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Swellmonster posted 01-29-2003 11:49 AM ET (US)   Profile for Swellmonster   Send Email to Swellmonster  
I just got done reading a shoot out of 4 different Walkarounds, one being the BW 255 conquest. All the boats had issues of when hatch doors were dropped, noisy hatch doors that would spook fish for miles around, except for the grady, which had hyraulic assist. "I replaced mine twice in a year then I got rid of em"
They also complained about whalers lack of freshwater washdown pressure/volume with only 800 psi, gradys was 1100....
The boat was horrible underpowered, either a single 225 or 250 opti, not getting on plane or staying till over 3200 rpms.
But they did marvel at the solid quiet and dry punch when hitting a 3 foot chop.
The Whalers test price was at $72Kish, and the Grady was 12K more, and they chose that one.
tully_mars posted 01-29-2003 09:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
Not very big thinkers those writers. All you need is $5.00 of foam tape to quiet the doors, and $12k added to the Whaler will give you twin power which performs great and gives you the reliability you need for long trips offshore.

Then, when you are at the same price as the GW it won't sink on you either.

The water pump? not noticed how 800 psi on my Conquest was a problem. Maybe they are using the wrong nozzle.

Tully Mars

kglinz posted 01-30-2003 12:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
I would expect most owners would install twins. The BW cataloge says a 225 is "Minimum HP to plane satisfactorily with a light load" Max HP is 450.
triblet posted 02-02-2003 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
EIGHT HUNDRED PSI!!!! That's gotta be wrong.
Typical home water pressure is about 50 PSI.
I know one ramp where the static pressure
is about 125PSI, till somebody flushes in the
bathroom, then it drops way down. (long pipe
to tank on hill top, no pressure regulator).

25 PSI would be adequate for washdown.


TheSkipper posted 02-03-2003 02:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for TheSkipper    
The article in Boating magazine states that the 800 gph pump on the Whaler was not strong enough. It also praised the 1,100 gph pump on the Grady.
Swellmonster posted 02-08-2003 11:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Sorry for the typo, gph is the right term.

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