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tully_mars posted 10-04-2003 11:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for tully_mars   Send Email to tully_mars  
Was wondering if there were any opinions on this boat from any forum owners. How do you like it? Would you buy it again? Was it worth it?

Just curious as to me the boat seems great for the size especially with the mid-cabin option of being able to sleep others comfortably.


kglinz posted 10-05-2003 11:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
I have a 28/295 Conquest and looked at the 26 when it first came out. We are very pleased with our boat. We live on it at least 3 months each year. Of course all boats are a compromise. Our big decision was trailerable or not. Living 600 miles from the start of our "cruising grounds" I chose trailable. Next choice: under 8'6" beam or permits. If you need permits you can just about go as big as you can tow. When looking at a 26 and pricing it with all the options, that were standard equipment on the 28, there was little difference in price. Both boats are in my opinion great boats. I would certainly do it again.
Kemp Lindsey / Boise,ID
DaveH posted 10-05-2003 01:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveH  Send Email to DaveH     
What's going on? Has the two-foot-itis got you, man? I hope that's covered by insurance. ;-)
NoviceWhaler posted 10-06-2003 08:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for NoviceWhaler  Send Email to NoviceWhaler     
Tully's got the bug again...
tully_mars posted 10-06-2003 06:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
Email me and I will send you details, but I have a chance to get a 275 at a really good deal. The cabin area would do me great wonders for the family to be able to spend weekends at the beach with the mid cabin, and this 275 has most all the options. As much as I like my 23, I can only imagine how good the bigger ones are. I just wanted to hear from a few if they were just as good.

I have found some great articles on the 26-28 Conquests on the net that have really sung some major praises about these boats. All what we know of course, but I was pleasantly surprised at the reviews.

No 28's available with this opportunity, but really do think a 275 would hold me for quite a while.


dhlaw posted 10-06-2003 06:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for dhlaw  Send Email to dhlaw     
what kind of money is a good deal?? I have had a few offers on my 28 but am not sure what I would take. I am curious to see what they are going for.
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 10-06-2003 10:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
No complaints about the 255 although wife would have liked bit more of a galley setup with airconditioning.
DaveH posted 10-07-2003 10:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for DaveH  Send Email to DaveH     
When looking over the 275 at a boat show, the advantages I noticed over the 255 were:
* The availability of factory A/C. As a southern boater I'm sure you can appreciate this.
* Real galley space
* Real head (porcelain bowl)with Vacu flush option. Your wife is going to appreciate this more than anything
* 9-1/2 foot beam really opens up space in the cabin

The diadvantages were:
* 9-1/2' beam requires permitting in most states for an oversized trailer.
* A/C is only runs on shore power from my recollection.
* Bow access is more difficult without large toe rail of the 255. This may be a moot point depending on gunnel width. From my memory, I recall the hand rail positions of the 275 not being in an ideal location near the windshield area.
* There was some discussion of the hard top welds coming loose but that would be rectified by a factory fix adding a brace plate (check out some older threads)

I am sorry I cannot give you any real information on the ride but there are a few 275 owners on this site.

I hope your potential 275 has the "cruising package" (A/C, water heater, Vacuflush, shore power, stove and microwave)) and the remote operated anchor windlass. They would be required for this type of boat in my mind to get the most out of it. Good Luck.

tully_mars posted 10-07-2003 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
This 275 does have the cruising package, but I was not sure if A/C is included in this package.

This is a leftover from 2002 with twin Yamaha F200's. I am able to move my boat for what I have in it plus the reduced cost of a leftover boat. The opportunity to get the Yamaha's on a big Whaler are one of the more intriguing things to me. Plus, it should get better mpg than my current setup.

Tully Mars

kglinz posted 10-07-2003 12:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
Sounds like a great boat. I like the power. I had Optis and took them off. The hardtops were redesigned and I haven't heard any problems since 2000. The A/C is ac powered and I don't think a generator is offered. My A/C draws 8 Amps / 18 amps on startup.
JoeyP posted 10-07-2003 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for JoeyP  Send Email to JoeyP     
I can tell you most everything you want to know. I've had this boat for almost two seasons now. Give me an e-mail.

Overall, I like the boat very much. The layout for that size boat is no doubt one of the best.

DaveH posted 10-07-2003 05:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveH  Send Email to DaveH     

Let me correct myself. The Cruising Package did not include A/C. It was a stand alone option. No generator was offered by the factory.

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 10-08-2003 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
sounds like a great package with the f200's.
diveorfish posted 10-15-2003 04:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
Is this a trailerable boat at 9'7"? Also, how much are they?
kglinz posted 10-22-2003 12:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
Did you buy it.
tully_mars posted 10-22-2003 06:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
Pick the boat up on Friday, updates to follow. Now a name, should I use Ofishally Hooked II or Pier Pressure.

I feel peer pressure all the time when I look at a lot of other boats around (especially this one), but it is quite relieved now.


diveorfish posted 10-23-2003 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
Congratulations on your new boat! Oh God, I think it is happening to me! Somebody please help! Ever since I read this thread, I believe I’m in the early stages of the “two footies” and the affliction is rapidly overtaking me. There is also a 275 for sale in my area and I even looked at it. That 275 is one sweet vessel! My earlier post regarding the price and towability was more than just idle curiosity. Now that you have taken the plunge, following in your footsteps becomes that much more reasonable. Now with a young child, a cabin boat is becoming attractive.

Also, What did you do with your 23? Are you going to slip the new boat?

DaveH posted 10-23-2003 11:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for DaveH  Send Email to DaveH     
Moe posted 10-23-2003 12:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Congratulations, Tully! We got to go aboard one and really liked the layout, especially the mid-cabin berth. And as Dave said, the wife loved the galley and head. It's a beautiful boat with the traditional straight sheer line. FWIW, I vote for Pier Pressure.


tully_mars posted 10-23-2003 07:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
Thanks all!

It sure looks like a few of you here are feeling some Pier Pressure too, so maybe that is what the name will be.

The Conquest 23 is for sale at MarineMax Killinger Marine in Gulf Shores, AL. You could say it was a trade-in deal I could not refuse and will probably not see the likes of again. So if anyone wants a fully rigged high tech great condition Boston Whaler, there it is. (Radar, Color LCD FF, Stereo, Remote spot light, Garmin DGPS)

They were great at Killinger, so I have to plug the boat.

It will be slifted (slip w/ lift) in Orange Beach ready to go on the weekends. If anyone sees me just wave me down. It hits the water tomorrow.

The mid-cabin was a big attraction for me too, a great family boat. Now we can stay at the beach over the weekends and stay at all kinds of great places. As Boston Whaler has always impressed me with there ingenuity, I think the 275 is one of the most ingenious designs they have had yet. I don't think there is a much better way to think out just about everything like they did.

As many SKA Contender 27's and 31's there are running up and down the road without trailer permits, I could probably go unnoticed with this boat too.


tully_mars posted 10-27-2003 03:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
Ok here are the performance numbers:

Top Speed: 44 mph @ 5800 RPM
Cruise at 4100 RPM, Speed 30 MPH, MPG 1.8

The boat handles great and will still turn on a dime. Planes at no problem with 3/4 throttle and takes a 3 foot sea pretty dry.

And at cruise you can talk normally just fine over the very low sound of the Yamaha F200's.


kglinz posted 10-27-2003 04:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
Congratulations on the boat. I know you will be pleased.
Kemp Lindsey
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 10-27-2003 08:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Good Luck with the new boat!!

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