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Old 06-01-2019, 08:35 AM
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another vote for the onslow bay 27. it's going to out run anything under 30' and hang right with everything up to 32'.
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Old 06-01-2019, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Marlin308 View Post
Freeman 29 but you’d have better luck finding a unicorn that shits gold nuggets.

I would consider a trade for such a magnificent beast.

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Old 06-01-2019, 11:11 AM
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Been on most of the boats mentioned and I bought the 27 Southport. I just ran 85 miles offshore last Sunday in a solid 2-4's and got 26mph with no pounding or spray back. The boat is awesome. I would also look at the southport 28/29. All the other boats mentioned are quality rides and as one of the posters mentioned, you need to get on them and see which one you like.
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Old 06-02-2019, 05:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Maritime ditch View Post
2s and 3s in the Onslow will have you down to 25kts or so to stay comfortable. a cat might ride better in a 2-3' head sea, but i would rather drift fish a V hull
2-3 tight, bring it. My Onslow rides better at 40.
Drop the hammers to 3800-4K and let her eat. Problem is w a Lazy sea like a 3-5 or 4-6 w slight roll is launching the boat off a wave. At 50 or so boat is too fast for the sea. If Im gonna have a sea, Id rather seas tight and close.
(obviously wed love it glass flat)
Trust me she will climb on top and scoot the tops.. and will even ride better at faster speeds. Just have to pay attn to that one wave w a different spacing, then just slow for that quick second, then back on. Usually no need to adjust throttle. And I am dead serious! Thats the beauty of the Onslows ride. W the big reverse chines and huge flare. NP at all.

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Old 06-02-2019, 05:46 AM
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Old 06-02-2019, 08:03 AM
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Best one is the one that best fits your wants and needs, which you haven't mentioned, except for under 30' and 2' waves.
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Old 06-03-2019, 12:24 PM
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Amen, brother!= Cargo
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Old 06-03-2019, 01:43 PM
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Regulator 28. Beast.
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Old 06-03-2019, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by PreciousCargo View Post


2-3 tight. My Onslow rides better at 40.
Drop the hammers to 3800-4K and let her eat. Problem is w a Lazier sea like a 3-5 or 4-6 is launching the boat off a wave. At 50 or so boat is too fast for the sea. If Im gonna have a sea, Id rather seas tight and close.
(obviously wed love it glass flat)
Trust me she will climb on top and scoot the tops.. and will even ride better at faster speeds. Just have to pay attn to that one wave w a different spacing, then just slow for that quick second, then back on. Usually no need to adjust throttle. And I am dead serious! Thats the beauty of the Onslows ride. W the big reverse chines and huge flare. NP at all.
I will second this. a tight chop = us getting there in a hurry
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Old 06-14-2019, 06:54 PM
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Pretty much any 26-27’ cat will eat that chop up and give you a smooth ride. Then pick pilot house, walk around, or center console.
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Old 06-14-2019, 10:46 PM
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Depends on what you need. There are a ton of boats out there that will fit your bill. Check out the Prowler 29, everglades 295, used yellowfins, etc. You need to decide what you like. Cat's aren't for everybody but they are nice riding rigs for their size.

I personally run a used everglades 290cc because I needed to also satisfy the family requirements. The right is nice pending spacing as others have said. If I can stay on top I can run 30-40 mph in 2ft seas. Most 29ft boats will. Most 29's will also be safe in 2-3's if not 4-5's or 5-6's. You don't want to be out there and might crap a brick but they will be safe.

This promotional clip has the 295 in some pretty sporty seas to give you an idea of how a 29 performs. I'd say most 29's will perform similar.

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Old 06-15-2019, 03:23 AM
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Originally Posted by dookie st.croix View Post
Seavee 290B, Im in SW FL and fish those same conditions. Perfect boat, big boat performance in a smallish boat package. Ive owned one since 2015 and have done it all in it. Trailers super easy too and fuel efficient and mine will be for sale soon!
Just curious, if you like it so much why are you selling it?
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Old 06-15-2019, 04:07 AM
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My 17 Whaler fits those demands easily. With the new tank I designed it has a 140 mile range. Also has a Bimini top now.

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Originally Posted by The Revenge View Post
My 17 Whaler fits those demands easily. With the new tank I designed it has a 140 mile range. Also has a Bimini top now.

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Great idea! Always wanted to be 70 miles offshore in a 17 ft. boat.
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Old 06-20-2019, 05:04 AM
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Surprised no one has mentioned an Albury 23 or the Albury 27, you will be hard pressed to find a better riding boat, and as a plus, they hold their value and are built like a tank. Furthermore on the drift, unlike deep vees, they do not snap-roll.

Video of Albury on the drift

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Old 06-21-2019, 03:24 AM
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i will post my boat check it
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Old 06-21-2019, 03:09 PM
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Used world cat 32cc
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