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Old 07-15-2019, 03:23 PM
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Does anybody know about fuel tank options that were available in 2006 27 open ?
i looked at one and it only has 1 tank is that possible? If so would anybody know how many gallons it might be , it looks factory?
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Old 07-15-2019, 03:57 PM
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I had 2004 27 Open that I sold 5 years or so back to a buddy. I just looked at an old picture and it had two tanks...i think they were 100 gallons each if not 90 and i think you had the option to add a third tank instead of the forward below deck storage that set in front of the console. Not sure if that helps with a 2006 but i would be surprised to here of that boat having one tank as mine had a port and starboard tank.
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Ours is an 02. We have four tanks. For a total of 240. We have three valves at each fuel separator, saddle center extra. Maybe they plumbed the saddle and the center together in that boat. You should be able to get to the fuel sender via some type of access port.
  • Main tank 105gal
  • two saddle tanks 50~ gal (I think it’s 52)
  • Ours has the “extra” tank in front of the console which is 30 gal.
Old 07-15-2019, 05:48 PM
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The boat only has 1 fuel fill, I can’t see fuel tanks being hooked together! What are your thoughts?
Old 07-16-2019, 06:39 AM
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What is the difference between the 27open and the 27t ? Having a hard time finding anything that has the difference, any insight would be much appreciated!
Old 07-18-2019, 09:07 PM
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T is the new hull, pre steps, It’s wider, Dual Livewells in the transom. Probably 2008-2011ish. T is a great Hull if you can’t find a stepped version in your price range. The ST in any size is always more money. The efficiency is pretty dramatic. Maybe 1.5 jumps to 1.8 mpg. Speed might bump up a few mph at those numbers. I’ve never driven a new ST but those number are fairly accurate.
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Call Contender w the vin
Old 07-21-2019, 08:24 PM
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One more question guys I am also looking at a 31open.
what are the pros and cons between the 27open and the 31open
i am very interested in both of these boats and never owned one of them
would like to hear from people who have had them ?
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I had a 2000 27 Open with 200 HPDIs for 9 years. It had 3 tanks totaling 210 gallons. I now have a 2004 31 Open that I recently repowered with 300 Suzukis. A lot of similarities with the boats, but some appreciable differences too, mainly the “feel” in the way they handle and ride. The 27 felt more like a sports car and the 31 feels more like a large SUV, even though it’s faster with the way they were powered. Going off memory, I felt like the 27 rode as good or better than the 31 in 1.5-2’ seas in the Gulf. 2’ and over, the 31 hands down imho. I can’t remember the exact burn, but I got around 1.5 mpg at 37-38 mph in the 27 and I get about 1.4 mpg at 40 mph in the 31. Both ride a little light in the bow, but flatten out some with a coffin box and extra anchor line and chain. Storage is similar with the exception of the front fish boxes. Trailering, the 31 is 6” wider I believe so not much difference there.

Both are great boats.
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I'd recommend the 27 over the 31.
Old 07-23-2019, 05:04 AM
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BigBone,
why do you recommend the 27 over the 31 ? I am very curious to hear what you have to say because I keep going back to the 27 myself .
Anybody else that has had either of these boats I would love to hear what you liked and dislike
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I have a 2004 27 open. Three tanks, 110 gallon center and two 55 gallon saddles.
Old 07-23-2019, 09:07 AM
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I had a 2005 31 Open for 9 years and now I have a 1999 27 that has been completely refurbished and updated.
As mentioned earlier, the 31 will run faster in bigger seas and has more storage. The 27 is very nimble and quick. My 27 has the optional 50 gallon fuel cell just forward of the console. This helps the boat sit and run level.
No trim tabs are needed on my 27. I always used the tabs on my 31. You really have to think about how you are going to use your boat and your budget. The 31 will burn quite a bit more fuel. However, if you plan to do
a lot of long offshore runs, buy the 31. I took my 31 all over the Bahamas, got caught several times in heavy seas and she always felt safe and never had any issues with the hull.
The reason I bought my 27, which is 30', is because I don't make those long runs that often and I was very pleased with the offshore performance and am trying to reduce my overall fishing costs.
If the 27 you are looking at only has one fuel fill, I would be very suspicious. They all have either 3 or 4 tanks. Maybe one tank was replaced and not the others? Have a professional surveyor look into that if
you are serious about buying it.
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Would like to get ideas from Contender owners on what a 2005-2007 27open in fair condition twin 250 Yamahas old electronics no autopilot painted bottom
and no trailer is worth (ballpark idea) ??? Thank you
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