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Old 11-27-2020, 07:17 AM
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Hi Folks,

Please give me the good and the bad(if any!) for a 1993 Blackfin 29 SF with 2 x 230 Volvo Diesel.





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One of the best built and spacious boats ever built under 30’. Built like a tank and incredible ride. Ton of room for a 29’. Sexy lines is an understatement.
But... will be slow ride to china with those 230 volvos, parts are getting harder and harder to find for them, and when you do find them, you will experience major sticker shock.. hence the reason most have been repowered with yammers or the big block gassers still make that boat ride out great, just thirsty because she is so heavy. Other than what it costs to maintain and run one, these boats were way ahead of their time and still command attention to this day, wherever they go.....hope this helps..
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Originally Posted by empty canibal View Post
One of the best built and spacious boats ever built under 30’. Built like a tank and incredible ride. Ton of room for a 29’. Sexy lines is an understatement.
But... will be slow ride to china with those 230 volvos, parts are getting harder and harder to find for them, and when you do find them, you will experience major sticker shock.. hence the reason most have been repowered with yammers or the big block gassers still make that boat ride out great, just thirsty because she is so heavy. Other than what it costs to maintain and run one, these boats were way ahead of their time and still command attention to this day, wherever they go.....hope this helps..
Thank you , fully agree with you, design of this boat is timeless.
Which Yanmar are normally mounted ? 6LPA-STP , the 315 hp ?
do you know cruise speed with 230 and 315 with estimated fuel burn?
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PM offshorebri. He had a 29 with Yanmar 315's in for many years.
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Originally Posted by Fine Catch View Post
PM offshorebri. He had a 29 with Yanmar 315's in for many years.
I fished many times on Brian's boat. It's a great boat with a terrific ride and very roomy for its size. Brian knows that boat inside and out and can answer your questions, I'll let him know you're looking for info.
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I concur with above said very well. Actually, I think it is one of the most eye pleasing sea boats built along with the 31 Bert.

I cant give you any specific info on the Volvo's though. The guys that weighed in above know their stuff (as well as offshore Bri).

I wish I could tell you more, but it wouldn't be based on knowledge or experience but I do love her lines and Blackfin did build a hell of a boat. Good luck!
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I fished one for several seasons in a row - it had KAMD 42s. Boat is a Beast in anything you would want to be out in. We cruised 22-24 to NE canyons regularly. Engine boxes are great space for watching lines when trolling. Engine access is great too. The volvos had super chargers and turbos that constantly needed attention. The boat is tender on the drift but not bad on the anchor. We would fish 4-5 guys in comfort. The convertible dinette is the best place for a daytime nap.
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..Oh, and if I was looking I would be looking at the 32 with 3208's. Faster cruise , bigger cockpit and heavier.
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The endorsement from David Pascoe for this boat is great .

Slow speed handling is equally good. With the engines and props set far outboard, this boat will turn on its axis with absolute ease. You simply will not find a boat that handles better than this one. With one engine in forward, the other reverse, you make this boat foxtrot or tango, take your pick. You could dance this thing around a marlin or sailfish like Muhammad Ali doing rope-a-dope. It's really a wonderful experience finding that she does just exactly what you want her to do

Am I nuts if I buy a 1993 boat ?
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Originally Posted by fillet1 View Post
I fished one for several seasons in a row - it had KAMD 42s. Boat is a Beast in anything you would want to be out in. We cruised 22-24 to NE canyons regularly. Engine boxes are great space for watching lines when trolling. Engine access is great too. The volvos had super chargers and turbos that constantly needed attention. The boat is tender on the drift but not bad on the anchor. We would fish 4-5 guys in comfort. The convertible dinette is the best place for a daytime nap.
22-24 .... you meant mph , guess KAMD42 cruise speed is around 17/18 knots.
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Originally Posted by ItalianTiaralover View Post
The endorsement from David Pascoe for this boat is great .

