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Old 01-16-2018, 01:43 PM
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Default Judge 36 Chesapeake with Twin Outboard Review Part 1 Overview

Over the last 2 seasons, I've had the pleasure of owning a Judge 36 Chesapeake with twin Suzuki 300's and I have to say it has been a fantastic journey.

I've decided that I would like to write a review based on my experience and hopefully if someone is in the market it will assist them in making an informed decision.

Specifications
Length w/o swim platform & motors - 36'
Length w/ swim platform & motors - 40'
Beam - 12'
Draft - 17"
Approximate weight - 14,000 lbs.

Overview

Judge Yachts is boat builder located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland who specializes in building customizable boats that reflect that wants and needs of their owners. It was important when building this boat that both my wife and I were able to give input as to the key features that we wanted to be included. For me, my focus was on fishing, which resulted in additional in tackle boxes, rod storage and drawers being added. For my wife, she wanted a galley as well as a functional layout that would allow us to enjoy the boat for rafting up around the bay. The one request that she had which I thought was ridiculous at the time was the need to have a drawer with a trash can, I can honestly say that it was one of the best things we had installed on the boat. This level of customization allowed my wife and I to build a one of a kind boat that met our needs and has allowed our family to create amazing memories over the last 2 years.

Here are some of the key features we selected that makes our boat unique
  • Rear back wall with sliding door
  • Ultraleather Upholstery
  • Fusion stereo system with JL Audio amps and speakers/subwoofer
  • Additional tackle storage
  • 32" TV in berth with HD over the air tuner
  • Westerbeke generator
  • Furuno electronics

The following two pictures are from the day I took delivery. I can tell you I still get just as excited today as I did the first day I get behind the helm.
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Default Judge 36 Chesapeake with Twin Outboard Review Part 2 The Build

The Build

While the design and decision process is awesome, I can tell you the build process might be one of the toughest parts to endure. With that being said I can tell you that at the end of the day the juice was worth the squeeze, we ended up with one hell of a boat.

So let's get down to the details, we started the build process in November and through some type of miracle we took delivery of the boat on May 13th which is our sons birthday. Throughout the process Bill assist you with the layout of the boat as well as the fit and finish of many of the key components. We had the opportunity to choose our electronics, motors, upholstery color, placement of drawers and cabinets, swim platform, ladder placement, number of rod holders as well as where we wanted the cup holders. Bill throughout the process will update you on the process and if they have a question they will give you a call.

While waiting sucks, I can tell you that the build process is a lot of fun. Multiple times throughout the process my family took the trip to Denton and we had the opportunity to see the boat being built. Another cool aspect of the build process was letting my father make the cabinet doors for the galley and working with Bill on creating the final product. My wife wanted the galley to be all teak and she also wanted it to have a very custom feel. My dad being on of the most talented men I know said he would make the cabinet doors for us which was another fun process in itself. This is the intimate level of detail and customization that ultimately led me to purchasing a Judge.

My recommendation to anyone thinking of purchasing a custom built boat is to approach it like purchasing a home. Have a clear picture of the items you can't live without and the items which you believe you can add later. The benefit of working with the builder is you have the ability to take the boat back down the line and have things added.

For some strange reason I can't find many of the build picture photo's but I will hunt them down sooner or later. The following are some pictures of the build process and stay tuned for the Part 3.
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Old 01-16-2018, 06:53 PM
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What a boat!
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That is a very beautiful vessel you have there, I'm sure she will give you years of pleasure!!!
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Beautiful boat. Congrats!
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Old 01-17-2018, 06:24 AM
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Love your boat! Well finished and extremely versatile!
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Need more picts!
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great looking boat. congrats
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Love it! Have you taken it on any offshore adventures? Judge builds amazing boats... just wondering on how the deadrise handles outside bay. I.e. 50+ miles off shore? Can't wait to see more pics.
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Fantastic bay boat. Huge cockpit for 10 or your friends and family.

What are the performance numbers?

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I like that the owner (and friend) just HAD to take a trip to the southern tip of Maryland to fish for another species beside Striped Bass. We took the run from the Severn River to Point Lookout in complete comfort and hooked a cobia.

