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Old 12-07-2006, 09:14 AM
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I am looking at moving up from my 27 Contender to one of these two boats. Anyone have experience operating these boats or specific recommendations. Curious about riding in 3-5 seas which one is best. Will use for E coast offshore in Fl and trips to Bahamas.
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Old 12-07-2006, 09:40 AM
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Intrepid is much more plush for family freindly cruising boat first fishing second. Venture is much more a true fish boat. I looked at the Venture but can't get past the step up at the bow or the lack of true forward seating that is integrelly molded in to place. I think the 35 is a more fair comparison wise to the Venture. They are both top notch boats with tremendous ride, fit, finish and reputation! Seatrial them in Miami Shjjow and I will see you there. Just curious why Contender was not on your short list since you own one now?
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Old 12-07-2006, 11:03 AM
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Yea, like golfcane said...If you are looking to have a great performing, decent fishing layout, and family friendly boat all in one, you can't beat the layout of the intrepid. If you are going for more of a fishing boat...and not to knock venture because they are awesome boats...but I would go with a 33T contender or a 34 yellowfin with trip 250 4 strokes. I think you get more for your money with the contender and the yellowfin and a better fishing layout. Are they even rigging the 34 venture with trips? That boat is way underpowered with twins IMHO. Can't go wrong with any of them. Good Luck!
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Old 12-07-2006, 11:08 AM
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It depends on what you want to do. If you fish more and need wide open decks, then the Venture would be the way to go, if you need more seating and family space then the Intrepid would be a good choice. Both are top notch boats with impeccable quality, hi-tech construction, and fit and finish. For running to the islands, I don't think you will find a boat with more storage in its class than the 34 Venture with 3 7' storage/fishboxes, huge console, and two other in-deck boxes. It also does well for the local tournaments with an enormous oval well in the transom that looks much bigger than the stated 55 gallons. I've ran a lot of boats in my life and have never ridden in a boat that can top the Venture as far as smoothness is concerned, you need to ride to appreciate it. With a pair of 275 Verados, you can cruise at 35 all day long making 1.3 MPG and top out better than 50 full of fuel, hardly underpowered with the Verados. The first time I ran the boat was in a 15-20 knot SE out of Port Everglades and could comfortaly run straight into it at 30 mph staying completely dry, extremely impressive!
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Old 12-07-2006, 11:17 AM
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Default Re: Intrepid 37 or Venture 34

Like most have said, the Intrepid is a great boat for the family because of some of the options that they offer. But I am on my second venture and have been a happy customer every time. I have been in some of the roughest of seas with my boat and have not once felt uncomfortable. It is a great all around boat. If you have any more questions about it, let me know.
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Old 12-07-2006, 11:19 AM
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Although most of my time in the boat has been fishing/diving I am also looking for something with the ability to spend a few nights on the water whether offshore or in the Bahamas. Trying to keep the spouse happy. Thats why the Intrepid is probably more suited for my next purchase. I love my 27 Contender and have had no issues with it.
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Old 12-07-2006, 11:25 AM
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We upgraded this past year from a Contender 27 to the Venture 34, and one of the partners has ownership in an Intrepid 377. We repowered the Venture when we bought it with Yamaha F250's. I can assure you, the overall speed and fuel economy is so close to the 31 Contender, its amazing. I have two close friends I fish with who have the Contender 31s with the F250s. As mentioned by Sundance, the offshore behavior of this boat is phenomenal, especially into a head sea, and especially compared to a Contender of similar size. I thought the bow step up would be more of a hindrance, but have not had anyone yet have a problem with it. Not only that, but it allows the use of above waterline fish boxes which drain overboard, not into the bilge. No more stopped up bilge pumps with Snapper scales.
The fit and finish on the Venture is every bit the equal of the Intrepid. Personally I wouldn't want the forward seating, as it prevents you from reaching the gunnels for support when fighting a fish and reduces floor space. We have the removable cushions up forward, as well as the removable dodger, which provides a huge lounging area if you want it for the social trips. That, combined with a fully finished head, which the kids and the wives have made tremendous use out of for changing clothes, etc. has really turned out to be more of a blessing than I would have expected. Continue to be impressed all the way around with this boat. The factory support is second to none also, even with this being a third hand boat, I've gotten immediate response from everyone at the Venture factory on even the most trivial questions. Intrepid is also very user friendly. The decision between the Intrepid and the Venture really comes down to the level of creature comfort demand relative to the loss in fishability. It's very difficult to find the perfect balance of both. The 377 Intrepid I find has awesome creature comforts, and runs great, but is way up off the water. I can tail a King Mackeral from the cockpit of the Venture, but you could never do that from the cockpit of a 37' Intrepid. Also, until recently, it was difficult to find a used Intrepid in this size range with much of a built in livewell of any size. They are now building them into newer leaning post options and a rear cockpit one, but if live baiting is important this would be a consideration.
I would have no hesitation from a build quality standpoint or factory support standpoint in buying either of these brands used, as we did with this 2001. We are upgrading the electronics now, and adding radar. Really like the boat, coming from a former two Contender owner.
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Old 12-07-2006, 11:38 AM
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Default Re: Intrepid 37 or Venture 34

