So hows she run? Sure looks pretty. 8.1 = fun. That is this size & power we are going for next time.
She runs great, but very different than any boat I have ever had (have owned boats from 18' to 32'). A few observations after one outing:
The VP DuoProp is awesome - The SX drive in my previous boat provided no steering when in reverse, but the DP drive is amazing for maneuvering around the docks. I had read about this, but had no idea how dramatically better it is. It also shifts very smoothly (noticeably smoother than the SX drives on my last 2 boats).
Bow Rise On Hole Shot - This boat has almost no bow rise when accelerating from a dead stop. It is confusing as I have always associated the bow dropping back down with coming on plane. This boat just seems to gather momentum in a very linear fashion. It also holds plane very well at lower speeds. This is w/o using the tabs.
Senstive To Trim Changes - It is super easy to dial in the trim as subtle changes have huge affects. Trimming up just a tad will cause a noticeable increase in MPH and RPM. I have never driven a boat that responds so dramatically to trim changes. In my last boat, I really had a hard time finding the sweet spot.
Long Legs - This boat loves to cruise fast. Once on plane, she just wants to "run". Seems like she runs best in the high 30s. We hit 51 on the GPS on a choppy/windy day w/o even trying. BoatTest says she will hit 60 MPH.
Accurate Speedo - The speedo matched the GPS perfectly. This is a first for me!
Lousy weather here, so no chance to use the boat or take photos.
Here are a few from the Survey.
The carpet is in good shape, but I might upgrade to that new sea grass product.
Stereo will get upgraded this summer (mostly to add Blue Tooth).
I will also likely have a one piece canvas cover made as she takes on water where the bow cover meets the cockpit cover. Also, it is really tough to reach over the windshield to snap the front of the cockpit cover and back of bow cover.
"I will also likely have a one piece canvas cover made as she takes on water where the bow cover meets the cockpit cover. Also, it is really tough to reach over the windshield to snap the front of the cockpit cover and back of bow cover."
I can relate to that. Just can't understand why builders won't ship with full covers instead of all those wretched snaps--and the leaks. Seems the labor cost of installing all the two-part snaps is extremely labor intensive. Also, the bow and cockpit covers leave the perimeter horizontal fiberglass surfaces unprotected.
Then, there is the damage to upholstery and whatever is in the storage areas when the water enters and doesn't dry out.
Have a great day of boating 2012 Monterey 224 FS, 300 HP Volvo Penta with catalytic converters
Sweet new ride Dock. By the way, that infinity flooring gets HHHHOOOOOTTTTTTT. I mean like burn your feet hot if exposed to the sun. Our plan was to put in the 410 last summer. Brought samples in to pick color. Put them on the dock for a few minutes and stepped on them with bare feet
2007 Tige 22i - Current 2000 Sea Ray 410 Express - Sold 2003 Sea Ray 320 Sundancer - Sold 2000 Four Wins 230 Horizon - Sold 2003 Rinker 250 Fiesta Vee - Sold 1999 Four Winns 205 Sundowner - Sold