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Old 08-14-2019, 07:16 PM
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Hello all,
I thought I would start a Dorado 30 general information thread for all of us that own one of these classics of people just looking for more information.
It is my understanding that the 30 is no longer being produced by Dorado. If anyone has information on the history or any other aspect of this classic hull, please share it with us.

Anybody have any idea how many of these hulls have been produced over the years?

Thanks
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Nice idea.
I have 2 30' Dorados. I love them.
Dorado owners are far and few. We need a place to compare notes
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I am in the middle of a rebuild / conversion from a diesel to a single outboard. I am keeping the forward cabin with a new flat deck configuration from the cabin back. I will be moving the console forward about three feet. For power I have a new mercury 300 V8 using a Porta bracket.
That's a base configuration of the new build.

I grew up in the Clearwater area where these boats were built and have spent a lot of time fishing on dorado 30's and a Wickman before that. I personally think that this is one of the most versatile hulls ever built in its size range.
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great thread. looking forward to the knowledge!
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Slowly making changes to mine. Made a raised portion of the console for electronics this past winter. I am considering switching to an outboard at some point.


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I know that a company named Wickman produced this hull prior to Dorado, does anyone have history on the hull or the companies that have produced them?

Dorado started in Clearwater then moved to Ozona and have now moved to Tarpon Springs.
It is my understanding that the 30 molds are no longer serviceable and that Dorado is now focusing on the 25 bay boat that they are currently producing.
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On board with this thread. Thanks!
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Thanks for starting the thread weeki wachee. Hopefully I can reach my post limit soon I think tlcjoe's idea of a facebook page as well just because it's easier to post and link from, but whatever works for the group.

Very interested in your tank rebuild and moving your console, as that's on my radar for sometime in the next 3-5 years. My tank is starting to show it's age, and I've been thru the hole pinprick hole in a 150gallon tank emptying gas into the bilge situation before - never fun. I'd also like to get more room aft in the cockpit and weight forward. Someone else mentioned putting a floor in under it - is that for support, or for drainage?
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Just realized I finally hit my post limit Here's a link to the boat pics in my album. I added some pics of how the spray rails were added, how she sits on the trailer, as well as the current problem I'm having with my jack plate weld (working with PortaBracket on it). Hit me up if you have questions.

https://www.thehulltruth.com/g/user/408009.
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Dorado 30 owners facebook page is created.
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Originally Posted by ReefRodeo View Post
Just realized I finally hit my post limit Here's a link to the boat pics in my album. I added some pics of how the spray rails were added, how she sits on the trailer, as well as the current problem I'm having with my jack plate weld (working with PortaBracket on it). Hit me up if you have questions.

https://www.thehulltruth.com/g/user/408009.

Sweet set up. I agree the Facebook page is easier to use as well. I went through your album and have a few questions

- Where did you get your cover from?
- What are your cruise and top speed numbers (fuel, mph, etc)

My email is GlassGroupRE AT Gmail.com if you could send me your set up for the folding of the tower. I can't find a worm drive on HF website. I appreciate the help.
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Originally Posted by tcijoe View Post
Dorado 30 owners facebook page is created.
I don't see it in the search. Can you post a link?
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https://www.facebook.com/groups/6907...epa=SEARCH_BOX

I am not a facebook guru - let me know if that works


Reef- love the photos! nice ride
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Originally Posted by tcijoe View Post
https://www.facebook.com/groups/6907...epa=SEARCH_BOX

I am not a facebook guru - let me know if that works


Reef- love the photos! nice ride
Even worked from my email notification! You da man!
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cool - 3 members so far...lol. Now every member has to post a picture with their hull truth aliias
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Originally Posted by musicmaker1586 View Post
Sweet set up. I agree the Facebook page is easier to use as well. I went through your album and have a few questions

- Where did you get your cover from?
- What are your cruise and top speed numbers (fuel, mph, etc)

My email is GlassGroupRE AT Gmail.com if you could send me your set up for the folding of the tower. I can't find a worm drive on HF website. I appreciate the help.
Cover is from https://www.sealskincovers.com/index...0/category/687
Works well enough with tower folded down to keep leaves and rain out. Have had these on my Albury and they last about 3 years before ripping, but cheaper than a $3-4k custom sunbrella one (which you still end up patching every year)

I cruise at 2.5mpg @20-30mph (mileage actually peaks at 29mph)
Top Speed 43-45mph at around 1.75mpg
I'm pretty sure this isn't topped out for this boat though because
a) I haven't tuned the props (factory)
b) my bottom paint is soft and not like gelcoat
c) engines are really "toed in" for some reason (like 20 degrees) - so I'm waiting to talk to Dorado about that one.

On winch, I'll just post here:
My bad - I guess they call it a Hand Winch on the website. Has a worm gear in it and you can see the nut on top of the handle where I power with the drill and socket attachment (also bought cheap at Harbor freight aka "disposable tool shop")
https://www.harborfreight.com/automo...inch-5798.html
Only complaint so far with winch is wire cable is a mess and will probably rust. You also don't need 25ft of it, so will probably replace with a strap soon.

I'll have to take some more pictures at home and post to explain the setup, but it works quite well, even if only 1 person. Will try to post tomorrow.
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cool - 3 members so far...lol. Now every member has to post a picture with their hull truth aliias
Just found the facebook group - waiting for admission
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Following along. Absolutely love these boats!
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I guess i will have to get on facebook to get in the grove.
I have a blue 1998 30 dorado with a 5.7 gsi volvo with duo prop outdrive. Really a great boat.
The only draw back is it can get a bit wet in some condition.
But gives a very smooth ride. No speed demon. but I'm not either
Had it 20 years very few problems.
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These boats were not built for speed! Would love to see pics.

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