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  1. brclark82

    New 277 vs 297

    Well I took them both for a test drive recently and thought I would put my findings here in case someone is searching for info in the future. The 277 was equipped with the Volvo 380HP EVC and the 297 was equipped with the Volvo 430HP EVC. First impression was that the 297 was SIGNIFICANTLY larger feeling than the 277. This was both good and bad. I have always owned smaller boats and have never driven a boat looking thru the windshield. On the 297, even sitting up on the bolster, it was difficult for me to see over the windshield. I needed to stand up to see over, otherwise the large frame was right in the middle of my field of view. On the 277, when up on the bolster I looked right over the windshield like normal. The double wide helm seat as well as the very tall/large windshield gave the feeling of driving a much larger boat on the 297. Even with 50 less HP, the 277 was a much more responsive/nimble ride. This thing was a straight rocket from anywhere in the RPM band including awesome hole shot. EVC is the sh!t, they were both also equipped with active trim assist which worked great too. I feel like I would much rather be driving this boat on a daily basis, especially during any watersports activities. The hardtop on the 297 definitely does wobble like some have mentioned on this forum before, but it seems designed for it and isn't a huge deal to me. The size of the coverage from the hardtop vs the tower/bimini combo on the 277 is a huge plus for me, not to mention my least favorite part of boat day is putting the bimini back in the boot at the end of the day and with 2 kids under 4 years old we always have to have the shade. 297 pros: Hardtop option, a noticeably larger boat (handle rough water better, more space/storage) 297 cons: not as nimble for watersports activities, $20k more The design/features/amenities are almost identical between the 2 boats so the test drive was mainly to find out if the 297 actually felt like a big difference on the water. I can say with certainty after driving them back to back that the 297 is a different much larger handling boat.
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    H20 center bow cushion

    The 21’ H2O filler cushion is about $250 from Chap, the 19’ didn’t have a factory filler cushion option. I’m not sure if the one the dealer is selling is custom and that’s why it’s so expensive or what, but I would check that there is some some of lip or support for the cushion to sit on even if you do find one since it was never actually offered from Chap. Good luck
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    I was more offended to day. By Home Despot.

    Meh, I prefer self check out
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    This was NOT me btw
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    Totally spaced and forgot I had a 30ft long trailer and 6k lbs back there https://www.lakeexpo.com/boating/boat_crashes/trailered-boat-crashes-through-fence-over-retaining-wall-in-osage/article_c0b16b74-49bf-11e9-841d-9bce9ca742a3.html?fbclid=IwAR1tlSNbR9-GdszanvM31K4a4Xrh6V-lX9OB7CWpai_XZ-8IHd9k6eOl0lI
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    Am I the only one offended ?

    If you are referring to making a purchase and not getting a receipt I have noticed a lot of places give you the option of paper or email, but I don't believe I've encountered one yet that won't do it if you ask.
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    What Cruiser Would You Buy?

    The MSRP on a 350 coupe with just a couple basic options is north of $500k so that $400k you see is probably closer to reality than you think... crazy isn't it?
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    What Cruiser Would You Buy?

    I saw the Sundancer 320 last weekend at a show. Love the side walk thru to the open bow seating. Much better than the sunpad on the closed bow, much more useful for how and where we would use it, and still had over 6' headroom in the cabin. $350k Although that transom wet bar/grill is pretty money, I would really miss rear facing seating there while on the hook.
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    2018 21 H2O mooring cover

    What you are saying is exactly the decision you are going to have to make. You have 2 options 1) You can ratchet down the cover before you drop the tower and the cover will stay on, but the entire weight of the tower will resting on an unsupported part of the cover. This will stretch and possible tear the cover over time. You may just have to replace the cover more often that you want, especially at $500-700. 2) You can decide to just cover the boat and not ratchet the cover tight (you may have to not hook it around the swim platform at all). This would allow the arch to come all the way down and push the cover with it since it wouldn't be tight. It wouldn't be as tight of a fit, but if you velcro around the tower and use the tie downs on the transom hooks it would keep the boat pretty well covered with much less (if any) pressure on the cover itself. I would try option 2 first and see if it covers it well enough for your liking. If so, perfect. If not I guess you are just going to have to let the arch rest on the cover and hope it doesn't wear out too fast. Good luck!
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    2018 21 H2O mooring cover

    I was thinking about how to do that...I can’t come up with a good way. Maybe something on top of both gunwales after the cover is on but not sure. It couldn’t be in the cockpit without cutting a hole in the cover
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    2018 21 H2O mooring cover

    You do have to install the cover before you lower the tower. The cover Chap includes (if that’s what you ordered) is very nice and fits perfectly, ratchets nice and tight. The problem is that the tower folds lower than the cover, so there will be considerable pressure on the cover from the tower in the lowered position. This particular tower is pretty heavy too so this way of storing it will stretch/tear and wear out your cover in little time.
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    COBALT dont believe the hype

    I don’t like the layout or finishes of any of the Cobalt bow riders (R3/5/7) but they ride nice and look real pretty from the outside
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    New 277 vs 297

    Yeah, lots of Tritoons at the lake these days. Most of them have a 9.5 or 10’ beam so not really trailerable. I saw a nice fiberglass one with 2x 250’s and joystick for about $120k We looked at them and not really our thing, but not a bad idea. Thanks
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    Gas shocks

    Those parts guides are awesome, it was pretty irritating when they took everything newer than 2013 off the site last year I wish I would have saved the file for my boat before they were taken off. It says ask your dealer but they aren’t just gonna email me the pdf and honestly sometimes I just like to look at certain schematics to learn more even when I don’t actually need anything.
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    Sea Story To Share

    That’s scary stuff, especially with kids on board A couple years ago on LOTO I was leaving a restaurant at a very busy part of the lake. As I was leaving I was being very cautious as there was a 40’ Sundancer plowing thru directly between me and where I needed to get. Just as the wake was about to hit the bow I was setup to take it at a 45 and then get the #$^% out of dodge, when a 30’ Baja came flying about 60+ mph and jumped the cruisers wake literally 10 ft in front of us. I’m guessing he never saw our little boat and we were lucky there wasn’t a collision. Well long story short, the Baja wake was at the perfect distance behind the other that when my bow dipped from the cruiser wake it plowed right into the second one and let’s just say I was lucky we weren’t swimming to shore. I had some friends still at the dock that saw it happen and said my entire boat disappeared after the impact, and thought they were gonna be retrieving us from the water.