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26' Glacier Bay vs 26' Twin Vee Ride and Handling

Old 12-27-2018, 05:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Diverboy View Post
Where are you located? I may be able to arrange a GB sea trial for you. And yes, the GB is huge on the trailer....I have a dually with a topper on it and the top of the tunnel of my GB is higher than the top of the truck. Without radar, my t top sits just above 13' and the boat rolls across the scale with light fuel and no gear at 8,900 lbs. It is a bit to tow, but there are trade offs with each boat. In under 2' seas, you will not like the GB compared to the TV as the GB cruises at 23-25 mph all day in just about any conditions and that really sucks on the days when the Gulf looks like a lake.....but it more than makes up for it when a front rolls through and the seas unexpectedly kick up and you have no worries. I have found that the permatrims help the ride a lot as they tend to lessen the side to side rock of the GB. After having a 21' SeaCat and wanting something that I could take out on any day that I wanted to go out in, the GB fit the bill best for me. In my mind, the TV is more like a bay boat/light offshore duty boat and the GB is a true off shore boat, but that does come with it's drawbacks....heavier, slower and not quite as good of fuel economy. I get 2-2.5 mpg in just about all conditions at 23-25 mph. If I could ever find a nice used Prowler 31, that would be my choice, but haven't found one in the last two years I've been looking.
I'll second this assessment. I've been out on Diverboy's boat and it was my first trip on a GB 26. I've been on World Cats and a 246 Prowler. The GB surprised me by how it felt and handled regardless of the wave height or speed. Since it is a semi-displacement hull it definitely felt different from a planning hull. I kept asking "So, how long does it take to get up on plane" only to get that "Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh" look from Diverboy - LOL. I would definitely rather be on it going slowly out to the Middle Grounds or the Bahamas than in a TV.
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Old 12-27-2018, 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by FL-fisher View Post
Have the same issue up here in Tampa Bay. We like to inshore fish but still want to dive and fish 30-50 miles offshore on decent days. Ended up going with a new World Cat 230cc. I pick it up next week. Drafts 8-10 inches and I test drove it in a good 2’ chop and it ate it up. Twin 115 Yamaha’s topped out at 44mph and cruised nicely at 33-35 getting 2.6 mpg. Im having a I-pilot added for bottom fishing. Just saw a used one pop up for sale for $59k on Boat Trader that is listed as a Carolina Cat which is what they were called before WC bought them out a couple of years ago.
I live in the Tampa Bay area as well, and if was in a position to, I'd be getting one of those 23 foot World Cat (or the Carolina cat) boats myself I do a LOT of diving upwards of 50 miles offshore, as well as inshore fishing and snorkeling/scalloping. The 23 foot WC is more like a 25-26 foot monohull in terms of room and storage, but damn is it a nice ride and perfectly suited to decent days in our short gulf chop.
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Old 12-27-2018, 07:29 AM
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I think the number one difference between the glacier Bay and Twinvee. Is speed. I have owned two twin vees a Prokat and have fished a lot on a 26 glacier bay. The only reason I didn’t buy the glacier was it is way to slow. Running off shore out of Venice fl we run 30-80 miles. And having that extra cruise speed is really a deal breaker. As far as the 23 world cat. It is a great boat. A buddy of mine just got one. He has the duel consul. Great family boat The only issues are the room and ride compared to the Twin Vee and glacier it will still out run and handle any mono in its class. But it is really hard to dive off of. The little bit bigger boat makes a lot of Difference. The 23. Will handle way better because it is a full plane hull. But when it gets sloppy it tends to beat you a bit.

i think if you have the time and Arby in a big hurry. The glacier but if you want a extra 10 plus mph and more fishing time deep. The Twin Vee. Remember the Twin Vee rides better the faster you go because it like to pack air. The glacier doesn’t.
Good luck and have fun on some test rides.
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Old 12-27-2018, 07:52 AM
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Also. Get a boat that is set up for what you want

