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Old 10-22-2010, 05:37 AM   #1
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Default Advice 36-43ft (Open,Express,Express Hardtop) Zeus or IPS

I am looking for a 36-43ft multipurpose boat. The boat has to have IPS or Zeus. A couple of must are the ability to drive the boat from a lower level helm area (like a Express boat), want to be able to fish (handle rough water) while at the same time relax in comfort. I have seen some Express hardtop such as Cabo 44, Luhrs 41, Riviera 43 and the new Viking 42 but wanted to see if you all new of anything else that I might be missing.

Overall, just looking for a sportfishing boat that is family/cruising friendly. Suggestions please or thoughts!!!!!

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Ocean Billfish 37?
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Ocean Billfish 37?
Second that. Ocean has built a couple of 37' with IPS. Awsome performance and economy.

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Old 10-22-2010, 06:28 AM   #4
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First one that came to my mind too, 37' Billfish.

I guess that makes it X3.

Good luck shopping.

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IPS v. Zeus. I look at it more as a Volvo vs. Cummins/merc decision.
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What are yall's thoughts on Rampage boats???
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Wyatt, sent you a private message.
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Don't ask about Rampage. You'll get as many opinions as there are stars in the sky. Just do a search on this site to see what I mean.

Good luck.
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Personally, I would take Luhrs off your short list. Even an Ocean would be better. Between Viking and Cabo, I would go with Viking. To me, Cabo has always been like Bertram and Viking's fat sister.
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Just like to know your take on why Luhrs sportfishing boats are not worthy of mention?

I apologies for misprinting your name "jdm61"

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Check out spencer yachts they have a real nice rig on there boat with ips drives looks really nice seavee also has gotten into the ips drive system aswell on there 39, 43 and i heard about the 34 single pod but im really impressed with the volvo over the zeus.
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Spencer 43 with IPS is awesome!
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Check out spencer yachts they have a real nice rig on there boat with ips drives looks really nice seavee also has gotten into the ips drive system aswell on there 39, 43 and i heard about the 34 single pod but im really impressed with the volvo over the zeus.
X2. I was lucky enough to get a ride on the first Spencer 43 they did with IPS (twin 600) at the Miami show several years ago and it was amazing. This year I spent some time with the Spencer guys and Ed from Vovlo who supervised the build on the 74 Spencer that was there. Triple IPS 900-what a machine. IPS v. Zues is easy for me. The zues/cummins thing is cobbled together with far too many complicated parts. IPS is a system, designed as such and far more efficient, as far as I've seen...

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I agree that IPS is a system and when you have a problem you turn to one source.
I have looked and driven many of the Zeus/IPS boats up to the Hat 60 with Zeus.
The Spencer is rated very well.
The Luhrs 37 is a little high in the bow but does provide 2 salons in a 37 foot boat.
This forum will always bash Luhrs, they are what they are and 1/2 of the price of the others.
My pockets are just not deep enough.
The 2006 IPS Luhrs is my 2nd 38. I now have over 6400 hours on 2 different 38 Luhrs.
Look at the Brooks 34, I am sure he would build a bigger hull.
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People bash Luhrs for some of the older hull issues that they had and the 41 convertable disaster a few years back. They have come a very very long way from what they were, granted they are not a Cabo or Viking.

For the money, you get a decent boat....

Would I buy one again, maybe, depending on what I wanted to purchase at the time. If you are looking for new, the Luhrs 41 is no longer built buy you might find one. They are in the progress of working on a new 43 but it's not going to be out until fall 2012.

As far as Zues vs IPS, well, you now have a third option which is ZF's pod drive that can be mated to whatever engine the builder decides. I saw the 35 henriques at the A/C boat show in January with ZF Pods!

Zues is also built by ZF, however they are built specifically to Cummins specs.

Good luck with your search!
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42 Henriques...............Half the price of the Viking............NOT at all half the boat!!
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SeaVee 43 ips is a sick boat
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Seavee 43 ips.
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Did some work on a 43 Torres the other day that boat had a sick hull design and a huge cockpit area but it wasnt running the system you were looking for but really nice and spacious boat.
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