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Old 08-22-2019, 12:35 PM
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Question Bahama 41 vs Invincible vs Seavee 390z??

The mission profile is nothing serious, recreational fishing and hopping around islands in the Bahamas. I want something that has a good ride in rough water with very high end fit and finish; they are all more than capable fishing. I know there are more good boats in this range such as Yellowfin (read doesn't weather well), Regulator (super heavy), Blackwater (very new) etc.

My biggest complaint with the Bahama 41 is its seating and layout arrangement is inferior to others(even though I know they are not made for seating), like Seavee and Invincible. I have read the Bahama 41 has a very good ride (doesn't have stepped hull and uses more fuel). Seats may seem trivial but if you are going to go from Ft Lauderdale to Nassau or Exumas or the like and have 5-8 people onboard then 2-4 hr boat rides can get very uncomfortable (even in a heavy good riding boat) if the seats and seating layout is uncomfortable.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Experiences?
Old 08-22-2019, 04:08 PM
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All nice boats. Go walk them all to choose. Consider the big cats too as they offer two row helm seating.
Old 08-22-2019, 05:59 PM
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Buy a Viking Express. You'll thank me later.
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The Bahama can be fitted with rear facing seats, so it will comfortably accomodate 8. No doubts about its fit and finish.
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I would be looking at a tribute 37 as well as those fine boats
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Old 08-22-2019, 06:44 PM
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Nevets gives good advice. Have heard good reports about Tribute from knowledgeable people that have owned/used all the brands you're considering (think Megayacht Sportfishing crews)
All said ,on seatrial, Tribute outrode anything they've had to date.

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Both good boats, so know you will not be making a wrong decision.

Fit and finish wise Bahama and Tribute are better than SV.

SV is a typically more fishing oriented but Scott at Bahama can and will make the boat equally as capable for whatever type of fishing/diving you do.

Seating can be made to accommodate your needs and again they will do what it takes to make you happy.

Efficiency wise you're talking about maybe .1 - .2 real world difference but the B41 is a larger boat.

Run em both you will know.


On a side note the tribute is a significantly smaller boat. This is not a knock and I think that hull is probably one of the most aesthetically pleasing CC's built to date just a different size class IMO.
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To be clear- I have no skin in the game and think all your options are great choices
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Also forgot to add....the bench seat above the live-wells is a GREAT place to enjoy ride to the Exumas.

https://southernboating.com/boats/ce...s/bahama-37le/
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You'll pay Bahama $200.00 for a rodholder compared to $100.00 for Inv or CV, add it up overall, I don't see the bang for the buck.
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I recently went through a similar process, minus considering Bahama. I wanted a stepped hull boat. I had pretty much made my mind up on a Seavee 390z, and ended up sea trialing Invincible with a broker that also had a nice quad 350 / tower Seavee boat that I had my eye on. I actually still prefer the classic Seavee look. I hadn't ridden on an Invincible prior to that, and there were some things that jumped out at me. These are all personal opinions, based on my usage.

-The triple Yamaha 350 Invincible 39' seem to get right at the same overall speed, and a bit better efficiency compared to the quad Verado 350 Seavee boats from my limited experience. One less motor to maintain is desirable to me.
-I really like the rear Invincible fish boxes. The Seavee storage in that same location is definitely larger, but that seems to me to be the most logical place to stick fish. One slush box, one ice box. Or one for fish, one for food .
-I wanted the mezzanine seat, and the Invincible seat is much larger, and has a bigger ice chest underneath it. Now that I have the boat no one ever sits there on long runs, so I could probably do just as well with the slide out cooler, but that takes away some storage inside the leaning post.
-I'm in and out of the console a lot, and I prefer the side access to making whoever is sitting in front of the console get up so I can duck in there. I don't usually put ice in the cooler under the console seat, but that is a great storage box that doesn't exist on a Seavee.
-Forward seating makes the most sense for my family, and I like the Invincible design better. Seavee forward seating cuts down the deck rod locker storage access hatches a lot, and I had concerns about their usability.
-I wish the Invincible forward seating wasn't u-shaped so I had better access to the anchor locker. I don't have a windlass, and I'd prefer to be able to walk to the anchor locker without having to kneel on that seat.
-I retrofitted Invincible's tackle storage / flip down rigging table behind the mezzanine seat back rest, and think it's awesome. This option wasn't presented to me when I was shopping Seavee, but I've seen a video on the web that indicates they have something similar now.

I'm not the best person to compare the rides. My boat rides great, and the Seavees I sea trialed did too.

Tom Ewer from Evolution MacGregor was a fantastic resource. MacGregor is now an Invincible dealer, but they weren't at the time. I was very much considering a new boat build that they wouldn't have made a nickel on, and Tom was helpful as I weighed both options. I ended up buying used, and am happy with the decision.
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I get that Bahamas are nice boats. But they don’t look like they should be as expensive as they are.

They just look cheap. The console for instance, on a 41 Bahama compared to 2 40 Intrepids. The Intrepid ones take forever to make with multiple molds. The Bahama console looks like someone googled “large center console” and ordered it off of eBay or something.
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Originally Posted by Schmaltz~Herring View Post
You'll pay Bahama $200.00 for a rodholder compared to $100.00 for Inv or CV, add it up overall, I don't see the bang for the buck.
The release rod holders with built in backing plates cost , plus screwless . Seavee needs windshield wipers, or a mask and snorkel

Bahama stands behind there boats, I brought mine in for service 7 years later and they touched up all the gel coat on the house. In the 4 years I have owned the boat, I have never found a screw , nut or a gel coat crack anywhere.

Bahama doesn’t have a few years of backorders, because of the quality or price.

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Originally Posted by dnh2 View Post





I get that Bahamas are nice boats. But they don’t look like they should be as expensive as they are.

They just look cheap. The console for instance, on a 41 Bahama compared to 2 40 Intrepids. The Intrepid ones take forever to make with multiple molds. The Bahama console looks like someone googled “large center console” and ordered it off of eBay or something.
Bahama cheap lol. Bahama has the best fit n finish I have seen on center consoles. The electronic box locks switches are covered where they wont get we(possibly why it may look plain to you). Less is more on a fishing boat. Look in the bilge, dont see that very often. You dont see stress cracks in a Bahama. Bahamas are built right. Solid boats that can be customized for the family or the fisherman.
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My first choice would be the Tribute (absolute tops in quality, construction, plus it's a custom build), then Seavee (solid quality and construction, and great ride).
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Thanks for all the feedback lots to consider here. I guess I could visit Tribute or Bahama for a custom build but I was hoping not to have to go through that entire process as I am busy enough as is. As for catamarans the Freemans offer the seating but I just don't like their profile and I've heard they don't ride as well.
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Originally Posted by kbcapital View Post
Thanks for all the feedback lots to consider here. I guess I could visit Tribute or Bahama for a custom build but I was hoping not to have to go through that entire process as I am busy enough as is. As for catamarans the Freemans offer the seating but I just don't like their profile and I've heard they don't ride as well.
u heard wrong
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Ugh ohhh...Freeman slurpers coming to defend them any second!
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No dog in this race, but I have seen that pic of a sea vee 39 vs a Blackwater 39 and the cv looks like a child next to his high school big brother. massive

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