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Old 07-02-2015, 11:11 AM
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An essay/review that still holds merit.
Old 07-02-2015, 11:30 AM
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Great looking boat!

Has Judge considered making a forward leaning windshield variant? This makes a huge difference in night visibility through the windshield and opens up a lot of space in the cabin. It also is much better in the rain, as both gravity and wind push the rain droplets down. I don't have a windshield wiper, I apply Rain-X once a year and never have an issue with rain drops on the windshield.

I'm a big fan of moderate deadrise to enable lower planing speeds, better efficiency, and more stability at rest.
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Old 07-02-2015, 12:32 PM
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If we had the demand we'd build it.
Old 07-02-2015, 01:11 PM
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If you build it you might have the demand.

There's a reason virtually all commercial vessels are built this way now. Check out the bridges of the Beaver Islander and its sister ship in the background of the picture I posted.
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I think more people prefer the aesthetics of the traditional window angle on the east coast. Most commercial boats in our region are the same. I think the forward leaning windshield is more of a west coast thing. Besides I would think a forward leaning windshield doesnt necessarily give you more cabin space. A lean either takes up the dash or the roof line. I prefer to have my dash for electronics and laying things on it.


BTW, for an update nearly 7 years later, I now have over 1700hrs on my motor and many more on the boat since I mostly fish on the hook all summer long. I cannot think of a more mulit-purpose boat for my uses. Though I no longer help sell boats for Judge and have moved to chartering the boat so I can fish more, Bill has offered me fantastic support. The boat has held up well to charter fishing too. I have fished the boat offshore and in the Chesapeake Bay. My last ocean trip we were comfortable and dry in January off of Ocean City Maryland. Every time I consider moving up to larger boat for chartering a full 6 pack (I mostly run parties of 4) I am quickly reminded of the compromises that would hinder my uses.. (ie from the ability to trailer to hot bites, being able to fish shallow water, or even fish tight to structure like bridges and lighthouses).
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Can anyone put me in touch with an owner of a Judge 27 in the NY/Eastern Long Island area. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by marnick View Post
Can anyone put me in touch with an owner of a Judge 27 in the NY/Eastern Long Island area. Thanks.
Give Judge a call - 410-479-9770.
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My wife and I stopped by the marina we kept our boat, prior to selling a year or so ago, and low and behold, in our old slip is a Judge 27. We had to check it out. I knew about Judge Yachts, but, my wife has not. Immediately starting researching the 27 this evening when we returned from dinner. First off, that was a very helpful review, and I for one, believe your affliation with Judge Yachts has nothing to do with what you described. Of course I bookmarked it, and will return and reread it several times, as well as the whole thread. Just a ton of good info. Thanks for posting. BTW, we are saving for another boat and needless to say, a Judge 27 is on the short list. Only wish I could afford a new one.
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Bill Judge has probably one of the best equipped, best maintained 27s at his shop now that only has 351 hours on it for well less than what a new one would cost ya
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Since I am being blown off the water this week, I thought I would update this thread 8.5 years since I have taken delivery of the boat.

I now have over 2400hrs on the Honda 225 and many more hours on the boat since much of my summer fishing is on the hook. This is my 5th season guiding out of the boat and I cannot think of better boat for what I do. Because most of my trips are either live bait fishing or casting lures, I have questioned to whether or not a center console would work better for me during the fair weather of the spring and fall. However, I think it would hurt my overall business because of the overall comfort this boat provides with the weather protection of the wheelhouse. My plan is to keep this boat and repower when needed since it is still about perfect for my needs. It not only provides comfort for fishing all year but it is also easily trailered with my 1/2 ton truck and very economical to run.

We have fished the boat everywhere from skinny flats with less than 2' of water casting top water plugs in the early fall to out in the ocean off of Ocean City MD. My typical cruise speeds are 18-25 knots depending upon the sea state. She tops out at 33kn with a full load.

Only major expenses were a lower unit replacement at 2,000 hours and I updated the original electronics. I did go with a Honda 250 lower unit because Judge told me it was beefier and geared lower for my regular heavy loads. Honda confirmed it was a match to the motor.

Here are a couple shots from fishing this past winter.





Here is a summer photo of the boat with the curtains off:
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This is a very informative thread. I am in the market for a newer boat as my 1992 27' Boston Whaler has been a great boat but I think it's time. I fish out of Barnegat inlet in N.J. I fish mostly inshore wrecks (10 miles) and also head to the sharking grounds in June (35 miles). I want to venture further for tuna too.

