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Fun Side x Side Comparison of two great 27's. Southport and Onslow Bay 27

Old 01-10-2019, 07:38 AM
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Just to clarify, the OB27 weighs 5,000lbs minus motors, fuel, water, etc.
The SP 272 weighs 4600lbs dry. They both hold right at 200 gallons of fuel. All in all they are going to be very close in weight when loaded up.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by mackerel View Post
If he had said gph instead of mpg then I would agree with you. Bottomline, I was hoping to see that the fuel bill from an offshore run would be reduced, not just that I would have more fun doing it in less time.

My expectation came from the OB weighing in at several hundred # less than the SP, but I guess that is somewhat offset by the slightly increased deadrise.
That's literally what efficiency is - going faster on the same amount of fuel. Or going the same speed on less fuel. Both are increases in efficiency.
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Windham14 View Post
Just to clarify, the OB27 weighs 5,000lbs minus motors, fuel, water, etc.
The SP 272 weighs 4600lbs dry. They both hold right at 200 gallons of fuel. All in all they are going to be very close in weight when loaded up.
Unless I'm looking at the wrong spec sheet it said SP 272 weighs 5900#. Sorry if I'm on the wrong page. Southport 272 - Southport Boats | Southport Boats
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:46 AM
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Originally Posted by mackerel View Post
Unless I'm looking at the wrong spec sheet it said SP 272 weighs 5900#. Sorry if I'm on the wrong page. Southport 272 - Southport Boats Southport Boats
SP and OB have both XS/FE (forward) seating model options which will obviously increase dry weight, I don't think the different leaning post options would enough weight to effect speed/range performance.

The SP does not have an open bow option but does have the TE/coffin box. Unsure which specific model you are referring to.

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Extremely similar experience and description of the ride as I have had. I owned a 23 Regulator for years and was fortunate enough to fish on a friend's OB27 quite often in the northeast canyons almost exclusively. When the opportunity came to move up I only had one boat on my list and it impresses me every time I am out.
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I can’t wait for the OB 41’s to be out a while and hear the reports.
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Originally Posted by mackerel View Post
Unless I'm looking at the wrong spec sheet it said SP 272 weighs 5900#. Sorry if I'm on the wrong page. Southport 272 - Southport Boats Southport Boats
Hmmm, that's interesting... I know when I spoke to Brad ( the original builders son at SP ) he told me a little under 5,000lbs without motors and dry. I went to their website today and found the 4,600lb numbers. Wonder what the real weight is.... I do know the OB feels heavier coming out of the water for sure. Regardless I bet they are pretty close.

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The OB has a better trailer, custom fit to the boat rather than the off-the rack trailer.
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Having a 2007 SP 26 w/twin 250 Yamahas I thought the dry weight was around 5300, though I do have forward seating. I would also think that a newer SP might be lighter. In my conversations with Southport in recent years they always held comfort (family) higher over speed and plan to continue. As far as I know I was the only SP that fished SKA and there was no way I was going to keep up with a go fast boat, including the tourney OB's, but I did have a way more comfortable and dry ride. Also I didn't need as much surgery as some folks.

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We are seeing over 2.0 at 35-37 mph with the 350s
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We need an Onslow Bay TV channel!
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Originally Posted by swimming mullet View Post
We are seeing over 2.0 at 35-37 mph with the 350s
That's awesome. If I can't talk my wife into a 33 in the next couple of years I would like to repower this one with twin 350's. Hard to do when the 300's are running so well and are still really fast and efficient.
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I have had my OB 27 for over two years now, it's an incredible boat. What OP said about going faster results in a better ride is spot on. It took me 3 or so fishing trips to realize that 36-40 was a sweet spot on this boat in a head sea, unless it was just to rough. At 38 or so the boat just frees up hard to explain but you can feel it when it happens.
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Nice one keep posting like this.
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Both great boats but I can not for the life of me understand why OB still has the trim tabs installed like they do. A simple fix would be to integrate them into the mold or to use Zipwakes. Spoke to one OB owner this summer in the Bahamas and he hated the trim tabs. Lost many fish due to them cutting the line. Just an observation, nothing more.
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I've Never lost a fish because of the trim tabs, those Zipwakes sure look interesting though.

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The stability in a drift comes from the single fuel tank being in the center of the boat. It helps concentrate the the weight low in the center of the boat and prevents extra roll and pitch while at drift. The only draw back is that it limits you from have a step down in the console which would help to add a fixed head in the console. Everything the OP says is absolutely true, the boat just does it all.
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Originally Posted by z3axv View Post
I've Never lost a fish because of the trim tabs
I've never had an issue with the tabs either. I went with you and your wife on your demo ride. I told you if you ride one you buy one as we were going out the inlet. I remember your wife asking about color options on the way back to the ramp. Congrats on your new 33!
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I've never had an issue with the tabs either. I went with you and your wife on your demo ride. I told you if you ride one you buy one as we were going out the inlet. I remember your wife asking about color options on the way back to the ramp. Congrats on your new 33!
Yes I remember that day, you were very impressed with the wiring inside the console. You had great things to say about the OB's. Good to hear from you.
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Originally Posted by Hillsboro View Post
Both great boats but I can not for the life of me understand why OB still has the trim tabs installed like they do. A simple fix would be to integrate them into the mold or to use Zipwakes. Spoke to one OB owner this summer in the Bahamas and he hated the trim tabs. Lost many fish due to them cutting the line. Just an observation, nothing more.
Integrating them into the mold would affect the running surface. Brad is big on keeping the running surface consistent all the way to the stern.
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