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Old 02-24-2016, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by bornboater View Post
LOL please let's show a video 7 years old that has nothing to do with the original post and his question..

Not to mention they had motors that were more powerful and yet to be available to everyone else. No load for fishing and just enough gas to shoot the video. lol
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:03 AM
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I'm probably the only person on here that has owned ALL of the boats mentioned.
25 SeaVee
32 SeaVee
34 SeaVee
34 YF
36 Inv
33 Contender

I'm not going to bash any of the boats because ALL of the boats nowadays are great fishing machines, if they weren't, they would be out of business. That being said, I think it's no secret that Contender just doesn't compare when it comes to finish work but they have a good dealer network set up so that if you do have problems, you can bring it into the dealer for repairs. SeaVee has a couple of dealers as does YF. I'm not sure if Inv has any dealers.. when I had mine, they did not. Bringing the boat back to the factory if you are in the vicinity is no big deal but if you're in NJ it is a big deal to bring it back to S. Fla. Asking other people that are completely biased about the boat they own....unless they've had major problems with the factory, of course they're going to tell you they like brand "X" better, that's why they purchased it. I do have to make a comment to the person that posted that most people wouldn't even take advantage of the steps... you are WRONG. Steps create air under the boat, air has less drag than water and you don't have to have a nautical back ground to figure that out. There is a reason that MOST boat co's have gone to steps. Remember, it wasn't that long ago that SeaVee and Contender each swore up and down that they'd never do steps... look at them now. Buy the boat that YOU like, not the boat that someone on a website says to buy. Talk to people about their experience dealing with the factory after the sale... how long it took them to fix a warranty issue. Don't talk to the factory salesman because he's going to tell you that their service is second to none and we all know that is BS. I have a friend with one of the above mentioned brands and his year old boat has been at the factory for almost 2 months.. with warranty related problems. Another friend purchased one of the above brands (2nd owner) and was told they couldn't even get to the problem (delamination of the hull) for 4 months! Every boat is great until there's a problem, that's the difference between boat companies, too many of them only try to sell you a boat once just to get your money instead of treating you great throughout the ownership. While I've never owned an Intrepid, their service record and the way they treat their customers keeps them coming back. Just my .02 cents
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Old 02-25-2016, 04:03 PM
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Thanks Cosgrove, well said. I've owned Regulator, Pursuit, Jupiter and Grady cc's b/c I wanted a local dealer before going direct and building a 36YF in 2014. Now I'm in the market again to buy or build for south Florida fishing and island travel with the wife. Boat will be in a wet slip much of the year. Never ran the SeaVee or Intrepid but appreciate their quality and reputation and leaning toward a 34-37' LOA so my college aged kids can take and run whenever they want assuming their school grades support. Realize fit/finish on contender and others may be different than Jup or Reg, I can get over that if the ride is brilliant and lands confidently. Not to run 60mph everyday but sometimes, its fun. The wife must have an electric head and while a used 38' jup is a comfortable option, step hulls have an edge over traditional IMO. Still looking though and that's part of the fun after you've had the other toys in life.
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Old 02-25-2016, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by PRO-BLU View Post
Freeman would be way more sweeter if they would change that cheezy name. Rename them something like Bad Ass Boats and they would way cooler.
"Honey, we are changing our last name from Freeman to Badassboats"
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Old 02-25-2016, 04:58 PM
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oh do tell the builders that had such long delays in warranty repair and/or delimitation issues. pm if needed... would be appreciated!
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Old 02-25-2016, 05:04 PM
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Originally Posted by bully View Post
"Honey, we are changing our last name from Freeman to Badassboats"
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Old 02-26-2016, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by PRO-BLU View Post
Freeman would be way more sweeter if they would change that cheezy name. Rename them something like Bad Ass Boats and they would way cooler.
YOUR RIGHT, Merritt, Bertram, Fountain, Spencer, and now Freeman. They should all change their names to some type of fish like so many of the other brands or at least rename themselves to something starting with the word "Sea" like SeaVee, SeaHunter or the mighty Sea Ox. Maybe they should name themselves "Blowfish", "Angelfish",Parrotfish" or my favorite "Clownfish". While "Mako", "Blackfin" and "Tigershark" are already taken, "Nurse Shark" remains a un taken hot commodity. I mean, how dare them use their last names that aren't even related to the ocean or fishing. Are you on the Bernie Sanders campaign committee? If not, you should be.
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Old 02-26-2016, 05:18 PM
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Never been on the water with any of them, but going aboard both the Seavee and Yellowfin at the Miami boat show this is my opinion.... great lines and overall beauty, Yellowfin gets my vote. Build quality and layout, SeaVee actually blew me away. If you have the fortune of owning any one of the three, I can't imagine that you've gone wrong. BUT, if I were you I think I would be all over the Boston Whaler 330 Outrage. Good luck!
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Old 02-26-2016, 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by World Powers View Post
This boat actually ran circles around the competition

