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Old 09-08-2004, 09:39 PM
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This is my first post on the forum, and I'd first like to thank everyone for the wealth of information I've gotten here.

I'm considering buying either the Osprey 22 or 24 for fishing Southern California islands and offshore. I'm particularly interested in the 22 Northwind (pilothouse), but I have not encountered anyone that has any experience with it. I'd appreciate any feedback anyone has on these two boats. Thanks in advance for any replies.
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Old 09-08-2004, 11:35 PM
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I have a 2002 24 Fisherman (see specs below) that I bought new in February 2002 (now in its third season).
So far we're still very happy with it. The quality and integrity is outstanding - one of the selling points to me was the Diamond Seaglaze windows and doors- and it rides and handles great (it trailers pretty well for a large 24'er too) . When the weather gets bad you'll really appreciate the enclosed pilot house.

There are several other THT members with O24's and O26's (both Fisherman and Expedition models); at least one of them has had his boat out 50 miles or so and was very pleased with the results - ride and fuel consumption. Hopefully they will chime in here shortly. I've seen a Northwind in person but did not go aboard for further examination (the dealer had one in stock when I ordered my 24)

Feel free to send me a PM if you'd like more feedback - when I ordered in November 2001 feedback on Ospreys was not easy to find......

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Old 09-08-2004, 11:50 PM
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I have been on a 22' but not on the water. At first I liked the layout but didn't like the storage for gear and there isn't much room for passengers. It would be a great boat for serious fishing but with a large group of 4 or 5 it gets a little small in the pilot. The 24 was really nice when i walked on that.
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Old 09-09-2004, 06:52 AM
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Agree with Overcurrent. We own a 24 Fisherman. Built like a brick $hithouse. The only thing I would have asked for differently would be more bow flare. We had a 23 Parker DV W/A and it was a drier ride and softer in short tight chop. But on the other hand, the pilot house keeps any spray from affecting you in the cabin. Another thing-and the reason my wife talked me into this particular boat is the weekend-ability. Man-we put heat and air on her, cable TV, painted the bottom, dropped her in a slip, and Friday thru Sunday-no matter what the weather-we have a place to relax on the water. And yes, that cabin is insulated and tight as a drum. Good luck, sorry I cant comment on the 22.

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Old 09-09-2004, 10:53 AM
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Can only chip in second hand information. A friend of mine ran the Sherrifs patrol out of the Columbia River and the ocean (read Hummingbird spit, et al), (Oregon/Washington border). They used Osprey and Sea Sport. He told me that the Osprey nickled and dimed them to death and that the Sea Sport was built much heavier duty and the ride was better. I have been on two Sea Sports, and they are built like a tank. I have only SEEN Ospreys, but no personal experience. FWIW
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Old 09-09-2004, 02:34 PM
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I compared the Osprey with the SeaSports before ordering a SeaSport. Both are top of the line boats. In the final count I thought the SeaSport was better built and at a slightly lower cost.
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Old 09-09-2004, 04:59 PM
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My family has a 2002 24' fisherman model like overcurrent. We enjoy the boat and it fishability. I do have a few complaints though. Has anyone else noticed that the screws on the dashboard that conect the wood, keep falling off? This always happens. The boat costs over 60 gs and you don't expect the screws to fall out. John
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Old 09-09-2004, 05:04 PM
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My family has a 2002 24' fisherman model like overcurrent. We enjoy the boat and it fishability. I do have a few complaints though. Has anyone else noticed that the screws on the dashboard that conect the wood, keep falling off? This always happens. The boat costs over 60 gs and you don't expect the screws to fall out. John
I assume you mean the screws in the teak trim above the doorway to the V-berth?
Never had that problem with mine.
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Old 09-09-2004, 07:35 PM
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I have a 2004, 24 Fisherman with the 5.7 VP Ocean Series and have been very happy with it so far, well… outside of the issue with the remote oil lines which VP replaced my engine over. When I started researching pilothouse boats I considered the SeaSport, Skagit and the Osprey and I felt that they all were close to being equal. The one thing that I liked about the Osprey over the other 2 brands was that you didn't have to step down into the pilothouse. If I remember correctly the only difference between the 22 and the 24 is the rear deck (cockpit) is 2 feet shorter. I have about 95 hours on mine and been in 3 to 4 foot seas without any problems. I think you can find a lot of good information on the Pacific North West boats on the West Coast fishing forums.
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Old 09-09-2004, 08:01 PM
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Thanks for the replies everyone. By the way, have any of you installed a bait tank on your Osprey? If so, does it feel too cramped with it being so close to the motor cowling? Thanks in advance for any replies.
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Old 09-09-2004, 08:38 PM
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The 24 SeaSPort comes in either a XL, which has almost a 10 foot long deck, or the Explorer. The Explorer has a bigger cabin and room for a head at the expense of the deck size. For us, the deck size was more important as we like to fish and shrimp a lot so we ordered the XL. When I compared the SeaSport and the Osprey side by side ( my dealer sells both) I could see little quality issues that swayed me towards the SeaSport. I really liked the sliding door option leading into the cabin from the deck. The Seasport seemed to have features standard that were options on the Osprey and the SeaSport also had the window shield thats faces out on top to reduce glare. After being in several hard cabin boats with regular windshields this alone was reason enough for me. Both nice boats. The SeaSport also has a place for bait on the rear of the deck.
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I really like my boat and the ability to be in the crappiest weather and not worry about getting wet. The windshield wipers seem like they are the least expensive ones on the market, along with the horn, but other than those two issues I am very pleased with the boat over all. We went out this weekend in the bay to play in the rough stuff and I am really amazed at how this boat does in the rough weather with it pouring down rain.
I did have some issues trying to get the boat back to the dock and ended up slamming the dock with the port side of the boat toward the transom. It sounded like a piling coming through the hull but it looks like minor gel coat cracking. Anyone know of a good fiberglass man in the Deltaville area? I would like to get some estimates on the repair.
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Old 09-10-2004, 12:45 PM
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Since these boats are so similar in size and weight I have a question for you Osprey owners. I ordered my SeaSport with the 8.1 liter 375 HP inboard. Is this over kill?
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The Radovich and Wilson are the heavy duty versions of this style of boat, and most commercial and hardcore fisherman that go to the Channel Islands and farther north, really go for these tanks.
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Snowwolfe - 9/10/2004 12:45 PM Since these boats are so similar in size and weight I have a question for you Osprey owners. I ordered my SeaSport with the 8.1 liter 375 HP inboard. Is this over kill?
Congrats on your new Sea Sport....you should be very happy with it.

