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Old 08-23-2010, 09:10 PM
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I am REALLY liking the lines of the Osmond 34 by H&H. Anyone have any thoughts or experiences with this boat, or one similar to it?

http://hhmarineinc.com/models/osmond34.htm
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Interesting! When you look at the hulls, the edges and corners look like they are glass over plywood hulls, but the site says they are glass. With the plumb bows and down east lines, they look like semi-displacement, rather than planing hulls, so they are probably not fast. But if you are looking for cockpit space, they've sure got it.
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Ken,
I compared them to the Calvin Beal lines and the Osmond Beal boats seem to be more "traditional." I think the Osmonds are semi-displacement if I recall correctly. I may very well be wrong on that, but I am not a speed freak. I would like a cruising speed somewhere in the upper teens or maybe just 20 knots at most.
As for space, no doubt. I love the roomy cockpit and deck space they offer. Now all I need to do is save my pennies.........a whole lot of them
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Blue Claw,

I'd suggest going out and purchase the book "Mane Lobsterboats" by Virginia L. Thorndike. It's a great education on the various builders, history, and hull form - built-down vs. skeg-built and their characteristics. It's just a great read if you're interested in downeast hulls.

I owned a Lowell Bros. hull for a number of years that was "built-down", not the fastest, but had a comfortable motion.
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This boat style are typically 20 knot or slower cruising boats. They have many fans, but speed freaks are not among those fans.
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I own a 36 Osmond and love the boat, this is season 5. The 34 and 36 come out of the same mold with the 36 having 2' added to the transom. I run a charter service out of New London, CT and have fished in rough conditions offshore and the boat handles very well. It is a semi-displacement and powered with a 420 CAT. I normally cruise at 15 knots at 2200rpm or 17 knots at 2400rpm with a fair tide. Engine tops at 2800 (2837 wot) and will do 21 knots. 10' pilot house and huge cockpit. Look at www.righthookfishing.com for pictures of boat. Hope this info helps you. Bob
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Hey guys,
Thanks for your replies. Please see below for specifics.

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Blue Claw,
I'd suggest going out and purchase the book "Mane Lobsterboats" by Virginia L. Thorndike. It's a great education on the various builders, history, and hull form - built-down vs. skeg-built and their characteristics. It's just a great read if you're interested in downeast hulls.
I owned a Lowell Bros. hull for a number of years that was "built-down", not the fastest, but had a comfortable motion.
Thanks Gerry, in fact I do own that book already....maybe I need to re-read it! LOL

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This boat style are typically 20 knot or slower cruising boats. They have many fans, but speed freaks are not among those fans.
Agreed. I am not a speed freak by any stretch, so 20 knots is actually just about right for me! Thanks!


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I own a 36 Osmond and love the boat, this is season 5. The 34 and 36 come out of the same mold with the 36 having 2' added to the transom. I run a charter service out of New London, CT and have fished in rough conditions offshore and the boat handles very well. It is a semi-displacement and powered with a 420 CAT. I normally cruise at 15 knots at 2200rpm or 17 knots at 2400rpm with a fair tide. Engine tops at 2800 (2837 wot) and will do 21 knots. 10' pilot house and huge cockpit. Look at www.righthookfishing.com for pictures of boat. Hope this info helps you. Bob
Hey Bob,
I have read several of your posts and have since visited your website. I need you to take me fishing!!
Thanks for your information. A few questions if you don't mind: How is your boat in a trailing(?) sea? What type of cost can I expect for an engine similar to yours--without asking what you paid, of course?? And, is there any particular reason that you chose the 36 over the 34 aside from simply the 2-feet of extra deck space??? I am now starting to think that I will go with a kit instead of a complete package. Any advantages or disadvantages to this????

Thanks again, all. I really appreciate the tips and advice.
Cheers!!!
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Blue Claw,
I had initially planned on a 34 Osmond Beal and in fact that is what I ordered but changed my mind to a 36 after talking with a fellow charter Capt. Pete Fisher, who I have found knows quite a bit about downeast boats. He told me that although the 36 would be longer and a little heavier I would not lose any speed with the same power (less squatting, more water line length, etc.) I believe that he was correct and happy I went with the 36. At the time the 34 and 36 were not far apart in price. I have no problems in a following sea and the boat tracks well. I did not buy a kit because I do not have the talent to finish one off. I had the crew at H&H complete the boat and they did a great job and only 60 days behind schedule. The owner of H&H, Bruce Grindal is a gentleman and easy to do business with. I would do business with them again if I was inclined to build again. If you want to go for a ride sometime give me a call. Bob
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I have fished an H&H that was outfitted as a bluefin boat with a full tower. Nice boat, wet boat- I mean really wet. It pounded a bit in the rough stuff, but was solid as a rock. It was CAT powered, single screw, bow thruster, wet exhaust. 16-17 kt cruise, 24 WOT. I was considering a down east setup but after fishing that boat as a future boat, but am not sure it would fit my needs. Neat boat though, the quality is evident.
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Blue Claw,
I had initially planned on a 34 Osmond Beal and in fact that is what I ordered but changed my mind to a 36 after talking with a fellow charter Capt. Pete Fisher, who I have found knows quite a bit about downeast boats. He told me that although the 36 would be longer and a little heavier I would not lose any speed with the same power (less squatting, more water line length, etc.) I believe that he was correct and happy I went with the 36. At the time the 34 and 36 were not far apart in price. I have no problems in a following sea and the boat tracks well. I did not buy a kit because I do not have the talent to finish one off. I had the crew at H&H complete the boat and they did a great job and only 60 days behind schedule. The owner of H&H, Bruce Grindal is a gentleman and easy to do business with. I would do business with them again if I was inclined to build again. If you want to go for a ride sometime give me a call. Bob
Bob,
Sorry for the delayed response. Been busy working.
I just found a very well used Mitchell Cove, 1992, 32-foot, CAT 3116 355hp(?), 11.6 foot beam, open stern.
That said, the 34-foot H&H is really what I want. What are your thoughts on the MC?
Thanks,
--Brian

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I have fished an H&H that was outfitted as a bluefin boat with a full tower. Nice boat, wet boat- I mean really wet. It pounded a bit in the rough stuff, but was solid as a rock. It was CAT powered, single screw, bow thruster, wet exhaust. 16-17 kt cruise, 24 WOT. I was considering a down east setup but after fishing that boat as a future boat, but am not sure it would fit my needs. Neat boat though, the quality is evident.
Very cool. I am really excited about getting into a downeast setup. To solve the "wet" factor do you think spray rails would make a difference???

Thanks!!
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Never rode on a Mitchell Cove so can't comment. I have been on several other downeast builds. I can tell you that my 36 h&h does not pound and is no wetter than other builds but I do have spray rails and lifting rails. On the rough days when steaming I do not get wet at all because I am sitting comfortably in the pilot house sipping on a coffee. Bob
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What does H&H's basic boat price include? It says w/o engine ...
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