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Herc55
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Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:04 pm
Looking at the used contender market. I like the 27T and everything i have read on them. Any one on here own one, if so what setups are you running, fuel mileage, handling, likes dislikes, anything you would do different ie next size up or down.
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Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:10 pm
I have the 25 Open (28' LOA) and love it. Built very well and is designed to fish not go cruising which is perfect for us.
They are light in the bow and if you load up the stern with big engines, full live well and 4 fat guys you will need use your trim tabs to keep the nose down.
We fish the river to the stream in it and it's never let us down.
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Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:12 pm
The older contenders are bow light. A lot of guys once they move to four strokes put a few hundred pounds of sand up front to help keep the bow down. Fuel tanks seem to be a big problem on the older boats so that's about the biggest concern from what I've seen. The 30T might be a better boat if you want something a little longer.
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Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:19 am
I have heard about the bow being light. I was tinkering with the thought of a single mercury 450 on the back. Which is around 700lbs rigged. Or the new merc 250 v8s.
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I have a 2004 27 contender, 30ft boat. Repowered with 200 suzuki's and love it. I use the large front fish box for ice/fish. I use a small amount of tab when running in normal conditions and increase as it gets rougher. Usually burn about 75 to 80 gallons on a normal stream trip. Boat will run 50 mph loaded with the 200's, but conditions in the open ocean rarely allow for that. Inspect the tanks as thoroughly as possible, and figure new tanks in your "3 to 5 year" budget. If they dont have to be replaced by then, you are ahead of where you expected to be.
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Herc55
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Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:25 pm
FullSpecdrum wrote:
I have a 2004 27 contender, 30ft boat. Repowered with 200 suzuki's and love it. I use the large front fish box for ice/fish. I use a small amount of tab when running in normal conditions and increase as it gets rougher. Usually burn about 75 to 80 gallons on a normal stream trip. Boat will run 50 mph loaded with the 200's, but conditions in the open ocean rarely allow for that. Inspect the tanks as thoroughly as possible, and figure new tanks in your "3 to 5 year" budget. If they dont have to be replaced by then, you are ahead of where you expected to be.
Thanks for the info! What's your normal running speed in the 2-4s we normally see out here. How does it handle that?
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Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:00 pm
2-4 at say 8 seconds or so... probably run about 28 to 32 knots. Give or take based on exact conditions. If the are tight, you'll be in the 15 to 22 knot range, but that's pretty sloppy seas.
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Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:57 am
The 27T and the older 27 open are not the same in anyway past the loa. The 27T now 30T is wider and much better balanced for the bigger 4strokes. Loaded the 30T with 325 gallons of fuel 400# of ice and 4 peoeple for a NE canyon trip runs 1.1-1.2 at 40mph It will run 1.4-1.5 at 33-35 in moderate seas. The boat I fish has twin 300's and is run faster on all trips. A run to the edge is 100-110 miles and a 10hr day of trolling with idling overnight last trip was 230 gallons total.
The 27 open with the 8'10" beam might be a touch better on fuel if you can get the thing to run as flat. It runs well with big power but can run in the 45-47 range with a pair of 175 suzukis. 200's or the new 225 mercs that are lightweight would be the best way to go on the open hull. It would be fast enough to take advantage of the hull's design and not be so ass heavy
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