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Old 07-20-2006, 01:01 PM
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Default Sea Hunt 220 Escape, Seaswirl Striper 2101 DC, Polar 2100 DC

From a previous thread I strated, I got a lot of help narrowing my boat choice to a Sea Hunt Escape 200. Now my wife tells me last night that since she is conceding the battle on whether to buy a boat at all, she wants a bigger one to bring our friends. Yes, this was music to my ears but after doing some more research in the 21-22 ft category I found a few bargains in my area on a Polar 2100 DC and a Seaswirl Striper 2101 DC!

The boat is primarily for me, my sons and friends to go fishing. Areas to be used include the Chesapeake Bay and the back bays/off-shore area at the Jersey Shore. We will also use the boat to haul around my friends and family for tubing/skiing/cruising so that is why I've focused on dual console versus center console. When fishing I expect 3-4 people max but for fun, we may take out as many as 8-10 (when considering the motor).

I am going to water trial these boats Tuesday and will be trailering one of them to NJ the weak of August 5th so I really am finally going to stop asking questions and buy a damn boat Before I do, I would like one last round of feedback as to date, this site has been one of the most valuable tools throughout my research.

2006 Polar 2100 DC $38,786
- Loaded with features and extras (skis, wake board, tie downs, etc.)
- Bimini + mooring/bow cover + full enclosure for bimini
- Premier package (red, recessed cleats, stainless, etc.)
- Hydraulic tilt steering
- High pressure raw water upgrade
- 5 Star galvanized tandem trailer w/brakes
- Porta potti
- Coast guard package
- Yamaha F200 4 stroke, stainless steel prop

2005 Seaswirl Striper 2101 DC $39,000
- Standard white hull
- Bimini + mooring/bow cover
- Hydraulic tilt steering
- Venture galvanized tandem trailer w/brakes
- Porta potti
- Yamaha F200 4 stroke

2006 Sea Hunt Escape 220 DC $38,000
- Bimini + mooring/bow cover + full enclosure for bimini
- Decor package (yellow, lounge seat, bolsters, etc.)
- Deluxe helm chair
- Hydraulic steering
- Venture galvanized tandem trailer w/brakes
- Porta potti
- Dual batteries
- Yamaha F200 4 stroke

As you can see, all of these boats are ready for the water minus electronics. The Polar and Sea Hunt come with more features than the Seaswirl but the Seaswirl has the main features included. I do like the bait/fresh water station on the Polar. I am willing to sacrafice some features to get a better quality boat. Quality of ride, roominess for bigger crowds and slower/lower depreciation are more important factors.

So once again, thanks in advance for any help you can provide. I look forward to posting a picture of my final selection in August!
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Default Re: Sea Hunt 220 Escape, Seaswirl Striper 2101 DC, Polar 2100 DC

All of these boat will need trim tabs. Try to add that into your costs. I can't speak for the other brands, but the quote on the 2101DC seems high for a 2005. For comparison, I purchased a 2005 last october for $32K. That included a 200HP OX66 (cheaper then F200), anniversary package (pomponette chairs, hull color, SS hardware, curtesy lights), full canvas/mooring cover, porta pottie, 6000lb aluminum trailer, trim tabs, lowrance 337c, rear seating, and bow cushions. For where you will be boating, I'd go for the boat with the higher deadrise (polar, SS).
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Tabs can be added if you want two friends have the Polar 21 they don't have tabs & would not add them when I asked.
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Not sure about the trim tabs being I have a 22 foot Sea Chaser and hardly ever use em, in fact I wish I did not have them, it's just a spot that collects the most marine growth on my boat. My parents have the Polar you mentioned. They pick their days on the bay. I am not saying it's not a nice boat because it is but for this area, sometimes and most of the time, the bay can get really chopped up even on a nice day by other boats. The Sea Swirle or the Sea Hunt I think would favor you better for this area. I come out of the magothy river an fish above the bridge most often. My parnts hardly ever get their boat on the bay. I am not saying they can't but it is certainly a rough ride when it's not flat.

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On 1-2 foot chop, tabs will help out quite a bit. Any boat this size will benefit from tabs.
Tabs will also level out your boat if you have a few friends out and their weight isn't distributed properly between port and starboard.
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Old 07-20-2006, 02:08 PM
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Just to clarify, the Polar has Lenco trim tabs. They would have to be added to the other boats.
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Old 07-20-2006, 02:11 PM
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They have a 2005 Striper 2101 with the Yamaha 200 HP two stroke for $4K less. Does sound like you got a better deal but can't wait until October. Maybe it does mean he has some room to negotiate further.
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Old 07-20-2006, 02:30 PM
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Default Re: Sea Hunt 220 Escape, Seaswirl Striper 2101 DC, Polar 2100 DC

I know deadrise is important for cutting the waves but isn't weight and depth serious considerations as well in terms of dry ride and not getting your teeth rattled in tougher seas?

