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H-S 2900 VX vs. Pursuit 3070

Old 12-08-2011, 09:39 AM
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Default H-S 2900 VX vs. Pursuit 3070

Is this a fair comparo? Starting to drift more to W/A type boat for kids/wife instead of a CC. Another thread got me looking at Intrepid 310 but LOT'S of $. These seem like good compromises for offshore/cruising. Looks like in my budget would be 2000-2005, maybe, for Pursuit, OX250's or F225's. A little newer w/ the H-S.
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Stay away from Yamaha they don't stand behind there products especailly the F225 from 02 - 04 as you are looking ast corrision issue to the turn of $5K per engine. Look for any other engine than Yamaha customer service sucks!
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Thanks Hemi, but my local Yamaha dealer's dughter & I were born on the same day, at the same hosp., in the rooms next to ea. other - I've known the family for a while (and I never dated her so her Dad & I are friends).
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They are both great boats with nice cabins and helm areas. The HS is very heavy and very deep. It's quite a feeling as the bow reaches for the sky getting on a plane but the thing is a crusher. A really good sea boat. The Pursuit has a more apealing layout to me personally and rides better than a grady but not quite like the HS.

As 02 motor could cost you $5k in the blink of an eye so I wouldn't sweat it. It actually seems like the exhaust kits that just came out are a super deal.
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what hemi meant to say is do your due diligence and have any early year F225's inspected for internal corrosion. My experience with Yamaha has been the direct opposite. I can also say that there is a distinct difference between what a 5 star yamaha dealer with master mechanics and a " boat and motor" packages dealer can accomplish for you.

Also the corrosion issue is not widespread it has affected some but there are thousands out there without a prolem.

Case in point my bud has twin 225's on his boat both 02's

one had corrosion and the other had nothing.

Yamaha replaced his poweread and rebuilt his midsection out of warranty at no chanrge and covered the labor.

I have owned no less than 10 seperate f22's over the last decade and not had a corrosion issue with any of them. mine we all 05 or newer
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Not totally sure what the budget is, but there's an '08 2900VX left over that I saw a few months ago: http://www.pikemarine.com/boats_inventory_new.asp, not sure if you could get it with YAM power without spending a mint for rigging (the guy does both). I think JBG's assessment is right on between the two boats. If you take out the HS they seem to ride the best when you bury the big heavy bow into the waves (i.e. use a lot of tab)... I'd say take both for a ride and get a feel for the layout based on what you want to use it for, probably can't go wrong with either one.
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I didn't take offense to Hemi's comment by any means.
I mentioned the Yam's because that's what most seem to be rigged with. Also, as far as local mechanic's go, I've got cert. Yam., Honda & merc 2 stroke. No v-rod or e-tec here in town.
I was thinking the H-S would be a little thirstier on fuel, though I like the 24* deadrise, but was hoping someone may know how the Pursuit would do in the gulf chop.
Are the boats pretty similar in size? Fishing area especially. I like the H-S walk thru windshield, like the Pursuit under-helm storage.
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Yeah Mooch, that's out of my budget. Not buying soon, just trying to figure out what to hunt down.
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Originally Posted by JMT34 View Post
Yeah Mooch, that's out of my budget. Not buying soon, just trying to figure out what to hunt down.
Sadly out of mine too, but fun to look at
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Can anybody tell me what the diff. between the 2870/285 & the 3070 would be in ride and mpg? Is the 2 feet a BIG improvement or just marginal in both?
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Every 2' makes a difference in ride as you know. The difference in fuel consumption is likely negligible

The 2870 does not have a windshield, the 3070 does. Around here, the 3070 makes more sense.
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The 3070 is almost a foot wider. Do you plan to trailer? I think a better comparison would be with a 2870,a little smaller than the Hydra sport
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yes, trailer everywhere. 1 hr. to gulf, 1 hr. to atlantic, 20 min. Suwanee river, 1.5 hr. to St. John river. That is good & bad. But I'm used t Dad's boat - 28'x11'x 12k lbs.
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JT...I have a 2002 3070 with F225's. I boated it "around" Florida---Ft.Myers to Miami around the Keys and back to Ft.Myers via the Okeechobee. In between, we went to Staniel Cay (Exumas) in the Bahamas with a few days in Bimini en route.

I have never been on a HS but I can say without hesitation that I've been VERY pleased with the handling of my Pursuit. She tracks incredibly well in following seas and gave us a pleasant feeling of security. We weren't out in huge seas by any means but 3'-5' can SEEM large when you're that close to the water. Touch wood----no problems with the motors which are smooth and efficient. Our boat is now in fresh water and I'm told I don't have to worry about the "corrosion issue". You can cruise all day at 30-32 mph burning an average of around 24gph. I ran the length of Lake Huron on my way to the North Channel in 6 hours and still had 1/2 a tank.

Great boat.

Good luck in making your choice.
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JMT34, look at Drummond Island SF or Runner. both have a cabin with standup head an v berth. 9.5th beam. 24.5 degree deadrise. She's trailer-able if you've got a 1 ton pickup.
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There is a 2900VX @ Ocean House marina in Charlestown, RI too. 2008 leftover I believe. If I didn't need a new kitchen and master bath, she'd be mine.www.oceanhousemarina.com

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