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Old 09-25-2012, 05:26 PM   #1
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Default Ameracat 27 Gen II / 1 year review

The build of our new Ameracat 27
The wife and I love our offshore fishing and had a 23' center console and most weekends the seas did not cooperate for our boat. We did a lot of research and decided on the Ameracat 27 for our needs. (getting older and needed a better ride)
We called Scott and Steve at Ameracat and they were patient at taking us out on multi sea trials. First one seas were to flat (lake Atlantic). They were more than happy to let us come back when the seas were up and try again. Seas were up and inlet was nasty with a strong outgoing tide and east wind. We loved the ride and placed the order.
They showed us again their great patients with our many changes with design and options.
Were going with the new 150 Merc 4s motors.
The boat should be coming out of the mold this week and Steve already started sending us pictures of the build.
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:41 PM   #2
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I have the 26' Twin Vee which is amazingly similar in hull design. I am very happy with mine. I have read that Ameracat resolved many of the problems that the earlier Twin Vees had. (Scupper drains too close to the water, cheap hardware and a few other issues). FWIW with twin 115's I experience similar speed performance and slightly better fuel economy than a similarly equipped TV26 with twin 140's.

The ride is very smooth in anything less than 5'. Above 5' it is stable and safe. My worst ride to date in mine --- 8-10' following seas... I just could not get a comfortable cruise speed. Too fast and it wanted to spear the back of the waves as we surfed down the face, too slow and you just kinda wallered around in the hole.

I would like to try the 8-10's again in much deeper water where the wave period is different...I might think better than I do now. Good luck with yours - - I am buying a new one as soon as this one (04 model) wears out.
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Think suzuki 175's....no way I'd go with the mercs...but that's just me..
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:57 PM   #4
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Thanks for the good luck. We went with the Ameracat in hopes it won't wear out to soon. Been thru a few to many boats in the past and I think this one will last for quite a few years.
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:02 PM   #5
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I was alwas a Yamaha guy so the F150's would have been my 2nd choice
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I was alwas a Yamaha guy so the F150's would have been my 2nd choice
Do you have numbers with the 150 Merc's? I like the new design and the Merc 150 has 20% fewer moving parts then the 150 yamaha... so says Merc. I haven't counted them.
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:28 PM   #7
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I dont have any #'s with the new merc's. You could find a thread for the original 27 with the new merc's. I'll be glad to post all the #'s once we get it wet, along with all the pics of the build on the way.
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I'm very interested in this one as well
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:05 PM   #9
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I'm hoping for around 2.5 mpg @ 30 mph cruise.
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Bottom step of bow, 4 1/2' fish box & 2 1/2' cooler/storage.
2 hatch doors in face of bow for storage.
Windlass on bow.

Aft seating with hatches under removable cushions port & starboard for storage/cooler. Removable backrests that will mount in 2 rod holders on transom behind seats when needed.
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You might get over 2 MPG with a light load but when you get loaded up to go offshore you better shoot for 2 MPG so you will not be disapointed. I have the original 27 with new Mercs and average about 2 MPG. Only have about 50 hours on them so far but really like the new Mercs. I had 150 Suzukis on my last boat. So far I like the Mercs better.
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I also have a 26 ft twin vee with almost 2000 hrs on it Hope another ?? years. Have spent some money with Tommy the glass man hope to get a couple more years out of the Madness Please keep us all informed on your performance numbers, ride etc good luck with your new ride
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Glad you like the mercs. Do you see 2 mpg with a full tank of fuel and loaded for fishing ?
What do you see with a half tank and a medium load with 2 or 4 people running 30 mph?
At 30 mph are you running about 4000 rpm?

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Glad you like the mercs. Do you see 2 mpg with a full tank of fuel and loaded for fishing ?
What do you see with a half tank and a medium load with 2 or 4 people running 30 mph?
At 30 mph are you running about 4000 rpm?

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Yes I am about 4000 rpm at 30 mph. My fuel tank is only 105 gal so not much difference full or half tank. I have only been calculating fuel usage the old fashion way and it has been averaging around 2 mpg. I need to get my smartcraft network set up properly so I can check numbers at different rpms. Waiting on a plug from Ameracat so I can network both engines together and I also bought a Merc monitor so I can read engine info on my simrad. I'm right in the middle of fall fishing and dont have time to get the network fixed right now. What I really cant believe is that Merc does not have any diagrams of how to configure the network. I have not picked up my merc monitor from the dealer yet but im hopeing there is some better instructions than what I got with my smartcraft guages.
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New pics from Steve today of our new toy.
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New pics from Steve today of our new toy.
What a beauty!!!! The ride of this hull will amaze anyone. I think I love this boat more than my wife but if I mention that she will stop working and I will be out of money for fuel
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Those are all color photos
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In regards to the build, I am surprised to see some vertical blue stryrofoam strips in the liner/cap piece, like if instead of those pics being pics of the build of your boat, those where pics of the build of the plug or pics of the build of the liner/cap without a mould, like in a one off contruction, also suprised to see no hatches in the sole of the cockpit ....
you must send more pics ....
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In regards to the build, I am surprised to see some vertical blue stryrofoam strips in the liner/cap piece, ....
I believe it's Airex High Density Foam Board ... not styrofoam
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