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How does bluewave compare to blackjack boats?

Old 02-11-2019, 10:45 PM
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My wife and kids finally had a chance to go to the boat show this past weekend to look at the blackjack 256 coastal (that I placed an order on) and the bluewave 2800 hybrid which was my runner up boat. I didnt expect my wife to show much interest, but as soon as we got on the bluewave 2800 she loved the boat and asked if this is the boat we ordered. I was a bit surprised because she has not shown much interest in the last 10+ boats I have bought. I prefer the open transom layout of the blackjack, but the bluewave would handle inshore, sandbar, tubing and dinner cruising, better due to the seating options. Plus the size of the bluewave would be a huge plus offshore. I fish inshore/offshore almost 50/50.

The blackjack seems to have a good reputation for building quality boats, but never owning either brand Im curious what bluewave owners have to say about their boats. The regional sales rep for bluewave has been extremely helpful with any questions I have and the over build quality looks to be pretty nice on the 2800. I demoed the boat last spring and loved the ride, but left the demo wanting a little more cockpit space behind the leaning post. Due to my wifes huge interest in the bluewave I have canceled my blackjack order (I was still waiting for a production start date) and switched gears to the bluewave 2800. I found a boat we liked and worked a deal to have a Suzuki 350 installed. I ran the boat with the Suzuki and saw 58 with a fishing prepped boat and 4 adults (trolling motor, power poles, batteries and twin 12 mfds) so that was the basis for the Suzuki.

Ultimately, I am excited for the size of the boat with it being 28 and a 92 beam as it should handle well offshore. I dont know much about bluewaves except they are extremely popular with the guides where I fish in south Louisiana.

Anyone have any good or bad to say about the brand?

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Old 02-12-2019, 05:22 AM
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Nothing wrong with the brand but you’re goin to be disappointed with the inshore part of that huge boat.
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Old 02-12-2019, 06:09 AM
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Are you suggesting that because of draft? Where I fish in dularge I can stay in 3 or more water depth so I should be ok for depth. Im sure I will have to adjust my fishing a bit with such a large boat, but it should provide a decent ride when offshore. I sold my offshore boat and small bay boat to go to a one do all a couple years ago and have been working my way back up in size. The large hybrids are a compromise, but with the amount of open water I cover and how often I fish offshore I feel it should work out (at least thats my thought). My current boat drafts 14 of water and I can fish any where I want so Im hoping another 3-4 wont cause to many problems.

I have thought about bringing a kayak on days I want to get into the real shallow ponds. Just a thought anyway.

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Old 02-12-2019, 06:09 AM
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I understand the 2800 is soon to be released in an open rear/no rear deck model. That should make it about the perfect "50-50" boat.

I'm now 2 years into my 2400 PureBay/300 Yam and being in TN I use it 80% for bass fishing up here, 20% at our place near Destin as well as May will be it's second trip to LA. I usually fish with 2-3 "drankin buds" and the space and comfort of this boat is unmatched by my previous 30yrs of bassboat ownership.

Quality wise, I have zero complaints. I was shocked how little damage it suffered after my youngest son panicked and used to much of the Yamaha's wireless throttle to smash the hull into a concrete piling under the Destin bridge! The hull was far tougher than I thought it was but it shouldn't have surprised me, they build them using ultra modern techniques and materials. Their much lighter than others weight is partially why I chose them over others.

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Old 02-12-2019, 07:02 AM
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I have seen drawings of the new open model and the front is a bit odd. After talking with the bluewave the open is still going to be a little while. I wouldnt mind keeping the front deck and taking 2-3 feet of the rear deck, but Im fairly confident I can make the current 2800 work for me.
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:27 AM
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Are you suggesting that because of draft? Where I fish in dularge I can stay in 3 or more water depth so I should be ok for depth. Im sure I will have to adjust my fishing a bit with such a large boat, but it should provide a decent ride when offshore. I sold my offshore boat and small bay boat to go to a one do all a couple years ago and have been working my way back up in size. The large hybrids are a compromise, but with the amount of open water I cover and how often I fish offshore I feel it should work out (at least thats my thought). My current boat drafts 14 of water and I can fish any where I want so Im hoping another 3-4 wont cause to many problems.

I have thought about bringing a kayak on days I want to get into the real shallow ponds. Just a thought anyway.

Nope, that thing is going to be a sail on reef drifts and in the marsh on the TM. Unless all you do is soak bait at drains and washouts it will be a fight to run a bank trolling.
I wouldn't worry about draft since you will know when it's grounded to the mud. It should be a capable mother ship for yaks so that's a +.
Hope your family enjoys the new ride.
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:37 AM
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Nope, that thing is going to be a sail on reef drifts and in the marsh on the TM. Unless all you do is soak bait at drains and washouts it will be a fight to run a bank trolling.
I wouldn't worry about draft since you will know when it's grounded to the mud. It should be a capable mother ship for yaks so that's a +.
Hope your family enjoys the new ride.
When inshore I site fish the banks for reds and use the power poles or spot lock the trolling motor on oyster beds for specks.

Hopefully it works out like planned.

I will update when I get it.

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Old 02-12-2019, 11:24 AM
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What was the time frame for the release of the open?
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:33 PM
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I have a 25 ft hybrid now and after being on the 2800 blue wave at the boat show, I am convinced it will be my next boat. Me and my buddy who is a guide spent a lot of time on it at boat show and were very impressed with the build quality. It felt better than most of the mid tear brands. 58 mph is incredible for a boat that big and gets 3.8 mph at cruise supposedly, my stepped 25 wont even get that. Where did you guys see drawings on the open 2800?
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:40 PM
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Some other positives. 2800 is the same weight as most 25 bay boats. Trailer easy compared to 28 ft deep bee with twins. Will ride better offshore than my 25 with deeper dead rise and extra length, seems to be better priced than other bay boats when figure price per ft of boat. Nothing but positive reviews from other owners when dealing with warranty issues. Where are you located? Were you at Mobile boat show?
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Andrew Aicardi View Post
Some other positives. 2800 is the same weight as most 25 bay boats. Trailer easy compared to 28 ft deep bee with twins. Will ride better offshore than my 25 with deeper dead rise and extra length, seems to be better priced than other bay boats when figure price per ft of boat. Nothing but positive reviews from other owners when dealing with warranty issues. Where are you located? Were you at Mobile boat show?

