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Old 09-16-2009, 10:24 AM
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2003 Osprey 24' pilothouse,Volvo diesel, duoprop.

To be used in Oregon waters..
Would like good bad and ugly info from owners and previous.
If problems, what you did to cure etc.

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Good boat - my brother has a couple of sizes up with dual Volvos. Perfect for PNW - his spends most of its time in Alaska. Normal Volvo issues. Do a really good mechanical inspection of leg and motor. Service by the book for sure with no shortcuts - it will be $$ well spent.
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Though I myself don't have time in one, have heard from a few owners here in No. Cal. that they can pound. I did crawl through one pretty carefully at one time; seemed to be decently put together.
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I had a 1999 26 Osprey with a Volvo 43 for about 5 years. I've know many other owners and put over 2000 hrs on the boat. The main problems I had were all outdrive related and minor engine repairs (alternator a few times, injectors, starter). Osprey has gone downhill after it caught fire and sold out to sea-sport. The wirring sucks, there is no longer a fiberglass stringer grid and most everthing is screwed togather rather than glassed. The 2003 has small fishholds and the pump out sucks. the wirring is horribable. The hull and the rest of the boat is good. One Major issue is the fuel tank I know of about 5 issues with the fuel tanks rotting out. They foam in there tank and water seeps in after time and it eats away at the alluimnum. its a major job replacing 10,000.00. look very close to the fuel tank if you see any salt water on top of the tank or in the tank run away. FAST............. good luck.
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I had a 1999 26 Osprey with a Volvo 43 for about 5 years. I've know many other owners and put over 2000 hrs on the boat. The main problems I had were all outdrive related and minor engine repairs (alternator a few times, injectors, starter). Osprey has gone downhill after it caught fire and sold out to sea-sport. The wirring sucks, there is no longer a fiberglass stringer grid and most everthing is screwed togather rather than glassed. The 2003 has small fishholds and the pump out sucks. the wirring is horribable. The hull and the rest of the boat is good. One Major issue is the fuel tank I know of about 5 issues with the fuel tanks rotting out. They foam in there tank and water seeps in after time and it eats away at the alluimnum. its a major job replacing 10,000.00. look very close to the fuel tank if you see any salt water on top of the tank or in the tank run away. FAST............. good luck.
So are you saying that Seasport isn't building them as good as the original manufacture did?
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I had a 1999 26 Osprey with a Volvo 43 for about 5 years. I've know many other owners and put over 2000 hrs on the boat. The main problems I had were all outdrive related and minor engine repairs (alternator a few times, injectors, starter). Osprey has gone downhill after it caught fire and sold out to sea-sport. The wirring sucks, there is no longer a fiberglass stringer grid and most everthing is screwed togather rather than glassed. The 2003 has small fishholds and the pump out sucks. the wirring is horribable. The hull and the rest of the boat is good. One Major issue is the fuel tank I know of about 5 issues with the fuel tanks rotting out. They foam in there tank and water seeps in after time and it eats away at the alluimnum. its a major job replacing 10,000.00. look very close to the fuel tank if you see any salt water on top of the tank or in the tank run away. FAST............. good luck.
Thanks for your responce. I have talked to many owners with all positive results. I tried to reach " Sea Sport " but no answer. If you may know someone who went through that, i'd like to contact them.

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Thanks for your responce. I have talked to many owners with all positive results. I tried to reach " Sea Sport " but no answer. If you may know someone who went through that, i'd like to contact them.

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Did you try to get ahold of them today, I believe their shop is closed on Fridays. The people who own this dealership http://www.boondocksboats.com/ also own SeaSport, maybe give them a try.
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I will say from first hand experience, Sea Sport will be of no help on that Osprey. I think that boat was built before the merge.
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I have a 2003 and only have 160 hours on it. There is a yahoo group with the owners on it. I have never heard of any fuel tank issues, but if you did I would see that being a very expensive fix. I haven't had any electrical issue. My fishboxes are big, but they do draw heat from the I/O. They will pound, but once you trim the bow down it will pound less than any other of the same type boat. It's a pilothouse and when it gets wet you close the windows and turn on the windshield wipers. Oh yeah it has heat also, nice to have when it is cold out! My only real complaint of my boat is the outdrive sits low (so does the hull) and I am always sucking mud and crap into the lower unit intakes. V-P has no strainers to keep the crap out coming into the lower unit. On the west coast being in deeper water you shouldn't have that problem. Lastly there is no built in live well, which is nice to have. Good Luck Oh yeah they are being made again, I don't think it was Sea Sport, but I could be wrong.
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I have a 2003 and only have 160 hours on it. There is a yahoo group with the owners on it. I have never heard of any fuel tank issues, but if you did I would see that being a very expensive fix. I haven't had any electrical issue. My fishboxes are big, but they do draw heat from the I/O. They will pound, but once you trim the bow down it will pound less than any other of the same type boat. It's a pilothouse and when it gets wet you close the windows and turn on the windshield wipers. Oh yeah it has heat also, nice to have when it is cold out! My only real complaint of my boat is the outdrive sits low (so does the hull) and I am always sucking mud and crap into the lower unit intakes. V-P has no strainers to keep the crap out coming into the lower unit. On the west coast being in deeper water you shouldn't have that problem. Lastly there is no built in live well, which is nice to have. Good Luck Oh yeah they are being made again, I don't think it was Sea Sport, but I could be wrong.