If you need a permanent place to sleep, the 34 comes with a cuddy as well that is very nicely appointed with a v-berth and cabinets capable of supporting an optional microwave, TV, and A/C. In a pinch, you could also do the bow dodger and cushions on the 34 open for the "camping feel" and still retain the open bow. The nice thing about the dodger is it stores convieniently out of the way under the gunnels when not in use.
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Old 12-07-2006, 12:13 PM
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Both are great boats, but I am surprised (not that he asked) no one has mentioned the Contender 36 FA. As already mentioned choose the Venture for fishing first family second and . Intrepid for Family first -fishing second.

I am not just saying this because I own a contender, but the 36 FA is very good at being able to do both without many compromises and as an added bonus it cost less.

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Old 12-07-2006, 02:17 PM
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abacodan - 12/7/2006 11:25 AM

The fit and finish on the Venture is every bit the equal of the Intrepid. Personally I wouldn't want the forward seating, as it prevents you from reaching the gunnels for support when fighting a fish and reduces floor space.
My only disagreement with your post which is objective and contains awesome detail is this:

The finishes are comparable, but the fits are not. You can't get a side dive door, electrically operated forward lounge seats, or correct me if I am wrong but an electric adjustable helm seat or an electric sliding door to gain access to the head in custom console. The Ventures I have seen were much more no nonsense clean organized and plain. I also realise that the creature comfort fit outs are not important for pure fisherman used boats!

They are just truly not comparable boats because they are aimed at different customers. When he sits down and defines his goals and how much time he will spend doing the different activities then he will answer his own question. From my humble position if you want your wife on the boat and in the game then you will buy an Intrepid with her input. If you want a fishing boat that can do the occasional ICW cruise then the Venture will be your choice!
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Thanks to everyone that responded. As mentioned earlier I need to determine what the boats primary purpose will be.
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Old 12-07-2006, 06:17 PM
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skiphughes - 12/7/2006 5:13 PM

Thanks to everyone that responded. As mentioned earlier I need to determine what the boats primary purpose will be.
EXACTLY! But you can't go wrong with either.
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Old 12-07-2006, 07:05 PM
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The "fit" you are referring to has limited value if the compromise goes more to the fishing side of things. I can't remember the last time the electric seat on the 377 of my partners was even engaged. As for the electric door on the head, OK wow.
Buy the boat for what you anticipate using it for 75% of the time. We definitely plan on a Bahamas trip on ours next year, and we plan on using the dodger with drop mosquito screen. That combined with the large finished head will easily provide overnighting capabilities. My parameter included no more than a twin engine setup, without sacrificing the fishability of the Contender 27, while at the same time adding some creature comforts. I have also fished 36 Contender Opens and the 36 Fisharound. To me, the 36 Fisharound loses too much in fishability. The walkaround at the bow has extremely low freeboard for fishing in any kind of sea state, so really all you get is a tight overnight cabin with a head smaller than the Venture. The seating is also extremely limited for a 36 foot so-called fish around cuddy. The boat has to have triples also, and the fuel economy is sacrificed significantly.
With the F250's, much like the Contender 31, the fuel economy at a 38 MPH cruise with average load is about 1.4 miles per gallon. I've gotten up to 1.6 MPG light at 38 MPH. WOT is 50 MPH, average load at about a 1.2 MPG burn.
You can't do that in a Contender 36, especially the fisharound.
If the accomodation is that important, with fishing fading relative to what you did in the Contender 27, I would lean toward the Intrepid 348. Powered with either the twin F250s or the Verado's, this boat provides a substantial cabin, with great performance and all those bells and whistles. That step hull really does add to the performance of those boats, no doubt.
My Venture partner is cussing the bow thruster on his 377 Intrepid as I type this...........
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Old 12-07-2006, 08:41 PM
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abacodan - 12/7/2006 7:05 PM

