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Old 02-02-2012, 07:07 AM
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Question 33 Palmetto

Is there someone that can tell me about the Palmetto's 33 in particular? Was told that Sea Hunt has the molds now...How do they ride, drift and is there any issue's with them... never been on one...thanks,
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I have a 2004 year model 33' Palmetto Center console and it is an awesome boat!!!!! Had a 31 Ocean Master prior to the Palmetto and the Palmetto will run circles around the Ocean. PM if you want more info. Mine is for sale.
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THT member Capt Eddie had one. Charter operation out of Venice. PM him or post in the Southeast Forum, he should be able to give you some real world, heavy use, info.


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I was very impressed at how well this boat runs. Had one out in some 4' chop (SE wind at around 18 knots and an outgoing tide), and ran straight into it at about 28 knots, boat really ate it up and stayed very dry considering the conditions, this was with 275 Verados. Top end, boat did 46 knots with about 200 gallons of fuel on board and two people. Nice layout for fishing, tow big baitwells, good fishbox capacity. A little more nooks and crannies would be nice for small storage, but overall a very nice boat.
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:17 PM
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Thanks guys for the info............
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It had a nasty deadrise if I recall. Very beefy in the stern. One of the sharpest I have ever seen.
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I had a 2004 with 300 HPDI that we repowered to 250 Zukes. Let me know what particulars you want, but here is the scoop on ride.

Head Sea - Very Good, boat is a bit stern heavy so a tabs are needed to keep the bow into it.
Following Sea - AMAZING
Drift: Okay, a bit more rocky than others due to agressive deadrise and big bow
Dryness: BONE Dry
Efficiency: Loaded for major trips, it will average 1.15 SM over a 200 mile trip

My biggest dissapointment with the Palmetto was the poor drainage. They had a small bulk head under the cosole with a small tube that conected to the bilge. This got stopped up constantly, we ended up installing a bilge under the console to prevent a problem. They also have a liner in thier bilge that is poorly designed to let water into it, we put 2-2" holes in the bilge liner so water could get in freely to solve the issue.

The boat is heavy and well constructed, I use to have the transducer cut out, the boat was a 1" thick at the keel.

If SH has the molds they have a winner, IMO the boat needs a delta pad on the stern for lift, ditch the liners in the bilge and shed a few pounds...it would be the baddest 33' out there.

Overall we were happy with boat.
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I had a 03 model with 225 honda's. Slightly underpowered but a great dry boat in head or following seas. Very heavy hull. Wish I never sold it! The Palmetto and the Dakota 33 were very similar and both awsome hulls. There resale value is still excellent for them being out of business. Traded it for a Hydrasport 33 vector and wasted my money. Will buy another one some day for sure.
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Can one of you tell me the beam and dead rise? Again thanks
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I run a 2006 with 275 Verados. The boat is absolutely amazing. It is the best riding center console I have ever been in.

Beam is 9'6". Cant remember the deadrise.
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