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Old 04-15-2004, 04:35 AM
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I JUST RECENTLY PURCHASED A 2003 AQUASPORT 215 EXPLORER. I FOUND IT TO BE THE BEST VALUE AND THE NICEST BOAT. HAS ANYONE HAD ANY MAJOR PROBLEMS?
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I agree. Aquasport makes a nice boat for the money. It doesnt compare but my family had a 1976 19.6 family fish that always served us well.
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I just bought an AquaSport 215 Osprey which I hope to pick up in a week or so. It had all the features I was looking for in fishing/ family boat and at a decent price. There were a lot of other boats out there that were cheaper but they didn't have all the ammenities the AquaSport did and the fit and finish seemed very good compared to something like a Trophy, Sea Hunt etc.
Before I decided on this boat, I had looked for about three years and talked to a lot of people, factory reps from different companies etc. and all agreed that the newer AquaSports are a very good boat. There was a time a few years back that they might not have been thought of as a really solid boat but that seems to have changed.

Congratulations on your purchase. I can hardly sleep waiting to pick mine up!
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My brother has a 24 cuddy 1979 model. It has been thought 4 motors , It has a 250 yamaha on it now and was a commerical drive boat at one time. It is still going strong and catching fish, with no major problems.
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Had a 17' for almost 20 years....went through 3 motors.* Boat was indestructible.
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Old 04-15-2004, 09:03 AM
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My old dive buddy had a 215 Explorer. We spent many happy days on that boat. It did, however, have two significant flaws. I don't know if the current models have been modified.
1. The splash plate that folds down sits too close to the motor. If the splash plate was up and you tried to tilt the motor up, the motor cover would crack against the splash plate. If that happens on your boat, you can take off the plate and use a router and template to trim a concave shape into the plate.
2. The fish boxes are in the floor and the floor drain grooves connect them to the overboard disharge thruhulls. With a couple of heavy guys standing in back, warm seawater would flow in thru the thruhulls and into the fishboxes. 87 degree seawater will melt any ice in there quickly. I think you might could solve that by replacing the thruhull flappers with the ping pong ball types that seal themselves when submerged.
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Old 04-15-2004, 09:22 AM
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Many things change over the years in boat construction. But
if they are at all build like my parents 1972 19.6 model, it will last
forever. My parents still put about 20 days a year on their 19.6.

We have been through 3 motors and the boat keeps humming.

I can't speak intelligently about the newer models.
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The newer ones have vastly improved with fit and finish.
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Old 04-15-2004, 10:12 AM
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Great boats. I have a Wellcraft 210 Fisherman. Same boat as Aquasport 205 with different name.
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Old 04-15-2004, 10:26 AM
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My dad had a 17' from the 76 era, I grew up on that boat. He had it until 91 when he bought his 20' Grady, and never once had any probs with it, even made a couple trips about 15 miles offshore through the years, picking our days of course
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Old 04-15-2004, 02:10 PM
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Well, it sure is nice to hear all the positive comments about the Aquasports. I of course am biased but I will chime in anyway. The largest Aquasport dealer in the country is located in Middletown NJ, so we see a lot of them here in the Sandy Hook area. They have always been thought of as good quality boats with considerable bang for your buck...not Grady, but then again about 3/5 the price. The Genmar Aquasports are not the same as their older ancestors, but they have retained some of the characteristics that made them popular. Just check out the weight of my 215 explorer. It comes in at well over 3000 lbs dry. Add a couple guys, gear, fuel, and in my case a hard top and you have a 21 1/2 footer pushing 5000 lbs. Definitely a solid feel under you feet as you push through a chop. The layouts are also classic. No eurotransom or molded in pulpit, instead a notched transom with splashwell and a full 21 1/2 feet of usable fishing space, not to mention a nice sized cabin.

