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Old 12-12-2019, 06:03 AM
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Getting ready to order a new 29 ocean runner.Any owners out there that would do anything different or recommend doing anything please let me know.I had a 34 Venture but it got stolen.I know this is no Venture but any thoughts on the ride in the gulf.I know they make a solid boat for sure.TIA!!
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just make sure to show us pics. love that boat..
Old 12-12-2019, 06:43 AM
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Sorry to hear about your Venture! Has it been found??
I thought there was a thread on here a while back about OR closing its doors?
Please do a build thread!
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Never found anything.Probably in Mexico!!Ocean Runner is full steam and not closing.Thanks
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I have a 25' OR. I don't think Carlos built a lot of them. He did tell me that it is the same hull as the 29'. It was built from a 29' mold, He just shortened it. The only thing I do not like is the size of the hatch into the rear bilge. It is way too small to get at anything. The saltwater wash down pump and freshwater pump is in that compartment along with the fuel filters and sending units for the Multi gauge fuel flow, and the through hull shutoffs.
I am not a big fan of the dash split Plexiglas electronic covers, as they seem to always be in the way, however Carlos I think offers another alternative to that. Other than that I love the boat. Awesome ride and very dry.


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Nice looking boat,Yea a few said that about the back compartment.Gonna see if he can make it bigger somehow.Thanks
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Beautiful lines. They had a 27' hull only that I wanted to go look at a few years ago, but it sold before I could get there. Please do a build thread. I'd love to see how they make them.
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Originally Posted by lwpierrat View Post
Nice looking boat,Yea a few said that about the back compartment.Gonna see if he can make it bigger somehow.Thanks
you take the 4 screws out and the hole is plenty big enough. Just tell him not to silicon around it. That's what I did and when I need to get in there, there's plenty room
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Originally Posted by redfishray View Post
you take the 4 screws out and the hole is plenty big enough. Just tell him not to silicon around it. That's what I did and when I need to get in there, there's plenty room
Trying to picture this?? Do you have a pic by any chance? And what 4 screws?
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Trying to picture this?? Do you have a pic by any chance? And what 4 screws?
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You see the screws on each edge? The rough hole is 1/4" inward from the screws or 21" x 15.5" or 325.5 sq/in. The opening of the actual hatch is only 17" × 11" or 187 sq/in. So basically when you remove the 4 screws, you almost double the hole size by removing that "drop in hatch".

Hope this explains it better.
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Originally Posted by redfishray View Post
You see the screws on each edge? The rough hole is 1/4" inward from the screws or 21" x 15.5" or 325.5 sq/in. The opening of the actual hatch is only 17" × 11" or 187 sq/in. So basically when you remove the 4 screws, you almost double the hole size by removing that "drop in hatch".

Hope this explains it better.
Damn, That makes sense. I don't recall mine looking like that. I will check it in a few weeks when I am down. Thanks so much.
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We love ours. Did an extensive build thread about a year ago too. I invested a ton of money into ours.
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I agree with Redfish Ray about the rear deck hatch. Access sucks unless you do what he did. I just finished chiseling out the caulk and creating the same access. Discuss where in that compartment the pumps and fuel filters are going to be mounted. I just redid the wash down pump that was mounted so far back it was almost unreachable. There are recirculating pump for the two wells that are going to be a real challenge to reach when they die.

The quality of the wiring job in that compartment was very poor and added to the headache of replacing bilge pumps and the wash down pump. I spent a lot of time making it better.

The front deck box is massive but even though it is insulated it does not hold ice well. It is fine on day trips but it sucks on Bahama trips. I would double the thickness of the insulation in the box and insulate the the underside of the lid. I would also add a removable baffle in the middle of the box. The deck hatch needs a gasket as well.

My boat had a head in the console when I bought the boat. I took it out. It is a tight fit under the console and the head took up all of the dry storage area. Humidity and heat under the console had been an issue. My boat has a ton of wiring in the console I was having mold form on the interior bulkheads. I started using damp rid buckets and that helped immensely. The area needs more ventilation openings and perhaps a fan.

