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Old 06-11-2019, 09:36 AM
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Is the price jump from a 28 sport to a 30st worth it. This would be my first boat so I am looking for all opinions.
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Tee Stepped Hull is better ride and better performance.After owning and running my current Contender with the stepped hull I would not go with out it on my next boat.
Old 06-11-2019, 12:32 PM
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The 30ST is a missile. If I had the long green one would be sitting in my storage shed right now.
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No one has ever said, I wish I would have bought the smaller of the two boats. Or, I wish I would have not chosen to buy the high-performance hull design.
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Originally Posted by jbros198 View Post
Tee Stepped Hull is better ride and better performance.After owning and running my current Contender with the stepped hull I would not go with out it on my next boat.
I agree 100% with this comment, I owned a 31 open with 300's and a 32st with 300's currently. The ride is better on the stepped hull and it is faster and more efficient. If you can afford the extra purchase cost and insurance the rest of the expenses will be pretty equal. The 32st with 300 Yamahas will go the same speed or faster than the numbers I have seen on a 28 sport with the same motors and the 30st is even faster than the 32st. My 32st rides better than the old 31 open by a long shot but to me the boat feels smaller than the open with the exception of the better ride. I know physically it isn't smaller but it feels that way especially forward of the console.
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What do you think about the current market and prices?
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Originally Posted by Billyj1624 View Post
What do you think about the current market and prices?
If youíre considering a 30í contender for your first boat I think itís safe to say screw the market and just buy one ASAP. Just be sure to have someone experienced show you how to safely use it please.
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Originally Posted by Billyj1624 View Post
What do you think about the current market and prices?
I am not sure about the prices, they seem high but new boat prices are steadily going up. The base list price on the 32st jumped 27 or 28k last year. I have a barely used 2018 32st with less than 300 hours on that you won't be able to find a better price on a 30st I would guess.
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Originally Posted by Billyj1624 View Post
What do you think about the current market and prices?

The market is what it is. One thing's for sure, don't expect prices to decline in this economy anytime soon.
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Which model and year contenders have the stepped hull? Their lineup is hard to follow with some 25s being 28s and some 30s being 30s and some being bigger. Any experts care to enlighten us?
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The 30st is the smallest step hull and they offered steps as an option on the 32,35,39,44.
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so the "st" stands for stepped and this indicates a stepped hull from 30' and on up?
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My 30st is bad to bone. Efficient on fuel; had 4 guys 3/4 tank and flat calm seas at 60mph a week ago. The boat is simply awesome and it can still be trailered well and safely with 3/4ton diesel all day long. As others noted, please take training and the learning curve extremely seriously if this is your first boat. I have a friend that just got his first boat, way too big, and he learned the hard way that boating is serious stuff. I am not talking just YouTube, get on the water with people that know what they are doing and really pay attention. Also be sure to really understand your chart plotter and all mechanical functionality of the boat components. Tell you what, if you regret the 30st I will buy you a coke. You are gonna love it.
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Originally Posted by prestigemid View Post
so the "st" stands for stepped and this indicates a stepped hull from 30' and on up?
Thatís correct, they did offer the non stepped hulls also when I ordered my boat mid 2017 at least on the 32.
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Originally Posted by flfisher View Post


Thatís correct, they did offer the non stepped hulls also when I ordered my boat mid 2017 at least on the 32.
what was the cost difference? i assume there was a cost difference, or everyone would order the "ST". In the interest of full disclosure, I cant afford any of this...
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Not a lot by memory it was 6-8k. Some want non stepped hulls because the either donít want steps or they ride better in their opinion. The only disadvantage to the steps I have found is the boat does not high speed troll as efficiently but it makes up for that in speed and efficiency gains on the run out and back. You also need a pump box for the livewells on most stepped hulls or the pumps will airlock. Thatís an additional expense.
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Are you selling it?
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Are you selling it?
Yes I am, it is listed in the for sale section here under the user id flfisher if you want to search for it.
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Originally Posted by Knot Tight View Post
I agree 100% with this comment, I owned a 31 open with 300's and a 32st with 300's currently. The ride is better on the stepped hull and it is faster and more efficient. If you can afford the extra purchase cost and insurance the rest of the expenses will be pretty equal. The 32st with 300 Yamahas will go the same speed or faster than the numbers I have seen on a 28 sport with the same motors and the 30st is even faster than the 32st. My 32st rides better than the old 31 open by a long shot but to me the boat feels smaller than the open with the exception of the better ride. I know physically it isn't smaller but it feels that way especially forward of the console.

I agree with this!
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I like it but its missing forward seating. Nice boat!!!

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