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2019 BlackJack 256 Coastal build - hull #3

Old 07-13-2019, 01:21 PM
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Default 2019 BlackJack 256 Coastal build - hull #3

After crawling all over the 256 Coastal unveiled at the Houston Boat Show, I placed an order with Metro Boating in late January and took delivery on July 2nd. I was very impressed with the availability of Bill Kenner to promptly answer questions (many even by email) and the excellent rigging provided by Metro Boating. Many thanks to George and Shannon at Metro.

I have been investigating hybrids for the last 18 months and now, with 3 small grandsons, look forward to fishing the new Coastal. I only have 4 hours on the rig, but made a quick trip in the bay to some redfish marsh flats and a 10 mile beach run before needing to evacuate Grand Isle, due to Hurricane Barry.

Some quick comments:

Big SUV type ride, very solid, comfortable, stable and well-mannered handling. Feels larger than the specs. With the 300 Merc V8, I did see a hair over 54 in a short WOT burst with full fuel, turning the 19 EcoEnertia at 6,050. Will play with props after break-in, but performance is about as expected for this rig with a T-top. The 300 Merc V8 delivers impressive torque with great hole-shot and mid-range punch. 87 octane fuel. Did observe close to 4 mpg at an easy cruise around 30-33 mph. Ulterra is solid & no issues handling the wind or current I was fishing.




































Some build sheet highlights:

256 Coastal, ice blue & white

300 V8 Verado, cold fusion white, with Vessel View 502 gauge

SportTrail welded C-Channel trailer, backup LEDs, EOH brakes, SlikStick LED guides, & bow ladder

MK 72 Ulterra, with 3 x Relion RB100s, MK 4 Bank charger.

Power Poles 2 x white 8ft blades

SIMRAD 2 x NSS 12 EVO 3s with Active Imaging and B75H transducers

SIMRAD RS40 VHF

Sirius weather

JL stereo MM50 head unit, amp & 4 x M650s in T-Top

U-Flex blinker switch for JP

6 inch Bobs HD Action Jack, with LED dash gauge

Lenco trim tabs with LED switch

Gemlux Bluewater RHs - 17, in addition to the 18 other RHs on the console, T-top, & LP - so lots of flexibility to position while fishing

Tackle storage under LP seat, plus 8 Plano 3600s in LP port & starboard lockers & tackle drawer in port side stern

Large LP livewell, with Gem livewell system, recirc & bubbler

Front deck livewell with bubbler

2 large insulated fish boxes on front deck, either side of the forward livewell

Large forward in-floor storage

Rear cockpit in-floor storage for bucket / cast net

12 SS drink holders

Metro Boating will have this boat in the NoLa Sportsman Show July 19-21 https://www.louisianasportsmanshow.com/


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Very nice!!!
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Beautiful boat and rigging. I'm betting that Lynn at K2 did the initial wiring.
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Very nice! What are you using for your trolling motor brace/strap?
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Beautiful rig!
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Originally Posted by SpiritoftheReel View Post
Very nice! What are you using for your trolling motor brace/strap?
A simple Yeti strap & flat deck bracket. Clean and easy. Very little movement of TM. Never needed it with the 60inch MK on previous boats, but was advised the 72 inch TMs, especially running offshore, need some extra security.
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Metro sure does a clean wire job!!

Take good care of this one....

..so i can buy it off you in a few years!

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Your new boat is beautiful ! You made a great choice in a crowded class of custom boats available in that length !
I really like the look of the Blackjack's tumblehome transoms, and the interior layout.
For those who ask about 3-piece construction.. That boat has a stringer grid, the liner and a cap. Tons of time and patience goes into the fitment of each piece. The result is a superbly strong structure.
Thank you for posting the build, and best of times with her !!
N2Fl

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Originally Posted by Native2FL View Post
Your new boat is beautiful ! You made a great choice in a crowded class of custom boats available in that length !
I really like the look of the Blackjack's tumblehome transoms, and the interior layout.
For those who ask about 3-piece construction.. That boat has a stringer grid, the liner and a cap. Tons of time and patience goes into the fitment of each piece. The result is a superbly strong structure.
Thank you for posting the build, and best of times with her !!
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Man, I appreciate that. Great points. She runs solid - like an anvil. I was amazed at the stringer system pic, when Bill sent it to me.
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Really nice layout. Finally someone got it right in the production boat biz
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Beautiful! Your electronics package and transducer choices are precisely what I’ll be going with on my next one.
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Guess I have to sell my 256 now to get the 3 piece Coastal... Beautiful Ride !!!
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I saw a 256 a few weeks ago near big lake and I was drooling over the custom trailer and flat out slobbering over the boat. Great lines and very impressed in the wiring / rigging of your boat. Fine work of art. Congrats and enjoy.
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Originally Posted by rocketman1 View Post


A simple Yeti strap & flat deck bracket. Clean and easy. Very little movement of TM. Never needed it with the 60inch MK on previous boats, but was advised the 72 inch TMs, especially running offshore, need some extra security.
This RAM mount holds my 72" trolling motor perfectly.....

​​​​​​https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-108

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Beautiful boat! As a true 3 piece boat, at that price point, and with that hybrid layout it doesn’t have much competition.
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Beautiful Rig! Hope you are doing okay with the storm over there.
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Extremely nice boat! Thank you for sharing.
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Originally Posted by uscgnazzario View Post
Beautiful Rig! Hope you are doing okay with the storm over there.
Yes sir. Thank you. We did move this boat and the Morada 24 north, where both are safe. Entergy is working to get power back to the Island. DOTD is getting LA 1 cleared for traffic. By all accounts (pics from neighbors who stayed) our place is fine ... except for the science experiment that likely awaits us in the freezer. :-) Could have been worse.
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Awesome boat and great build pictures! We’re getting ready to build a 224 and all these 25s have me second guessing the size! Beautiful package you have right there sir!
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Awesome boat and beautiful Hull color !! Thanks for sharing. I didn’t realize that Hull was available without the rear seating. That setup looks great!!
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