I hope I am not out of line here but back when the Wright bros owned the company we were dealers for them. At that time the max hp Volvo was offering with the 7.4 was 300hp. Now they get that out of a 6.2 and even a 5.7 ltre which are smaller, lighter engines. Your boat will absolutley fly with a 8.1 375. Plenty of power there. It will hop right up on plane like no ones business*and cruise at a nice low engine rpm. I dont think your fuel economy will matter compared to a*less hp engine*much since a bigger engine will not work as hard to*push the same load.

Only drawback I see is the*additional cost*for the 8.1 engine and*the 8.1 will*make it*a little tighter engine room. Still easy to work on though. Sea Sport makes good provisions for that for sure.

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Thank you Sim. I have the same basic engine in my RV (496 GM) and the fuel economy is vastly better than the smaller Ford V-10 I had in my previous lighter smaller RV. SeaSport currently offers three gas engines in this boat. Two small blocks that put out 280 and 320 HP and the big block 375HP. When I called the factory looking for advice they suggested I either stay with the stock 280 or the 375. They told me the duoprop's were the same size on both the 280 and 320 and the only gains to be had with the 320 were a slightly greater top speed but at a higher rpm. It cost me 5K to go up to the 375 but I fiqured I better do it now instead of maybe regretting it later. I would of liked one of the bigger diesels but there costs is nuts!! I think a 215 D series diesel was about a 15,000 option.
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Snow,

All of the 24's we had sold were gas powered. Most with the 7.4s.*The old 5.7's jsut did not have enough umpffff(sp) when the boats*were loaded down.*Right before the company sold to the new owners Volvo came out with some higher hp 5.7's which we sold a few of. I was suprised how peppy(sp) they were.......but no match to the big blocks low end power.

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esale end I dont think it matters to much what power in the 24ft models. The 27's are a definite plus to have the diesel. Much easier boat to re-sell with diesel then gas.

Anyways........good luck. I am sure you will be happy with your new boat.

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Snow,
I have a 2000 Seasport 2400 explorer with a 5.7 and I don't feel like it is underpowered. They also are building them setup for twin outboards, I saw one the other day and if they would have made 250 hp four strokes when I bought mine, I might have went that route. You dont have the engine box killing most of your deck space and you get all that extra storage.


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Old 09-12-2004, 07:56 PM
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It's no speed demon, but I find that the 270 HP 5.0L is very adequate.
I'd have preferred to have had the 5.7L, but I couldn't see $2.5K just to gain 45 cubic inches and only TEN HORSEPOWER. The 315HP 5.7L would have been $4.5K more (than the 5.0).
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Old 09-12-2004, 09:43 PM
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Overcurrent. How does your Excursion hadle the tow? Mileage? What type of brakes do you have on your trailer? I did consider the outboard route but the cost of two of those buggers was wayyyyyyy more than the 8.1. Base price of the boat was lower but after considering everything, including having both motors hanging off the back I went the inboard route. I was also leery of outboards as I see a lot of Sea Sports and Ospreys up here but have yet to see one with an outboard which I suspect would reduce the value when it came time to sell.
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