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Nantucket vs 240 Outrage vs Classic 18
|Author||Topic: Nantucket vs 240 Outrage vs Classic 18|
posted 12-12-2004 11:22 PM ET (US)
As most of you know I have a 1987 18 Outrage. I was looking at a Nantucket this time last year but for cost and experience reasons I choose the 18 Outrage. I am considering move up to a 240 mostly for the comfort factor of the folks who boat with me. I know that ptortora has gone from a Nantucket to a 240 to a 305 Conquest. I was looking to see if other forum members might have stories to share, especially around the ride in the 240 vs some of the other whalers you have been in.
My reasons for looking at the 240 and not the 210 are a head and twins. I probably will boat more down toward the bay with the larger boat and offer my passengers more comfort. I had a fantastic ride on a 240 at Whalertownes last event, powered by twin 150HP Optis she really flew. Taking waves that would have scared me back to port in my 18. Had I had more hours on her under my belt and used the trim tabs I think her ride would have smoothed out a lot in the chop.
posted 12-13-2004 04:11 PM ET (US)
From a designer's eye, it's all about proportion, length to freeboard, and I think the 320 has the best lines of this Outrage series of three hulls. The 240 is either a "scrunched up" 320, or a 320 is stretched 240. It's simply a matter of how YOU see it.
I'll leave it at that.
posted 12-13-2004 06:50 PM ET (US)
I know from looking at the 270 and 240 most if not all of the extra length is in the bow area. The stern section behind the console is almost identical. Not sure about the 320 but I will take my tape measure to the Baltimore boat show and check.
posted 12-13-2004 11:10 PM ET (US)
I can only comment on the older 240 Outrage 1994-1998. My boat is an open transom with 250 Yamaha and a 9.9 kicker and runs 45 WOT at half tank (100gal) of fuel. The boat offers a very good ride in all sea conditions. The built- in trim tabs give you the ability to force the bow down in choppy conditions and really smooth out the ride. An 8'6" beam along with a fairly wide chine make the boat very stable at rest, a pleasure to fish from. I would definately consider it a "Big Boat" ride compared to the 18 Outrage.
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