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Old 05-30-2020, 04:39 PM
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Default Southport or Whitewater

Obviously both of these both have been covered in great length and they are both well renowned boats. That being said I have really been stuck between the two as a choice for a new boat. We run out of Tampa Bay area and usually go out from 30 -120 miles. I like the 60+ mph of the Whitewater but the constant chatter of how amazing the ride and stability of the Southport is hard to ignore. Anyone have first hand experience with both boats that would like to lend a personal opinion or comparison of the two that might help me in the decision process? Thanks for any experience you care to share.
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I have never been on a whitewater but have owned two southport boats. Hard to compare these two boats just by looking at the dimensions they are very different. I would never consider a 32' boat with a 8'6" beam. The whitewater probably runs really well in a head sea and suffers every where else. I sold and bought another southport bc of all the things that the hull does really well.
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What models are you trying to compare? two different boat styles. Whitewater is generally compared more with SeaVee and Contender, the south Florida style boats. Southport has that Carolina flare and a much wider beam (not trailer-able w/o a permit) more comparable to an Onslow bay or regulator.

I assume you are fishing and since you are in Florida get a Whitwater put a Rhodan on the front if you bottom fish and go.
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Donít know a thing about WW other than they look to be narrow and built for speed. The Southport is built to be comfortable and dry with modest speed and economy.

My guess is when itís nice out that WW will blow the doors off the SP. But when itís 15-20knts, 3-4í youíll be running just as fast or faster in the SP, more comfortable and dry.

I got all sorts of speedy ditch rockets parked around me. They beat us in most of the time by 10-15 minutes. Most of the time they look like beaten, drowned rats, my crew is usually waking up from a nice dry nap.
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Two totally different boats.
10,000 hours between two Southport boats.
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I really can’t comment on the Southport, but I’ve got a 32 WW that’s a wonderful platform. Like the poster above said, I’ve got a rhodan and it holds like a rock. There is a guy on here, that has had both. I believe his handle is Windam.
Ive killed a ton of fish on my WW in the last two years. It’s a 2018. I’ve got the opportunity to move to a large Cat (HHH 35) and will be selling my WW at the end of July. If you’re interested, let me know.
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Originally Posted by saltydog235 View Post
Donít know a thing about WW other than they look to be narrow and built for speed. The Southport is built to be comfortable and dry with modest speed and economy.

My guess is when itís nice out that WW will blow the doors off the SP. But when itís 15-20knts, 3-4í youíll be running just as fast or faster in the SP, more comfortable and dry.

I got all sorts of speedy ditch rockets parked around me. They beat us in most of the time by 10-15 minutes. Most of the time they look like beaten, drowned rats, my crew is usually waking up from a nice dry nap.
I can't comment on white water. For southport, if you put twin 425s or trip 300s on a 33, you get a very steady, beamy, comfortable and dry boat that is also a beast and flies.

I've put 75 hours in his year in the NE - including going pretty fast in up to 5-6 footers. no waves or spray in the boat at all.


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I can't comment on white water. For southport, if you put twin 425s or trip 300s on a 33, you get a very steady, beamy, comfortable and dry boat that is also a beast and flies.

I've put 75 hours in his year in the NE - including going pretty fast in up to 5-6 footers. no waves or spray in the boat at all.

power is another difference, a 32 WhiteWater has more than enough power with twin 300s, twin 225s and 250s were the power of choice.
Twin 425s would be too much weight for a WW most likely although one was built with trips so maybe not. Boats have added beam to deal with heavy 4 strokes better but a narrow deep vee will out ride a beamy boat in the snot. formula 233 only had an 8' beam. Whitwater should be more fuel efficient too.

All these positive south port comments would make me want to check one out.
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Two different boats that fish differently . I have a 28 Whitewater and can vouch for the ride . It rides great and doesn't feel skinny when on the boat . It rides very level which is nice and makes it ride great in a decent chop Its only pretty wet when its blowing and your in a quartering sea. The rest of the time its as wet or dry as many other center consoles out there . I have had a 25 contender 28 LOA and a 27 contender LOA nearly 30 and the 28 whitewater is a softer ride . The south-port, I have no Idea it looks like a real nice boat but set up for fish and family for sure If you get the forward seating . It also looks like it would cost a bit more than the whitewater . I'm sure the 33 Southport is a more conformable ride than the 28 Whitewater would be based on mass and size alone .



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Ride them both and decide for yourself. Too many variables to pick one based on others experiences and your expectations. Repot back with your perspective on the two.

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