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Old 11-11-2012, 10:23 AM
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Default New Cape Horn 27, anybody have one yet? (pics posted)

I saw a new 27 Cape Horn yesterday and man it looked good. I love the lines on this boat, not sure if i would get the extra seating or not. The extra seating does give you another small cooler and 2 small dry storage lockers. Does anybody have one yet? I'm not sure if the F150's are enough for this boat, for a long trip i.e. rigs/ledge/bahamas fully loaded, opinions? I cant find any performance numbers with the F150's, anybody have any reports?

Cape Horn owners, particularly late model owners, would you consider your boat a dry boat? (ive been on cc's since i was born 30+ years ago, i know all cc's are/can be wet, im asking a general question about late model boats) This 27 has the same lines as a 31 so i would think the ride would be similar.

Thanks for any input, here are some pics of this beauty!

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Old 11-11-2012, 11:27 AM
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I have a 26 Cape Horn. They started calling it a 23T later on. I am not sure if the new 27 is the same hull or not. The specs on the 27 footer have it one inch longer and 1 inch narrower than my boat.

Back to the question. Yes the late model Horns are dry by CC standards.
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:10 PM
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I don't necessarily think you can judge the ride or dryness of one hull by another from the same manufacturer... That does look a lot like the 31 although they got a bit goofy with the bolsters in the rear corners.

If your priority is a dry ride and you aren't worry about forward seating, I would think a used CH31 would be a good buy. I can't imagine any CC being dryer.
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Wow, looks great!

Sure wish they'd do this type of upgrade on the 19' and 21' (both are way overdue, and could benefit from a new console and new front seating like this one).
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I rode on a 31 in 3-4 chop never got wet Belonged to GrouperKing on here (THT) you mightlook him up and ask about the boat .... I know I loved it... and we killed alot of grouper on it. Good boat.... Good luck......
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Looks great except the forward seating. gross.
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27, 23T, 26

All the same hull

IMO, the F150s are just enough on the 24.
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Not sure if the Sea Hunt in your sig picture is yours but if it is stick with them. Much higher quality. We used to live in Destin and I have a good friend who had a 31 and 19. 19 was wet but great boat for its purpose. The 31 was also nice but the fit n finish was okay and the lack of storage was ridiculous. I know they have forward seating on this one to make up for some of that but then your losing space. Nice lines though
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Not much fishing room for a 27 footer
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Originally Posted by sailfish18 View Post
Not sure if the Sea Hunt in your sig picture is yours but if it is stick with them. Much higher quality. We used to live in Destin and I have a good friend who had a 31 and 19. 19 was wet but great boat for its purpose. The 31 was also nice but the fit n finish was okay and the lack of storage was ridiculous. I know they have forward seating on this one to make up for some of that but then your losing space. Nice lines though
I would 100% disagree with this statement, Im not saying that sea hunt is not a nice boat but the new model cape horns are a much higher quality than sea hunt. The old cape horns were no frills fishing boats, that has changed, if you are comparing sea hunts to cape horns from the 90s then I agree with you. These boats are very nice, ride much better and are drier than the cape horns of 10+ years ago.
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I would 100% disagree with this statement, Im not saying that sea hunt is not a nice boat but the new model cape horns are a much higher quality than sea hunt. The old cape horns were no frills fishing boats, that has changed, if you are comparing sea hunts to cape horns from the 90s then I agree with you. These boats are very nice, ride much better and are drier than the cape horns of 10+ years ago.
The 19 was an older model and was of lesser quality however the 31 was a 2006. I will admit I have not been on a 2012 model but from the others was not impressed.

Below are two photos. One of the 27 Gamefish by Sea Hunt and the second the 27 Cape Horn both similar cockpit shots. I believe the photos speak for themselves
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you mightlook him up and ask about the boat
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Originally Posted by sailfish18 View Post
The 19 was an older model and was of lesser quality however the 31 was a 2006. I will admit I have not been on a 2012 model but from the others was not impressed.

