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Old 05-06-2020, 01:32 PM
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I am seeking advice from Cutwater owners. We all know that Ranger and Cutwater are similar. Both boats are made by the same company and have similar design elements. The BIG difference that I see is the hull design. Who does not want to cruise at 20-25 knots with a 30 foot boat equipped with only one efficient Diesel engine. What I have learned over the years is that design changes usually solve one problem (in this case speed) but will usually create another. It is true that the Cutwater is a planning hull. Given that you get speed but may sacrifice stability, control and possible overall ride characteristics. If you are a Cutwater owner can you tell me how your boat handles full of people and gear or in heavy weather? Better yet if you have experience riding on Rangers and Cutwaters what are the real differences in your opinion? I was told by a Cutwater/Ranger sales rep that more trim tab adjustments are required on the Cutwater vs. Ranger Tug which is more of a “Set it and Forget it” approach. I am fairly experienced and don’t mind some adjustments but I am also a fisherman and want a West Coast style bait tank on my boat. I am wondering what the performance of the Cutwater will be with that added weight in the swim step. Thanks in advance for your consideration.
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I’ve got a 2018 Cutwater 30-CB. 435hp.
I fish and cruise in So Cal. While 20 knots is very doable, 25 is well beyond its capability. I top out about 22+ knots at WOT.
I’ve got a 38 gal bait tank on the swimstep. It’s a good size for the boat. I removed the storage box and put it on the centerline. I wouldn’t want it off to the port side. Too much weight in the corner.


With a full tank of fuel and bait, I have to adjust the trim tabs down considerably. And I’m getting about 1 mpg. Without the extra 300# of water in the tank, I get about 1.15-1.2 mpg. i usually run at 18 knots+- if the sea agrees. It’s definitely a planing hull. It rides well in the typical waters we have here. Even when sloppy. I’ve not been in “rough” waters with it.
I haven’t been on a Ranger. But it’s a tug. Very similar on top. But the bottom? I imagine the “set it and forget it” is all about going 10-12 knots with a deep vee hull. Probably better economy, if you have the time.
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BTW, the tank comes off with 4 screws and a hose connection. To get access to the gen set under the seat.
it just slides back out of the way.
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Thank you so very much for your reply. I saw one other Cutwater with a bait tank your size on the port corner of the swim step. Based on my experience with a 27 foot Regal which has a similar hull design that did not seem like a good idea and you have confirmed that. May I ask what you did with the LP containers in the storage tank that you removed? Also, was it difficult removing the storage container itself? Lastly, by the way nice looking bait tank with the chrome rod holders.

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