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Old 06-27-2011, 10:19 AM
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I am interested in hearing the good, the bad, and the ugly (if there is any) from those that own or have fished on a 33 Palmetto custom. There are several for sale, that I am going to look at, but I have never been on one and I am interested in hearing how the ride and perfomance compares to other center consoles, including a 33 Contender, a 32 foot Seavee, or any other like sized center console boats. There are some very good deals out there, but I am really not familiar with the ride, performance, or build quality of these boats.

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33 Palmetto is an awesome headsea boat!!!!!! I own one and it's for sale if you are interested. I am in Lake Charles, Louisiana
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Never have ridden on one. However everytime I see the transom, I think wow, monster deadrise. Throw in the bow flare - Seems like a nice ride.
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Thanks for your response. Hopefully an owner or someone who has some hands experience with the boat can weigh in as well. I agree the boat has huge bow flare and a significant dead rise.

It looks like it would be a very strong performing hull.
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They are one of the prettiest boats going. I got pounded in one on a tuna trip in the islands and we had to turn back. It seemed to me like the boat was light and a bit underpowered with 225 Hondas.

I'd suggest you sea trial in a rougher sea and make a decision. The only one I have experience with is one I ran side to side with from Treasure Cay to Canaveral and, maybe because of the unique sea, it seemed to pound more than my old 25 Center Console.

I did see one at Abaco Yacht Services in Green Turtle having repairs. Owner hit a reef and holed the boat. The glass looked thin to me and the repair folks, like it was chopped instead of hand laid. That's maybe 4 years back and Scott was the yard manager doing the repairs, the owner wrecked it on a mid week day and wanted it for the weekend.

I don't want to bash the boats, but that's my honest experience/observation. I have a similar issue with my 36 Dakota in the correct sea and I'm supersizing the tabs as we speak. Mine seems light in the bow and I may have to add weight forward. There's an old saying "there's a boat for every sea and a sea for every boat"

A thorough survey by someone that knows the boats would be great and if you could find someone who has repaired one, all the better.

I apologize to KDM and mean nothing malicious. I paid keen attention to the one I had experience with years ago because it was beautiful and I was inclined to buy the boat at first sight.
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Thanks for your comments. I appreciate the response. Hope to hear some more opinions from others who have actual experience on one.

Thanks again,
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Love their hardtops, have one sitting in the shop now waiting to go on a project hull.
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Anyone else have any hands on experience with one? Great looking boats but it sems very few people have ever actually fished on them.

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I am certainly not positive, but I think I remember them changing the hull on that boat quite a bit at some point. I believe there is a large difference in the early model years and the later ones. Which model year that is, I do not know. I am also not real positive it was on the 33 model, but it is something to try and find out.
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I have put over 700 hours on a 2008 33 palmetto w/ 275 verados. The boat is awesome. The boat rides great in all conditions but I would not go below 275hp on this hull. I can hit 53mph loaded light. It seems like all the negatives in ride you hear about on this boat are in situations where the boat is grossly underpowered. I would say 225 hondas would not get you close to what this boat is made for. You really see the benefits of this hull when you are cruising 35-40. When you put those big K Plane tabs down in a head sea the boat can go all that you will want to hang on for. I troll, chunk, kite, and bottom fish. Trolling: I pull 7 line three teaser spreads easily. I would like a little bigger cock pit, but still plenty of room. The very large console and seat w/tackle station seem to get a little further into the cockpit than other similar cc's. Rear fish boxes are not needed with 1100 qt insulated box in the front. I also don't think the rear boxes are well insulated. Under seat drink cooler in the front is really a little big for most days too. Kite fishing: The high gunnels are awesome on rough days. The boats steep deadrise and entry make the boat rock a little more when the drift sock is out the side than some would like. It can handle much more seas than you can when the sock attached to the bow. The boat is also very basic below the gunnels allowing for plenty of cusomization...rod holders, gaff holders, etc. Bottom fishing: I have fished red snapper/grouper in the gulf with 7-8 people several times with ease. The big ttop puts out some awesome shade, and also provides room for under top rod holders. I love the boat and do a lot of serious fishing/running in it in the upper gulf as well as the keys. The boat is not a SeaVee or Yellowfin, but it is also not priced like one. We have had no structural or motor issues and fish in whatever seas mother nature throws at us(came home from 65miles off SW pass, LA in 6 footers one time) My only complaints are wanting a tower and 450 gals of fuel so I can go 150 miles offshore in the upper gulf.
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Thanks for the great info and comments.

Very helpful. Are you sartisfied with the contruction quality and the fit and finish?
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I have fished one with twin 300HPDIs and the boat was nice. I do know they had some delamination problems with stringers. I think the earlier years. maybe some can confirm this. I also heard that new brunswick had bought palmetto and some are warrantied through them.
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Thanks for you info-much appreciated.
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I believe all the issues were with the 36 hull which has nothing to do with the 33 palmetto that brunswick sold.
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i owned a 33 with 300 HPDI and 250 zuke.

-Boat is a VERY good Head sea boat.
-Boat is an AMAZING following sea boat
-Boat is BONE dry
-Boat is very heavy and needs all the ponies it can get, 250's are the minimum. I rode a 225hp Honda boat and it is not enough power to get the boat to perform correctly and run flat. All the Honda boats came from Dickson Marine.
-Boat is a bit rocky on the drift, but that is the downside to the deadrise
-Boat is a bit stern heavy, prefers 4 blades with stern lift
-Boat gets around 1.15-1.2 mpg loaded for bear in a true sea...may a bit better if you run 35mph..we ran 40-42 everywhere.
-Some of the '03 did have transom issues from what I heard, but I would always survey a used hull. Our '0h was never an issue
-Hull is HAND Laid, not chop, 1" thick at Keel. I know, went the the factory and had the cut out from transducer.
-I do believe 'remembering' the deck was cored and chop on the backside, handlaid on the deck (top) side.
-Boat has a forward bulkhead under the console, that poorly drains to bilge & needs forward bilge installed, easy project.
-Boat has a bilge liner and needs better drainage into bilge, 2 minute fix.
-Palmetto did leave some rough edges of glass that caused some electrical chasig on our part, but I imagine a used boat has that resolved

We sold ours to upgrade to a triple engine 36 YF. The only reason we got rid of the Palmetto was it was not fast enough and palmetto would not do triples for us on a new boat. The ride is that good.
300 Yammie or 300 Suzukkis are pefect on this boat, IMO a better match that the verado just because the verado is a heavier motor and you are putting it on a boat that is already stern heavy.

Good luck, lot of deals floating around on these boats.
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I recently got a 33 palmetto and absolutely love the boat. Ride is awsome, looks awsome, solid, and the RIDE is awsomeI cannot say enough about these boats, although there are +/- of every boat. Also, as Wildlines said, 250's is minimum power for these hulls, 300's would be perfect.
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Run away. Worked for a dealer a few years back and we averaged a week of work by two technicians (by work I mean fixing Palmetto's corner cutting) to get the damn boats ready for owner pick up after the factory said they were ready.

Great materials and hardware, terrible rigging. Great ride, but as an earlier poster noted, the Honda 225's, while being great motors, were too weak. The 300 HPDIs pushed them nice, but See 300 HPDI blew up because...

Great head sea ride, but the "craftsmen" who built them likely split time between working in the factory and picking crops.
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Thanks for all the information. I appreciate it.
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