Overall, I think they are great boats which have enough value in order to allow a buyer to get the latest technology in engines (whether you want a 4 banger or direct inject) and in electronics. These are two areas where I think you will be more apt to appreciate the benefits of the latest innovations, rather than breaking the bank on a whaler or grady or (I shudder to say) Scout and then not being ablle to afford the hpdi or 4 stroke. If money is no object then there are top tier boats which have higher fit and finish out there, but if you are looking for value, tried and true fishing layouts, and you want in on the latest engine and electronic technology then the Aquasports are a good choice.

Sorry if I sounded like a commercial...
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With ALL the boat dealers we have in this area - and within 100mi. of here - I'm not sure what's going on with Aquasport?????

We had one A.S. dealer in the area - Ed's Marine - and they stopped carring the line about a year or so ago??? Maybe the Sea Hunt's and Sea Pro'swere taking sales away from A.S. - I don't know? A.S. was always priced in line with S.H. & S.P. - maybe a few bucks more.

I have ALWAYS liked A.S.'s but at the 2 most recent boat shows here - Jan. & Feb. - there has NOT been an A.S. representation there???

Anybody know what that's about?

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I AM AS EXCITED AS RIGGOFISH TO GET MY BOAT. IT WILL BE USED ON THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER MOSTLY WITH SOME TRIPS TO LAKE ONTARIO. THANKS FOR ALL THE INPUT.
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Bruce

Come to think of it I don't remember seeing them at the Atlantic City show either.
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Old 04-15-2004, 08:37 PM
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I have a 2002 Aquasport 215 Osprey Sport with the open bow and dual console. Reasonable price and reasonable build. I started out looking at a Grady but actually liked some things in the A-sport better (price being only one of the factors). Factory rep Richard Anderson was very helpful. Overall very pleased with purchase. Use the boat for river cruising, camping, fishing, and watersports. Handled some rough weather in Lake Superior last summer very nicely.
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I JUST RECENTLY PURCHASED A 2003 AQUASPORT 215 EXPLORER. I FOUND IT TO BE THE BEST VALUE AND THE NICEST BOAT. HAS ANYONE HAD ANY MAJOR PROBLEMS?
Could you give me an update on how your experience with the 215 Expolerer is going? My fiance and I are looking to purchase a 2004 Aquasport 215 Explorer but it is stretching our budget a bit (seems like they are going for around $37,000). We looked a Proline 20 and 22 walkaround which seems about $8,000 cheaper but the Aquasport looks like a nicer boat. Plus, my fiance is partial to Aquasport having previously owned a 165 Ospray.

Anyone have any updating comments on their ownership of the 215 Explorer?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-13-2004, 02:31 AM
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I got a 98 205 Osprey. I put in about 120hrs on it so far and love it.
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DarthBaiter - 7/13/2004 2:31 AM I got a 98 205 Osprey. I put in about 120hrs on it so far and love it.
I got it in Jan of this year, used.
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Bruce

Come to think of it I don't remember seeing them at the Atlantic City show either.
They were there. My father drooled all over the 25Walkaround with twin 140 Johnsukis.
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It did, however, have two significant flaws. I don't know if the current models have been modified.
1. The splash plate that folds down sits too close to the motor. If the splash plate was up and you tried to tilt the motor up, the motor cover would crack against the splash plate. If that happens on your boat, you can take off the plate and use a router and template to trim a concave shape into the plate.
2. The fish boxes are in the floor and the floor drain grooves connect them to the overboard disharge thruhulls. With a couple of heavy guys standing in back, warm seawater would flow in thru the thruhulls and into the fishboxes. 87 degree seawater will melt any ice in there quickly. I think you might could solve that by replacing the thruhull flappers with the ping pong ball types that seal themselves when submerged.
I have a 2003 that I am very happy with. Solid boat with a decent ride. This is my second one. With that said, I'm not too crazy about the molex (sp?) electrical connectors in the bilge, and the aforementioned "problems" still exist. It is not a perfect boat, but which one is? One would not be dissapointed overall with an Aquasport.
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