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Old 08-18-2020, 06:43 PM
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Default Blazerbay 27 vs bluewave 28 vs sportsman 267 masters - feedback wanted

My old man has retired and is looking for his last boat. Boat will be based in bay side key largo and mostly do sandbars and fishing patch reefs and occasional mahi. Heís narrowed the search to these 3 boats, I donít have experience with any of them. I have seen the blue wave at a boat show but didnít pay much attention to it.

anyone have any feedback on any of these. Most will be powered with Yamaha 300 or Yamaha 425 which heís ok with.

These are the pros and cons for him.

sportsman -
-Really like the half tower
-likes the seating for Mom and the grandson
-not a step hull
-not much info about build quality.

bluewave -
​​​​​​ó likes the higher freeboard and large boat
- should handle the 425hp Yamaha well
- likesKevlar transom and keel reinforcement
- likes twin step hull
- no tower

blazerbay
- not much info on build quality
-twin step hull
- no tower

any feedback I can pass along would be great.
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Only thing of the 3 I can add is the Sportsman build quality is decent, middle of the road.

Also, if heís looking to add to the list: SeaVee 270z can be had with a half tower and also has a stepped hull and top notch build quality.

It may check all the boxes, but itís also gonna be $$.

Pathfinder 2700 is also another new model to look at. Definitely some awesome large bay boat options out there!

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My buddy just bought the sportsman. I canít comment on the other 2 but build quality on the sportsman is very good.

hatches fit well and the floors/hull are rock solid. The boat also rides very well but like any boat tabs greatly help get the bow down.

his is rigged with a 425 Yamaha and honestly I think itís great power for the boat. The 300 Would be a dog quite honestly But the 425 does add a few inches to the draft spec they list
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Originally Posted by redbird555 View Post
My buddy just bought the sportsman. I canít comment on the other 2 but build quality on the sportsman is very good.

hatches fit well and the floors/hull are rock solid. The boat also rides very well but like any boat tabs greatly help get the bow down.

his is rigged with a 425 Yamaha and honestly I think itís great power for the boat. The 300 Would be a dog quite honestly But the 425 does add a few inches to the draft spec they list

is the boat stern heavy? Worried someone commented the 425 was way to heavy and would cause boat to porpoise.
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Originally Posted by Landito86 View Post
is the boat stern heavy? Worried someone commented the 425 was way to heavy and would cause boat to porpoise.
Iíll be in it again this Saturday but In all the other times Iíve been on it I have not noticed any porpoising even with light fuel. Canít say though if he was using tabs or not. But I was very impressed with how it handled a 2í chop

as I said the 300 was way too slow on that hull and the 350 was not available anymore when they bought it. Hence the 425, iirc the rep said the 425 is far more popular than the other two options in that boat.
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The only complaint they have on the boat is the stereo....the hardtop and console are great but the factory installed System leaves a lot to be desired
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Here's my 2 cents... I have spent time on all three boats, just not those specific models. They are all going to be a bit different and I'm curious how you landed on these three. The blue wave is lighter boat and will run well with a 350. Sportsman makes a great boat and I just got done fishing out of a 247. If I didn't fish the flats in Texas, that would be my rig. I love Blazer Bay, I actually own a 2220 gts and it has been a great boat. For the keys, I would lean toward the sportsman. It will probably be the best inshore and off, my only issue is it only comes with yamaha power. I run an SHO and like it but I'm just not a fan of the high horsepower yamaha offerings. Test ride all 3 boats and maybe take a look at the new Blazer 2400 model (New Deck Layout Coming) and sportsman 247. Once you take a ride you can decide for your self.
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The Sportsman has a nice ride in the chop. My cousin is a charter captain on the Chesapeake Bay and has owned both a 22 masters and now a 24 masters. All composite build with a nice console to fit two 12Ē screens, comfortable leaning post and great bilge access
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I've done a lot of homework on the 26 Sportsman. The performance of the 425 over the 350 is very nominal, it adds cost and weight, and too many people complain that the 425 is too loud.
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Originally Posted by rybovich18 View Post
I've done a lot of homework on the 26 Sportsman. The performance of the 425 over the 350 is very nominal, it adds cost and weight, and too many people complain that the 425 is too loud.
Interesting. Even the 300 doesnít seem like a slouch (51 mph). 350 does 57 and 425, 61!

https://www.sportsmanboatsmfg.com/ma...Bay-Boat/power

That 425 looks so cool on the back though!
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Originally Posted by 69Mach390 View Post
Interesting. Even the 300 doesnít seem like a slouch (51 mph). 350 does 57 and 425, 61!

https://www.sportsmanboatsmfg.com/ma...Bay-Boat/power

That 425 looks so cool on the back though!
there was a brand new 267 with a 300 in my marina this weekend and I asked him how it performed. Loaded with fuel and 3 guys and fishing gear, he said it ran 43-44..

my opinion it needs more power
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Pathfinder 2700 sounds like the right boat to me, especially if you want the F425...one of the few boats available right now designed from the ground up for an engine that big!
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Something else that is interesting On the website is the performance bulletin is 51.3 on the 247 and 51.5 On the 267
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Originally Posted by 69Mach390 View Post
Interesting. Even the 300 doesnít seem like a slouch (51 mph). 350 does 57 and 425, 61!

https://www.sportsmanboatsmfg.com/ma...Bay-Boat/power

That 425 looks so cool on the back though!
not sure where they got those numbers but Iím real world testing my buddies 425 on his with full fuel and a few people on board is mid 50s....
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They all need more than 300 ponies.
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The Blazer Bay 2700 is now set up for twins.
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Originally Posted by redbird555 View Post
not sure where they got those numbers but Iím real world testing my buddies 425 on his with full fuel and a few people on board is mid 50s....
They say right on the reports the conditions and how many people in the boat, etc.

More fuel? More people? Different weather? Yeah thatís gonna slow you down. Same goes if the driver isnít trimmed/tabbed ideally.

I look at those performance reports like I look at 0-60 and 1/4 mile magazine times for cars: Something to strive for in perfect conditions..... individual results may vary.
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Originally Posted by captain28570 View Post
They all need more than 300 ponies.
Agreed!
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Originally Posted by 69Mach390 View Post
They say right on the reports the conditions and how many people in the boat, etc.

More fuel? More people? Different weather? Yeah thatís gonna slow you down. Same goes if the driver isnít trimmed/tabbed ideally.

I look at those performance reports like I look at 0-60 and 1/4 mile magazine times for cars: Something to strive for in perfect conditions..... individual results may vary.
except usually people get better times than the magazines do in the 1/4.

as far as I see the conditions we were in were better. 3 people on board with full fuel really isnít that much different than how the magazine tested and it was almost glass flat...
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Originally Posted by redbird555 View Post
except usually people get better times than the magazines do in the 1/4.

as far as I see the conditions we were in were better. 3 people on board with full fuel really isnít that much different than how the magazine tested and it was almost glass flat...
Usually better than the magazines? Lol only if you believe the internet claims.

Luckily we have a local drag strip that Iíve been going to for 25 years. Itís EXTREMELY rare that a bone stock car will beat let alone match the magazine times. Any given run on a normal weather night and most runs will be .3 to a full second off (depending on driver skills).

Now a perfect run with a -800 DA weather..... sure you might beat the mag times..... Either that or you might have the rare factory freak making more hp than normal.

Or the more common internet exaggerators or people who claim to be stock..... and arenít.

It was pretty fun back in the 90s watching all the average vette drivers running 14s with very confused looks on their faces.

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