I saw pictures that a sales guys sent me. Message me if you are interested. The bow is very odd, but I love the boat. Im going to make the current layout work because I was so impressed with the boat and my wife loves it. I personally drive the boat with a 72 ulterra, power poles, batteries, twin 12 mdfs with 4 adults and saw the 58 and 3.8-3.9 mpg at cruise. I made a post about it last spring. I left the demo a little turned out about the layout, but with my wife so on board about it I decided to go this route. They are swapping the engine and I should hopefully have it with in 2-3 weeks. I will keep you posted.

As for the trolling motor, it pulled the boat a little over 3 mph which will work for me. I hope the 72 is enough to keep the prop in the water.
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I saw pictures that a sales guys sent me. Message me if you are interested. The bow is very odd, but I love the boat. Im going to make the current layout work because I was so impressed with the boat and my wife loves it. I personally drive the boat with a 72 ulterra, power poles, batteries, twin 12 mdfs with 4 adults and saw the 58 and 3.8-3.9 mpg at cruise. I made a post about it last spring. I left the demo a little turned out about the layout, but with my wife so on board about it I decided to go this route. They are swapping the engine and I should hopefully have it with in 2-3 weeks. I will keep you posted.

As for the trolling motor, it pulled the boat a little over 3 mph which will work for me. I hope the 72 is enough to keep the prop in the water.

how has the the boat been? Wondering your thoughts on it so far.
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Old 04-18-2019, 10:27 AM
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I love the bluewave boats, but I just can't see the what all the fuss is about with the 2800. It's too big for inshore and way too much deck for offshore. The back deck looks to be 6' deep. One pulled up beside me the other day fishing. There was a light chop on the water and I had my 60" trolling motor about 3/4 of the way down. I had no problems of it blowing out. This guy had a 72" and it was all the way down and constantly blowing out. They are a big boat, I didn't realize just how big they were until one got up next to me on the water. Seems like it would be better suited for offshore/nearshore and used inshore in a pinch but it has a inshore layout.

Now if they kept everything the same and threw the huge rear deck in the trash and had a 84" shaft TM they would be on to something.
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I love the bluewave boats, but I just can't see the what all the fuss is about with the 2800. It's too big for inshore and way too much deck for offshore. The back deck looks to be 6' deep. One pulled up beside me the other day fishing. There was a light chop on the water and I had my 60" trolling motor about 3/4 of the way down. I had no problems of it blowing out. This guy had a 72" and it was all the way down and constantly blowing out. They are a big boat, I didn't realize just how big they were until one got up next to me on the water. Seems like it would be better suited for offshore/nearshore and used inshore in a pinch but it has a inshore layout.

Now if they kept everything the same and threw the huge rear deck in the trash and had a 84" shaft TM they would be on to something.

I had similar thoughts about the boat when I first demoed it last year and ultimately did not buy the boat. After looking into the boat a second time a year later I pulled the trigger on the boat and could not be happier for how I fish. The boat is extremely big for a boat you would think about using inshore, but I have put it every where I put my last few inshore boats the past couple weekends. I was extremely surprised that I could go where my 20 sea craft and 16' Cape Horn could fish. The past 3 days proved that to me. The water was extremely muddy and I ran 100 miles looking for clean water to fish due to the 25-30 mph winds making everything look like chocolate milk. My only option to was to go deep into the marsh where I used to fish my smaller boats when the weather was terrible. I was very cautious, but was confident I could float the boat and navigate the very small cuts. I have also had the boat offshore 40 miles on two occasions in 15 mph winds. No 24' bay boat will run with me in the chop at the speeds I can run and have any where near the comfort level I have. With the the dual prop 350 Suzuki I was able to get on plane in 1'8" (depth reading on the simrad eve 3's) extremely fast with the trim tabs down.

On Thursday afternoon I took the boat into the swamp to catch bass and crappie and will let the pictures show how small of water I was in. I did have to back the boat out because it was to narrow to turn it around, but it was hardly an issue.

As to your concern with the 72" trolling motor not holding the boat with spot lock. Maybe the guy you were fishing next to had some puck interference and was causing him to move around. I experienced that with my last ulterra puck being to close to a compass. I've been offshore 40 miles twice with the ulterra holding me 20' off a rig for hours while catching amberjack, grouper and snapper. Both days I had to fish in 15 mph winds which made for a solid 3' seas.

As for performance I got 59.1 mph with a light boat with the 24 pitch props, but it struggled a little to much when loaded so I went with 22.5 pitch props. With the 22.5 pitch props I got 55 mph with 95 gallons of fuel and loaded with gear for inshore and offshore on the boat 2 guys, 50 pound dog, 100 pounds of ice and one of the rear 30 gallon live wells full. With that load I am seeing 3-3.2 mpg cruising 30-35.

Here are pictures from the last two weekends showing all the different kind of fishing I've done with the boat.
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Ive been on two Bluewave boats both were bay boats. I own an Everglades 243 and would say that the ride was very comparable inshore. Offshore the bay boats rode well but not as smooth as my EG. Having said that I really liked the features and the Tri-stringer system gave me piece of mind.
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