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

Old 11-07-2018, 05:01 AM
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Default 26' Glacier Bay vs 26' Twin Vee Ride and Handling

I know that these boat vs boat threads get old but they seem to bring out some good opinions on two different hulls in a single thread so I thought I'd give it a shot. I'm looking for a boat to make long runs into the gulf out of SWFL, as well as a couple trips per year to the Bahamas, keys, ect. and have been looking closely at used versions of each of these hulls.

The light weight, shallow draft and bow mount trolling motor compatibility of the 26' Twin Vee appeals to me as I think it would be a pretty serviceable inshore boat as well as offshore. I'm guessing that the 26' Glacier Bay would be a more comfortable and seaworthy vessel for long offshore runs. I'd also suspect that it will be a smoother riding hull in our typical gulf slop.

If anybody has experience with both of these hulls, I'd welcome any feedback. (I'm well aware of the QC/water intrusion concerns with Twin Vee so no need to get into that again)
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Your assumptions are correct. The TV will be faster. Before Freeman a number of LA guides had GBs.
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Old 11-07-2018, 06:50 AM
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the 26 glacier bay and tv are not really a close comparison. the tv is maybe half the boat (both in terms of how it feels, rides, and oh gosh no storage). The 26 gb and the 29 tv I feel like are a pretty close comparison. In comparing the 29 to the 26 I'd probably still give overall ride to the gb, but speed and space would land with the tv. Overall I'd probably take the gb over either tv, but if you really wanted more speed or just preferred the tv I'd strongly suggest seeking out a 29
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Old 11-07-2018, 05:27 PM
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I agree on the "half the boat" comment. I was just looking at a 26' GB today and it is a VERY large boat sitting on a trailer, I'm sure it would dwarf a 26' Twin Vee. That's another consideration when trailering. That 26 GB is going to be a substantial load behind the truck.

Another thing is, I've read almost nothing but glowing reviews of the handling/ride quality/performance of the Twin Vee whereas I've heard mixed reviews on the Glacier Bay. Everything from "best riding boat under 30 feet" to, "horrible handling bordering on dangerous due to extreme bow steering and snap roll".

It'd be great if I could go out and sea trial both hulls extensively in a variety of sea conditions but, when shopping for used boats it just isn't feasible.
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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.
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I have owned both the Gb and now own a new 26 twin vee. The major two differences are the storage and the speed. I sold my GB. Because of the slow speed. As far as the ride and handling they are not that different. They both have a few positives and negatives. I run between 15 and 70 miles off shore in the gulf. The number one reason I sold my gb again is the speed and mpg. The GB runs about 9-10 mph slower then the twin vee with the same power. It does not have the same bow rise
this helps in two ways. One is a way faster cruise with better gpm. And two ride. The ride in a cat can get much softer when you can go fast enough to pack the tunnel with more air.
I also noticed less spitting in the twin vee over my gb
so a dryer boat.
With twin mercury 150 4 strokes. I cruise between 32-40 and get over 2 mpg.
I bought a pro model and rigged my own live well. It is set up more like a GB. The twin vee gofish and off shore have way to big of seat set up that kills the room
good luck Any questions let me know

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Originally Posted by Fishtaco707 View Post
I have owned both the Gb and now own a new 26 twin vee. The major two differences are the storage and the speed. I sold my GB. Because of the slow speed. As far as the ride and handling they are not that different. They both have a few positives and negatives. I run between 15 and 70 miles off shore in the gulf. The number one reason I sold my gb again is the speed and mpg. The GB runs about 9-10 mph slower then the twin vee with the same power. It does not have the same bow rise
this helps in two ways. One is a way faster cruise with better gpm. And two ride. The ride in a cat can get much softer when you can go fast enough to pack the tunnel with more air.
I also noticed less spitting in the twin vee over my gb
so a dryer boat.
With twin mercury 150 4 strokes. I cruise between 32-40 and get over 2 mpg.
I bought a pro model and rigged my own live well. It is set up more like a GB. The twin vee gofish and off shore have way to big of seat set up that kills the room
good luck Any questions let me know

