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Old 12-18-2019, 08:53 AM
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I received my boat in September and have posted on what I think of my boat several times. So has the guy from the Destin area. The boat is great. Dave has made many changes since our boats went out and things are just getting better. I am looking forward to the end of duck season so I can really start running my boat.
Old 12-18-2019, 01:05 PM
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Boat eats chop, perfect hull for where it lives in the keys.

I have spoken with a few potential buyers and current buyers through PM.

I didnt want to write a public review until I gave Dave feedback. Havent done that yet, so no public review yet.

I think we have around 60 hours on it. Lots more on the trolling motor (which is amazing)

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Old 12-18-2019, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by billablehours View Post
What happened with your sled UCF? I ran up to Burdines for lunch today and wondered how she was doing. We haven’t heard anything since she made it to the Keys.

How’s she doing? Any performance numbers? How are the Evinrudes doing? One of my buddies just pulled his G2s off his Prowler and went with Suzuki’s. He was over it. Steering issues etc. I hope you are having better luck.

Dont give me that bad juju. Lol

If I say they are doing great, they will break tomorrow. Haha

Fuel burn is the same as before. Didnt notice much of change. 1.5 @ 35 to 40 depending on variables.
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Would love to know what your impressions are in a short head sea. Still trying to find which cat handles them the best.
Old 12-18-2019, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by UCF View Post
Dont give me that bad juju. Lol

If I say they are doing great, they will break tomorrow. Haha

Fuel burn is the same as before. Didnt notice much of change. 1.5 @ 35 to 40 depending on variables.
no bad JuJu. Lol.
Just haven’t read anything in a while. Did she fit well on the lift?
Old 06-30-2020, 06:25 AM
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Hey @UCF....just checking in on my next boat. You taking care of her for me? I'd love to hear what you think after a half a year of running her!
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That’s a fine looking machine - Clint would be Proud!!
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Now that Evinrude has gone belly up, I wonder what engine is going to be Dave's "go-to" motor? Has anyone slapped a pair of Mercury V-8s on the back of one of these boats yet?

I'll bet their performance would be awsome!
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The express model that has a build thread just decided to go with the new Merc V8s which should be pretty damn good.
Old 06-30-2020, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by GAHUNTER View Post
Now that Evinrude has gone belly up, I wonder what engine is going to be Dave's "go-to" motor? Has anyone slapped a pair of Mercury V-8s on the back of one of these boats yet?

I'll bet their performance would be awsome!
I was just speaking with another owner last night. He is going with the v8s. I am also excited to see how they do as well. I think once they go on, all the 4 brands will have been used.
Old 06-30-2020, 08:55 AM
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I recently had some dive tank racks welded. They are removable. Ill post some pics when I get them back. Welder was off by an inch.
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Great photos of your beautiful boat and family. Might I ask what camera (or cell phone) did you use? Great details.
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Great photos of your beautiful boat and family. Might I ask what camera (or cell phone) did you use? Great details.
Thank you. Cell phone. The most recent samsung note 10 or 11?
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Thank you. Cell phone. The most recent samsung note 10 or 11?
Wow, I might ditch my iPhone in near future!
I own a 30' cabin cat, she is a planing cat and has shown lots of wear and tear over years of abuse. I still love how she ride but am considering a replacement. My question is, how would you describe the ride of your cat? I have never been on a full or semi displacement cat. Just wondering when you are at 30mph cruise, do you feel your ride is more like on top of the wave or cut through the wave? Thanks!
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Wow, I might ditch my iPhone in near future!
I own a 30' cabin cat, she is a planing cat and has shown lots of wear and tear over years of abuse. I still love how she ride but am considering a replacement. My question is, how would you describe the ride of your cat? I have never been on a full or semi displacement cat. Just wondering when you are at 30mph cruise, do you feel your ride is more like on top of the wave or cut through the wave? Thanks!
I haven't been on any of the cabins Dave has built. I can tell you the demo boats Eastward has had definitely sit on top of the waves. Since my boat is probably more heavy than the demos, I use a good amount of trim and sit ontop of the wave. Or I can trim down and slow down and cut through the wave. The demos have a more floating feel and mine is a solid feel. Both have a great ride in my opinion.

Hope that helps.
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Originally Posted by UCF View Post
I haven't been on any of the cabins Dave has built. I can tell you the demo boats Eastward has had definitely sit on top of the waves. Since my boat is probably more heavy than the demos, I use a good amount of trim and sit ontop of the wave. Or I can trim down and slow down and cut through the wave. The demos have a more floating feel and mine is a solid feel. Both have a great ride in my opinion.

Hope that helps.
Thanks for the first hand info!!!
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Any chance of a one year update? Anything you would change? Updated performance numbers? Love the trolling motor setup - will be standard on every offshore boat in the next couple years!! This is on my short list of potential next boats. Hoping to get down to south Florida this spring to check them and Prowler out.
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Originally Posted by Fishmazter View Post
Any chance of a one year update? Anything you would change? Updated performance numbers? Love the trolling motor setup - will be standard on every offshore boat in the next couple years!! This is on my short list of potential next boats. Hoping to get down to south Florida this spring to check them and Prowler out.
Performance numbers are 1.4 to 1.8 35 to 40 depending on fuel and conditions. Obviously better fuel economy at 100-150 gallons then 300. But I think the fuel economy is overall pretty darn good.

I recently purchased the bigger trolling motor. The 96". I haven't set it up yet, so no feedback. But I absolutely loved the other trolling motor 84". Best money spent, I used it all the time.

If I built a second one there would be a few changes. Design of the fish boxes. Put a gutter or slope into the box, so they pump out easier. The seals around the boxes need to improved. Some of the fit and finish had some issues (the 2 main guys who finished up the boat at Eastward have been replaced). I really like that it was rigged after being built. I have had to replace a few things and it made it much easier (like ruptured hose).

As far as design... everyone's needs are different. But for us, the size of the boat and the design we put into it (floor boxes, fishe boxes, 3 livewells, commercial like tackle center, massive coffin box, flip up jump seats, dive ladder, llebroc seats) can't be beat.

Only thing I possibly could want to add is a half tower. Been getting the itch.

I'm going to bring the boat back up to Daves shop for a year and half check-up type thing. I'll take pictures and do more through write up then.

Overall, big big platform for the money. My family is enjoying making memories together on it.
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