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Old 03-27-2006, 08:04 AM
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not to ruin this "love fest" but....
last season i had a customer with a 2000 coastal 264....boat had a fuel leak-tank was leaking...the ordeal to remove that tank was terrible...i called the factoryspoke to their engineering dept...what a waste of time-i was advised that they would want the boat sent to the factory to have the cap lifted off and then the fule system replaced...the deck has a fake seam-i was advised by engineering that if i cut that seam the tank could be removed...no chance !! in order to remove the fuel tank,i had to cut the deck up,cut the bulkhead in the area of the raised helm,the well that's right there,the inside well had to be cut from the inside out-it was about 1/2" off the tank...upon lifting the deck off-the tank is secured into the stringers via angle aluminum welded to the tank...most of the screws were missing that held the tank in place....terrible !!!
if the fuel fill hose ever leaks,you will never change it without cutting the deck up,same goes for the vent hose and the fule feed lines as well...these boats have very important items such as thru hulls for the live well,in incredibly restricted spots,the wiring in these boats is equally as scary..
i allways thought they were bottom line boats,after that job-i was convinced..JUNK!!
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Old 03-27-2006, 11:01 AM
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jawz - 3/27/2006 9:04 AM

i was advised that they would want the boat sent to the factory to have the cap lifted off and then the fule system replaced
Just curious, were they going to take the boat back and fix the problem under warranty? If so, why didn't you send the boat back to them?

Every manufacturer, regardless of name recognition is going to have some problems, it's how they take care of it that counts. It sounds like they were willing to take care of it.......
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Old 03-27-2006, 11:12 AM
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We've run a 1990 V-20 (repowered in '03) for 16 years and the boat has been great. No major problems with the hull at all. I consider our V-20 to be well built, rugged, and dependable. Fishing 20 miles out in unfavorable conditions has been routine in recent years and we've felt as safe as one could feel in a 20 footer. Wellcraft is on the short list as we're now on the market for a large CC.
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Old 03-27-2006, 11:47 AM
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I owned 2- 1999 22 walk and 2000-290 coastal- good boats- construction is good- not great- at least the year models I owned- the 290 was constantly losing hardware- screws, latches etc- found myself chasing the boat alot- the rides wre good - althought very different from 22 to 29- both pounded but were fast- Always felt safe on either boat- the 29 had 2000 fichts- thats why I got rid of it- that was part of it anyway- from what is talked about on THT it seems the construction on some aspects of the boat has improved- I own something totaly different now but I would always consider another Wellcraft in the future !
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Old 03-27-2006, 01:21 PM
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I can't speak for the older Wellcrafts but you aren't looking at an older boat, as you specified a new one, i'll restrict my comments to boats that within a year or two old. Our company is heavily involved in the FLW Kingfish tour and before that, the SKA. We have sold a bunch of the Wellcraft 32 and 35 center consoles that have fished those two circuits. They beat the K-RAP out of those boats, often times running 150-200 miles a day in weather that would keep me on the dock. The boats are holding up very, very well even when considering the relentless pounding these teams suject them to. The Wellcraft is a very well buit boat, that will take a serious pounding.
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Old 03-29-2019, 11:39 AM
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I need to replace the bilge pump in my boat. I don't have a manual. Need to know where its located on the boat and what part number I need to to replace it.
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Old 03-29-2019, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Coadydog View Post
I need to replace the bilge pump in my boat. I don't have a manual. Need to know where its located on the boat and what part number I need to to replace it.
It's the 13-year anniversary!

Best of luck on your bilge pump replacement. If you don't know how to find your bilge pump in an 18 foot boat.,...you might be best hiring a professional. It is a vital piece of safety equipment.

Good luck with it!!
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Old 03-29-2019, 03:45 PM
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I had an 18' fisherman that I beat to death for years, it was a little war horse and didn't have a single issue but haven't been on any of the newer models. Buddy had a 24 who speaks similarly about his.

Didn't they go out of business for a while? Are the same folks putting the new ones together?
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Old 03-29-2019, 07:19 PM
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Start by looking under the deck in the aft (back) of the boat.
Work your way forward from there.
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Old 03-30-2019, 03:25 AM
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Default Fisherman 222 vs Robalo 222?

Looked at both for 2 years at all the Souuth Florida
boat shows. New pricing seems at the same level.
If you were requured to buy either. Which is the one?
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Old 03-30-2019, 06:06 AM
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I have as 2001 24 walk around and love the boat. No problems other than replacing some rusted screws which is expected for the age of the boat. Would consider another.
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Old 03-30-2019, 06:11 AM
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This Wellcraft company is Completely different than the company of the 2000 era. Genmar was building them in Sarasota Florida for the longest time. In the old days they were pumping them out so fast the quality really suffered. They were put together with elmers and saw dust. I don't know much about the build quality these days but they look nice. I believe they are made in Michigan.
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