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Old 02-23-2019, 12:16 PM
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Default Eastward Boats Hull #4 "Salty Sway"

Hi there,

I'm really excited to announce Eastward Boats is building me a semi-custom Center Console for use in the Northern Gulf of Mexico.

FUN FACT: I wasn't even in the market for a new boat! Why now, you might ask?

Over the past few years watching the Catamaran craze take place and copious amount of new hulls being developed, I saw a trend. Small builders putting out a high quality semi-custom product at an affordable price and almost instantaneously have a 2 year backlog. After following Dave East's Horizon 3000 Demo build, I decided it was time to get in-line. Seeing the quality, fit, functionality, efficiency, along with the proven hull design that provides a smooth dry ride, it was a no brainer.

Onto the build;

30 FT CC HULL:
-Awl-grip (Lauderdale Blue) sides and tunnel down to the 2nd Lap.
-White Top Cap and Interior
-SS Rub-rail
-Armstrong bracket Awl-grip (Starke White) to match the Top cap
-Extended Dive Platform w/ SeaDek and Oversized Ladder
-Walk through Transom
-Oversized Hard-Top (underside Lauderdale Blue) with 3 sided tempered glass enclosure down to console, two rows Rod Holders
-Dual Transom Live wells
-2 Rear in-deck insulated fish boxes
-2 Forward in-deck storage boxes
-Forward Coffin Box w/Lounger and armrest
-Tackle center Leaner with dual Helm/bolster chairs, Rear tackle station, slide out cooler, port side drawers, and starboard side access. 4 Gemlux cup/rod holders
-Lee Sidewinder outrigger bases
-Lee 20ft Telescoping Carbon poles
-16 Gemlux screw less gunnel rod holders

POWER:
-Twin 30" Suzuki 300's in White
-Fly-by wire controls
-Suzuki SMD 7"

ELECTRONICS:
-2 Simrad Evo 3 12"
-2 Simrad RS20 VHF's
-1 Simrad 3 in 1 Side scan, down scan, chirp transducer
-1 B175HW transducer
-1 JL MM 100S-BE Head unit
-1 JL M400/4 amp
-1 JL M600/6 amp
-2 JL M series 10" subs
-6 JL M series 7.7 speakers
-Spreader lights, LED accent down-lights
-2 Hubbell deep drop plugs

I'm sure a few more additions will come as the boat is born!

Like other early hull owners, the decision was made to invest in Dave himself and deposit submitted prior to splashing of the Demo hull. Thus far, I'm thoroughly impressed with Dave's open communication and his teams dedication and pride going into these builds.

Pics to come soon!
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I'm in for the ride....congrats!
Old 02-23-2019, 12:23 PM
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Oh darn. Another Eastward build I have to follow. j/k

Thanks for posting. Look forward to seeing this build.
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Following.
I am build #15 in November.
How come Suzuki and not Evinrude ?

why 30" motors? I think he going with 25" on the other boats.
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Frank

The Armstrong bracket is designed for 30" motors keeping the platform flat and high enough to clear the tunnel, thus keeping the Powerheads additional 5" higher out of the water.

I've been a life-long Yamaha guy, and choose to go with the Suzuki's for a few reasons. Yamaha has become really proud of their product and increased cost are above the norm. In most recent years, Suzuki has really improved their reliability and on par with the industry, but at a reduced cost. I choose to spend the money else where on my build. I have nothing bad to say about Evinrude, just haven't consider them.
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Congrats!! I'm #16, right behind Frank. Thanks for sharing your build, looking forward to seeing how yours turns out. Like you, I have yammies today so really interested in how the Zukes go for you. Evinrude has an attractive product, but I see more Suzuki mechanics than Evinrude locally which is a consideration for me.
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Congrats on the New Build
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Anyone know what the Pre-ordered Build/Hull count is up to?
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Are you getting Eastward to aquire / install the Suzuki's are you doing it locally ?
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Originally Posted by Diverboy264 View Post
Frank

The Armstrong bracket is designed for 30" motors keeping the platform flat and high enough to clear the tunnel, thus keeping the Powerheads additional 5" higher out of the water.

I've been a life-long Yamaha guy, and choose to go with the Suzuki's for a few reasons. Yamaha has become really proud of their product and increased cost are above the norm. In most recent years, Suzuki has really improved their reliability and on par with the industry, but at a reduced cost. I choose to spend the money else where on my build. I have nothing bad to say about Evinrude, just haven't consider them.
I am not sure, but I think the performance report from Evinrude that is on the Eastward website says 25" motors mounted in the second hole.
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Congratulations!
I’m watching with interest to see how it performs with the power chosen.
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30 motors. Regardless of brand. Armstrong brackets would have to be modified for 25 motors.
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Originally Posted by DLodge View Post
Anyone know what the Pre-ordered Build/Hull count is up to?
UCF was up there yesterday and might know for sure. When I talked to Dave at the show he had sold a few slots into 2020 already and on the other thread someone just put in another deposit. I would guess were up to March 2020 for slots. So maybe hull #20 now? Email Dave, he responds super fast, Im curious what its up to now as well
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Originally Posted by pooldoo73 View Post
30 motors. Regardless of brand. Armstrong brackets would have to be modified for 25 motors.
X2

30" motors
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Nice meeting you and your family Friday. Congrats with your new boat.

Will be neat to see another build thread.

Lindsay typically does a client appreciation tailgate every year for a football game. We have anywhere from 100 to 200 people normally. If you remind next fall, we would love to have you guys out to see a game (if your daughter is still on the fence).

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Originally Posted by DownForDeco View Post


UCF was up there yesterday and might know for sure. When I talked to Dave at the show he had sold a few slots into 2020 already and on the other thread someone just put in another deposit. I would guess were up to March 2020 for slots. So maybe hull #20 now? Email Dave, he responds super fast, Im curious what its up to now as well
Well... we didnt discuss it yesterday. But I know 2019 is done. I dont want to speak for Dave but I know the show was really good for him. The boats ride impressed alot of people. When we last spoke after the show, deposits and contracts were executed and in the works. I know a few more have scheduled demo rides in the next few weeks.

Also Dave should have some news coming up soon. (No it's not the 50 footer)

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Originally Posted by BassnBays View Post
This bracket is designed for 30" motors. It keeps the platform flat and high enough to clear the tunnel. Plus, the powerheads or 5" higher out of the water.
I stand corrected. Definitely 30" motors.
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I'd like to see drawings. Are you keeping the forward cabin? That was one of my options a WA HT with walking space all around and still the small cabin.

Waiting for the Numbers on UCF's G2 300's performance vs. The 259's. Now I may get to see A Suzi pair as well. Those two are leading my choices as well. For the same reasons Yamaha has lost a customer.
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Congrats!!!
its a lot of fun seeing your boat being built to your desires.
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Since I haven't forwarded these pictures to Bruce yet, I'll catch up the build.
Here's gelcoat applied and hull being skinned with 1.5oz matt cloth. As stated before, we do use a resin gun to mix and apply the resin but NO chopper gun. Not that chopper guns are totally bad, but by using cloth from a roll we are guaranteed a consistent thickness. Plus, chopper guns make a heck of a mess.



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