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Old 08-07-2019, 09:01 AM
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After months and months of seatrials I landed back where I began; Southport. I previously owned a 28 Southport for thirteen years and had a very difficult time finding that same fit/finish/ride/lines in a manufacturer. My family needs changed over the years and a center console didn't fit the bill any more. I still wanted to be able to fish for tuna yet have a more comfortable place on board to hook my six year old into the world of fishing/boating. I have to be honest, the first time I stepped aboard the DC at the NY boat show, I was very underwhelmed. The boat seemed to be in very early stages of the process and the sales guys knew very little about the construction of the boat. I stepped aboard many larger manufacturers and their finish work made my wife drool! The exterior was what caught her eye but I prefer to also wonder what lurks with in. Long Story short, I went to the Palm Beach Show stepped on board the southport and things had changed. So here I am! Never thought I would own a DC! I will post some pictures from time to time to show the build process and changes I had made to fit my fishing/boating lifestyle. Here we go!



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Nice! I remember all our posting on the Southport owners site years ago. You are like me. I know I will be back in a Southport again one day, when my days of running 75 miles to the edge are done. Best of luck, and keep posting.
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Congratulations Matt!!!! That is going to be a LOT of fun for you guys!! Can't wait to see how she progresses on this thread.

Best of luck with the new ride man!!!

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Congrats on the new sled! Look forward to keeping up with this build. Think we will be seeing many more DC's fishing in years to come. Best of luck!

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Thanks guys! Here are a few more pics! Love that fact that they are vacuum bagging most of the parts within the assembly process.





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Damn, I've been eyeing this model since it was first announced. My buddy has a 28 Southport CC with F250s and I've never been on a boat with a better ride. I've been waiting to see performance numbers put up on their site for awhile now. Are you going with the twin 425s? Curious whether the transom was built with triple engines in mind its listed as a fair bit heavier than the 33 CC which they offer in triples now I saw. Triple F300s or the new Merc 300V8s I bet would be a dream on this boat.
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Very nice, some boats have nice lines, a Southportís lines are just sexy. The ride on one is just fantastic, they arenít fast but itís great to kick back and relax while staying dry. If I get another boat itíll be a 33TE. Right now my 28TE is perfect.
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Congratulations! Very nice
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I am going with the 425ís for a few reasons. One is the addition of set point on the helm master system. The larger prop, clean prop wash and torque allow me to stay over a wreck a bit easier than the 300ís. Many dealers are ordering the boat with 300ís bc of price PT. Second, The efficiency, from what I am told, isnít all that different between the two engines. I will post when I have real life numbers. The Southportís really donít need triples and I personally stay away from them. There are a few boats out there with triples but seem to be difficult to sell.
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Originally Posted by cobraarvey View Post
Nice! I remember all our posting on the Southport owners site years ago. You are like me. I know I will be back in a Southport again one day, when my days of running 75 miles to the edge are done. Best of luck, and keep posting.
Do you know if the site still exists and if you have a link? doing some Googling but still wanted to ask. Thanks.
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Great looking Hull so far, lines are amazing..... Congrats!!
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I am going with the 425ís for a few reasons. One is the addition of set point on the helm master system. The larger prop, clean prop wash and torque allow me to stay over a wreck a bit easier than the 300ís. Many dealers are ordering the boat with 300ís bc of price PT. Second, The efficiency, from what I am told, isnít all that different between the two engines. I will post when I have real life numbers. The Southportís really donít need triples and I personally stay away from them. There are a few boats out there with triples but seem to be difficult to sell.
I know they are impossible to come by right now, but would Southport consider rigging Merc 450s when they presumably release a non R version? I imagine the torque might not be the same as the 425s but they are considerably lighter and I bet are better on gas too. I read somewhere Southport started building boats with Mercs as an option a few years ago when it was tough to get Yamahas but I never see any of their boats with them.
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I understand that mercís have been an option for the last year or so. If they can put the Yamaha V8ís on the back they can probably rig any engine. I have very few merc dealers by me so Yamaha is the only convenient option.
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That is one heck of a nice sled. Can't wait to see the final pics.

Congratulations!
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Thats a gorgeous looking boat....CONGRATS !!...beautiful lines, and sexier than the Pursuit. Actually the best looking DC out there. Albemarle is coming out with there new model as well. It's good to see top tier boat manufacturers offering DC models. As we get older it's nice to get out of the sun and rain with some protection...and still be able to fish. Looking forward to more pics.
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Good Friday Morning! Here are a few more pics as progress continues and the boat takes shape. These pics are of the hardtop and support.

As I have stated before, it was important for me to pick my next boat based on what was behind the curtain. I have found it very difficult to get a sales guy to tell you how the boat was built. Either he/she doesn't know or they don't want to tell you. I guess it is part of the reason why I ended up back at Southport. When I sold my thirteen year old boat it looked pretty close to what it looked like on delivery. Other than a few fishing wounds!!

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What is the ETA on its delivery? Also what color hull are you going with?
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Delivery is always subject to many different things. But hoping in the next few weeks! The hull color is Kingston Grey
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Although I don't have much use for CC boats or express fishing machines, I do like the way that Southports are built.

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