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Old 08-29-2009, 10:11 PM
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Seems like the bow is low to the waterline on all contenders. Just looks like a wave could come over the bow pretty easily. Im sure its not a problem though. Just seems low for such a large boat.
ive always thought that 2....they need a little more freeboard up front for sure....
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ive always thought that 2....they need a little more freeboard up front for sure....
yea just makes me wonder how it would be in a 6' head sea in the northeast.
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The lower bow makes fighting and gaffing fish up front much easier. We also do a fair ammount of scuba diving and the open floor along with the lower bow makes equipment setup and flip over much easier. You can actually flip off the bow of these boats. We run our 31 in some pretty nasty stuff and I have bunch of buddies with 31s and 27s. While it is not unheard of we really don't have a problem with stuffing the bow. These boats get tournament fished quite a bit, if this were truly a problem I am sure we would have heard about it by now from some of the pros. I have heard from a few guys that fished contenders then moved to yellowfins that they missed the lower bow.

The contender has its fair share of flaws but I personally don't think the bow height is one of them. I have never wished it were higher.
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It is also funny to hear guys that have been on the 31 and 27 say that the 27 rides better.
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So the purpose of this thread is.......?
The purpose is quite clear to me....
He has made up his mind what he wants to do--now he has to find a way to justify it to the admiral.....
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Why is the Contender so much more expensive?
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Both awesome boats. I would personally go for the 37t with trip 350s. Contenders fishability can't be touched. The interior on the 37t is much bigger than that of the yellowfin as well. Also, I haven't confirmed for myself, but I have heard the 37t ride can't be touched by any other cc of equal or less size. This is from a buddy who is in the market right now and got on them all. Fwiw. But like I said, the 36 yellowfin is a beast as well and you would be very happy with it...bretts ride is sick
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What the fuel economy with the 37T? Im guessing not good.
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Don't forget Fountain 38 Open, 39 Sea Vee, 36 invincible, 41 Bahama, 39 Venture.
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Don't forget Fountain 38 Open, 39 Sea Vee, 36 invincible, 41 Bahama, 39 Venture.
Seriously though, all great boats... what a blast riding them all down at the Miami show!

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TBgame.. What are the cruise, wot, and fuel numbers for your set up.. Im glad to see Yamaha back on Seavee's..
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Seriously though, all great boats... what a blast riding them all down at the Miami show!

Dang, that's a pretty SWEET looking ride there!

Sea Vees are not very popular in SC for some reason, so I know very little about them but yours is beautiful. Post some more pics if you have them.
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Seems like the bow is low to the waterline on all contenders. Just looks like a wave could come over the bow pretty easily. Im sure its not a problem though. Just seems low for such a large boat.

Like the previous responses. It's low enough to fish and land fish all the way around the boat... comfortably. In 8 yrs I've stuffed my bow exactly once. Wasn't paying attention and ran straight into a wake from a 100' or so oil rig supply boat at trolling speed (about 7-8 mph) on an otherwise flat calm day. Got about 4" of water that drained out within minutes. Wouldn't trade my "low bow" Contender for a boat like YF or Reg for all the money in the world. But that's just me.
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Interesting talk about bow stuffing on the Contenders...I have 31t w/ f350s---Running offshore a couple of weeks ago--It was grey light in the am and I cruising comfortably at about 25knts...It starting chopping up a little bit 2-3s--no big deal--put a little tab down and she ate it up---UNTIL--the waves where in sets of 2--tight--didn't see the first set until my bow plowed through it...It was a good 5 footer behind a 3 footer--wave washed over the hard top--up my encloser---tore ever piece of canvas around the console-wings and all-tore the back cushion and seat cushion--tore the piano hinge off the cooler seat in front of the console...Deck had about a foot of water on her--we had to open the tuna door to get the water out quickly---those 350s didn't even notice the extra weight---nice to have that power in your back pocket. The 2 guys in bean bags in the stern were laying in water and the passenger standing behind the back rest got a salt shower...We were trolling all day in 3-5 footers once we got way offshore---trolling into that we were taking them over the bow all day---had to troll down sea an d slow down--We went 1 for 2 on Big Eyes and a few small YFT--saved the day. Good wake up call for me,,,,
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I have taken one over the bow in 5-6 footers while slow trolling. We just dropped into the trough between 2 waves and got a blue water wading pool. The water dissapated pretty quickly and we kept on fishing. I think it will happen to any boat depending on sea state and relative angle.
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