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Old 09-02-2009, 02:30 PM
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I was wondering if any of you have any first hand knowledge about the Parker 28'. I currently own a 1989 25' Grady and would like something a little better in a head sea. What I don't want to compromise is the occasional ride on the trailer and cockpit space. I trailer my Grady everywhere and have for 4 years. I know it's not legal. The 28' Parker has a 21 degree dead rise vs 16 both have a 9'6" beam.

Also I should note I fish Lake Michigan most runs are 3 to 20 miles.
I have been on a few salt water fishing trips and the main difference is the space between waves. In the Great Lakes the waves are very close together and steep. My Grady pounds and rattles, I can take a little pounding but the rattling drives me nuts.
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You may also want to post this over at www.classicparker.com
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You'll pound but will not rattle! The boat can take more then you. They had stringer problems initially I asume they have corrected it. Lots of cockpit room.
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Parker having a better head sea ride....not a chance. If you are worried about the head sea ride get a sea shocks mat or a seaspension chair. i have both for head sea in my parker. Seaspension is way better if you can afford it and actually have a seat.
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:29 PM
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What dead rise do you have in your 25'.

I would never even dream of sitting down in my Grady in a head sea I just stand and bend my knees.
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Take a look at the BAMF. They are built for rough seas and pounding. They have a one piece fiberglass stringer grid, reinforced hull with kevlar. Boat is bullet proof. there is a 29, and a 25 model. price is right too. check it out its my dream boat.
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21 Degree. Its the deep vee of the 25. Its just such a wide boat to ever have a good head sea ride. Put me in anything else and its awesome especially a following sea. I would look at the seaspension if you have a seat at the helm. It made the biggest difference. I was amazed at how much better it was.
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I have never heard someone say that a Parker has a better ride than a Grady in any sea. Parkers a great boats although I've never been on the 28' model, but your problem is the length to beam ratio of the Grady (25'- 9'6" beam, short and wide). I also had a 1989 Grady , good but not great ride. I have noticed that most boats that have a superior ride in a head sea usually have a 3:1 length / beam ratio (or close). It really does make a difference in the ride as they seem to have a softer reentry. Most boats are trying to be as beamy as possible but it doesn't help the ride.
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It feels huge...climbed around on one a few years ago. With bracket its probably 31'
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All you need to do is to take a critical look at a few hulls. One of the primary factors in head sea ride is the "fullness" of the bow. If the bow is long and sharp and tapers very slowly into the running deadrise (Fountain is a good example here), the head sea ride will be better. If, instead, the bow goes from sharp to flat very quickly, the head sea ride will suffer. One of the primary indicators of ride is the deadrise right under the helm. I put many hours on my Parker 25. I beat it hard and it came back for more. But, in return, it beat me as well. It was a great and stable fishing platform that sat like a raft in most conditions. I'm now running a 24 degree hull with a long, fine entry and it eats a head sea for lunch. In trade, it is a lot more tender (tippy) at drift.

My opinion? The Parker 28 is a great boat if you are willing to give up ride quality into a head sea. Want more ride quality? Names like Contender, Yellowfin, Jupiter, Fountain, Donzi come to mind among a lot more. All about 24 degrees with a long entry, making them less efficient on fuel, but much nicer in the afternoon slop.
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