My boat has 300 HP Verados. It hauls ass and I love the motors but the 300 Verados are more than you need. The new lighter Mercury's might be an interesting option. Engine height is an issue with the boat ask lots of questions.

Over all we love the boat. We bought it when it was a little over a year old from the original owner. We have had no issues with the hull or motors. The ride is good . It will porpoise a little at higher speed just play with the tabs and trim a little bit.

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Guys do you know how to access the wiring to the starboard underwater light? On my boat I have an inspection plate on the rear transom walk way, why I don't know as you can't access anything or even see anything when you remove that cover. My light is out and I need to troubleshoot. I also have to replace the Lenco tab actuator on that same side and I am not sure about access to those either. Thanks Mike.
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The underwater light should be accessible through the deck hatch. Mine are easy to get to with the hatch off. If you get the hatch out (remove caulk) it is a game changer for access. The tab actuator should be accessible through the inspection plate on the transom. Is it external behind the cover on the transom?
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Are you talking about this one under the swim ladder? If so no I can't see a thing in that small cavity, even with a flashlight. I am wondering if due to your 29 having a wider beam that you have more room? Thanks for your help


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It is either in there or behind the cover on the transom itself covering the trim tab. The beam on the 29 is 8 ft 6 inches.
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Originally Posted by Fireman Bill View Post
I agree with Redfish Ray about the rear deck hatch. Access sucks unless you do what he did. I just finished chiseling out the caulk and creating the same access. Discuss where in that compartment the pumps and fuel filters are going to be mounted. I just redid the wash down pump that was mounted so far back it was almost unreachable. There are recirculating pump for the two wells that are going to be a real challenge to reach when they die.

The quality of the wiring job in that compartment was very poor and added to the headache of replacing bilge pumps and the wash down pump. I spent a lot of time making it better.

The front deck box is massive but even though it is insulated it does not hold ice well. It is fine on day trips but it sucks on Bahama trips. I would double the thickness of the insulation in the box and insulate the the underside of the lid. I would also add a removable baffle in the middle of the box. The deck hatch needs a gasket as well.

My boat had a head in the console when I bought the boat. I took it out. It is a tight fit under the console and the head took up all of the dry storage area. Humidity and heat under the console had been an issue. My boat has a ton of wiring in the console I was having mold form on the interior bulkheads. I started using damp rid buckets and that helped immensely. The area needs more ventilation openings and perhaps a fan.

My boat has 300 HP Verados. It hauls ass and I love the motors but the 300 Verados are more than you need. The new lighter Mercury's might be an interesting option. Engine height is an issue with the boat ask lots of questions.

Over all we love the boat. We bought it when it was a little over a year old from the original owner. We have had no issues with the hull or motors. The ride is good . It will porpoise a little at higher speed just play with the tabs and trim a little bit.
Bill, your boat was not wired by Carlos. It was wired by a THT vendor, perhaps that's why the the issues in that compartment? My pumps and wash down are relatively easy to reach. Also, not sure about your fish box but mine holds ice better than almost any boat I have ever been on. It is completely insulated including the lid. I do agree with somehow dividing the fish box into 2 sections because it is MASSIVE.
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Originally Posted by redfishray View Post
Bill, your boat was not wired by Carlos. It was wired by a THT vendor, perhaps that's why the the issues in that compartment? My pumps and wash down are relatively easy to reach. Also, not sure about your fish box but mine holds ice better than almost any boat I have ever been on. It is completely insulated including the lid. I do agree with somehow dividing the fish box into 2 sections because it is MASSIVE.
our fish box up front holds ice for a long time too. Most of the time we can still reuse the bags of ice stored up there for days where we get skunked.

the fish box is a great place to put the kids when they act up. Holds them just perfect.

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