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Old 05-21-2011, 11:06 AM
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Default Good/Bad/Ugly Pursuit OS315, GW 300 Marlin, Hydra Sport 3000VX , Robalo R305

Looking at purchasing 2-4 year old model for 70/30 fishing/pleasure use. Will be using it off Lower NC Coast for Gulfstream Fishing. Looking for Yami Power 250/300 4 strokes. Looking for the boat with the better ride. I assume all 4 will handle 3-4's well but at times will be dealing with 5-6"s. Anything more in the forecast, I will stay home. Please include , defects, warranty service, dislikes and generator issues as I do want AC. Heard the Robalo is a "Tank" that takes forever to get on Plane and sucks more fuel than the rest. I am leaning towards Pursuit, HS, GW, Robalo in that order. Was also considering the Wellcraft Coastal 290 but the fuel tanks do not hold enough.

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Old 05-21-2011, 12:00 PM
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Hey BB,

I have plenty of experience wit the HS 30Express (old 2900VX). That boat handles seas well. 5-6 might be uncomfortable but it wilkl be safe and get you home. The layout is more on the fishing side but I think it will serve your purposes.

There are 2 of them for sale down here in my area. Drop me a line and I'll send you the buyers info on both. I'm down here in the FL Keys so you might have to spend a couple of fishing days down here...
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Are you serious? Get the Grady.
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Old 05-21-2011, 04:42 PM
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Are you serious? Get the Grady.
I was going to say "Are you are serious" get the Pursuit - and I own a Grady!
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Old 05-21-2011, 04:51 PM
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I also own a Grady....... Get the Pursuit!!!!!
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Old 05-21-2011, 05:01 PM
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I own a Pursuit 2008 OS315. What a great boat! The build on this boat is incredible. The attention to detail and the quality components are far superior to all others in my opinion. I did my homework here.
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I think I'm correct here.......if not.....feel free to correct me. But I believe the Grady's sandwich/foam construction is unsinkable. Yes? I know an acquaintance who watched his 30-ish ft Pursuit sink out from under him in 100 ft of water after discovering a failed thru hull. They survived, but there's a lot to be said for Whaler or Grady for that very reason. I dunno, if I bought a boat in that size range, I'd like to know that it may swamp but not sink in a worst case scenario. In addition to that, I think Grady's are built well and have a nice riding hull. They're pricey though.
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Have you considered the Everglades 320ex?
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Old 05-21-2011, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by FloataBoat View Post
Have you considered the Everglades 320ex?
Yes, thanks. Know its also a great boat and will consider based on price. Hear the run a little more and for my needs at this time still think the Pursuit is my best value.
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by doubledown View Post
Hey BB,

I have plenty of experience wit the HS 30Express (old 2900VX). That boat handles seas well. 5-6 might be uncomfortable but it wilkl be safe and get you home. The layout is more on the fishing side but I think it will serve your purposes.

There are 2 of them for sale down here in my area. Drop me a line and I'll send you the buyers info on both. I'm down here in the FL Keys so you might have to spend a couple of fishing days down here...
Fishing the Keys is tempting for sure.....wish I had the time. Leaning towards the Pursuit but if that changes will get back to you. Will be doing a Sea Trial Tuesday on the OS315.

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Old 05-22-2011, 07:54 AM
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I spent nearly a year researching what boat to get and ended up with a Pursuit (3070 Express, what the OS315 replaced). Nearly a year after having sold it, wanting to buy a boat, very few boats compare to what I originally decided on (price, size, fuel burn and speed taken into consideration). Of the above mentioned, I would definitely go the OS315 route. Maybe look at an older 3370?
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Old 05-22-2011, 08:39 AM
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Having been in your shoes a few years back and I chose Pursuit (3480). Do your home work, get to each factory for a tour then decide. Enjoy this decision making hunt.
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Originally Posted by hwbjr View Post
I own a Pursuit 2008 OS315. What a great boat! The build on this boat is incredible. The attention to detail and the quality components are far superior to all others in my opinion. I did my homework here.
I'm interested in your experience with the boat. It is on my short list. What power you have? Performance?
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:18 AM
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Absolutely love my Pursuit.
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If you can make it to Hilton Head, I'll be glad to take you fishing on my 300. The pursuit has a better layout overall and seems to be a better weekender. 300 little easier to anchor and dock solo with walkaround access. Generator access not ideal and 305 gallons of fuel will get you 400 mile range.
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Old 05-27-2011, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Grady678 View Post
If you can make it to Hilton Head, I'll be glad to take you fishing on my 300. The pursuit has a better layout overall and seems to be a better weekender. 300 little easier to anchor and dock solo with walkaround access. Generator access not ideal and 305 gallons of fuel will get you 400 mile range.
Thanks for the offer. I am actually in Atlanta and my Beach House in KB, NC. Might take you up on it.
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My bud owns the Grady marlin, I own a pursuit 3070. We fish together a lot and both prefer to use my boat. No comparison in ride.
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I know not the same, but we were in 3-5s two weeks ago in my buddies 24 Pursuit cuddy an I was absolutely amazed on how well it did. I mated boats for years, and have taken several similar sized boats to the Bahamas and it was by far the best riding boat I have been on in the class!!
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also his 24 cuddy (heavy boat) tops out at 43 with a 300 zuke on the back with fishing load!
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