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3OPhNa0Gbhs
Forget the boats, that is the timeless voice over of ROCH BORDENAVE!!!!!!
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Old 02-27-2016, 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Cosgrove View Post
I'm probably the only person on here that has owned ALL of the boats mentioned.
25 SeaVee
32 SeaVee
34 SeaVee
34 YF
36 Inv
33 Contender

I'm not going to bash any of the boats because ALL of the boats nowadays are great fishing machines, if they weren't, they would be out of business. That being said, I think it's no secret that Contender just doesn't compare when it comes to finish work but they have a good dealer network set up so that if you do have problems, you can bring it into the dealer for repairs. SeaVee has a couple of dealers as does YF. I'm not sure if Inv has any dealers.. when I had mine, they did not. Bringing the boat back to the factory if you are in the vicinity is no big deal but if you're in NJ it is a big deal to bring it back to S. Fla. Asking other people that are completely biased about the boat they own....unless they've had major problems with the factory, of course they're going to tell you they like brand "X" better, that's why they purchased it. I do have to make a comment to the person that posted that most people wouldn't even take advantage of the steps... you are WRONG. Steps create air under the boat, air has less drag than water and you don't have to have a nautical back ground to figure that out. There is a reason that MOST boat co's have gone to steps. Remember, it wasn't that long ago that SeaVee and Contender each swore up and down that they'd never do steps... look at them now. Buy the boat that YOU like, not the boat that someone on a website says to buy. Talk to people about their experience dealing with the factory after the sale... how long it took them to fix a warranty issue. Don't talk to the factory salesman because he's going to tell you that their service is second to none and we all know that is BS. I have a friend with one of the above mentioned brands and his year old boat has been at the factory for almost 2 months.. with warranty related problems. Another friend purchased one of the above brands (2nd owner) and was told they couldn't even get to the problem (delamination of the hull) for 4 months! Every boat is great until there's a problem, that's the difference between boat companies, too many of them only try to sell you a boat once just to get your money instead of treating you great throughout the ownership. While I've never owned an Intrepid, their service record and the way they treat their customers keeps them coming back. Just my .02 cents
Cosgrove -
you have lots of experience .
And good perspective about true importance of how boat companies treat you after you buy boat.
So which boat do you have now ?
And which boat currently available do you think rides best in real world average ocean conditions that normally occur in Florida and the Bahamas ?
Thanks.
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Old 02-27-2016, 09:01 AM
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Since you asked directly, I will give you MY opinion which we all know differ. I currently run a 33' Contender w triple Yamaha 250's. The boat is the worst of all mentioned. When I push the tabs down in a head sea, the outside engines cavitate badly. The efficiency of the hull is very bad. At best it is 1.0 at 38 mph. Loaded, it's even less. If you lose an engine, the boat will not plane on two which I think is absolutely ridiculous. The SeaVee's are finished out the best and their service dept is very good. The layout of the Sea Vee is awesome and it's available with much more bells and whistles if that's what your into. The problem is that their "V" series is not nearly as efficient as the others nor is it as dry a ride as a YF. A friend has the 39 w quads and is VERY disappointed as the promised speed isn't any where near his real speed. Speed is great but it really equates into efficiency. I must interject here that I find it funny that both SeaVee and Contender preached for years that they didn't want steps and now both of them offer boats that are stepped lol. Yellowfins are good boats, I would suggest the 36 over the 34 as my 34 bow steered bad... even though Wylie says it does not. hmmm Maybe I'm just not good at holding onto a steering wheel? I won't comment on the other brand as many of you know why. If I had to buy a boat today, it would NO DOUBT be the 37 Freeman... and I've never been a cat fan but the ride blows the others away. The problem with the Freeman, it takes 2/ 1/2 years to get one and that right there is a deal breaker for most as most boat buyers WANT IT NOW!!! For the record, Wylie from YF and SeaVee both treated me very well after the sale with minor problems.
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Old 02-27-2016, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Cosgrove View Post
Since you asked directly, I will give you MY opinion which we all know differ. I currently run a 33' Contender w triple Yamaha 250's. The boat is the worst of all mentioned. When I push the tabs down in a head sea, the outside engines cavitate badly. The efficiency of the hull is very bad. At best it is 1.0 at 38 mph. Loaded, it's even less. If you lose an engine, the boat will not plane on two which I think is absolutely ridiculous. The SeaVee's are finished out the best and their service dept is very good. The layout of the Sea Vee is awesome and it's available with much more bells and whistles if that's what your into. The problem is that their "V" series is not nearly as efficient as the others nor is it as dry a ride as a YF. A friend has the 39 w quads and is VERY disappointed as the promised speed isn't any where near his real speed. Speed is great but it really equates into efficiency. I must interject here that I find it funny that both SeaVee and Contender preached for years that they didn't want steps and now both of them offer boats that are stepped lol. Yellowfins are good boats, I would suggest the 36 over the 34 as my 34 bow steered bad... even though Wylie says it does not. hmmm Maybe I'm just not good at holding onto a steering wheel? I won't comment on the other brand as many of you know why. If I had to buy a boat today, it would NO DOUBT be the 37 Freeman... and I've never been a cat fan but the ride blows the others away. The problem with the Freeman, it takes 2/ 1/2 years to get one and that right there is a deal breaker for most as most boat buyers WANT IT NOW!!! For the record, Wylie from YF and SeaVee both treated me very well after the sale with minor problems.
Two questions, your friend with the 39, that is a SeaVee or a yellowfin? Also, what is your experience with the Invincible?
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Old 02-27-2016, 11:42 AM
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I think invincible is what he was referring to when he said he couldn't talk about it. I had a 36 and I can tell you that the Freeman 37 blows it away.
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Old 02-27-2016, 01:18 PM
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My buddy has a 39 SeaVeeZ. Rods response is right on.
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Old 02-28-2016, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Cosgrove View Post
My buddy has a 39 SeaVeeZ. Rods response is right on.
Awesome. Thanks.

