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Old 01-01-2006, 05:14 PM
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Considering buying a 31 foot Ocean Master, does anyone have any comments on this boat ( pro's or con's). Thanks
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Old 01-01-2006, 05:27 PM
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too heavy for outboards had a 1987, boat is built like none other!, inch thick glass etc...had twin 225's got decent speed, due to the flattish bottom, the early boats are wet very wet, the newer boats supposily have a redesigned skirts to hold the water down

depending on the deal, i would look elsewhere, currently have a 26 regulator its all the boat of a 31 ocean master, with better finish, beter fuel economy, dryer faster ride. and a better name when it comes to resale



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Old 01-01-2006, 07:02 PM
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I looked over one a few years ago... A super strong hull, thats well built. What really impressed me was all the room, a HUGE fishing platform...It had twin 225 Yamaha's, and a tuna tower...I needed something smaller and trailerable...

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i believe the newer one has a larger revise chime to keep spray down.

The OM is not designed as a launching boat like today's Contenders, Palmetto, Fountain, YF...etc. It designed more on putting the tabs all the way down and let the bow do the work..and don't let is launch. We seriously considered them 2 years ago, but the price tags was healthy, I was told by several owners that we spoke to that there is a learning curve to operating these boat and how to get the best ride.

Go to this site and look under 'News and Deals' they have done some AWESOME rigging of the OM boats.
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Old 01-02-2006, 07:20 PM
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FISHED ONE IN FLA LAST YEAR, 3-4 FT SEAS, WET BOAT HOWEVER THERE WAS NO GLASS OR CURTAINS. RODE LIKE A CHAMP. HAD TWIN 225 MERCS AND REALLY RODE NICE. I ALSO FISH A 26 REGULATOR AND THE TWO DONT COMPARE IN 3-4FT SEAS...AND I LOVE THE RIDE ON THE 26 REG, JUST DIFFERENT TYPS OF BOATS..
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Old 01-02-2006, 08:40 PM
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I had 2 Ocean Master 31's. I like the Grady 306 Bimini better. I am on my second 306 now.
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Old 01-09-2006, 08:34 PM
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How about all 31 ocean master owners, on a scale of 1 to 10 rate your boat. 1 is bad an 10 is great. from what i have read is wet? or rough? all boats are wet an rough in the right condition. May Be thats the only thing to complane about. If a boat was built in mid 70 s an 30 years later its wet or rough, come on give me somthing else, any body that has been in the bussiness that long IS doing something right. Show me who else has been around 30 years with the same rig? The rest of the pack is here today an gone tomorrow, what i dont see is poor construction, stress cracks, rotten transom, ect.
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Old 01-09-2006, 08:49 PM
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While they're well-built, sturdy vessels, they didn't get their nickname "Ocean Smasher" for nothing. They pound and they're wet, but that's not to say I wouldn't be happy to be running in one in a real sea.
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I have a friend with one he bought new in 86, fished it offshore a few times. I always thought if I was going to do a offshore boat that'd be it. That was until I fished a 306 Bimini....
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Old 01-26-2006, 10:22 PM
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well did ya buy 31 om?
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Old 01-26-2006, 10:49 PM
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that ocean master is a tank-not a boat !! those things are built to run...incredibly well built,solid fishing machine !! the older ones were a wet rig-no big deal,that's why enclosures are made....this boat is an excellent choice for serious off shore duty !!!
the ocean master 31's aren't prom dates,they're work horses.if you're looking for a flashy show boat look else where...
i really like the ocean masters-2 words...quality construction !!!!
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Well built, but very wet.
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Had an 88 model for nine years. Tough as nails, don't think you can tear one up. But yeah, it was wet, even with curtains! I believe since about 93 they fixed alot of the spray issues by a redesigned chine. Biggest problem for us was we have to run 60-70 miles offshore, and being that heavy of a boat we kept wearing out outboards (repowered her 3 times.) Got caught in some brutal seas several times, and was amazed as to how secure she felt, but had we lost power the open transom could have presented problems. Not the best boat in a following sea also. Didn't like the livewell in the floor either, stepped in it a few too many times! Did catch lots of fish on her though, and if I lived somewhere closer to the bluewater probably would still have her. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-22-2006, 07:43 PM
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I have to disagree with some of these points about quality construction. They may have been built well but not so much anymore. My 27' broke the first half season. The - t-top failed- transom scupper tunnels separated from the transom. The transom spidercracked- every in deck box ripped out from the underside of the hull- no goose neck in the fuel vent line. The list goes on and on- some things the dealer's fault and other's were on the manufacturer. It was a brand new boat- 2002. The dealer went out of business then the manufacturer actually told me that the hull warranty issues werent his problem since he didnt sell me the boat. I had to remind him that its his name on the warranty. He really made fixing these problems a hassle and dragged his feet as much as he could. I love the boats and always wanted one. Ive fished my friends old 31' many times and I love it and know what some of you mean about tabbing the *%$# out of it to get a softer wetter ride. The quality control doesnt seem to be there anymore as they try to pump out more boats at a lesser cost. They dont glass the cap to the hull anymore but use plexus. Which takes less time. It is a better way if done correctly... My problem (among others) was that they didnt remember to screw the boxes in with the use of plexus so the boxes never bonded well to the underside of the deck. It sucked paying for shipping and derigging and rerigging and not having a boat for 2 years. So- great boats, especially the older ones but be wary of new ones. You could pick up the old ones @ a good price too. I would ve been happy if the boat held together and wasn't taking on water 65 miles offshore after being "fixed" the first winter. That was my original plan...I have plenty of pics to back it up. They do catch fish though. A side note. The hull is asymetrical- the first strakes at the transom are 1.5 inches different in height. That made rigging the bracket interesting...
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visited mark harpner a month ago.He will lay up a hull light or heavy depending on what you want.The hulls dont pound if opereted at the speed they were designed for also the spray rails on the hull were updated some time ago to make for a less wet ride as someone else mentioned,
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