i ordered a hull and built it to what I like. And that is room The more the better. I have 7 1/2 feet from livewell to rear bulkhead. So it fits my fish dive needs.
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Old 12-27-2018, 09:42 PM
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All cats ride better faster going into the waves. None of the fishing cats pack air, they are simply riding on top and not dipping and rising between wave tops as much as there is less time do so going fast.
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Old 12-28-2018, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Fishtaco707 View Post
I think the number one difference between the glacier Bay and Twinvee. Is speed. I have owned two twin vees a Prokat and have fished a lot on a 26 glacier bay. The only reason I didn’t buy the glacier was it is way to slow. Running off shore out of Venice fl we run 30-80 miles. And having that extra cruise speed is really a deal breaker. As far as the 23 world cat. It is a great boat. A buddy of mine just got one. He has the duel consul. Great family boat The only issues are the room and ride compared to the Twin Vee and glacier it will still out run and handle any mono in its class. But it is really hard to dive off of. The little bit bigger boat makes a lot of Difference. The 23. Will handle way better because it is a full plane hull. But when it gets sloppy it tends to beat you a bit.

i think if you have the time and Arby in a big hurry. The glacier but if you want a extra 10 plus mph and more fishing time deep. The Twin Vee. Remember the Twin Vee rides better the faster you go because it like to pack air. The glacier doesn’t.
Good luck and have fun on some test rides.
After seeing the WC23 DC run I wonder if sitting so far forward would make it ride a little different (rougher). I couldn't be happier with my 230cc. After running it now for about 40 hours and learning what it likes in various sea conditions, I honestly don't think there is a better 23' out there for Tampa Bay. Real world draft seems to be 10-11" rather than the 8" advertised. I am currently on the waiting list (2 years) for a 263 Calcutta, but this boat fits my needs so well that I am second guessing spending the extra $$$
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Old 12-28-2018, 07:45 AM
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Originally Posted by FL-fisher View Post
After seeing the WC23 DC run I wonder if sitting so far forward would make it ride a little different (rougher). I couldn't be happier with my 230cc. After running it now for about 40 hours and learning what it likes in various sea conditions, I honestly don't think there is a better 23' out there for Tampa Bay. Real world draft seems to be 10-11" rather than the 8" advertised. I am currently on the waiting list (2 years) for a 263 Calcutta, but this boat fits my needs so well that I am second guessing spending the extra $$$
# 1 - I would LOVE to take a spin out on your boat someday, especially in some chop. I will pay for all gas used and bring beer and ice.

#2 - IF you end up deciding to get the Calcutta, I will be first in line to make you an offer on your 230cc.
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Old 12-28-2018, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by grey2112 View Post
# 1 - I would LOVE to take a spin out on your boat someday, especially in some chop. I will pay for all gas used and bring beer and ice.

#2 - IF you end up deciding to get the Calcutta, I will be first in line to make you an offer on your 230cc.
Once we get past the holidays I'd be glad to take you out on a good choppy day.
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Old 12-28-2018, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by FL-fisher View Post
Once we get past the holidays I'd be glad to take you out on a good choppy day.
AWESOME - thank you SO much! I'd much rather go out with a real owner, pay for the gas, talk about everything, and get a good, long run in varying conditions, speeds, docking, etc. than get the hard full-court press from a salesman during a 10 minute sea trial.

PM me when you have some time and we can establish some communications. I live in New Port Richey and have weekends off.
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Old 12-30-2018, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Fishtaco707 View Post

that guy is smoking crack. There are two 2017 twin vees on this website for sale that you could get with 150s for the high 70s. They are almost 20 years newer You can offer but that guy is way out of the park. The other boats also include trailers worth 6000

good luck
Yeah - @$80k he's being irrational/delusional. With no tailer probably 30 is a better starting place.
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Originally Posted by LTChip View Post
Yeah - @$80k he's being irrational/delusional. With no trailer probably 30 is a better starting place.
Update:

I went to see the boat and it is really nice but I really have no idea how to value the finish/remodel work. The interior is nicely sanded/coated - hatch doors upgraded - custom tee top - wiring etc redone nicely all in conduit - those are the highlights - no trailer though

Going to go out on it and see how I like it on the water. Anyone put a trolling motor on these?
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Originally Posted by LTChip View Post
Update:

I went to see the boat and it is really nice but I really have no idea how to value the finish/remodel work. The interior is nicely sanded/coated - hatch doors upgraded - custom tee top - wiring etc redone nicely all in conduit - those are the highlights - no trailer though

Going to go out on it and see how I like it on the water. Anyone put a trolling motor on these?
How'd it go? That boat looks like a lot of fun.

Yes, I've seen several. Also check out the Twin Vee Owners group on facebook. They could help you out.
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