Deadrise:
Polar - 21 degrees
Seaswirl - 20 degrees
Sea Hunt - 18 degrees

Weight:
Polar - 2680
Seaswirl - 2800 (estimated by subtracting a 150 4-stroke weight from published weight w/motor)
Sea Hunt - 2450

Transom:
Polar - 25"
Seaswirl - ?"
Sea Hunt - 25"
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Weight does play a factor. And the SS has a 25" transom.
I do a lot of boating on lake champlain.. 1-2' waves are a norm. And being a lake, they have a high frequency. The SS handles those 1-2 footers great. My co-worker has been on the polar a few times and had good things to say about the ride as well.
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I would normally have expected the Seaswirl to be the highest priced of the bunch, at these close prices, I would give it a slight nod, built for a little rougher water use than the others. Galvanized roller trailer is fine, especially for the bay, but neither of those trailer brands is real super quality.

I like the Sea Hunt a lot, but have also been a long time Seaswirl fan and just think they are a fishier boat, and have very nice use of space in the 2101 DC (the 2310 DC layout sucks).
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Also, who are your dealers? That could make a big difference in which boat would be best to get.

Not sure where you are, but if fishing the bay, probably Jetts Marine in Reedville, VA would be the best Seaswirl dealer, the Sea Hunt might be worth the drive to Chatlee in Sanford, NC, as there are a couple of not so well reviewed MD and VA dealers for them, and no idea who is now selling the Polar up there.
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...after doing some more research in the 21-22 ft category I found a few bargains in my area on a Polar 2100 DC and a Seaswirl Striper 2101 DC!
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2006 Polar 2100 DC $38,786

2005 Seaswirl Striper 2101 DC $39,000

2006 Sea Hunt Escape 220 DC $38,000
I don't consider any of those prices to be bargains, I would say they are all about 10% high.

Did you specify the Yamaha F200 as the power of choice? The F200 is known as a rather lackluster performer for its weight, if you can get the F225 that would be worth the extra $500 or so.

Of the choices presented, I would go with the Seaswirl. It's a better hull with more weight and deadrise than the other two. The Sea Hunt would be next in line and the Polar is a distant third.

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Currently own a Polar 2100 DC 2006. If you have any questions just drop me an email and I will be happy to answer them if I can
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My wife and I went through this exercise last year and decided on the Sea Hunt Escape 220 with a 225 E-Tec. Boat was a 2005 and the motor turned out to be a 2006 due to some delay in delivery. While I had some initial minor problems with the engine being stuck in wintereize mode which caused the engine to sputter sometimes and use a much larger amount of oil than it was supposed to, this year has been great. We purchased ours from Chatlee, getting a Wesco aluminum tandem axle trailer, full canvas, two batteries with switch, porta potti, radio with cd player and two speakers and the full bolsters, (whatever) all the way around for slightly more than $34,000. I think your price shown in your note above is a little high if you would be willing to travel a bit. I drove over 2,000 miles each way to pick up our boat. I also looked at the SeaSwirl since I owned one at the time, but couldn't get the price down to whree it was competitive, it was priced about where you show in your note. My wife will not let me skim over the 2-3' waves we get here in the mountains, but our boat has performed very well in some pretty wavy water. We basically use ours for fishing, tubing and cruising and have enjoyed it very much. Can't speak to the Polar since I didn't shop that boat.
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I would also look at the 225 Triton.
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On the dealers:

Polar - Rudy Marine in DE
Sea Hunt - All Star Marine in MD
Sea Swirl - Riverside Marine in MD

All have been very helpful and have been good about answering a ton of questions.
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Well, I finally bit the bullet tonight and bought the Polar 2100 DC with a Yamaha 150 4-stroke. The engine was a bit of a compromise over the 200 but the boat came in at ~$33K loaded with extras. Many thanks to all that posted their thoughts on my question.

Now I need to post in the electronics forum to figure out what electronics to add! Boat hits the water 8/5!
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I think you ended up with the best dealership of the three. Riverside is not known for their competitive pricing or wonderful customer service, and I believe I have also seen similar complaints about All Star. The Polar is a good looking boat and probably over their initial learning curve, enjoy.
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A few dollars, What's the price range of the Triton 225 with say a 200 Etec? Also is that yours if so where did you pick it up from around here? I am in Covington.
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I agree with previous posts about Seaswirl price seems high. I bought a new 2003 2101DC with 200 SWSII, with trim tabs, plus everything else you listed for $27,500
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