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Guardian response to emails
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posted 02-24-2002 04:47 AM ET (US)
I thought I would post replies to personal emails I’ve received via the group. Before I start, I must stress that a good dealer is paramount! and I do not in anyway wish to bash anyone’s ride since these are just my observations and opinions based on my experiences.
We love our Guardian, it is our 2nd 22 (1st had twin 135’s) and this one is powered with a single 225 EFI (which dyno’d over 240 hp) not an Opti. It is just as fast, far more economical than the twins, and I find the boat rides better with less weight at the transom (but the twins do sound much better:( ). We average 12-15 gph at cruise and the boat is very functional for its intended use.
Having said that, we trailer the boat allover but primarily fish in the Pacific Northwest of Canada. We venture up to 40 miles offshore on good days, but 80% of our fishing is done within 10 miles from shore. The boat was ordered ‘as is’ from the factory with the exception of the downriggers and electronics, which along with the motors where rigged at M&P Mercury (Bill and Bob spent countless hours helping us go through options, Jay rigged the boat with care and attention to detail, and Daryl finished the fiberglass work to my finicky standards ). The little boat is IMO cosmetically perfect and one of the most seaworthy vessels around.
I did test the newer hulls but found they tended to bow steer in steep following and quartering seas, they also had too much freeboard to safely practice catch and release (I couldn’t reach the water). Other than that – I HATE WHITE GEL COAT and found they rode more like a sport sedan vs a true sports car in rough water. True, they are softer on the kidneys in a headsea, but IMO suck in all other sea states. Another big thing for me is planing at lower speeds - the newer designs require more horsepower to plane and didn’t plane as well at low speeds. Our boat does an honest 54 @ 5800 rpm (avg timed between milemarkers in both directions in a little wind chop), will easily handle any seas we’re willing to be in at honest 25 and will plane at 13.
Per the questions regarding commercials vs the “searay” whalers – IMO there is none.
posted 02-25-2002 12:10 PM ET (US)
Thank you Louie.
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