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Old 06-17-2020, 02:07 PM
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Default 2020 Seavee 290b Build Thread

Hey friends. As some of you know from my previous thread about my Conch and Seavee sea trials and factory visits, I made the decision last summer to go with the CV 290b - although it was difficult to choose between these boats. The Conch 27 is a true classic and a fantastic fishing machine for sure, and I would have been very happy with it instead of the CV. But at the end of the day, trying to balance fishing and family, the CV just made more sense for me.

Here's a photo of the Seavee 290b I sea trialed - very similar to what I'm building, although I did not go with the second helm so I could have an open array mounted instead of the dome. Also, my hull color will be Aqua Mist. I'm going with twin Merc V8 300's in white versus the 350 6's on this boat. Trim and upholstery will be white.



I just found out this week that, at long last, the build has begun on my boat, and from what I understand it should be completed by the end of July. Pre-Coronavirus I had planned to make a couple of trips down to the factory in Stuart to check out the build and take photos, but I don't think that's going to happen at this point. That said, Hunter and the folks at Seavee have been terrific to work with, and Hunter promised to send me build photos along the way. Apparently, the hull and liner were just laid this week and here are the first photos!

I'll keep you posted as I get more photos from Hunter, and of course feel free to ask me any questions along the way.




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07-16-2020, 05:12 PM
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Default SeaVee 290 finally splashed!

BOOM! Out of the Stuart factory and in the water! Now I just have to get it up here. Canít wait!!



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Sweet ride for sure, looking forward to build pics. That clamping jig is pretty sweet. When did SeaVee move to Stuart?
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Originally Posted by jason8251 View Post
Sweet ride for sure, looking forward to build pics. That clamping jig is pretty sweet. When did SeaVee move to Stuart?
Apparently, they've been building the 290b, and more recently the 270z bay boat in Stuart for a while. When they built the new factory this past year, they decided to keep building these two boats in Stuart. Funny thing is that the Stuart facility is literally adjacent to the Conch factory, and I believe Conch actually leases it to Seavee. Love seeing that sort of collaboration between quality boat builders!

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As a former 290B owner (2013) let me say congrats, and if I did it all again I'd choose the exact same power you are going with here.
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We recently had ours finished and made several trip to the factory during the build, the guys at the shop are top notch.



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Following, looks great. What did they tell you to expect for performance (wot, cruise, mpg, etc) with the 300ís? Iíve yet to see any kind of review of that hull with those motors but it sounds like the perfect setup for weight/power

congrats!
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Following, looks great. What did they tell you to expect for performance (wot, cruise, mpg, etc) with the 300ís? Iíve yet to see any kind of review of that hull with those motors but it sounds like the perfect setup for weight/power

congrats!
From what they said, the performance would be similar to the 350's but slightly more fuel efficient and more torque, so better hole shot. With the 300's we were doing 60MPH @ 6000RPM. 50 @ 5400RPM. cruising at 45 @ 4900RPM. WOT was around 62MPH with 3 people and full tanks of gas. But will be interesting to see how the V8's compare. Will post results once I get the boat and break it in.
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Originally Posted by Metalbound View Post
We recently had ours finished and made several trip to the factory during the build, the guys at the shop are top notch.
Beauty. Looks very similar to what I'm building.
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Nice!!!!
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They do build a nice boat for sure!!!
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Just curious why you didn’t get a 32’?
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Post up your options! I'm not far behind you so any tips or pointers are appreciated. Same power for me, with twin 300s.
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Originally Posted by critt77matt View Post
Just curious why you didnít get a 32í?
Iím a fly fisherman mainly and do a lot of fishing inshore in skinny water and estuaries so the 29 just felt better for those applications, but I can still take it offshore. But it was a bit of a toss up!
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Originally Posted by nmcclure View Post
Post up your options! I'm not far behind you so any tips or pointers are appreciated. Same power for me, with twin 300s.
Hey nmcclure, main options I went with:
  • Power: twin Merc V8 300's (warm white)
  • Key West hard top, polycarbonate enclosure
  • Forward seating with electric back rests (I know, but had to due to it being a family as well as fishing boat!) I also am having them fabricate a removable bow filler with removable cushion, which I can use as a casting platform.
  • Folding bench stern seat
  • Custom under-gunwale fly rod holders (3 on each side)
  • Captain's edition helm seat with folding arm rests
  • 14 top of gunwale rod holders, including two swivels and power for electric reels (mostly for resale value)
  • Full electric head
  • Electronics:
    • 2 X Garmin 8612
    • Garmin 424 X HD2 open array radar
    • Autopilot
    • 2 X ICOM VHF units
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Is there a trolling motor option available on the 290?
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Is there a trolling motor option available on the 290?
Funny you ask. Short answer is yes. I actually have been thinking about putting one on but jus reheard from CV that based on where we are in the build itís too late foe factory install. I assume thatís because of the batteries and wiring...? Anyway yes and I would do it! I may retrofit a MK or MG on there after my boat arrives.
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Originally Posted by luyen View Post
From what they said, the performance would be similar to the 350's but slightly more fuel efficient and more torque, so better hole shot. With the 300's we were doing 60MPH @ 6000RPM. 50 @ 5400RPM. cruising at 45 @ 4900RPM. WOT was around 62MPH with 3 people and full tanks of gas. But will be interesting to see how the V8's compare. Will post results once I get the boat and break it in.
Also, looked like 1.5 MPG at WOT. Didnít see at cruise but I think about 1.8-2
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Hey Luyen, glad they got her underway! Hopefully we can meet up in Peconic or Shinny
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Really love the 29. My next boat may be that or the 32 but only if a trolling motor is able to be integrated and the forward seating option will be a must for our family. Looking forward to following your build and see pics with forward seating as well. Hard to track those down and get an idea of real world space once they are in there.

Sorry if I missed it, but when did you put your order in?
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Originally Posted by sanddollar2 View Post
Really love the 29. My next boat may be that or the 32 but only if a trolling motor is able to be integrated and the forward seating option will be a must for our family. Looking forward to following your build and see pics with forward seating as well. Hard to track those down and get an idea of real world space once they are in there.

Sorry if I missed it, but when did you put your order in?
Hey Sanddollar2 - I put in the order late August last year.

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