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Old 09-23-2016, 03:46 PM
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Hey guys, I'm about to build my ultimate Bay Boat! I've been looking at these boats hard for the last 2 years and have finally decided to sell the old Champion Bay Boat and upgrade.

Here's what I've got so far; Tell me what you think or what you think I need to add:

2017 Blackjack 256 Bay Boat (SeaFoam Green)
Fiberglass T Top
All Powder Coated White Rails and Supports
Yamaha 350 HP V8
Twin Garmin 7610 xsv's
Garmin VHF200
Dual Antenna's
Trim Tabs with Indicator
Hyd Jack Plate
Underwater Ocean LED's
JL Audio System
Minn Kota 36V iPilot 72" Shaft (Ulterra II is not in production right now)
On Board Chargers
Raw and Fresh Water Washdown
SportTrail Trailer

Anything else that you can think of?
I mainly fish MS and LA Coastal, but occasionally some Snapper or Cobia.

I appreciate any insight you may have to the boat or the set up!

Thanks
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I would look into Linex instead of powder coat. Make sure you get enough cup and rod holders. Power Pole? That will move with the F350. Are you getting an electronic box mounted below the T-Top? Can't wait to see the finished product
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Never heard of one with the Yam V8. I would talk to George Haydel at Metro Boating. He has sold the BJ line for years, and both motor lines. I bet the 350 Merc would be great on the BJ 256.

I run a 350 Merc on a 2016 Morada 24 and it has blown me away on economy and top end. My previous motors were Yamaha 300s, no complaints. The 350 Verado is very impressive and more economical than my 300 Yams.

I fish the same stuff - lots of inshore and offshore too. I would worry about draft and stern squat with that big Yam V8.

Looks like a solid package. Seafoam / Matterhorn White, with the White 350 Verado would be very sharp. White JP, dual white Power Poles. :-)

SportTrail is the best trailer I have owned hands down. Get Kevin to build a bow boarding ladder on the trailer. Makes for easy solo loading v 'balancing' on the spare getting out. Low cost option. My last two trailers fro ST had them. Very handy.
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Thanks for the help guys! As far as the motor, I'm going to stick with Displacement over Super Charger. I have heard from Bill Kenner that the boat performs excellent with the V8 and handles the extra weight well!

I'm not going to include Power Poles bc I had them on my last boat and didn't use them very much. I primarily fish Oyster Reefs, and as we all know, they don't work very well on them with any kind of chop on the water!

As far as the LineX, I haven't seen or heard that as an option from the Factory instead of Powder Coating. I've heard all the horror stories, but it just looks sooo darn good Powder Coated Whote with a White inside!

Keep the ideas coming!
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Never heard of one with the Yam V8. I would talk to George Haydel at Metro Boating. He has sold the BJ line for years, and both motor lines. I bet the 350 Merc would be great on the BJ 256.

I run a 350 Merc on a 2016 Morada 24 and it has blown me away on economy and top end. My previous motors were Yamaha 300s, no complaints. The 350 Verado is very impressive and more economical than my 300 Yams.

I fish the same stuff - lots of inshore and offshore too. I would worry about draft and stern squat with that big Yam V8.

Looks like a solid package. Seafoam / Matterhorn White, with the White 350 Verado would be very sharp. White JP, dual white Power Poles. :-)

SportTrail is the best trailer I have owned hands down. Get Kevin to build a bow boarding ladder on the trailer. Makes for easy solo loading v 'balancing' on the spare getting out. Low cost option. My last two trailers fro ST had them. Very handy.
I will definitely look into the Bow Ladder from Sport Trail though! Sounds like a great idea!
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Originally Posted by swaddict View Post
I would look into Linex instead of powder coat. Make sure you get enough cup and rod holders. Power Pole? That will move with the F350. Are you getting an electronic box mounted below the T-Top? Can't wait to see the finished product

The Electronics Box is standard now with the Fiberglass Top. I have also added 4 Cup Holders and 4 Gunnel Rod Holders!

