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Old 02-12-2012, 01:38 PM
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Default Onslow Bay 27 T...How soft is the ride.

How soft does the OB 27 ride vs the 26 Regulator or Southport 26 or World Cat 27 ? i have a lot of experience on these 3 boats.

I have read as much as possible about the OB 27 on their website, here and some other places, watched videos, etc.

Do you still have to be 30 years old or less to enjoy the ride or does it ride more like a Regulator...ie soft and predictable. All the speed in the world is worthless to me if my knees, back and hips get beat to a pulp on the run out and home.

Anybody run one out of Oregon Inlet for tuna in the typical NC washing machine? I don't tournament fish for Kings.

Can you comfortably fish it in the standard N 15 mph wind machine we get every winter?

Looking for honest opinions and not hype...PM me if you like. I plan to seatrial one and visit the factory sooner or later. I dig the layout and admire the guts it took to start the company when it did. They must have a good product or it wouldn't have lasted.

Oh and has anyone weighed it on a trailer full of fuel and gear?
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:51 PM
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It's better than all the other boats you listed, better than all the other boats in its class, and its better than quite a few boats that are larger by several feet. And I owned a Regulator.
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My Buddy has fished out friends 29 Reg and my 29 Yellowfin, He just ordered a new 27 OB. He is a lot younger than are, we'll see.
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Its a pretty insane ride! I've been on the boat in some pretty nasty chop and was more than impressed and also last year we were fishing out of Oregon inlet during the spring bluefin run and Capt rick Croson was out there in his OB27 and to watch that boat being put through the paces on a less than desirable day was pretty impressive. Its definately a boat thats worth taking a serious look at.
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Originally Posted by Ken T View Post
My Buddy has fished out friends 29 Reg and my 29 Yellowfin, He just ordered a new 27 OB. He is a lot younger than are, we'll see.
I'd be curious to get your buddy's opinions....those 2 29 foot boats are on the opposite end of the spectrum from each other.
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Originally Posted by tango2echo View Post
It's better than all the other boats you listed, better than all the other boats in its class, and its better than quite a few boats that are larger by several feet. And I owned a Regulator.
Appreciate the input but HOW is it better exactly.
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by tango2echo View Post
It's better than all the other boats you listed, better than all the other boats in its class, and its better than quite a few boats that are larger by several feet. And I owned a Regulator.
That's a pretty bold statement. I can't imagine the Onslow being that much, if any better than the Regulator 26
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:37 PM
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Can't offer anything relative to ride. But, there is one here in Newport, and if it rides half as good as it looks, you'll have a keeper for a hull.
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Originally Posted by Sittin' Low View Post
That's a pretty bold statement. I can't imagine the Onslow being that much, if any better than the Regulator 26
Then you've never been on the OB27.

The first time I stepped foot on a friends OB23T (same hull as the OB27FS) we ran a few miles (2.6 to a nearshore AR to be exact) offshore just to check the boat out. It was brand new (less than 20hrs) and rigged with 300 v-rods. Three big country boys, over 180 gallons of fuel. T-top with full curtains.

The conditions were not pretty in the least. Solid 4-5ft at 5-7 seconds with NE winds blowing 20kts gusting 25kts. I sat on the leaning post drinking a Dr. Pepper while we ran 26-28kts into that crap.

This is the bouy data from that day. I remember it since it the Mrs. and I were supposed to go out to eat for a special occasion and I forgot and was in the "dog house" for a few weeks....


Winds: NE (063°) at 19.4 kt gusting to 25.3 kt
Significant Wave Height: 4.3 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 5 sec
Mean Wave Direction: NE (062°)
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.13 in and rising
Air Temperature: 46.0 F
Dew Point: 24.1 F
Water Temperature: 53.1 F

The whole time I was bracing for impact that never came and I never spilled the soda. I love Regulator boats and have owned two, a 21 and a 26FS (which was a great riding and well built boat). I have fished the Carolina coast since I could walk and have owned boats by most of the major brands including 5 GW, 2 Regs, a couple of Albermarle's, and quite a few others. I have fished most every other boat you can think of at one point or another.

In its class and compared to boats of similar LOA it is IMO the best riding hull EVER built. I do not have any affliliation to OB boats other than speaking with Brad Knight a few times about building a boat and through fishing with three of his very satisfied owners.

My next and last boat will be an OB27FS with twin's.

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Originally Posted by atun5fathom View Post
Its a pretty insane ride! I've been on the boat in some pretty nasty chop and was more than impressed and also last year we were fishing out of Oregon inlet during the spring bluefin run and Capt rick Croson was out there in his OB27 and to watch that boat being put through the paces on a less than desirable day was pretty impressive. Its definately a boat thats worth taking a serious look at.
For what it's worth, I've fished Ricks boat as well and when it came time for me to buy a boat I bought a cat. I have a bad back and a cat boat is the only boat I can fish three days in a row on.

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"I sat on the leaning post drinking a Dr. Pepper while we ran 26-28kts into that crap".

...and it can leap tall buildings...more powerful than a locomotive...faster than a speeding bullet

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Old 02-13-2012, 04:17 AM
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Yeah right...28knots in 4-6??? Now I have heard it all!!!! Funny that is better than many big CCs in similar conditions.
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Appreciate the input. Keep it coming.
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Old 02-13-2012, 05:19 AM
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Great boat, great owner, great ride. Nothing more to say.
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Old 02-13-2012, 05:34 AM
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Originally Posted by thumperlove View Post
Yeah right...28knots in 4-6??? Now I have heard it all!!!! Funny that is better than many big CCs in similar conditions.


