjoy the boat. With a reverse-cycle aiir conditioner, I often sleep on the boat at the marina.
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