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Old 06-05-2019, 10:16 AM
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does anyone have any information on the quality, ride, etc on a Buddy Davis 28 center console?
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:35 AM
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it's a beautiful boat and has a lot of deck space for the size class. very dry and great in a head sea. with F225s it felt like it needed a little more power out of the hole. even with 4 blade props bow rise and occasional porpoising issues. can be tab sensitive as well.
quality was solid, but these were custom boats so I would have the one you are looking at surveyed thoroughly.
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Old 06-05-2019, 12:44 PM
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What year? The original B & D 28' Center Consoles were built by Buddy Davis sons in NC. When I was looking for a CC back in the mid 2000's they caught my eye with their great lines and Carolina Flair. Then I saw one on the lot at a dealer in NJ. Ouch. Poor fit and finish, and wavy hull-sides. Caulk job looked like my 14 year old son at the time had done the job. But the silver lining was I kept looking and finally found Southport. No comparison in fit and finish, and ride. I'm going to disagree on the deck size. The Southport had much more with it's 10 1/2FT beam.

Sadly, Buddy Davis ended up selling his company(s) to Egg Harbor, which is owned by a plastic surgeon here in NJ. I'm not sure what year the CC's began being built in NJ. They also built a 34 at the same time, and now have a 42 in the line up. All I'll say is that all the boat lines he ends up buying die a slow death, (Egg, Topaz, Davis, Predator and even the Ocean Yachts molds). I have seen the Davis CC's at boat shows, and from a distance they look great. Since I didn't have any interest, I did not jump on them. The factory is here in NJ, at the old Egg Harbor plant. Most of the time it looks like a ghost town. However, last week when I drove by, there were actually some garage doors open in the plant, and they had a "help wanted" sign out front. Best advice I can give you is to be very careful and do your homework.
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Old 06-05-2019, 01:51 PM
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I've always compared the Buddy Davis 28 to my Southport 26 because the Buddy Davis only hits 28 ft if the bracket is figured. I agree a Southport 28 would have a lot more deck space. I've had my Southport on the same trailer used for my brother-in-law's Buddy Davis 28 and I actually have to move the bow stow forward, closer to the trailer tongue for the Southport 26 versus the setup for the Buddy Davis 28.

Point being for the OP, I would put the Buddy Davis side by side with Regulator, Southport, etc. 26/27 ft models. It's going to seem small compared to many 28' models.
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Old 06-05-2019, 04:16 PM
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I've always compared the Buddy Davis 28 to my Southport 26 because the Buddy Davis only hits 28 ft if the bracket is figured. I agree a Southport 28 would have a lot more deck space. I've had my Southport on the same trailer used for my brother-in-law's Buddy Davis 28 and I actually have to move the bow stow forward, closer to the trailer tongue for the Southport 26 versus the setup for the Buddy Davis 28.

Point being for the OP, I would put the Buddy Davis side by side with Regulator, Southport, etc. 26/27 ft models. It's going to seem small compared to many 28' models.
a lot of 30-32’ boats feel smaller when you compare them with a SP 28. If I go bigger in a mono Hull, it’ll be a 33 SP unless they make one bigger some day.
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Old 06-06-2019, 06:54 AM
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I've always compared the Buddy Davis 28 to my Southport 26 because the Buddy Davis only hits 28 ft if the bracket is figured. I agree a Southport 28 would have a lot more deck space. I've had my Southport on the same trailer used for my brother-in-law's Buddy Davis 28 and I actually have to move the bow stow forward, closer to the trailer tongue for the Southport 26 versus the setup for the Buddy Davis 28.

Point being for the OP, I would put the Buddy Davis side by side with Regulator, Southport, etc. 26/27 ft models. It's going to seem small compared to many 28' models.
Good point. And if compared to the Regulator 26 and the Southport 26, the Davis does not come close in the quality department. And that includes the build process, fit and finish, and the hardware used. Looking at the current website the hinges are your first clue. You won't find a hinge or rod holder with exposed screws on a Southport. Gemlux all around. Look at the rod holder compartment in the gunnels of the Davis. Cheap plastic enclosure with those elastic straps that end up deteriorating in a year from UV. My buddies Sea Boss has the same set-up, and he will be the first to tell you his boat is not high end by any means. Not top tier quality.

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It's nice that companies such as Regulator and Southport give you a whole boat in their length the Reg being 25'10" without the bracket so many boats include the bracket and even a pulpit obviously it's all in the specs if you read them.
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Old 06-06-2019, 07:34 AM
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does anyone have any information on the quality, ride, etc on a Buddy Davis 28 center console?
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