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Old 11-29-2018, 12:56 PM
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Well unexpectedly we sold our Southport to a good friend of mine who was looking for a new ride. For once, I had a boat that wasn't for sale and it still didn't last long.
I decided I was going to buy one of a couple boats... A 28/29 Southport, a 29 Regulator, a 32 Fountain or a 27 Onslow Bay. The other boat I really wanted was the 339 Intrepid that's listed for sale here but I just couldn't make it work.
I started looking over these boats closely and ruled out the Fountain. The 29 SP is next to impossible to find. I did find two 29 Regs but wasn't completely sold on them. Then I started researching build threads on the OB27 and talked to several owners. I was overly impressed by the way Brad builds his boats. The way the fuel tank is placed, the stringers, transom, wiring, live wells, bilge and quality of products used is at the top of the industry. We had also rode with Brad and his wife in Miami and really enjoyed their boats.

The issue of course is trying to find an OB27TE for sale but a close friend knew of one that was not yet listed. I went and looked at the boat and immediately bought it. This particular boat is Brads 2009 boat show build. It is loaded with options and has twin 300 Vrods. The hull is black which I would have never thought about owning on any other hull but Brad uses an incredible gelcoat and it is amazing how good it still looks. Overall the boat is already very clean and well kept but I want to make it as close to perfect as possible and add some nice upgrades. Hope you guys enjoy this "build." Here are the future plans...

Complete detail and Ceramic Pro Marine coating
Update electronics with Garmin screen, autopilot and radar
Complete stereo build with JL Audio products
New coaming pads throughout
Marine Mat flooring
New live well lids
Add several cupholders
Polish Ameratrail trailer and add custom wheels
Change some misc items like the switches




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Old 11-29-2018, 02:20 PM
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Good luck with the “rebuild”. Love those OB’s. As always post pics.
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Old 11-29-2018, 02:28 PM
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I think you have owned damn near every boat that I've ever had on my "short list" if I was to ever decide to part with my 23DV.

The OB27 has been at the top of that list for some time now and I'll be paying close attention to your impression of it as your ownership progresses.

Your fishing situation and mine are similar with long runs to the grounds, where handling and efficiency are high on the importance list.

Good luck!

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Old 11-29-2018, 02:32 PM
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Good luck. There awesome boats. Sold my 2012 a few months ago & currently waiting for my new one.
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Be sure and post lotsa pictures of your "refit". That's exactly the hull (minus the black gelcoat, of course) that I would be looking for.
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I was curious what my next boat looked like! Can’t wait to see the progress pics.
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Old 11-29-2018, 03:15 PM
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Be sure and post lotsa pictures of your "refit". That's exactly the hull (minus the black gelcoat, of course) that I would be looking for.
I didn't think I could ever own a boat with black hull sides. I'm amazed how good this boat looks and it has never been wet sanded or cut. When my detailer gets done with it and the Ceramic Coat is on, it will look better than new and be beautiful in the water. It's being dropped off Monday morning. I'll take very detailed pics for you guys
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You do realize that if you keep buying boats your going to have to make a new account bc you can only put so many boats in your signature lol tuned in as usual
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You do realize that if you keep buying boats your going to have to make a new account bc you can only put so many boats in your signature lol tuned in as usual
Hahaha, I was actually warned by a THT Mod a couple times
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Hahaha, I was actually warned by a THT Mod a couple times
I know for a fact that the list used to be far longer!

You going to have those black engines painted white again? The last ones turned out great!
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I think you have owned damn near every boat that I've ever had on my "short list" if I was to ever decide to part with my 23DV.

The OB27 has been at the top of that list for some time now and I'll be paying close attention to your impression of it as your ownership progresses.

Your fishing situation and mine are similar with long runs to the grounds, where handling and efficiency are high on the importance list.

Good luck!

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I made the move to Onslow Bay and now Chad has made the move you are next !!

The OB really looks like the 23 DV made bigger and tweaked, the deck layout is pretty close and the tall console is similar, the biggest difference is the running surface on the OB goes to the end of the euro transom, not a 1.5 feet short like 23dv. The quality of construction on the OB makes the Pathfinder look pretty suspect in comparison and I really liked my 23DV but OB is a whole other level or 5 above.
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I made the move to Onslow Bay and now Chad has made the move you are next !!

The OB really looks like the 23 DV made bigger and tweaked, the deck layout is pretty close and the tall console is similar, the biggest difference is the running surface on the OB goes to the end of the euro transom, not a 1.5 feet short like 23dv. The quality of construction on the OB makes the Pathfinder look pretty suspect in comparison and I really liked my 23DV but OB is a whole other level or 5 above.
I don't need any help being convinced, I've done it to myself well enough already. The only thing stopping me is the economics.

A good 75% of my fishing is solo, so I don't really need the room. But since more often than not I end up beyond the 50 mile limit of what our towing companies will service then I'm feeling the real need for twin power. It's doable on the 23DV, but not optimal from what I've read. The other thing is that since I nearly always cover the full expenses of each trip, do I really want to double my fuel bill on top of doubling my cost for the boat?

It's no coincidence that the layout of the 23DV and the OB27 are nearly identical, it's the proven SKA tournament layout. The OB27 is exactly what the 23DV would be if it "grew up".

One more long run in thru heavy chop, where my little boat doesn't span most of the potholes would likely convince me, or if I did a better job with the lottery numbers...

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O boy - here we go again!

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Originally Posted by mackerel View Post
I know for a fact that the list used to be far longer!

You going to have those black engines painted white again? The last ones turned out great!
I think I will keep them black. If I can manage to keep this boat for a couple years the plan would be to sell these motors and put a set of white 350 Vrods on it. Maybe a set that Brad has off a demo or something like that.
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If I can manage to keep this boat for a couple years....
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That hard top next to it looks gooooddd
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are you one of SC anonymous lottery winners? JK
I will be looking for this one on the water in the spring. Good looking yacht!
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Nice boat. Best of luck with it.
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Originally Posted by mackerel View Post
I don't need any help being convinced, I've done it to myself well enough already. The only thing stopping me is the economics.

A good 75% of my fishing is solo, so I don't really need the room. But since more often than not I end up beyond the 50 mile limit of what our towing companies will service then I'm feeling the real need for twin power. It's doable on the 23DV, but not optimal from what I've read. The other thing is that since I nearly always cover the full expenses of each trip, do I really want to double my fuel bill on top of doubling my cost for the boat?

It's no coincidence that the layout of the 23DV and the OB27 are nearly identical, it's the proven SKA tournament layout. The OB27 is exactly what the 23DV would be if it "grew up".

One more long run in thru heavy chop, where my little boat doesn't span most of the potholes would likely convince me, or if I did a better job with the lottery numbers...

I know of 2 more for sale , one is on OB's facebook page the other is not listed yet. pm me for info .
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