Good informative post. What year is your TV?
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the GB is set up better for some. But I like the simplistic set up of the tv.
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Lots of TV haters on this board. 90% have never owned or even been on one.
I had 26 ft express w twin 175 zuks. Awesome boat. Perfect? no. but made many trips to behamas and dry tortugas in some pretty nasty stuff. Awesome ride and tons of room
Wish I never sold it. It was perfectly set up for diving and hauling many dive tanks.
Light load, 47 mph. Which I almost never did. Typical cruz at 22-25mph got 2.3 miles per gallon light load.
People always talk about cats sneezing....I owned mine for 8 years, 1200 hours, and I think I might have experienced sneeze two twice.

never owned a GB so cannot comment.
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Originally Posted by Fishtaco707 View Post
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the GB is set up better for some. But I like the simplistic set up of the tv.
Looking at Cats as one of my next options. Very informative and liked the ride!

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Pm me if you want to ride a 2670 in st pete.
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Hard to beat the ride of the Glacier Bay. Sure, it may have some quirks but if you take reasonable precautions, you'll never feel unsafe. The positive aspects of it's ride clearly outweigh the negative characteristics in my opinion. So why did I sell and move onto a World Cat? Speed, I needed more speed! The Glacier Bay is a displacement hull and she's never going to be a speed demon.

Based on the OP's needs of making long SWFL GoM runs, I'd definitely recommend the TV to cover territory. But if a solid ride is the paramount need, then I'd reconsider.
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Have owned 3 TV s all good boats . Zero hull issues....great ride, roomy and decent speed with less hp....GB being displacement hull without hard chine....NEVER stopped moving side to side...esp the 22ft....good ride though...
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GB can cruise at 28-30mph in about any seas. 1.8mpg, maybe scare 2mpg on way back in light. The TV26 seemed like a bay boat compared to GB. I could feel the water under my feet while at helm of TV. Huge difference in those 2 boats. If you fish 20-30 mile out snapper fishing, TV would be fine. If you plan to tuna fish +100 miles out I would surely pick the GB. Not even sure where you would put any large tuna in 26TV.
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Thanks for all the great input everybody, I'm really torn. Our fishing/boating down here is pretty unique with large, very shallow bays that can get really rough and very long runs to decent gulf fishing.

I've gotten my butt kicked offshore here in mid-sized (23-28') boats enough times to feel a strong draw toward the Glacier Bay. At the same time I feel like the 26' Twin Vee (older style, low foredeck and gunwales) might be a pretty serviceable inshore boat as well as offshore, especially paired with a 36 volt IPilot to work the offshore structure. I just think I'd be awfully exposed 60+ miles out in the gulf with the wind kicking up, sitting at the helm of a boat with such low freeboard and bow. Even my Gen 1 Americat felt a bit inadequate out there a couple times and it was more substantial than the 26 Twin Vee.

I've said for years that I guy needs 4 boats down here. True offshore hull, flats boat, bay boat and pontoon for entertaining and my opinion hasn't changed much.
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Buddy has a 2004 (I think) 2685, we added a 40 gallon bait tank to the stern. With 3 adults, 40 g of water, 300# of ice in the floor boxes, and twin Honda 150s (about 800 hours) his most efficient speed was maybe 25 mph, and that was at 1.5 mpg and near 4,800 rpm. To get to 28ish mph, he was spinning closer to 5,300 rpm and sucking fuel. I’ve been on the boat a few times and the fuel speed and economy have never impressed me. Fished an old 26’ TV in Oahu this summer and 4 of us cruised near 30 mph getting better than 2mpg, with older 130 or 140 Zukes.
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Neither of these hulls are stellar. There are other choices
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Why not split the difference and look at w
WC?
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Good idea. 270 WC is great boat. Kinda cross between the 2, but high quality of GB. Not going to trout fish out of that either very well. You are going to have to decide what you do most and make a choice. Or buy 3 boats
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:51 AM
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If I may throw out another consideration. The Prowler 25. If I was looking to upgrade on my 22' SeaCat, I'd give Bill a call, or find a used one.
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