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Old 12-01-2004, 02:32 AM
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Looking at buying a pilothouse boat, and one of the brands that I'm looking very closely at is Privateer (along with Parker, Judge, Steiger and Eastern). Have alot of good info on most of these boats, thanks to the sage advice and mild opinions on this forum, but don't know much about the Privateer brand. I'm looking at a new Privateer 2850 Atlantic with a pilothouse and dual O/B ( Yam 225's) on a bracket configuration. 28' LOA, 10'6" beam. I understand its a 24degree deadrise, and intend to test ride whatever I buy before signing the check, but wonder what you all think of this particular boat, and the company? How do they hold up? High quality? Good value? Do they hold their value? Want to use it for fishing year round Chesapeake and some offshore. So far, my dealings with them have been very pleasant.
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Old 12-01-2004, 07:19 AM
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Privateer doesn't specify the deadrise on its hulls on its website. If I had to guess these hulls have no where near 24 degrees of deadrise. I'd guess more like 16 degrees. Doesn't make it a bad boat as many, many commercial guys put thousands of hours on these hulls. You will get mocked by the deadrise fans however if you buy this boat.
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Old 12-01-2004, 08:26 AM
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I had Privateer build a 2002 Roamer Skiff center console according to my specifications in 1993. I still have the boat. They were good to work with, and the boat has held up extremely well. They build a simple, no nonsense, bullet proof product.

The 28 Privateer hull with a lot of deadrise is the 2800 Sea Prowler. I believe this hull has been popular with people who want a custom boat for King Fish tournament circuit.

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Old 12-01-2004, 09:15 AM
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In Mass, most are bought as work boats for the commercial guys. Except for the model you are looking at, they are a very stable platform in which to crab, scallop, clam etc. They are also pretty wet riding, with out many frills, the pilot house model will eliminate the wet ride. I probably see more than 25 regularly on the waters I fish and most have a boom to pull lobster pots. So many commercial guys use them is testament to their strength and ability to hold up to hard use.

Take one for a ride and ask the commercial guys in your area what they think about it.
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Old 12-01-2004, 10:47 AM
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They are made near me in Belhaven NC.* There are a heck of a lot of these in use every day with commercial fishermen which says several things.........they have no frills, they are built like tanks to take abuse, they last a long time, they can be easily and economically repaired if necessary, and lastly they provide stable work platforms (shallow V).* I know that Radcliffe does some customization so you may want to give them a call directly.
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Old 12-01-2004, 04:06 PM
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Thanks guys, good advice. I did ask specifically about the deadrise on the 2850 - they claimed 24 degrees.
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Old 12-01-2004, 05:23 PM
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I had a privateer 21 CC, nicely put together, roomy, low gunnels and transom, hurt in rough water, wet too, take what you are looking at for a ride, then decide....Mick..ps, traded it for a cat, happy now!
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Old 12-01-2004, 05:47 PM
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I will preface this response by saying I've never ridden in a Privateer. However I have some friends who own a 28 Sea Prowler and they love it. I am pretty sure that boat has a 24 degree deadrise. It is very heavy and they claim it rides great. They used to own a 23 Regulator so they know something about a soft riding boat. The boat has been very popular with some of the SKA guys in NC. I have heard nothing but good things about the company and their products. They are no frills boats and can be purchased with considerable savings compared to comparably sized boats. I'm sure they would be happy to give you a test ride.
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Old 12-01-2004, 05:58 PM
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I agree with Colliwh and Commok. I have the 28 Atlantic. It's a '93 and was built by Atlantic Boats in Kingston NC. It has a 300 hp Volvo Tamd 61 diesel. Depending on load it cruises between 18 and 20 kts with 24 kts in the corner. With twin outboards it will be much faster. Atlantic Boats sold the mold to Privateer who renamed it the 2850 Atlantic. Unless they redesigned the bottom it is not 24 degrees at the stern. I'd say more like 12 or so. It is a very well built stable boat with no frills. It cuts through 3 to 4 ft chop at 20kts without pounding. With outboards I'm sure it will ride differently as the diesel is heavy and inboard which contributes to a better ride. They are wet boats until you get up on plane around 12 to 14kts then they are very dry riding. I would definitely buy and recommend them although again with an inboard it will be quite a bit different than with outboards.
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Old 12-01-2004, 07:37 PM
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We had a 28 Privateer Prowler built in 2002. The boat is built like a tank. The Radcliffes are very nice people to work with during the boatbuilding experience and seem to take pride in the boats they build. Terry was extremely helpful with the extra little details that I asked for while our boat was being built.
The Prowler has a 24 degree deadrise and gives a very nice ride, but I think Jerseybred knows best about the deadrise in the 2850. Another consideration with the 2850 is the fuel capacity listed on the Privateer website. 125 gallon capacity with twin outboards isn't enough. With gas prices now at $2 per gallon, I wouldn't mind having that 2850 with a single diesel instead of twin outboards.
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Old 12-02-2004, 04:53 AM
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Thanks guys - you have helped tremendously. I'll check out both, and the point about fuel, and the "no kidding" deadrise on the prowler, is making me think more about that model, and less about the 2850... Thanks again.
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longoverdue...what top end, cruise and fuel burn do you get with your Privateer set up? What do you think about the ride? How is the storage...is there any way to put in a toilet? Thanks
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Old 12-02-2004, 08:00 PM
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The boat gives a very good ride. The hull weight alone is over 5500 pounds, and when you combine that with the deadrise, the ride is pretty soft. The layout in our boat is pretty bare bones without much storage. We wanted the maximum amount of deck space so we got the small console and didn't want the storage boxes up front because we didn't want to have to step up on anything when fighting a fish at the bow. We did have one storage area built under the floor with enough room for an anchor, anchor ball, and 2 or 3 castnets. We also had the boat foam-filled.
I think most 28 Privateers have larger consoles that you can step down into, and room for a porta potty. We opted for a 250 gallon gas tank which eliminated the step down area in the console.
Top speed is around 52 mph, and the boat cruises at about 38 pretty comfortably in a 3 foot chop.
I don't have any fuel burn numbers, but I can tell you that the Yamaha OX66 225s are very thirsty. We're planning on switching to twin Optis in a few months. We've got a friend with a pair on his Privateer and he burns about 60% of what we burn, and he's a couple mph faster.
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Thanks...is there much option for dry storage?? If you don't mind me asking, what is the $ range on the boat? From what I gather factory support is good and you can't beat just taking it to Belhaven if problems come up.
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Old 12-03-2004, 04:04 AM
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Long Overdue - great website! Your Privateer looks awesome, by the way, and the pictures of it being built give you a good sense for the robust "built like a tank" construction... Thanks for posting!
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Old 12-03-2004, 11:53 AM
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Thanks for the comment on the website. Privateer can build storage pretty much wherever you want it. I've seen them put storage boxes up front that give a huge amount of storage. They can also put in boxes below the deck if you want. They're pretty open to building the boat however you want it.
As to the cost range of our boat, I think the final tally on the whole package including triple axle aluminum trailer, twin 225s, t-top, leaning post and all electronics (radar, vhf, chartplotter/fishfinder, epirb) came to about 75K. I think the hull alone with the options we ordered (foam floatation, yellow color, storage box in the floor, and 250 gallon tank was in the low 30's, but that doesn't include t-top or leaning post.
We only bought the hull from Privateer. We bought the engines in the crates and did all of the rigging and electrical work with the help of a friend.
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