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jjf posted 02-23-2005 10:57 AM ET (US)   Profile for jjf   Send Email to jjf  
Is it true:
a)the 26 Conquest is now the 275
b)the 28 Conquest was the 295

Is the newer 305 actually the 295?

Please help clarify this for me. The reason I ask is because the current 275 is smaller than I would like and the 305 is bigger than I can tow.

Is the 2002 295 for example sized between the current 275 & 305. If so this may be the ideal size for my needs.

kglinz posted 02-23-2005 12:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
a) True
b) True

The 305 is a totally different boat from the 28/295. The 305 is only 1' 5" longer and is the same beam. There's not much difference in weight. The hull is different and there are many other changes. If you don't want to tow a 305 then you wouldn't care to tow a 295.

jjf posted 02-23-2005 02:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for jjf  Send Email to jjf     

So, what are the specific differences in the 305 vs the 28/295 besides length. What are the hull differances. Why did Whaler phase it out?

kglinz posted 02-23-2005 03:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
The 305 has a full length keel instead of having the notched area at the transom. The batteries are further forward in on the 305. The seacocks are under the cockpit hatch and easier to reach on the 305. The 305 uses a diesel generator instead of a gasoline generator in the 295. I prefer the gunwell arangement on the 295. The gunwells on a 305 are narrower. You can store equipment under them on a 295. The canvas on a 305 can be rolled up and stored in the hardtop, but you don't have the handholds that you have on a 295. About $50K difference in price. Much nicer helm seat/leaning post on the 305. There's a lot of used 28/295s around, but do your homework on engines. I don't know why the 295 was phased out. Maybe because everyone else had a 30.

Kemp Lindsey

jjf posted 02-23-2005 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for jjf  Send Email to jjf     
Can anyone give feedback on the ride comparison between teh 28/295 and the 305?

I've sea tested the 275 and the 305 but not the 28/295.

handn posted 02-24-2005 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
I have a 305 but have never been out in 295 or earlier models.
I have heard that the earlier models with the notched keels don't ride very well in rough water. There is less hull, thus minimum planing speed must be greater and it is necessary to go faster than comfort speed in adverse sea conditions.
The 305 has a very efficient hull and will hold a plane at 14 knots even going into 3 foot chop, with whitecaps. It has what I would term a "luxury car" ride. I can't fault the handling in a following sea, beam sea or head sea. The autopilot will controll the boat in all but a huge following sea.
The 305 is most efficient when the engines are trimmed all the way in, putting lots of hull in the water. If the sea is rough and the wind blowing, the 305 is wetter than my old 23 Conquest and I would consider that the boats only serious fault. I have no idea if the earlier models share this trait.
Since they are new models, 305's are pricey. There are lots of 28 Conquests with Optimax power for sale at bargain prices.
Good luck

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