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Old 04-10-2011, 07:44 PM
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Default Question about seaworthyness of an Eastbay 38 vs Duffy 34

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I want to buy a bigger boat than I now have (a Dyer 29), and after looking around all winter, I have found two promising boats in my price range - an Eastbay 38 and a Duffy 35. I know they have very different types of hulls; the Eastbay 38 has a deep-V planning hull and the Duffy 35 has a big full keel. I live in Mass. but plan to take the boat to mid coast Maine where you get a lot of rolling seas & SW winds 10-20 knots in late summer. Both brokers swear their boats are very seaworthy and give great rides. I can't test either boat unless I enter a Purchase and Sales Agreement. Has anyone out there had experience with either of these boats in rough water or has thoughts one way or the other? Thanks.
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I currently own an Eastbay 38 and I had a Duffy 42. Both are good boats but I will have to say that all the hype you hear about Hunt hulls is true. The Eastbay is great in a head sea, great in a following sea, dry, fast and it does not pound. The Duffy was amazing in a head sea, a little squirrely in a following sea and wet in most conditions. I guess if your main goal was to cruise in the 15 to 20 knot range and do a lot of sitting still while fishing, then maybe the Duffy would be a the better choice. With a single engine, it will be more ecomonical at that speed and let's not forget the protected running gear behind that keel. That is one thing that I loved about the Duffy...having that keel between the ground an the prop.

Having said that, I should point out that the Eastbay is also happy at 15 knots...in fact it planes right around 11 knots. A lot of what you heard in the old days about deep V's rolling in the trough was true because the earlier models had their chines above the water at rest so there was very little immersed volume and initial stability. The newer Hunt hulls (which are technically modified V's) have their chines immersed and are quite stable at rest.

Of course, I haven't even touched upon the subjective topic of looks!

Good luck.
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I have a 38 northernbay and a 35 Duffy. Never heard of a 38 eastbay? Who makes it? Is it a pleasure boat?
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go for the duffy cheaper to run better sea boat when it turns real bad , full keel to protect prop
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Originally Posted by boatmanalso View Post
I have a 38 northernbay and a 35 Duffy. Never heard of a 38 eastbay? Who makes it? Is it a pleasure boat?
Eastbay is made by Grand Banks. It's a very high end boat.
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I don't think you are asking the right questions. Both boats are seaworthy, but they are pretty different. If you are a fisherman you probably want the Duffy 35, but if you are you are a cruiser the Grand Banks is probably a better bet, especially if it is the same price. On the Duffy side be aware that most "Duffy 35" boats have Duffy hull and top, but have been finished by small, independent shops, so the quality and specs of the boats vary tremendously. Some will have a John Deere 225 engine, while another will have a big Cummins or Yanmar, so the performance will vary considerably. Same for the fit and finish. Some are working commercial boats, others are yachts, but very few of the yachts are up to Grand Banks standards.

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