Below are two photos. One of the 27 Gamefish by Sea Hunt and the second the 27 Cape Horn both similar cockpit shots. I believe the photos speak for themselves
What am I missing here? In what way is one "better" than the other? And which one would that be?

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What am I missing here? In what way is one "better" than the other? And which one would that be?

Thanks!
In my opinion the Sea Hunt is over built while cape horn does the minimal with minimal materials to get the job done. For example the back seat shown from a dealer new already shows wear on the edges (could just be dirty), also the deck hatch does not match as it is just a stock part not built to match the boat. Also the top cap of the entire boat looks like it doesn't even go with the boat, like it was put on there and screwed on.

The quality shows but this is obviously all IMO so maybe im just getting old and picky (probably so)
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Originally Posted by sailfish18 View Post
In my opinion the Sea Hunt is over built while cape horn does the minimal with minimal materials to get the job done. For example the back seat shown from a dealer new already shows wear on the edges (could just be dirty), also the deck hatch does not match as it is just a stock part not built to match the boat. Also the top cap of the entire boat looks like it doesn't even go with the boat, like it was put on there and screwed on.

The quality shows but this is obviously all IMO so maybe im just getting old and picky (probably so)
X2! I actually was dead set on the Cape until I took a ride on the 25 SH Gamefish in 3 footers. Both are really nice rigs. The Sea Hunt offers a little more at a lower cost. I rode both boats and they seemed very similar in ride and dryness. Honestly, what ultimately made up my mind was the service from Sea Hunt. Cape offered NOTHING in terms of service and Sea Hunt went well over above and beyond. That, to me, is priceless!
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:47 PM
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That is one little 27' boat.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:38 PM
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thanks to all posters for their input.

I'm a big sea hunt fan, i currently have the 232 triton 2004, my friend has an 03, we both love the boats and yes thats my sea hunt in the signature, its a battle wagon for sure!

one bone to pick about service, i had a rod holder partially ripped out, because the bolts and nuts were a little loose and but my point is...i have been trying to get some gellcoat from the factory, i called and left 3 messages....no response...now im waiting on my nearest dealer in jax(i live in gainesville), but i bought the boat used so we will see how long it takes if at all possible. so i cant say im sold on sea hunt customer service.

however, i was sure the 27 gamefish would get me the upgrade im looking for(twins, more gas, more safety, more room) but after looking at them this weekend in the panhandle, i dont like the layout at all. The backward facing seat is a waste of deck space, when the bench is in the back there is not much space between them, not nearly enough room for 2 men. also, the bench is to big to fold down flush...if your not using it it has to be removed...why, bad design. and finally the price....a new 27 gamefish is the same price as a new 27 cape horn....in the 90's...so to me i dont see how the 27 gamefish is a great deal much less an inexpensive boat.

as for the space in the back, this picture gives a better idea of the space
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talking about Cape Horns, I have always wondered what is going on in the joint between hull and cap, are those boats not built with a shoe box fitting like all the rest ?? from the pics it looks like a flying squirrell with all this protruding "wings"
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I find it funny that you are even comparing Cape Horn to Sea Hunt. The construction of a Cape is 100% stronger than a SH. If a Cape and a SH ran into each other heading out the pass the Cape would go on out and enjoy many days of fish, the SH would most likely be on the bottom.

The hatches may not match the deck but they 3/4 inch starboard. The hull at the keel is 3 inches thick. By the way how many Capes have you seen with stress cracks?

I suggest you look at how overbuilt a Cape is and not the fluffy pretty stuff the SH has.

I think you will find that when it gets bad the Cape will get you home.

I have attached a picture of the hull to cap joint when my boat was being built before the rub rail was installed. It has a little more than a few screws holding it on.
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Beautiful boat....do they make it with a hard top instead of the canvas? Guessing it's a pricey option but at least it's less aluminum maintenance
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