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Old 04-03-2015, 03:44 PM
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Hey guys I have my boat for sale and have seen quite a bit of Action so it seems that in due time she may be at her new happy home. The only reason for selling my boat was to get into a 28 or 30 foot Grady White walk around. However I have been searching a lot of boats and one of my must-have's is generator and air conditioning and a decent size cabin.

I would use the boat a 50-50 ratio of cruising and fishing. I'm not interested in hearing that it is purely a fishing boat because it has a big enough cockpit to do both. Can any 28 owners chime in here and give me their honest reviews on their boats.?

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i dont know what your budget is but buzzk has a nice 33 bertie forsale with cumminspower. aint no gw ever built come close
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A great little battle wagon. Check the aft bulkhead. I'm not sure there is room for a genny on a 28. The 33 FBC on here is a helluva buy and will outrun and gun a GW any and all days.
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Had a 28 then got a 33 sport fish. Look the same but the 33 had a gen set and 3208 cats. And a shower in the head area. Took a head sea great and cheap to run. But the deep V will roll a lot when on the hook. All in all I liked it much better than the 28.
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33 is sweet but a bit bigger than I need right now. Not so much the purchase price as the operating cost. I have seen a few 28's with a 3 or 3.5 kW genny in them. I am sure mods were required to make it happen but they do exist.
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operating cost of a 28 gasser vs 33 diesel is nill
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i can put you on one of the quickest 28s on the market for short money. mynpartner repowered it few years ago. i run a 33. and just to get away from that damn step in the cockpit is oworth the extra slip fees
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Originally Posted by jerseysportfisher View Post
operating cost of a 28 gasser vs 33 diesel is nill
Yeah I agree... But I just spent a ton of money completely remodeling my house and unfortunately the today budget doesn't allow for a real nice 33 but allows for a real nice 28. It's not a forever boat but at least a 5-7 year plan.
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I can show you a 28 over in Matheson that I used to own. The present owner is my customer, so I still take care of it for him. I rebuilt the boat with new engines, new generator, and everything else when I first bought it.

A Generator and Air Conditioning changes a Bertram 28 from a boat into a yacht.
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Go buy a 29 Blackfin instead. You can send me a thank you card later. Absolutely no comparison in ride, amenities, the whole package. Go at least look at one to see for yourself! If you take it for a ride after sea trialing the 28 Bert you will be writing a deposit check before you get back to the dock.
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Pocket sport fisherman are a huge bargain right now. Don't know if that will ever change back, but you can get a lot of boat for the money. I'm thinking the same thing you are, but also figure I may be stuck in with a hard sale down the line.

It's a ton more boat than the Grady, although I haven't been in the Marlin, going based on a Sailfish I fished for a while.

I'm guessing your genset is going to be tight and may not be worth the trouble in maintenance. I don't know where you would put it without being in the way.
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I had a 28 for 2 seasons. Great little boat. Cheap to run. The only reason I sold it was that is was too small for the cruising I do.

I'm curious, other than the extra $ for dockage, the diesel 33 will cost less to operate than the gas 28.

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