My main problem with the Whaler is fuel economy and also when the seas kick up in the afternoon the ride home can be ugly. I don't mind slowing down to have a better ride but the boat falls off plane

I saw a Judge 27 with twin 150 Hondas. I'm amazed that a 27 foot boat can use 150's. Do you know what kind of fuel mileage and speed this setup would get?
Thank you for all the information you provided.
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I havent been on one with new Honda 150's to give you accurate data. However my dad had an older, heavier wood-cored Judge 27 with twin 130 Hondas (2001) that he ran out of Avalon NJ for 8 years mostly wreck and near shore fishing with occasional runs offshore. It typically got 2 nautical miles per gallon at cruise in the ocean. It was an 18-22 knot boat most days in the ocean and would run 24kn and get 2.2nmpg (2.5+mpg) on a nice day. I am sure the newer and more fuel efficient 150's are faster and more economical.

I am a Honda guy and love my motor. I would repower with a Honda in a second. However if I were to have one built with twins, I would likely go with the Zuke 140's. They are lighter and fuel efficient and would give the boat plenty of power. Given that it is not a go-fast boat. I would think they would be a great twin engine power choice.
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Ok, thank you for the information.
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Just ran across these boats. Hmmm, 12-13knt planing speed sounds fantastic! Anyone in the Northeast have one of these? (maine)
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Originally Posted by soldsoul4foos View Post
Just ran across these boats. Hmmm, 12-13knt planing speed sounds fantastic! Anyone in the Northeast have one of these? (maine)
I know there have been a couple to go to New England. However I dont know exactly where. There is a charter on Long Island NY (Fish North Fork - HOME) and a couple commercial fishermen in that area as well.Some older boats have been powered with a single 130 or 150 Honda. With a single 225, I typically cruise between 18kn and 25kn in the bay. In the ocean it is more 18-22kn. When it gets real sloppy I can run 16kn through most anything, (when it is no fun).

After 10 years of ownership, I still believe this is the ultimate boat for my purposes:
  • Provides weather protection for comfort all year, whether it is the hot summer sun or cold winters.
  • Huge cockpit for family boating or guiding parties of 4-5 fishermen.
  • Trailerable with my 1/2 ton Tundra allowing me to go where the fish are.
  • Well powered with a single v6 four stroke giving me excellent fuel economy and speed.
  • Good blend of ride, draft and stability for fishing from the ocean off of MD, to the big waters of the Chesapeake Bay, and the confined shallow back creeks
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My brother and son have been talking about getting a boat next year. We've had multiple lake boats, and one 25' ocean boat (that i did not like the ride at all 'aquasport'). Loved the big stern but nothing else. Anyway, this boats 'sounds' like it is really everything we want. Some protection, good space/storage, efficiency, mild speed, and the low planing speed is something I had thought about, but did not really know it existed to be honest. There are alot of days that it's not to rough to fish, but it's too rough to head out 25 miles when you plane at 22-24mph. This seems like the best of both worlds. We'd port out of Portland, but having the ability to trailer back to Sebago lake (where we live) for days to a week at a time when it's really hot would be a huge bonus. It looks like we could easily scuba dive off it comfortably (which we do).

Thanks!
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I've long been a fan of the Judge 27 chesapeake, but never actuallybeen on one. I have chronic back problems, and am very aware of boats that ride rough.; for example - I have owned a Parker and did not like the rough ride of a Parker. My question: does the Judge 27 provide a smooth ride?
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Originally Posted by Viking47 View Post
I've long been a fan of the Judge 27 chesapeake, but never actuallybeen on one. I have chronic back problems, and am very aware of boats that ride rough.; for example - I have owned a Parker and did not like the rough ride of a Parker. My question: does the Judge 27 provide a smooth ride?
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Jon, sorry I missed this. I was away with my family celebrating my wedding anniversary. If you are just looking for sea trial and fish one of the boats, there are several guides running the boats on the Chesapeake including myself. You also have WalleyePete.com in Maryland.

While the Judge is also a mod v, it has more a warped plane hull in that the entry is more aggressive before flattening out. It also has narrower beam with a 3:1 length to beam ratio which also helps with the ride. The boat is a pilothouse where you ride up near the bow of the boat so it certainly is not a go fast style boat in the slop. However if you are willing to run the boat at modest speeds keeping the hull in the water and let the sharp entry do the work, you can make way comfortably in most conditions. I find that on choppy days I run 21-25mph (18kn-22kn) and on flat days my fast cruise is 28-29mph (25kn) with my single 225 Honda. (I top out at around 38mph (33kn). The now standard suzuki 300 is a bit faster topping out at over 40mph but I think the speeds I run are what the boat likes.

While I help rep for Judge, I still cannot think of a better all around boat for what I do (family boating and hard core fishing/guiding all year). I am even in the process of repowering the boat with a brand new Honda 225. I had almost 3500 hours on my last motor and it was running great.

If you want to tour the Judge factory in Denton Md, just give a call to the factory at 410-479-9770 or me at 410-533-1435 and we can make sure Bill Judge is around to give you a tour.

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