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Old 09-14-2009, 06:24 PM
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Looking at a 31 contender open with f250. How does that hull perform with those engines weight wise and fuel burn numbers. Would it be a better all around ride than a 27t with f250 set up. Which boat would you contender guys go for?
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Old 09-14-2009, 07:12 PM
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Looking to make a purchase and looking for people with experience on these boats to chime in...seems like the 27t has a bigger fuel tank than the 31 open. More range and better fuel burn is definitely a plus when you have to run 70-100 miles one way to get to decent fishing grounds.
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31 is a better boat in every way than the 27. I have owned both...27 is a nice boat...but 31 is in a different league. A much more complete bluewater machine. The 27 doesn't have more range than the 31. The 31 can hold 300 or 400 gallons. If I am not mistaken the most a 27 can hold is 240. Go with the 31 the first time around...if you don't you will be wanting to step up in the near future from a 27.
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Well they say the 27t and the 31t are leaps and bounds apart. The 31 being much bigger and drier. We are running a 02 27 with f225 which is a wet boat. It is deffinetly not the new hull but the being said, we get about roughly 1.9mpg which is about 17-19 gph. On a trip thats 55mi offshore we burn about 60-65 gallons total, which is not to bad for a full day of fishing. We love this boat. its perfect for us for right now, its usually just me and my dad and its plenty of room but as we are consistantly push the envelope farther and farther. Having a 27 now i would go right to a 33 but thats just our feeling, for us the 31 wouldnt be a big enough step for us. What kinda fishing do you do, how many guys, how far offshore. For us up here in the NE size is a big thing when your getting tossed around every trip its brutal.
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I am comparing the 27tournament to the 31 open(not the tournament model) with the exact same engine(f250).
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we have an 03 27 and our neighboor has a 04 31.Yes their is a little more storage on the 31 than the 27 yes it holds a littler more gas BUT WE CAN GO ANYWERE HE CAN GO, from running off-shore side by side this whole summer and seeing his boat bouncing around and we were not and riding on his boat iam convinced ours ride better, thats just my opinion ( so guys dont jump on the bandwagon). from what i've heard here the 27T is wider than the old 27 and just as wide as the old 31;? so it should ride as good or even better than the old 31;? maybe some can confirm this, again just what i've heard. But you gotta go for a test ride to see for yourself, either way their both very good boats
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31 all the way. what year is the hull?
Old 09-15-2009, 09:57 AM
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Alacricity...why would you say 31 all the way with no reasons to base your opinion on.

C Bishop...Im just trying to get opinions from personal experience bc its hard for me to find these boats here where I am. Will be going to either Ft Lauderdale or Miami to take a closer look at the boats. Im sure they wont have an open anymore for sea trial.
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I agree with most comments, however I have owned both! 31 Open vs, 27T? Same power, I would buy the 27T with the F-250's!

You said 27T, just making your you do mean the 27T vs. 31 Open!
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Originally Posted by C BISHOP View Post
we have an 03 27 and our neighboor has a 04 31.Yes their is a little more storage on the 31 than the 27 yes it holds a littler more gas BUT WE CAN GO ANYWERE HE CAN GO, from running off-shore side by side this whole summer and seeing his boat bouncing around and we were not and riding on his boat iam convinced ours ride better, thats just my opinion ( so guys dont jump on the bandwagon). from what i've heard here the 27T is wider than the old 27 and just as wide as the old 31;? so it should ride as good or even better than the old 31;? maybe some can confirm this, again just what i've heard. But you gotta go for a test ride to see for yourself, either way their both very good boats
Sorry bud...I owned both of these and the 31 rode WAAAAYYYY better than the 27 in any condition. Very noticeable. Also, much more livewell space, deckspace, fuel, and more fishbox room. Looking at just the boats, I would go with a 31 open over a 27t...if resale is an issue, then go witht the 27t
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Originally Posted by bigtuna View Post
Sorry bud...I owned both of these and the 31 rode WAAAAYYYY better than the 27 in any condition. Very noticeable. Also, much more livewell space, deckspace, fuel, and more fishbox room. Looking at just the boats, I would go with a 31 open over a 27t...if resale is an issue, then go witht the 27t

I do totally agree with bigtuna on the 31 Open over the 27 Open! Can fish both boats in the same conditions, however there is a HUGE difference in the two boats! Not so much with the 27T and 31 Open. The 27T is much drier than the 31 Open, however the 31 Open does give you that big boat feel over the 27T. With that said, If I were to buy one of the two tomorrow, I would buy the 27T. My opinion, however I have owned both and loved both!
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If all your fishing is 70 to 100 miles one way and you'd like to keep a little extra cash in your pocket, I would go with the 31. There are a bunch of them on the market right now so you can get a nice one much cheaper than a 27T. The 27T is drier but with that long of a run, I'd put some wings on the 31 and let her eat. It will span better than the 27T.

