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Old 01-04-2019, 06:44 AM
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Looking for my next boat, figure built in the 80ís/90ís. Need prop pockets (very shallow boating area) if I am to go inboard. I am a Phoenix fan but the ones I see have seen better days, needing too much.

Anyone know other manufacturers with pockets, figure 27 to 30 foot range?
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Old 01-04-2019, 06:51 AM
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Stamas has pockets on their inboards. The 31 might be something you could look at. Not many Stamas 27's are inboard(outboard mostly), but I think they had a single with a pocket.
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Old 01-04-2019, 07:00 AM
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Shamrock Macinaw 27' and I think their old Grand Slam model.
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Old 01-04-2019, 07:03 AM
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Tiara 29 and 31
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Old 01-04-2019, 07:30 AM
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Penn Yan's had what they called tunnel drive.Still a few of those around.
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by ReelNauti View Post
Tiara 29 and 31
all the 29s and I believe 31s starting in 1992. Pre 1992 31s do not have prop pockets
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Old 01-04-2019, 09:26 AM
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Cruisers has 'pockets' (shallow tunnels) on some of their boats (or at least our neighbor's did). (34ft cir. 2006)
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Rampage had pocket tunnels for the props.
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Old 01-04-2019, 10:48 AM
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some of the older sea ray express cruisers did. I was looking very close at a 390 at one point and believe the draft was less than 24"
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Old 01-04-2019, 10:51 AM
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My Pursuit has prop pockets.
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Old 01-04-2019, 11:07 AM
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Post 1992 Tiara 3100: hull draft 2' 2", prop draft 2' 7" per the owner's manual.
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Old 01-04-2019, 12:36 PM
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SeaVee and many others have built a few. In my experience the only benefit they provide is reduced draft. The downsides / tradeoffs are numerous in higher speed hulls. At low speeds under 20 Knts. they are not as bad. There may be one that works well but, I have not seen it. I would go outboards before a tunneled IB if you want shallow draft and speed. FWIW I love diesel IB's.
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Old 01-04-2019, 02:02 PM
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Carolina Classic and Albemarle in that size included extended prop pockets starting in about 2005 I believe. But with deep 24* deadrise they are deeper hulls than my Phoenix 27 and same for the 29.

Pockets are great for reducing draft of I/B's and for beneficially reducing down angle thrust , but ...may... also slightly reduce water flow available to a high pitch and or 4 or greater blade prop and do reduce aft displacement & buoyancy a bit which may require greater tab deployment for more efficient running attitude. Well worth it for me.

To be picky, pockets are not really the same as prop tunnels.
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Originally Posted by NedLloyd View Post
Cruisers has 'pockets' (shallow tunnels) on some of their boats (or at least our neighbor's did). (34ft cir. 2006)
My old 29' Cruisers had pockets, as did their 26' and 33' of the 80s vintage. They had a 29'er set up for more fishing than cruising with straight inboards (not vdrives) and more cockpit space. Sea Ray also had lots of pocketed inboard boats.
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Old 01-04-2019, 05:18 PM
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I think strike made a boat in that size range with prop pockets.
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Thought I saw Blackfin of that era with pockets? Not sure.
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Old 01-04-2019, 06:16 PM
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My '97 SeaRay 300DA does
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Old 01-04-2019, 06:33 PM
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How shallow? Maybe outboards better? My 31ítiara draws 3í or at Least thatís the number I kee in mind. I donít like seeing less than 5-6í. But for me thatís mainly in an anchorage.
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Old 01-04-2019, 07:19 PM
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My blackfin drafts 2'8". Plenty shallow for down here. No pockets or tunnels or anything.

Stamas has pockets. I think they are all shallower than my boat is.
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I had 3 pocketed boats. They back up OK but you must use some authority.
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