Rod, I rode the 37 Freeman. It sure is sick. Just not for the style boating I'm into. But for my fishing friends, I couldn't find anything wrong with it.
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Old 02-28-2016, 04:13 PM
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Sea Vee told me at the Miami Show this year the step does not even come into play unless you are going 40 mph+, after looking at the pros, cons and price difference I went for a new 39 Sea Vee deep Vee vs the step. With that said the 37 only comes in a step and I think the fit and finish on Sea Vee is better than Invincible and drastically better than Yellowfin (yellowfin has screws everywhere and the width of the deck channels can be dangerous for small kids the are so wide). It also seems to me the resale on the Invincible boats is lower compared to others. I think Sea Vee is the best bet currently and I researched the hell out of them all. Now I just have to wait 11-12 months for my boat....

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Originally Posted by Cosgrove View Post
My buddy has a 39 SeaVeeZ. Rods response is right on.
What year was the boat with the de-lamination problem?
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Old 02-28-2016, 04:40 PM
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How come no mention of Intrepid? To my knowledge there is no center console with a better fit and finish than that. Their costumer service is second to none and IMO their boats handle and turn extremely well, though I don't have too much experience with the others mentioned.
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Old 02-28-2016, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Cosgrove View Post
My buddy has a 39 SeaVeeZ. Rods response is right on.
Rob, what speed was your friend looking for? I know Liquid 39z with quad 350s will do 72 with the tower. I know another 39z that is slower with no tower but is propped different
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Old 02-28-2016, 05:08 PM
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Why do people have to bring up boats not mentioned in the original question/statement. The same thing happened to me when I asked about Sea Vee vs Yellowfin vs Jupiter. I have an idea, just buy a 200' white boat designed to hold a 50' custom fly bridge, 39' custom CC, and a custom 17' flats boat.....This advice is just as useful.....Sorry just tired of this behavior and needed to vent....

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