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Old 10-02-2008, 02:26 PM
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Hey out there....owners of the 2500vx. Would like to know your experience so far with your 2500vx in what motors do you have and how does it ride/handle ect?
Fuel numbers also?

Interested, but have not seen much in conversation on how you like it. Seems that this boat with twin 250's would scream and looks like it would ride really well even in the rougher days.

My typical days are 2-4'ers in my 20' bowrider and I take a beating, but make it through it, so know that a hydra will eat my shorts in comparison, but would like to know more about this model and would you buy it again or change to something else?

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Old 10-02-2008, 06:24 PM
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I am also very interested to hear what people say. I was on this boat at a boat show and think it is fantastic for its size. I hope to buy one in the near future.
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I would suggest you both take a long sea trial on the boat.
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Old 10-03-2008, 05:27 AM
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Ed, what would you think they would learn on the sea trial? Do you have knowledge of a handling (or other) consideration that's a fairly common concern?
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Old 10-03-2008, 05:36 AM
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Well, a sea trial is not really in the ready right now. I am comparing notes on many different models and asking for experience from owners here.

If I did a sea trial, I would not expect to get a random set of experiences from different sea conditions on any given day as well as behaviour in situations where used differently on different days.

Also, if I seatrial, I would be hooked and make the purchase and am not really ready just yet. Gotta go after this with some sense and knowlege. Big purchase!

Then if I was to seatrial, that is not easy. Dealer is not at the coast, almost always have to put money down and sign stuff, etc. I just want to know what owners have to say about the boat.
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Old 10-03-2008, 05:50 AM
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A fellow THT member sent me this response, "...2500 rides better than 2600 due to hull slap. Do a search and older pre 2005 hulls pounded a bit due to reverse chine design.."

His handle is romanonj in case you want to PM him. Nice guy and helpful with information. Let us know what you find, OK?

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Old 10-03-2008, 06:03 AM
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I don't know the 25 VX and I don't know what Eds' referring to. But I do know that Hydrasports has a history of making some really screwed up hulls. They have some hulls that work well, but many look great, but perform lousy. They are well built boats though. We always state they build them to sell at the boat show. Take it for what it's worth. All I'm saying is look hard and absolutly do not buy without test driving. And when you do test dirve, make sure you test thouroughly at all speeds. And you better know what your looking for at those speeds and while gettting on plane etc.... Speed and looks are not all that's important in boats, as many seem to think. Personally I would not even look at a Hydrasports due to some of the hulls I've seen them put out. They plain do not care about the overall performance of the hull, only that you buy it. Boatshow boats first, real world performing second! As I said they have some nice hulls. But I think they just got lucky and made a mistake when they built those few models. And Hydrasports seems to never stick to a hull. They will change the hull design ever few years. It's like they are guessing instead of designing with thought. The simple fact they change the hull design every few years should tell you something.
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Old 10-03-2008, 09:15 AM
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Try a pm to either "tool box" or "romanonj" on here. They are both running one, as I'm sure are some others.
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Old 10-03-2008, 10:55 AM
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Grin, I agree and that is why I want to hear from those that actually own and not hearsay.

I think the 23 WA was a great hull. Everyone seems to love that model and they stayed with it for a very long time. But, I want something a little bigger and I want twins.

I test drove a 22' CC back in 1988 while I lived in Florida. Tested in 4-6' seas. Absolutely the most impressive ride in those seas I would have ever imagined. Lauched her completely out of the water and thought while we were falling that I would crash to my knees and nope, landed like on a cloud! Was nice! But, what I didn't like is the bow steer in the rougher parts of the intracoastal. You had to really manhandle the steering wheel through the cabbage patch areas where seawall waves were reversing back and forth!

I did put a downpayment on that boat, but backed out after finding my job was going away at that time. So. still have my 20' Renken (that I restored) that I have had since 1986 and she is still strong and capable, but soon, it is time for me to move up since living in NC requires you to get more than approx. 35-45 miles out for big water fishing. Tired of carrying extra fuel and taking a beating not to mention the only peace of mind is a radio call and tow with a single.

I know that the older 25 model built back then was also incredible, but I couldn't store one that big at the time not to mention the fuel cost with carb'd 2 stroke 225's!

I also thought that most of the folks that had the 26WA was happy with them also.

Hoping to hear from someone soon!
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Old 10-04-2008, 12:43 PM
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The vx model is such a new boat. You may not get to many replies.
You will get more replies if it were a cc or wa model.

I do own a hydrasports 22 wa, however its alot different than the vx models. So I cannot comment on it.
What I can say is that for my boat (22 hydrasports wa), for being 10 years old now, it still holding up really well. All componets held up nicely. Ride is good. Wished it saved a little bit more on the gas. Running a 225hp etec on her.
You are right about the bow steer in the older 22's, however after a while you learn how to trim the boat so it won't do that. In the beginning, I did have that problem. Now, I do not.