If you do not have to run that far all the time and initial spend is not a major consideration, I'd go with the 27T. It's drier, rides really well and gets a better fuel burn.
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Looks like itll just come down to condition of the boat and the price I can get it for. I think the 27t would hold its value better over time so thats something to take into consideration. With the 31t and now the 31st almost makes the opens obsolete and lose a lot of value there. Im sure Contender will keep the step on the 27 hush hush even if they are coming or not, just like they did with the big brothers.
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Originally Posted by hotboimaknusweat View Post
Alacricity...why would you say 31 all the way with no reasons to base your opinion on.

C Bishop...Im just trying to get opinions from personal experience bc its hard for me to find these boats here where I am. Will be going to either Ft Lauderdale or Miami to take a closer look at the boats. Im sure they wont have an open anymore for sea trial.
you are right, i should have asked for more information, before proceeding to give you my opinion. i own a 31 contender with F225s on it and have been on many 27s.

before i tell you what i think, what boats are you looking at (model year, etc.) and what are you looking for (preference, type of use, etc.).
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You guys are all correct, the 32 Donzi ZF does indeed ride better/drier/faster than the 27 and 31 Contender
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I have owned both (non T models) the 27 and the 31. The 31 open is a lot more boat that the 27 open. Sorry guys ! But the 31 handles a sea better than the 27 and it is much more fishable. Extra deck space and overall larger boat feeling can't compare. However; I went everywhere with my 27 that I go with the 31. Just a little more comfortable in the 31.
As far as the "T" models are concerned ...... A friend of mine just bought a used 27 T. i fished on it @ a month ago and I did not find it to be any 'drier" than the older 27. Hole shot was a lot better in the "T", but I felt that the ride was close. That being said, any boat will give you a wet ride in the right or wrong conditions. i was VERY impressed with the added width and new interior features in the "T" model over the 27 and 31 open.
What it comes down to is ...... Buy the boat that you can make the best deal on. Nothing helps you on resale better than buying a boat right. Which should be easy to do in this market. To "T" or not to "T" would not be an issue for me.
Good Luck ! Wade
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You guys are all correct, the 32 Donzi ZF does indeed ride better/drier/faster than the 27 and 31 Contender

I see the smiley face at the end of your post. Got a friend w/ a 32 Donzi and on a rough day I'd rather fish (and have done so) my 25 open. Not sure what the deadrise is on that Donzi, but every once in a while that thing comes down hard enough to shatter vertibrae!! I clear the props quite often on my boat and it never comes down that hard.

As for the OP, even though I don't own either of the boats mentioned I'll chime in. Go as big as you can afford. Once you get a boat like this you will find that you are fishing farther and farther out. You want all the range and size you can get. Do it right the first time. When I bought my 25 I thought Id never need / want anything bigger.....boy was I WRONG! Got a 33ST on my wish list.... any bigger than that and I figure it's time to move up to a full size sport-fisher with A/C and all the comforts of home. Although the price paid to move up to that class is much more than just money.
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[QUOTE=bigtuna;2515205]Sorry bud...I owned both of these and the 31 rode WAAAAYYYY better than the 27 in any condition. Very noticeable. Also, much more livewell space, deckspace, fuel, and more fishbox room. Looking at just the boats, I would go with a 31 open over a 27t...if resale is an issue, then go witht the 27t[/QUOT

thats fine what ever you want to think,but cany anyone confirim that the 27T is as wide as the old 31;? and how bout the ride of the 27T vs. the old 31.
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27t specs...

Length Overall (LOA):29' 8"Beam (width):9'6"Draft (depth):23"Dry Weight:5,450 lbsFuel Capacity:265Deadrise:24.5

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