I handle a lot of the boats for the guys fishing in the SKA. I can't tell you how many times I have heard from guys running 31 contenders, 33T's, Yellowfins, 29 Regulators, etc telling me that the Onslow was right there with them running in BIG NASTY (bigger than the 4-6 you got a laugh out of) seas just hard and heavy as they are. This from the mouths of guys running much bigger boats by other manufacturers. It's one thing to hear how great they are from someone who owns one but when these others guys tell me stories it carries a lot more weight.

IMO the 27OS is better compared to boats in the 31ft class than those of it's same size.

To the OP..Go take a ride and decide for yourself.
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Old 02-13-2012, 06:01 AM
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Originally Posted by anglersedgemarine View Post
I handle a lot of the boats for the guys fishing in the SKA. I can't tell you how many times I have heard from guys running 31 contenders, 33T's, Yellowfins, 29 Regulators, etc telling me that the Onslow was right there with them running in BIG NASTY (bigger than the 4-6 you got a laugh out of) seas just hard and heavy as they are. This from the mouths of guys running much bigger boats by other manufacturers. It's one thing to hear how great they are from someone who owns one but when these others guys tell me stories it carries a lot more weight.

IMO the 27OS is better compared to boats in the 31ft class than those of it's same size.

To the OP..Go take a ride and decide for yourself.
Bob,

You helped me sell a boat and my interactions with you were always top notch. I appreciate that, I hate hype and no substance..

I own the 29 Regulator (previously owned the 26 Regulator) and IMO the 29 Regulator is by a significant margin the best riding small boat I've fished on.

I do not care about speed contests. I like to cruise around 35 to 40 mph when I can. When foggy or rough I can scale back the 29 Regulator to run 15 to 17 mph on plane comfortably.

Unbeknownst to me I am sure there have been many times people thought they were beating my 29 Regulator back to the dock or out to the fishing grounds running beside me and from my point of view they were not. Most people worry to much about outright speed IMO, I care about a soft ride because it makes my fishing day so much better.

I am seriously considering going back down to something a little smaller that I can safely and legally trailer with my current truck and the OB 27 is in that category. I don't expect it to ride as nicely as my 29 Regulator but for me to consider it it has to ride at least as soft as the others mentioned. In fact I am reluctant to get rid of my current boat because it fishes and rides so well for what I like to do.

Work and family keeps me busy but eventually I hope to make my way to Hampstead for a look see.

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Originally Posted by anglersedgemarine View Post
I handle a lot of the boats for the guys fishing in the SKA. I can't tell you how many times I have heard from guys running 31 contenders, 33T's, Yellowfins, 29 Regulators, etc telling me that the Onslow was right there with them running in BIG NASTY (bigger than the 4-6 you got a laugh out of) seas just hard and heavy as they are. This from the mouths of guys running much bigger boats by other manufacturers. It's one thing to hear how great they are from someone who owns one but when these others guys tell me stories it carries a lot more weight.

IMO the 27OS is better compared to boats in the 31ft class than those of it's same size.

To the OP..Go take a ride and decide for yourself.
I can tell you from first hand experience from non SKA fishing doing LONG runs (100+ each way) that running 28 Knots in 4-6 is beating the hell out of the boat and yourself. This is from thousands of hours of myself running a 36 Invincible and 32 Regulator. Plus a few long day trips on the 41 Bahama. I know the 23 OB is really a 27 and Brad builds a GREAT BOAT. Just saying 33 MPH in 4-6 in the Gulf O Mexico in tough to handle. JMHO, and again Brad builds a TANK
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I own the 29 Regulator (previously owned the 26 Regulator) and IMO the 29 Regulator is by a significant margin the best riding small boat I've fished on.

I do not care about speed contests. I like to cruise around 35 to 40 mph when I can. When foggy or rough I can scale back the 29 Regulator to run 15 to 17 mph on plane comfortably.

Unbeknownst to me I am sure there have been many times people thought they were beating my 29 Regulator back to the dock or out to the fishing grounds running beside me and from my point of view they were not. Most people worry to much about outright speed IMO, I care about a soft ride because it makes my fishing day so much better.

I am seriously considering going back down to something a little smaller that I can safely and legally trailer with my current truck and the OB 27 is in that category. I don't expect it to ride as nicely as my 29 Regulator but for me to consider it it has to ride at least as soft as the others mentioned. Notice I didn't throw the usual So Florida suspects in this comparison. Because in my experience they just don't ride that soft.

Work and family keeps me busy but eventually I hope to make my way to Hampstead for a look see.
I run my Onslow exactly the way you describe running your Regulator. If that is what you expect the Onslow will not disappoint you. I simply do not beat myself or my boat up. Great boat.
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I run my Onslow exactly the way you describe running your Regulator. If that is what you expect the Onslow will not disappoint you. I simply do not beat myself or my boat up. Great boat.
Thanks Dolphan.

I found your detailed build thread and read it with great interest especially with the way you powered it. Do you know of anyone else that may have powered with 200 Suzukis and what the performance specs were?

Unfortunately up here we can have some really long runs as much as 80 mi one way and in NC as little as 35 miles one way.
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Hey Ben,

The OB is 9'5" in the beam and the 29 Reg is 9'6" so both are equivalent in that respect, wouldn't it be more cost effective to trade your current tow vehicle in on a new tow vehicle, seems everyone now has 400HP and 800ft/pounds of torque. Your 29 is way too pretty to get rid of. There are times I wish I had 8'6" beam, sure makes it easier to hull the boat down to OI to jig up GBFT. BTW my 2011 F350 6.7 pulls my 29 with ease and at 65mph get close to 9 mpg and when I drop her down to 45 it is closer to 12 mpg. Best of luck on what ever you decide to do.
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