Is there a hose that could be spliced into with a hull scupper ? I had a Carver once that had a jabsco belt driven pump as well as the outdrive pump. Never had a problem with
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From most I have talked to the 24' pilot seems to be a very good rough water boat and quite safe.
A bit of pounding going up hill seems normal. If can be trimmed out is ok with me.
How does your do in following seas trimmed back ?
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I have a 2003 and only have 160 hours on it. There is a yahoo group with the owners on it. I have never heard of any fuel tank issues, but if you did I would see that being a very expensive fix. I haven't had any electrical issue. My fishboxes are big, but they do draw heat from the I/O. They will pound, but once you trim the bow down it will pound less than any other of the same type boat. It's a pilothouse and when it gets wet you close the windows and turn on the windshield wipers. Oh yeah it has heat also, nice to have when it is cold out! My only real complaint of my boat is the outdrive sits low (so does the hull) and I am always sucking mud and crap into the lower unit intakes. V-P has no strainers to keep the crap out coming into the lower unit. On the west coast being in deeper water you shouldn't have that problem. Lastly there is no built in live well, which is nice to have. Good Luck Oh yeah they are being made again, I don't think it was Sea Sport, but I could be wrong.

Is there a hose that could be spliced into with a hull scupper ? I had a Carver once that had a jabsco belt driven pump as well as the outdrive pump. Never had a problem with
trash or heating.
From most I have talked to the 24' pilot seems to be a very good rough water boat and quite safe.
A bit of pounding going up hill seems normal. If can be trimmed out is ok with me.
How does your do in following seas trimmed back ?
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Osprey went to Sea Snort around September 05. Sea Sport is building them. Using the same molds and hasn't done anything new except build them cheaper. You can call up Dave at Alaska Boat Brokers and he can tell you all about fuel tanks or Bill Salt at Salty Marine in Sitka. Good reason to buy a BAMF. I thinks water leaked in from deck inspection plates onto the tank. you can tell by removing them and looking on top of tank or using water indicating paste and go in through the deck fill. They are good boats don't get me wrong they built hundreds of them and only a few problems. I've heard of the problems because my buddy built your boat. and 100's more.
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Osprey went to Sea Snort around September 05. Sea Sport is building them. Using the same molds and hasn't done anything new except build them cheaper. You can call up Dave at Alaska Boat Brokers and he can tell you all about fuel tanks or Bill Salt at Salty Marine in Sitka. Good reason to buy a BAMF. I thinks water leaked in from deck inspection plates onto the tank. you can tell by removing them and looking on top of tank or using water indicating paste and go in through the deck fill. They are good boats don't get me wrong they built hundreds of them and only a few problems. I've heard of the problems because my buddy built your boat. and 100's more.
I joined the Osprey owners group. There is info on fixes for that quite easy if caught in time.
Most seem to have done that with no futher problems. I do appreciate the heads up though
and will proceed with that in mind. Other than that, they seem to me very good boats with good resale.
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That was the name new manufacturer BAMF. Also I did think about rerouting a line from a scupper to place it into the fish hold. Right now I have a portable live well that can be placed on the swim platform. No problem about following seas, it's not like a downeaster that will push the bow around. It is a deep v and has a very high bow and gunnels. Something that is nice to have when you are getting tired and need the support. Also I did replace my access ports and 5200 the housings to the deck. Lastly another problem which is minor, is that if you reverse the boat at speeds abov e trolling water can and will come through the transom door flooding the deck.
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Lastly another problem which is minor, is that if you reverse the boat at speeds abov e trolling water can and will come through the transom door flooding the deck.
funny i have always wondered why alot of the transom doors i see open inwards toward the cockpit...i thought would make more sense to open outwards so the pressure of the waves would force it closed tighter, guess maybe a safety issue so one doesnt have to lean outside boat to close door etc.
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The Reason why Osprey door swings inward is because of C.E. Specs (going to Europe). Osprey used to be international building boats to C.E. and the outboard swinging door was exnayed. Osprey uses 4 1" scuppers wich is NOT enough. Believe me. bad for following seas drifting. I Charter in Alaska and have owned 2 26's and the 2nd 28 and had a large part of developing the 28 and 30 prior to Ospreys downfall.
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The Reason why Osprey door swings inward is because of C.E. Specs (going to Europe). Osprey used to be international building boats to C.E. and the outboard swinging door was exnayed. Osprey uses 4 1" scuppers wich is NOT enough. Believe me. bad for following seas drifting. I Charter in Alaska and have owned 2 26's and the 2nd 28 and had a large part of developing the 28 and 30 prior to Ospreys downfall.
captainmike would you recommend then increasing the size of the scuppers by enlarging the existing ones...and how could this be done.

Also are you involved with the development of the new BAMF boats..they look pretty awesome. If i have any specific questions re. the Osprey 24 which is not answered on the Osprey forum may i drop you a pm...thanks
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a lot of negative things written, but in reality the market disagrees. these ospreys hold their value llike no other pilothouses on the market, not sure what's the negative press here...
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I ran one in moderate seas. We got smacked on the side by a large wave, water broke over the cabin. The boat rocked a bit, righted itself and kept going. I was impressed. The fish boxes seem low in the water. There's always an inch in the bottom.
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Lordy! Am curious as to why this thread resurfaced almost a year and a half

I think they are good boats as well if that matters
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