Good thinking!
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Congrats nice set up. I would do the motorguide xi5 as the anchor feature is better.
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I've looked st this boat many times and it is awesome the ride was great and it seemed very solid. I'm torn between this boat and the aveneger. I will keep watch this thread and see how it comes out.
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Originally Posted by Buttapollock1010 View Post
Congrats nice set up. I would do the motorguide xi5 as the anchor feature is better.
Having owned an ipilot and motorguide I can say with 100% certainty that the xi5 is hands down a better troller.
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Originally Posted by rocketman1 View Post
Never heard of one with the Yam V8. I would talk to George Haydel at Metro Boating. He has sold the BJ line for years, and both motor lines. I bet the 350 Merc would be great on the BJ 256.

I run a 350 Merc on a 2016 Morada 24 and it has blown me away on economy and top end. My previous motors were Yamaha 300s, no complaints. The 350 Verado is very impressive and more economical than my 300 Yams.

I fish the same stuff - lots of inshore and offshore too. I would worry about draft and stern squat with that big Yam V8.

Looks like a solid package. Seafoam / Matterhorn White, with the White 350 Verado would be very sharp. White JP, dual white Power Poles. :-)

SportTrail is the best trailer I have owned hands down. Get Kevin to build a bow boarding ladder on the trailer. Makes for easy solo loading v 'balancing' on the spare getting out. Low cost option. My last two trailers fro ST had them. Very handy.
what is the top end with a 350 vrod.
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Having owned an ipilot and motorguide I can say with 100% certainty that the xi5 is hands down a better troller.


Interesting, I am looking to replace my trolling motor now and was thinking Ulterra but may have to reconsider.


This may sound odd, but I would powder coat the metal black. I would actually have it painted rather than powder coat though.
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I am purchasing a 256 as well and am trying to figure out the proper length shaft for the trolling motor. You listed a 72in, is that based on a recommendation? I spoke to Bill Kenner and he did not have a definitive answer, but seemed to think a 60in would work....any thoughts?
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Put in a solid amp and subwoofer with that JL system. Money WELL spent.
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Congrats! They are great boats as we are trying to get more of them out into the lowcountry of SC! They ride so well and are great fishing/family platforms. The 350 makes this boat a beast! I look forward to seeing pictures and you will love it!!
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I am purchasing a 256 as well and am trying to figure out the proper length shaft for the trolling motor. You listed a 72in, is that based on a recommendation? I spoke to Bill Kenner and he did not have a definitive answer, but seemed to think a 60in would work....any thoughts?
I went with the 72" based on a recommendation from a friend that owns a 256. He said if there is any kind of chop on the water, the 60" would cavitate and come out of the water bc the bow is considerably higher than other 24' boats. I have a friend with a 22' Sportsman that has a 60" shaft and he wishes he would've gotten the 72".

If you fish primarily back water marshes, the 60" may be fine. I'm going to use mine out by the islands and over snapper reefs. That's why I'm going with the 72".
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Congrats! They are great boats as we are trying to get more of them out into the lowcountry of SC! They ride so well and are great fishing/family platforms. The 350 makes this boat a beast! I look forward to seeing pictures and you will love it!!
Thanks, and I will surely post some pics!

It should be in in about a month! I cannot wait! The suspense is killing me!
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Originally Posted by ytmorris View Post
Interesting, I am looking to replace my trolling motor now and was thinking Ulterra but may have to reconsider.


This may sound odd, but I would powder coat the metal black. I would actually have it painted rather than powder coat though.
They have upgraded the Ulterra since I started this thread. I have a friend that has a new one with the advanced Spot Lock and jog feature, and he said it is much improved over the Gen 1 Ulterra. The boat should be here in about a month. Hopefully, soon after, I'll have some news to report on it and the Ulterra!
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Congrats,, we wil need pics!
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Thanks for the info, I appreciate it!
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