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Old 02-16-2016, 01:45 PM
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The invincible is an awesome boat. I really contemplated ordering one when it was time for me to pull the trigger on a new boat. They are very well laid out and the fit and finish is top notch. The two things that kept me from pulling the trigger on the 36 invincible was the shearline which in my opinion leaves a lot to be desired and the resale. When I priced a new one then looked at what they were being sold for after just one year I was kinda shocked. This is probably due to the fact there is not a long wait to have a new boat built. The 37 sea vee just doesn't do it for me looks wise and the performance reports I've read were less than impressive. That being said they probably have the best fit and finish of the three and the resale is also very good with sea vees. I went back to a 36 yellowfin again because of the ride, performance, factory support, resale and overall look of the boat. There are things that it falls short of compared to the other two but for me the boat is perfect. I'm laying mine out different than most other 36's to open up space in the cockpit and provide more livewell space. The other downside is that the build time is up to 12 months the last time I asked. As far as motors are concerned get the 350 Verado. I've heard nothing but good things and my previous 300's were incredible. All three are great boats and I know you'll be happy with anyone you choose.

This^^^^^^, except I have f300's. Rigging on SV and INV is better than YF. SV step is beautifully executed but just does not deliver the performance. INV has a great combo of layout, quality, and performance, but they are pricey to start and resale is weaker than YF. YF dominates looks, ride, performance, and resale but finish work was rushed.
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While mine was in the build process it was the first to receive 3-4 just out changes. Everyone I worked with at the factory were very helpful. There is a big learning curve moving from a V to a step as well as the new throttles. They are extremely sensitive, until you get used to it! The Inv is also a lot bigger then the T feel wise. Both launching and running. I almost always launch and retrieve alone, the T was a breeze, the Inv takes more attention..
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Of those three I think the invincible has the best ride. However the owner Alex is a douche and dealing with him sucks. For that reason I think you can go wrong with sea vee or yellowfin. I haven't been on any of the seavee stepped hulls yet
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[QUOTE=fishcop;8722862]Of those three I think the invincible has the best ride. However the owner Alex is a douche and dealing with him sucks.



So deal with Bill, Franco or Randy if your not a fan of Alex.
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However the owner Alex is a douche and dealing with him sucks.
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I concur.

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Old 02-16-2016, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by scooperfl View Post
This^^^^^^, except I have f300's. Rigging on SV and INV is better than YF. SV step is beautifully executed but just does not deliver the performance. INV has a great combo of layout, quality, and performance, but they are pricey to start and resale is weaker than YF. YF dominates looks, ride, performance, and resale but finish work was rushed.
x2. YF could do stuff nicer but overall a great compromise and service has been great. Rear bait well on the YF has two slam latches and the drains go right back into the live well = takes two hands to open and won't pressurize. PIA....that said the YF tuna tubes are awesome. I've owned a YF and would own another.

I think SV dropped the ball on the z line in terms of performance / speed - but may have more to do w/being heavier/more over built than the others. SV certainly has best finish and well thought out. I prefer the 34/39z vs the 37. I've owned a SV and would own another (non z).

Resale on INV and the following outside of south FL are a concern. As is weeping rust from the screws on the ss rub rail on boats i've seen less than 6mo old - easy enough not to do the ss rub rail. screw heads catch on cast net anyway. The layout on the 36 and 39 inv is great and they both would be on my short list. I look periodically and like them but they seem to have a less passionate following than the others.

