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TomO posted 07-14-2008 09:04 AM ET (US)   Profile for TomO   Send Email to TomO  
I am in the process of selling my Montauk for something that will help me deal with the rough water of the cheaspeake bay better as well as let me fish well into December without the current frostbite I get when I take the montauk out in the winter. I see some used 255 conquests with either a 225 or 250hp as power. Would this be enough power for this boat? My wife is also pushing me for a boat she could enjoy as well. Would the 235 be large enough for 2 adults and 3 children to enjoy a day on the water or will it be too tight.
Sal A posted 07-14-2008 09:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
I have been on both boats. I think the 235 Conquest is pretty close in useable space, and a nicer compromise nowadays. Trafficlawyer has a 255 COnquest, and I think it is a bot that probably needs the twins, and not a big single.

The 235 is a nice-riding boat. There is a used, low-hour one at Mccarthy's Marine for sale.

Maybe Whalertowne in the Chesapeake can give you a test ride?

kline posted 07-15-2008 11:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for kline  Send Email to kline     
I had a 255 Conquest with a single 250 Merc, 2 stroke. While the performance was ok, not great (it burned a lot of gas), backing her down was a nightmare. The 250 didn't seem to be enough weight on the stern and she always seemed to be bow down in the water. The 23' seems to be a good fit with a single. If you go with the 255 get the twins. Great layout and quality. I would recommend the fish package, make sure you get the pump outs for the fish boxes. My starboard box used to fill with rain water and you had to pull the plug in the box to drain it when on plane.
Just my opinions. Best of luck.
gorji posted 07-16-2008 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for gorji  Send Email to gorji     

I went from a Montauk to a 205 Eastport (now called Conquest).
I love my Eastport and so does my wife. My only regret was selling my Montauk. I should have kept it.


TRAFFICLAWYER posted 07-16-2008 11:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
The 255 needs twins, mine has 2x200 Yamahas hpdi's.

Without the gasketed fish box hatches water does get into the boxes. I gasketed mine.

TomO posted 07-21-2008 07:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomO  Send Email to TomO     
I found one with twin 150 opti's. Do you think it would be a good match? What gas consumption should I expect?
Sal A posted 07-21-2008 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
I would think that with the added drag of a second lower unit, that 300hp would be about the same as 250 hp in a single. Moderate performer. I would hold out for more hp with the 255 if that is your route.
bill4tuna posted 07-23-2008 04:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for bill4tuna  Send Email to bill4tuna     
I purchased a 2003 255 conquest sin motor. I ordered a 300hp etec. This boat requires a 30' shaft. Will this be enough power. I fish the pacific and don't want the extra weight and drag of a twin.
Greg_B posted 07-23-2008 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Greg_B  Send Email to Greg_B     
Did you sell the Montauk? Is it listed somewhere to take a look?
good_enough posted 07-23-2008 08:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for good_enough  Send Email to good_enough     

you can find performance data for CQ255 powered with twin 150 Opti's, single 225 and 150 Verado's right here
(BW Site).

Good luck.

TomO posted 07-24-2008 09:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for TomO  Send Email to TomO     
The montauk is still for sale.
jollyrog305 posted 07-28-2008 08:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for jollyrog305    
IMO – go with the 255. The added creature comforts in the cabin will pay off (especially with kids). The table alone would have sold me between the two. Any place where the kids can get out of the sun and play games, color, etc is worth the extra $ (to me at least). It’s been my personal experience that if the kids are happy, mommas happy…everyone is happy. My wife and I seriously considered a 255, but wanted something we (a family of 5) could overnight on if we wanted to. I have been on both the 235 and 255 (twins) and thought the power was excellent for each. I personally like the transom on the 255 better – no “bump out” and has a walk-thru door. (As Sal suggested), Call Whalertowne – they are great and might be able to help.

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