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Old 10-04-2008, 01:00 PM
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Have a 2008 VX2200. Obviously not the same hull, but is the same as 2200CC hull. I love the boat. Handles chop well and built like a tank. Based on what some others said about HS hulls not running well...might be, but it's not the 22 hull.

Engine is 225 Etec, 3600 rpm, 26-28 mph, 2.7mpg, 9.5-10gph burn..have a 15.25x17 rebel ss prop. 3900 rpm, 29-31mph, 2.5 mpg,10.5-11.3 gph. WOT 50gal fuel, 3 adults, 1' chop, 5225 rpm 42.5mph on gps.

The VX2500 should have twin 150's minimum. I would guess you'll get similar fuel/speed performace as I do. Maybe a little faster top end. There are some guys on here with them. They'll chime in.

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I have been in several 2500 VX's and had a 2005 with twin 250 Yamaha's for a year. This boat is very dry riding due to the huge bow flair. The fuel economy is not that much different between the twin 150's (yams) and the 250's at similar speeds. The big differences is obviously the top end (high 50's to 60 mph 250's) and High 40's with the 150's. If I remember correctly even at wide open trimmed up you will get 2 mpg. very efficient. I would go with the boat with the 150's due to the fact of weight. The 250's add to much weight and you will be in the tabs all the time in rough stuff. Not to mention maintenance and initial cost is much less. If you have any more questions please ask.

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Old 10-06-2008, 07:39 AM
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Thanks for the info keyslife! I really am tired of my current slow boat only doing 33mph max and I might be happy if I can run in the 40's, but not sure if I would regret 150's and always wish I went for the 250's. So, with using the tabs, is that a big deal? Seems that is their purpose and tab them down for a long run in seas should result in minimal adjustment once settled in? Or are you saying you are always having to adjust them?

I trim my motor today to get bow down to get a better ride and once I dial it in, I am usually good for over 20 or so miles until I get to another section where the sea state changes, then another adjustment and I am good for a while. Would expect the same on the tabs with 250's?

Other than the tab adjustments, how about water coming in the thruhulls to the floor or in the transom gate?
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Old 10-07-2008, 11:52 AM
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So what happened to all the Hydra Sports folks? Any thoughts on this 25? Any proud HS owners out there or are you not so happy?
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:58 PM
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Roberth,

You need to go down and ride one! The boat has a very nice balance and runs dry. You won't be disappointed.

By the way Grin, All the models are based on the same design as the 3300CC. They are all scaled down versions of that hull which just works very well. Not much variation to produce a screwed up model...
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I know what I have is a lot older then what your looking at, but just to give you an idea, I have a 1990 Hydra Sports 2500 WA with twin Evinrude Ficht 150's. The boat handles some pretty rough seas just fine. I've never been in another boat close to this size in the gulf so I have nothing to compare the ride to. Top speed is 48mph and cruise is about 32mph getting around 1.65mpg in average seas (these figures are in statute miles). The boat has held up extremely well. It certainly doesn't look like an 18yr old boat as the gel coat still shines and everything is completely solid. The only problem I've had is last summer one of the supports on the t-top cracked due to what looked like a bad weld.
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Old 10-08-2008, 04:30 AM
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Thanks cwgolden, I always loved that model HS! I know that one rides real well and I knew a guy when I lived in Florida that went over to the bahamas on occasion and he said they would put on knee pads in case they feel and ran her hard in 4-6' seas and it always did very good even in those conditions.
I wasn't there to experience it, but he was very happy with it.

I was actually looking at them as a possiblity, but since the new 4s motors would be too heavy with a bracketed model, I figured it would be best to go euro transom to handle the extra weight. Most of the older models were fitted with the Fichts, so I also stay away from them...no offense, but just not looking to add those variables to my list to manage.

Looking for reliability and near excellent condition if I get used.

I know if I walked up to a 25HS WA of those years before this new model, I would want it!
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I've ridden on my friend's 2500VX w/ twin 150s. Great riding boat. Only issue my wife would have is the head is open in the cabin. I can't imagine you need twin 250s, I would think it would make it pretty stern heavy. Best thing you can do is go sea trial one for yourself....and don't pick a flat calm day, pick one with some chop.
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Old 10-08-2008, 06:42 PM
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I have crossed to Bimini twice in a 25 VX as well as sold Hydra Sports for a while. The VX was one of my favorite boats on the ICW. Once we got it out into open ocean it would POUND. Even with the deep deadrise it would porpoise and pound. They tried to remedy this from the factory by upgrading the trim tabs to some big lencos, however, it was only a marginal fix. The boat wants to porpoise, even with the big tabs, in moderate seas. I was trying to sleep in a bean bag in the back of the boat on a Bimini crossing in 2-3 and thought my 21 Bluewater rides better (just saying).

Build quality is very good on the boats its just a screwy ride. For 120k+ for a new boat, I would expect better.

One other thing to note: The 25vx really needs a triple axle trailer. The tandems cant handle the fuel tank set up. Leads to fish tailing with full tanks.
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hotfoot5, please tell us what engine setup you had on the boat you were using?
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