What a sweet ride. I can't believe the "get up and go" on either the twin outboards or single diesel Judge 36.

What a platform for the bay.
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A sweet ride for sure
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Great write up thanks for sharing. Beautiful boat love the color and lines.
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Default Judge 36 Chesapeake with Twin Outboard Review Part 3 Performance

Over the last 3 years of owning my 36 Chesapeake I hear the same to things...1st is that is a beautiful boat...2nd what type of performance numbers are you getting. My response is typically always the same...Thank you very much and man that is a loaded question because it depends on so many factors.

Let me start by talking about why I chose Suzuki over Yamaha or Mercury. As many of you are aware Bill typically runs his boats with Suzuki but before I purchased my 1st Judge I was a Yamaha guy. My 1st boat was a Sea Hunt 234 Ultra with a Yamaha 200 and man that boat was fun, I never had any issues with the motor and overall the fuel economy was good. When getting ready to build my 1st Judge I started to price out Yamaha motors and when I got the pricing back it was significantly higher than Suzuki in same cases by over $5K. I started to do some research on my own and based off the information that I reviewed I felt extremely comfortable running my boat with Suzuki motors. In the 4 years that I've owned the DF300s I've only had one issue which was a faulty O2 sensor which was under warranty and easily replaced. The oil, spark plugs and other parts are very reasonably priced and overall the motors are very easy to work on. With all that being sad Bill will hang pretty much any motor you want on the boat, it is entirely your choice on what you want to run and at the end of the day I think it is nice to have the flexibility.

So lets get down to the numbers. Typically I have 4 people on the boa and I typically keep about 100 to 150 gallons on the boat at all times with the exception of a few rare occasions. Normally I like to cruise at about 27 to 28 knots and based off that speed I'm burning anywhere from 22 to 25 gallons per hour. There are those instances where I want to get someplace in a hurry and I forget about the cost of fuel, when that happens I can get her to push 38 knots but my fuel consumption gets thrown out the window and I typically get dirty look from my wife...She also sees $$$ blowing in the wind!

On quick item I wanted to cover is Suzuki does have a trolling function that allows you to increase your RPM's by 50 each time you hit the button. This is a great feature which I use on a very consistent basis.

I will be the 1st to tell you the boat is plenty fast but I also don't get into the numbers that much. I love to fish and I love the boat and most of the time I never look at the numbers, I'm having to much fun on the water enjoying the time I get to hang out with family and friends.

Let me end this section by saying that I've been extremely happy with my Suzuki's and overall I wouldn't change a thing...that is a lie, I would purchase the new Suzuki 350's...but that's it.

Here are a few pictures of the boat running...
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I can attest to how well this boat runs with these Zukes hanging off the transom! I’d have zero qualms about buying a boat rigged with Suzukis.
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Good stuff Lawrence! I will own a 36 one day.
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Couple questions...

How many RPM’s are you turning @ that stated 27kt cruise speed ?

What does Bill use for coring material ? Are those bulkheads shown in the build picture wood or foam cored ?

How is visibility @ cruise ? Is she bow high coming on plane or come up fairly level ?

Head room at the helm ?

Thanks a bunch 👍🏻
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Boats are wood free. Carbon core is shown.

Hulls run very level without a lot of bow rise.

Their is plenty of headroom. Bill Judge is like 6’4” so he builds with nice headroom

Here are statistics running on a 20kn wind day in eastern bay in a tight chop.
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Good info there...thanks, love it.

Would love to get a ride
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Originally Posted by Luminary View Post
Couple questions...

How many RPM’s are you turning @ that stated 27kt cruise speed ?

What does Bill use for coring material ? Are those bulkheads shown in the build picture wood or foam cored ?

How is visibility @ cruise ? Is she bow high coming on plane or come up fairly level ?

Head room at the helm ?

Thanks a bunch 👍🏻
In regards to the RPM I want to say I’m somewhere around 4200 give or take.

Greg is correct the boat is wood free with the exception of the team trim for the finish.

Lastly visibility is great even when you come up on plane and visibility while running is fantastic when standing or sitting.

If you ever want to go out hit me up on a PM, we can make it happen.

Have a great night and let me know if you have any additional questions.
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