all 3 are fine choices.
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Old 02-16-2016, 03:20 PM
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Have had 2 Invincible's and Love them Awesome Boats!
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Old 02-16-2016, 04:30 PM
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I too recently went through a similar decision process where I was considering an Invincible and a SeaVee. Both are great boats. I opted for the SeaVee, in large part, because I believe it has a slightly better fit and finish and they have an office at mm90 in Tavernier. I see you live in Islamorada. Fulton, who manages SeaVee's Key's office, is unbelievably great to deal with and having him a few miles away is priceless. Any time I have any little issue, he takes care of it immediately. SeaVee also has a service truck in the Keys on a weekly basis. SeaVee's service has been exceptional. I cannot speak as to Invincible's service as I have never owned one, but having a local presence in the Keys is a great benefit. If you are interested in the 370z, you are more than welcome to come out on my boat as it is in Key Largo. Just let me know. I am very happy with my decision.
Mig,
Thank you for the offer. I will probably take you up on it. My Regulator is at Tavernier Creek Marina.. I'll be back in Islamorada March 12-26.. I'm between there and my home in Annapolis every month..
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Old 02-16-2016, 04:37 PM
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Why are you looking at 3 step boats if you only want 30 knots? Triple 300 Verado 39 cv v bottom are a lot for sale and a great layout for cheap. It'll run low 50s cruise all day 30 knots
Great point... Didn't know much about SV's.. Love the ride and feel of my Regulator..
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Old 02-16-2016, 05:30 PM
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I drove a 36 YF very hard for 5 yrs. Couldn't break it if I tried.
I would buy another one if I was in the market for one. The ride was soft, dry and fast.
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Old 02-16-2016, 05:45 PM
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I'm also looking for a new boat in the 32'-33' range & went to the show to check out the suspects. I looked at the 32' Sea Vee & IMO it had the nicest fit & finish of the others that I looked at which were 32' Sea Hunter 33' Invincible & 32' Contender. The Sea Vee wiring was light years ahead of the other 3 boats as far as neat, tidy, & accessibility. The Sea Vee seemed to be the most stable & solid while sitting at the dock (sea trial still to come). Contender was a joke IMO, the bottom of their hatches were finished with brushed on gel coat Really !!! On a 270K boat, keep smokin the pipe. The Sea Hunter was way too tippy for me so the rest didn't matter at that point for me. I like the lines on the 33' Invincible the best but they are not the best on customer service from some of the other owners that I have spoke to about their product not to mention their hull warranty is not transferable if you sell the boat which is BS IMO. Invincible flat out told me they would be 25-30K more than a 32' Sea Vee on an Apples to Apples boat. I asked why & they claim their boat "rides better" & they use better materials ummmm ok !!! I know their wiring isn't what a Sea Vee is for sure. There is no way that their boat is worth 25-30K more than the Sea Vee IMO from what I saw at the show. I had already had the Sea Vee quoted before the show & it was 196K with twin Yamaha F300's & the options that I wanted, twin 350 Verados would be 4K less they told me. I have fished a 33' Invincible & it rode great & I'm sure the Sea Vee won't disappoint either when I sea trial it, I'm sure it won't ride 25-30K worse
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Old 02-16-2016, 07:30 PM
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Have a buddy of mine selling his 2010-2011 36 inv with 350 verados. About 120 total hours on the whole rig. He bought it new and never used it. It's here in Louisana and someone is going to get a great deal. PM me if you want more info.
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Old 02-16-2016, 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by superfishal View Post
Mig,
Thank you for the offer. I will probably take you up on it. My Regulator is at Tavernier Creek Marina.. I'll be back in Islamorada March 12-26.. I'm between there and my home in Annapolis every month..
Just send me a PM the week before you come down. No issue as I am in the keys every weekend and I live 6 miles from Tavernier Creek Marina. Also, I am sure you are aware that SeaVee's sales office is in that marina.
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Old 02-16-2016, 09:18 PM
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Looked at same brands during FLBS, put deposit down on CV. Dealt with Hunter Barrett whom I think is a great guy at a great company. My slot came open a few weeks ago with May delivery but asked Hunter to push me back a few months because I purchased a new Nor-Tech 34 from THT'er Propbender due in April. At the time of FLBS, CV was 6-7 months out, Invincible about 8-10 weeks, Contenders were available immediately and Yellowfin sales personnel didn't seem interested in spending time with me, but heard they were around a year out. I'd imagine those timeframes have all changed by now.

I will admit that Contender is a little behind on fit/finish compared to aforementioned brands but they had some very fine people working their booth, and it was very hard to walk away from those guys. Invincible had some really good dealers working their booth too. Matt at GSPS ( Invincible Dealer ) was another great guy, but have also heard the same noise about Invincible's ownership - no first hand experience though.

As far as engines, yes-yes-yes on 350 Verado's vs 350 Yamaha. I've been a Yamaha guy all my life but current boat came with 300 Verado's. Was a little apprehensive about that at first but have been very impressed with the Mercury engines, so much in fact that I now actually prefer them in the higher horsepower engines.
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superfishal, before you make the final decision on one of these boats I would strongly recommend that you go ride on one of the Freeman's. You will not regret it.
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Originally Posted by Sneaky Snooker View Post
Yes, Yes, and Yes
Best response in this thread .

We have a lot of service experience with all three manufacturers. We have witnessed all three companies bend over backwards to help their customers. Dealing with each one of them has always been a pleasure.

I don't honestly see how you could go wrong with any of these boats. These are all dream boats for most people. In over a decade, there are no problems that I have seen that would personally keep me from buying any of those brands, if I could afford it. Your close proximity to SeaVee and Invincible would weigh heavily on my decision.
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Old 02-17-2016, 05:51 AM
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YF36 only has bow rise getting on/off plane, after that view is perfect.

Also there is NO Wind noise on the bow of a YF36 running 40-60mph. Very quiet and can talk to the guy next to you as you would in a office. Its amazing sitting the the fwd console seat running 50mph and literally have no wind in your face. Very different.
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YF36 only has bow rise getting on/off plane, after that view is perfect.

Also there is NO Wind noise on the bow of a YF36 running 40-60mph. Very quiet and can talk to the guy next to you as you would in a office. Its amazing sitting the the fwd console seat running 50mph and literally have no wind in your face. Very different.
my wife's hair and the many things that have flown out of the front of the boat from someone leaving it on the seat says different. this is an exaggeration or you were running down wind. there is a back draft at deck level and stuff stays in the forward shelves but it's still plenty of wind.

Also, they could all learn from SV - or even INV wiring with a breaker panel instead of multiple fuse boxes and in line fuses buried by zip ties that are hard to get to.

And as someone else pointed out - there are a lot of used SV (esp 39s) that are new at at prices that would make it hard to pay the prices I've seen quoted on some larger, new cc's....I don't know if warranty is transferable if not purchased from SV tho.
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Mig,
Thank you for the offer. I will probably take you up on it. My Regulator is at Tavernier Creek Marina.. I'll be back in Islamorada March 12-26.. I'm between there and my home in Annapolis every month..
My home is on Tavernier creek. How do you like the marina?
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