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Old 02-25-2007, 03:16 PM
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These boats are built in the Northwest, Washington State, so likely not to many can give first hand reports, but lets hear your opinion.
The hull is a 70 degree entry with a constant 19 degree deadrise combined with 2, 6" horizontal chines and 4, 8" lifting strakes.
I have only owned variable degree hulls .
These guys cut there teeth building Aluminum gillnetters for the Bristol Bay area and have been doing so for over 25 years.
I would outfit with either twin 250's or maybe twin 300 Suzukis.
The boat is 8500 lbs dry w/o power and 29 ft long , 33 LOA.
I'm especially interested in what you think of the power choices and the hull capabilities.
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:46 PM
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Have not ridden on one, but saw one at the Seattle show and crawled all over a used one that had been for sale locally. They are on my short list for the next slightly larger boat we have built. They seem to be a very well made boat. Can only suggest you ride on one to confirm you like the way it performs. Choosing between the 250 Yamahas and the new Suzukis will be a tough choice. For a pilothouse boat like ours, the electronic controls on the Suzuki will make it easier to add a cockpit driving station.

How do you like your Lifetimer?
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Old 02-25-2007, 10:21 PM
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The Lifetimer has been flawless since the day I picked it up at the factory and ran it home, 1000 miles up the inside passage to Alaska, and for another season so far.
They are still on the short list.
The company is also great to deal with, therefore the hard decision to look elsewhere.
The guys at ColdWater seem to do everything right, very well thought out boats.
Better setup for the week long trips we do with the CW and I'm thinking the hull will handle the rough stuff better.
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Old 02-26-2007, 11:48 AM
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When i fished bristol bay alaska , gillnetting , they were called all points , and everyone consired them the #2 boat to own out of all brands
kurry was #1 , i would buy one in a heatr beat , they are just down the street from me , and i see lots of cool boats heading for the ramp for testing , in alaska we are brutal to boats up there ,
we had a kveejack 15 years ago it was a $270k 32 ft gillnetter ,then great boat but we broke the ruder and skag off , we put major holes in bow and stern , after some plating and beef up of skag , has been greaT boat for many years .
all gillnetters are constant towing on nets fwd rev alot . and banging into other boats most of the 32 fotters that are super heavy
run 1000 hp man or 600hp luggers , times have changed and i dont know wat they are using for power these days if i had the money
i would be down the street ordering one right now
i have a friend that had a coustom bulit 20 ft crab skif made . he loves it . for handling weather . well if they are even half as good as their big brother gillnetters , lets just say when it comes to Alaska and Alaska I would pick a cold water over most all other boat choices
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Isn't the 29 a new model for them? It could be a real winner according to the limited information on their website. I have had a few Armstrong boats, and would keep them on my very short list as well.
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Old 02-27-2007, 01:47 AM
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Yes, it is a new model for them, the have built 30,33,36 and apparently some years ago a 28.

lugger, same company, All Points Marine, any idea if there gill netters were constant deadrise hulls?
They had to switch gears and get into the charter/ pleasure market when the commercial fishing dried up around them.
Going to phone Russ later and get some more info from him.
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Old 02-27-2007, 02:28 AM
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Great guys at Coldwater. The boats are very well built and the finish inside is very good for an aluminum boat. They have many boats being used for Charter in Sitka right now. I have heard many good things about their boats. The only negatives I have heard is regarding weight distribution. Since many of their pleasure boats with the nice interiors are one off they have not been tested like you may think. I would make sure a few are on the water and the kinks have been worked out. If the ride is good and the distribution is right then they are tought to beat for a high end aluminum boat. We recently used a scrap of their aluminum for a seat base we were doing on our Pursuit. So our Pursuit is now 1% Coldwater I guess.

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Old 02-27-2007, 11:45 AM
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Ha, hA, Thanks PWS
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Old 02-27-2007, 12:16 PM
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[QUOTE]Triple Jack - 2/26/2007 10:47 PM

Yes, it is a new model for them, the have built 30,33,36 and apparently some years ago a 28.

idea if there gill netters were constant deadrise hulls?
Its been a few years ,the y had a few different modles . but i think moset boats up there are a constant dead rise , but they also have a big keel , witch is used as a engine cooler , i not shure about coldwater . but the kvejack aluminum boat and the kurrys used the keel as a cooler , every boat had to 32ft long up there and no longer thats the rule but there wer some huge all points .

one year fish and game came in and mesured , we had to cut off 11inches off our bow , i saw some of the bigger all points had to cut 3 feet . they had a big flat spot in the bow they would bolt it back on for other fisheries
almost every boat had to cut a peice of bow off

on your deadrise question call them and ask them .If they cant help
ill see if i can find some old pics . or ask some of my fishing buddies that own them ,
bristol bay was on discovery last knight , the guy they were filmimg was a bozo and is a discrace to the real fisherman . but oh well
if you need me to take pice of any boats over there just get permission and i can do that for you
they are only .5 mils away


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Old 09-30-2010, 10:46 PM
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I have 33' ColdWater that I purchased in 2007. The boat is heavy and is built solid. I use it for fishing charters out of Valdez AK. I would gladly make the same decision to buy another. Pictures of my boat can be found at www.fishvaldez.com.
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