The "fit" you are referring to has limited value if the compromise goes more to the fishing side of things. I can't remember the last time the electric seat on the 377 of my partners was even engaged. As for the electric door on the head, OK wow.
Buy the boat for what you anticipate using it for 75% of the time. We definitely plan on a Bahamas trip on ours next year, and we plan on using the dodger with drop mosquito screen. That combined with the large finished head will easily provide overnight capabilities. My parameter included no more than a twin engine setup, without sacrificing the fish ability of the Contender 27, while at the same time adding some creature comforts. I have also fished 36 Contender Opens and the 36 Fish around. To me, the 36 Fish around loses too much in fish ability. The walk around at the bow has extremely low freeboard for fishing in any kind of sea state, so really all you get is a tight overnight cabin with a head smaller than the Venture. The seating is also extremely limited for a 36 foot so-called fish around cuddy. The boat has to have triples also, and the fuel economy is sacrificed significantly.
With the F250's, much like the Contender 31, the fuel economy at a 38 MPH cruise with average load is about 1.4 miles per gallon. I've gotten up to 1.6 MPG light at 38 MPH. WOT is 50 MPH, average load at about a 1.2 MPG burn.
You can't do that in a Contender 36, especially the fish around.
If the accommodation is that important, with fishing fading relative to what you did in the Contender 27, I would lean toward the Intrepid 348. Powered with either the twin F250s or the Verado's, this boat provides a substantial cabin, with great performance and all those bells and whistles. That step hull really does add to the performance of those boats, no doubt.
My Venture partner is cussing the bow thruster on his 377 Intrepid as I type this...........
Don't get your shorts in a wad there Vent, the differences I point out are aimed at the women on a boat looking for comfort, my wife being one of them. Every seat in the Intrepid from the helm, to the aft sofa bench to the forward seating with removable table are very comfortable and you get to pick the fabric and colors. Small deal to burly fishing centric people like yourself but we can comfortably seat three couples with kids on the Intrepid 323 CC. We can also cross the stream with momma and the kids seated very safely, securely and comfortably on the rear sofa bench on our way over to Marsh Harbor! Hopefully we will see you over there but we have zero intention of sleeping on the boat except when waiting for the next purple monster to bite out on the 50 line, so we will have a room at Abaco Beach Club!

I was in no shape, form or fashion trying to put down your excellent vessel. I was only pointing out that you chose a fishing boat first and I chose a family boat first that met our needs! I know the fishing that I do: Kite, Deep drop, swording, drifting, and trolling and the Intrepid is an awesome platform that bests your boat by 20% in top end and cruising fuel economy, but that is not a fair comparison because mine is a little smaller except if you want to seat 12 people comfortably.

I also don't use the head on the boat but when you have a 7 and 5 year old the electric door to the head is a nice safety feature even though fishermen don't care about that either. Oh and don't even go there to confuse readers of customer service by a manufacturer before, during, or after the sale. Find a complaint thread somewhere on the internet about Intrepid. There is not one here on THT. I'm sure Venture is excellent too but you tried to make it sound like an after thought about Intrepid's number one goal. And lastly, check the resale numbers on the two manufacturers. You might be humbled by what you find.

Now back to the complimentary reply I tried top post before. Intrepid and Ventures are both nice boats built towards two different boaters! (actually three when you need a tender for your 100+ footer!)

PS I would bet a lot of money that if you took a group of ten ladies, without their spouses, to the boat show and let them inspect the Intrepid CC and the Venture CC that 90% of the spouses would be able to order an Intrepid tomorrow with momma's approval if dollars are not an issue! That is my pure speculation and past performance is not necessarily and indication of future performance!
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golfcane - 12/8/2006 7:41 PM

PS I would bet a lot of money that if you took a group of ten ladies, without their spouses, to the boat show and let them inspect the Intrepid CC and the Venture CC that 90% of the spouses would be able to order an Intrepid tomorrow with momma's approval if dollars are not an issue! That is my pure speculation and past performance is not necessarily and indication of future performance!
That is exactly why I do not solicit input from my wife on a purchase that will be primarily used by me
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Shin-Dig - 12/8/2006 12:19 PM

That is exactly why I do not solicit input from my wife on a purchase that will be primarily used by me
My thoughts EXACTLY!
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That is exactly why I do not solicit input from my wife on a purchase that will be primarily used by me
My thoughts EXACTLY!
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I could not have any of the toys and fun stuff I do if it were not for my partner! She is the best and if you think I am comprimising on the boat then the next time you get a chance jump on an Intrepid! There is not a Venture in the ocean that comes close to filling my needs like the FV got tail?



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I think you need to compare a 38' Jupiter with the Intrepid. The fit and finish on an Intrepid is second to none, and it will hold it's value like no other. Try to find a pre-owned Intrepid- You may find a few, and look what they're still worth. I think they are the Rolex of small boats.
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I am curious as to why no one has yet mentioned that with an Intrepid you get to build the boat the way you want it. I have read several mentions about the forward seating in the Intrepid, if you don't want forward seating don't put it in. Forward seating console design, and every other detail is up to you. The resale of an Intrepid is amazing, you can always sell it for what you paid, if you find you don't like it. Then go buy the Venture.
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