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Old 11-17-2005, 09:13 AM
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Default 33 ' Egg Harbor 1978-1981

I am considering purchasing an older Egg (33' 1978-81) and was curious as to the handling characteristics of this boat. I would appreciate your comments about handling, cruise speed and fuel burn with standard 350 cu. in. (260/270 hp) GM engines.

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Old 11-17-2005, 09:56 AM
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Try here: http://www.eggharborowners.org/

I looked at a couple a few years ago. I think they're nice looking, reasonably well constructed, and would make a nice inshore cruiser, occasional fish boat. Not for me as an offshore or rough water boat. They pretty much all have small blocks, and are pretty slow--I think 20 knots cruise is about what you'll get. Good luck--I really like the old 33 Eggs, it justn't wasn't the right boat for me.

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Cruise about 16 - 18knots and burn about 18- 22gph. That boat should have big blocks (either 454 GM, or 440 Chrysler) to perform better. I fishing with a guy with this boat with 440s. Ran about 21-22 knots, 22-25gph. Not a bad ride, not great in a following sea. Nice boat for cruising, I would go elsewehere for a fishing boat.
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I remember reading somewhere that older Eggs had some problems with rot around the windows. No first hand experience but it might be something to watch out for. I believe their older boats were all wood superstructures thus the rot
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In 1978 the houses were all glass. Before that they were glass over wood.
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Old 11-17-2005, 12:46 PM
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Default Re: 33 ' Egg Harbor 1978-1981

i have been half-way looking at eggs for the last year. I mostly boat in the ches bay but want to venture offshore more so my search is leaning towards 33-36 Bert's and hatteras. I think they (egg harbors) are beautiful and would be perfect for comfortable cruising with the family in the lower Potomac and Chesapeake. I would really look for ones with diesels. The houses do have rot issues and the original windows of that era leaked. The wood mostly rots around the windows and where the house meets the cockpit. Look there. The rot is pretty easy to fix. Compare the weights. Berts and Hatteras's outwiegh a similar sized Egg by thousands of pounds. That and the deeper v of the former are leading my decisions. Please b-mail me when you decide. i would love to hear your opinions. And or, i have all the 4-sale Eggs i liked located around the mid-atlantic if i can help your search.
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Spent many years fishing on a 30'er. Great old boats, with fantastic woodwork in the cabins. Be careful. ReelNauti is right, Eggs of that vintage are very susceptible to rot in the superstructures. The front windows definitely had a problem with water intrusion/rot, and most owners had them glassed over. That being said, many of them have been reworked/repaired/repowered to give them a second life. They are a very heavy boat, so their fuel economy and speed are poor. But they are built like a tank.
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