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Old 09-10-2019, 08:27 AM
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Just got a notification that Southport has introduced a new 30FE. Looks like it replaces the 29. Has mezzanine seating and added fish boxes. Unfortunately it takes out the forward coffin box, which I was a big fan of. Also fuel tank is 235 in lieu of 250. Wonder if they will both be options? 7000LBs vs. the 5800LBs my old 28 weighed, (w/o engines). I'll have to adjust to the new rear deck rub rail addition, but the gorgeous lines are still there, along with the wide beam. Can't wait to see on the show circuit this year.

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Looks like every other 28-32 ft center console out there.
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Big fan of that huge coffin fishbox myself.
Old 09-10-2019, 09:34 AM
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Huge fan of the look, hope to see it at the Miami show.
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Got rid of the coffin box for forward seating?
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Originally Posted by jm121189 View Post
Looks like every other 28-32 ft center console out there.
While you're definitely entitled to your own opinion, you are completely off. Have you ever stood beside a SouthPort? Ever been on one? Their lines are completely different than any other 28-32' CC's out there. The massive bow and flare alone set them apart not to mention the tumblehome design. There is no mistaking a SP when you see one in person. That pic doesn't do any justice to what you see standing in front of one.
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Originally Posted by jm121189 View Post
Looks like every other 28-32 ft center console out there.
From afar...sure! Get up close and personal and you will see the differences. More importantly it probably doesn’t ride like every other 28-32’ boat out there on the market....and that is a good thing. Trust me on that one.
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Originally Posted by Windham14 View Post
While you're definitely entitled to your own opinion, you are completely off. Have you ever stood beside a SouthPort? Ever been on one? Their lines are completely different than any other 28-32' CC's out there. The massive bow and flare alone set them apart not to mention the tumblehome design. There is no mistaking a SP when you see one in person. That pic doesn't do any justice to what you see standing in front of one.
saying the lines are ‘completely different’ is a bit of a stretch. It has none of the readily identifiable shear line like a conch or yellowfin. Though I’m sure it’s a great boat and built super well it is certainly not unique in its appearance in any way.
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Looks like the same hull with a couple interior mods and swim platforms added on the back. Not having swim platforms is a major reason that we didn't consider the Southport when we were looking in the 27-28 foot range. This opens it up to a lot more potential boaters in the South who regularly dive/free dive and spend time at the sandbar. There was no easy way to get back onto the boat before they added these platforms.
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From afar...sure! Get up close and personal and you will see the differences. More importantly it probably doesn’t ride like every other 28-32’ boat out there on the market....and that is a good thing. Trust me on that one.
What makes it ride different? Sorry, but we have only seen a few in S FL. Does it have a 3 pc construction, 24 degree deadrise, reverse radius chines that extend all the way to the bow, integrated motor bracket,
solid glass hull?
Those are just a few important questions when considering a hull for optimum offshore performance.
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I don't understand why Southport has yet to find a dealer in SWFL. Between Naples, Ft. Myers or Marco Island there must be twenty dealers that could retail Southport.

Correction, I just went to the SP website and they have added a dealer in Marco Island. I'm anxious to see one.
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Euro transom takes way too much space out of the cockpit... I know it's bad juju to bash Southport on this forum but there are many other boats out there with better utilization of space. Sure is pretty though
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What makes it ride different? Sorry, but we have only seen a few in S FL. Does it have a 3 pc construction, 24 degree deadrise, reverse radius chines that extend all the way to the bow, integrated motor bracket,
solid glass hull?
Those are just a few important questions when considering a hull for optimum offshore performance.
Ray Hunt Associates designed hull, (which was one of the first to design around 4 stroke power back in the mid-2000's). Yes, it is 3 piece construction. Variable dead rise, which was 22 degrees on my 28, (but as you well know today's modern designs are not simply about the degree of dead rise). Chines and hull design allow the boat to plane at slower speeds than most competitors hulls. My 28 could stay on plane at 14 knots, vs. a Regulator which had significant bow rise at slow speed, and needs constant throttle attention. Euro design transom, without the motor bracket that gets in the way when fighting a fish. Actually, with it's wide beam, the cockpit on my 28 was larger than most competitors with a bracket. I'm guessing the 30 has stretched that a bit. In addition that 10FT beam made the boat amazingly stable at drift or while on the troll. Modern vacuum bagged hull.

I know I can pick out a Southport from most any boat. Was trolling two weeks ago in the Wilmington Canyon, and saw one several hundred yards away that I knew immediately was a Southport. Onslow Bay is the only other boat that comes to mind with similar lines.

When asked, I still find it hard to find a negative about my 28 Southport, which I owned for 8 years and 1100 hours. Made 85+ trips of over 70 miles or more to our Canyons and the boat's performance, quality, and comfort for a crew of 4-5 adults did not disappoint. Mine hit every Canyon from the Hudson to the Washington, which is 110 miles either way. Run one on a sporty day, and then run another competitor's boat in the same conditions, as I did and you will be impressed. Needed a larger package with some serious weight for this old man to make those 70 mile runs, or I'd still be running one to the edge

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Southport builds one of the best CC's in the industry. They are top tier and in the same league as any other high end CC built. There isn't a drier riding CC in its class or the class above it for that matter. The build is on par with Onslow Bay, Seavee, Intrepid, etc. The fit and finish is definitely nicer than Regulator, Contender and similar brands. The only exception to this was the wiring in the earlier boats. It wasn't done as neatly as OB, Intrepid, etc. That being said, they still used quality components and the wiring wasn't bad by any means. I would say 99% of the people who have actually owned or spent time on a SP would agree with everything I've said.
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Being an FE model, not surprised to see the coffin box gone and other “family friendly” options plentiful. Won’t be surprised to see a 30TE offered in the future..
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Price range lightly loaded?
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I'm not a SP owner and have only been around about about 4 times but can spot a SP from a long way off. The 1st time I saw one in Annapolis I loved the boat. It didn't have the Southport name and only the emblems and I had to ask here who made it. Definitely not like many other boats. I've seen 2005 Southports with colored hulls that look brand new. A Southport will be my next boat if I can talk the Admiral in to it.
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Originally Posted by burtonboards32 View Post
Being an FE model, not surprised to see the coffin box gone and other “family friendly” options plentiful. Won’t be surprised to see a 30TE offered in the future..
Got it. Makes sense. I forgot about the TE/FE designations. When I bought mine you had one model only
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I like the lines of the new 30.
Looks like the gain the foot from the addition of the rear swim steps which is a useful addition to the boat. I find them helpful on my current Scout when tending to the engines and also if rigging a Turboswing or other device for towing a tube on those rare occasions I can persuade the kids that the boat is really for them (and not my fishing) ;-*

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