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

Old 11-29-2018, 12:27 PM
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Default Fun Side x Side Comparison of two great 27's. Southport and Onslow Bay 27

Well I had the opportunity to take some pics of these two great boats side by side. It is interesting how close but how different they are built inside and out. As far as ride goes in this range I would rank the Southport above the 26 Regulator. Now we will see how the OB27 stacks up. I wish I had a 26 Reg to make it three wide.

-From bow to transom the two are almost identical length wise. The OB has a more pronounced V and carries the bow flare back further. This should be interesting as the SP is the driest boat I've ever been on. The OB also carries its waterline all the way to the transom where as the SP uses recessed trim tabs.

Interior measurements from today are as follows:
From the bow liner just under the coaming pad to the console SP measures 7'4" OB measures 8'4"
From coaming pad to coaming pad across the front of the console SP measures 79" OB measures 81"
The walkway beside the console and coaming pad SP measures 22" OB measures 27"
From the leaning post to the coaming pad SP measures 19" OB measures 23"
Gunnel height at back corners both measure 25"
Gunnel height at midship both measure 28"
Gunnel height at bow SP measures 29" OB measures 33"
I somehow didn't write down from the leaning post to the transom but it was in favor of the OB
The SP has more gunnel width all the way up to the console and then the OB has quite a bit more from there to around the bow.

I like certain things more on the SP like the head area, hardtop, helm seat and sink/ bait station at the transom
There are things I like more on the OB like storage, fishboxes, pronounced bow flare, live wells, and gutter system and power options
Both boats were built for 4 strokes from the beginning. The OB will be the faster hull with 600hp and many receiving 700hp.
Both are gorgeous to look at and both are extremely well built. The wiring in my SP was very clean but the OB takes it to another level. I can't wait to get the OB27 in the water this weekend and see exactly what all the talk is about! Here are some pics. Enjoy discussing these two great hulls!















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Things I forgot to mention...
The OB is tighter between the leaning post and helm but is also more comfortable at least for me to sit down and captain the boat.
I'm about 6' and the OB console is pretty high. I can just see the bow myself so some people may have a tougher time. Not a big deal but something I noticed. I think the general sight will be better on the SP
The SP is sitting about 5" higher on the trailer because of the way the two trailers are set up.
Owens and Sons trailer are superior to Ameratrail IMO. They both pull great but I like all the support under the Owens and Sons and would give up the welded bunks anyday for that. There is nothing that can possibly flip on the Owens and Sons anyway. Both great trailers though.

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Wow this is great! I always thought the 2 were very close!
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Old 11-29-2018, 01:32 PM
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Interesting, I cant wait to hear your ride comparisons.
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Old 11-29-2018, 06:50 PM
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Interesting, I cant wait to hear your ride comparisons.
I will report back this weekend
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Old 11-29-2018, 08:03 PM
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In for the ride. Both great boats. The OB was high on my list last year, the wait was just too long.
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Old 11-29-2018, 09:46 PM
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OB with no leaning post live well will very likely be my next boat if I Don't stay in a Contender. Both very nice boats and I've heard nothing but great things about South Port's build quality.
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Old 11-29-2018, 10:28 PM
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Not loving the cockpit on the OB. Looks tight with that leaning post livewell
thanks for taking the time to take all the measurments.
I'm curious to see how my boat compares.
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Old 11-30-2018, 03:24 AM
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Originally Posted by AnitaFish22 View Post
Not loving the cockpit on the OB. Looks tight with that leaning post livewell
thanks for taking the time to take all the measurments.
I'm curious to see how my boat compares.
I was worried about that too but there's plenty of room back there. I also starting thinking how often do you really fight a fish standing in the center of the deck? I know we are always tucked in at the back corners or down the sides. It has more than you think and I love having two live wells as we live bait fish a lot.
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Old 11-30-2018, 04:03 AM
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Not having a hardtop on the OB will make a difference in overall performance and weight. Having said that, I would never own a boat again without a hardtop. It is just too much additional overhead aluminum to deal with on a TTop. No hardtop probably affects the price differential pretty significantly also.

The Southport V at the transom is obviously less pronounced so there may be a little more stability at rest. That would be interesting to hear about.

after having a World Cat 290 CC with a very tall console and needing to add a step pad to see well I can tell you that line of sight from the console is an important thing to consider especially if the bow rise between the two is different.

Nice comparison.
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What is the difference in weight and fuel capacities between the 2?

I know that the OB is a "get up on top" flyer, but not sure about the SP.

Always love those "low cap" lines!
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Lookie at what turned up for sale today, and not that far away from me... https://www.thehulltruth.com/boats-s...port-28-a.html

I've drooled over the SP ALMOST as much as the OB.
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Originally Posted by mackerel View Post
Lookie at what turned up for sale today, and not that far away from me... https://www.thehulltruth.com/boats-s...port-28-a.html

I've drooled over the SP ALMOST as much as the OB.

I have a buyer for your DV if you want to make the move
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I guarantee you that a 28 SP is bad ass. I am very interested to see if the OB27 can ride as good or better. There sure is a bunch of talk about it handing a lot of quality 30-31 footers their ass.
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Great thread! Thanks
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When the OB came out, it was said to combine the best features of the Reg 26, Southport 26 and Contender 27. You can see that in this comparison.
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Great Read - looking forward to the trial - Southport is on my short list
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Old 12-01-2018, 09:45 AM
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I've never been in the onslow bay fan club but after looking at those hulls side by side I can see where it gets such a following and I know you cant tell much from pictures the ob looks better to me. thank you for the comparison and I wish more people would do side by side comparisons between similar boats
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