Slow speed handling is equally good. With the engines and props set far outboard, this boat will turn on its axis with absolute ease. You simply will not find a boat that handles better than this one. With one engine in forward, the other reverse, you make this boat foxtrot or tango, take your pick. You could dance this thing around a marlin or sailfish like Muhammad Ali doing rope-a-dope. It's really a wonderful experience finding that she does just exactly what you want her to do

Am I nuts if I buy a 1993 boat ?
It’s nothing to do with the fact it’s a 1993 boat-
your certainly not “nuts” for buying such a boat.
it’s a very limited niche market these days because you can potentially dump into it what you paid for it within the first 2 years. Maybe 1 depending on your luck or how good your surveyor was.....Read coores14 thread on “my new boat, 32 Blackfin flybridge” ( not sure how to attach link) it’s a great, funny thread, and a great guy who keeps taking the hits and surprises along the way...all with a great attitude...as long as your willing to throw money at it with a positive attitude and got money to burn, it’s one bad ass ride..... but if you buy it and think your not going to potentially have to throw stacks (thousands) at it, then maybe.....rethink..

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Originally Posted by ItalianTiaralover View Post
22-24 .... you meant mph , guess KAMD42 cruise speed is around 17/18 knots.
If I remember correctly we would cruise at about 24 kts on Brian's boat, it had the 315 Yanmars.
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I had a 29 with 454s carb. fuel burn would make your balls shrink. Then moved on to a 33 with 3208 cats great boat. Thing about these two hulls is when the other boats in this size range are backing down on the throttles in seas you are powering up.
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Originally Posted by empty canibal View Post
Read coores14 thread on “my new boat, 32 Blackfin flybridge” ( not sure how to attach link) it’s a great, funny thread, and a great guy who keeps taking the hits and surprises along the way...all with a great attitude...
well, thanks for the compliments. Undeserved, but thanks anyway. Wait until I post what I got into today...

My new project - 32 Blackfin
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oh, and the 29 Blackfin is a legendary boat. Expect there to be issues because it's an old boat. Mine is almost ten years older than this one and it suffered from serious neglect. If yours had even the slightest hint of upkeep then I bet you'll be fine.
The engines, I know nothing about those Volvos.
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Originally Posted by ItalianTiaralover View Post
22-24 .... you meant mph , guess KAMD42 cruise speed is around 17/18 knots.
No - knots. If the boat moved at 17/18kts that's way too slow for canyon runs. We cruised 22-24 knots all day long.
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I own a 29 combi with outboards. Same hull as fly bridge.

Best boat ( for its size) I have ever rode in the rough stuff.. Fished a 28 sea vee for many years, 32 regulator, and currently still fish 10- 20 times a year in a 34 sea vee ( best friends boat) . All great riding hulls, the Blackfin is on par and probably a little better. That's how good they are.
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I had the Volvo’s in my Pursuit express. I would stay far away from them. The power seems light for a deevee Blackfin
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the boat has very low hours (350), spent half of her life into a sheltered area in a yard. It is expected some issues , but not big wahala. ( lets' hope LOL )
I have an Albie 248xf with Yanmar 4LPA-STP with 600 hours, last summer I did change turbine and riser, I expect to do this and replace all sea chests as first task if we find a deal on the Blackfin ..... obviously after a thorough survey from the best surveyor in the area.

It would be interesting to understand if the fuel tanks can be inspected properly on this boat .Today will google a bit.
Thanks to all, keep you posted
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Originally Posted by ItalianTiaralover View Post
the boat has very low hours (350), spent half of her life into a sheltered area in a yard. It is expected some issues , but not big wahala. ( lets' hope LOL )
I have an Albie 248xf with Yanmar 4LPA-STP with 600 hours, last summer I did change turbine and riser, I expect to do this and replace all sea chests as first task if we find a deal on the Blackfin ..... obviously after a thorough survey from the best surveyor in the area.

It would be interesting to understand if the fuel tanks can be inspected properly on this boat .Today will google a bit.
Thanks to all, keep you posted
From what I remember on Brian's boat the tanks are pretty easy to access, he replaced his tanks. The whole cockpit floor is removable without doing any cutting, it's just screwed down and comes up in one piece.

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