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posted 03-06-2005 08:29 PM ET (US)
Just found this site while vacationing in Marco island, FL. Ordered a 2005 Nantucket with Optimax 135 to be built April 4, 2005.
Asking people I have met here they all say similar things...go 4 cycle better engine, optimal will be dated as soon as I buy it, days are limited befire government will stop allowing, dealer said Optimax faster, economocal, and a better engine cheaper to operate!! Who is correct??
second question How does the Nantucket ride..answer I have been getting is stiff and water pours over the bow. They say get a Grady hite...Tell me the facts while there is still time. I bought a Montauk in August with a 90 hp Mercury and it was eaten by Ivan the Terrible.. Thanks Doc
posted 03-06-2005 10:48 PM ET (US)
Ignore all those Grady folks. The Nantucket is a fine boat, no need to worry about water pouring over the bow in normal conditions. Were you planning on taking the boat out into 6 foot waves? I have seen a Nantucket do just fine is 3 to 4 footers, not the most comfy ride in the world but the boat can take a lot more than you. The 135 Opti should do fine but if you can swing it, I would trade up to the 150. It's no more weight on the transom and a bit more power.
If you have questions, ask away. Don't forget to do a search of the forum, I believe there were a few threads on the differences between the Montauk and the Nantucket.
posted 03-07-2005 01:22 AM ET (US)
Doc, I won't get into the design limitations of ANY 19' boat (even a Whaler) but you can imagine that a 19' hull will only ride smooth up to a point. I use my 170 Montauk in big water out to about 23 miles. Its bumpy going in the ocean with winds over about 15mph and we do take some water over the bow starting at about 20mph depending on what the swell is like. I made an all-day trip like this yesterday and today feel like I was hit by a Mack truck. I am likely using the 170 beyond its expected/intended useage though - who knows. I'm sure the Nantucket would be a little better in these conditions but only about 2' better (no pun intended).
posted 03-07-2005 10:31 AM ET (US)
I have a 2004 Nantucket with the 135 Opti. I have had no problems with the package. The performance with the 135 is great. I like the opti better than any motor I have owned (Johnson or Evinrude).
As far as roughr seas I'm happy with the boat's performance. I did a great deal of Striper fishing this past fall and went out in rougher water than I do in the summer. I did not experience any water "pouring" over the bow. There will be some spray in rough water in any center console. The rig trailers well and performs beyond my expectations.
posted 03-07-2005 09:04 PM ET (US)
Check out some pictures of the 18/19 foot Outrage family from a classic 18 Outrage, to the 19 Outrage and finally the Nantucket.
posted 03-08-2005 07:26 AM ET (US)
I have an '04 with 115 2stroke. wish it was an optimax.
Optimax is the way to go. You get 2stroke performance with 4stroke economy, quiet, etc.
posted 03-08-2005 09:46 AM ET (US)
Sorry that I am just getting back to your e-mail...my 2005 Nantucket was just delivered from the factory to the dealer this week...150 HP Optimax equipped, gps, and VHF radio installed. At the advice of others (experts) on this forum, I purchased the bimini top from Mills; BW leaning post, BW bow cushion and BW factory covers for the console and leaning post. Will provide pictures once the ice melts...respond with any questions and I will gladly reply.
posted 03-12-2005 02:11 AM ET (US)
An open boat will take water over the bow in rough conditions. The good thing about the Nantucket and Whalers is that when they do they don't Deep Six. Further, the self draining cockpit, and excllent handling make the Nantucket a real winner. I really like my Nantucket.
posted 03-12-2005 05:28 AM ET (US)
I really enjoy my Nantucket. I have taken water over the bow as I crashed into a wave coming out of an inlet. The Nantucket self-bailed quickly. The interioir room/layout make this boat very large for a 19 foot boat. The hull tracks well and gives you a commanding feel of the boat. I did a few donuts on my boat in December with its new, more powerful engine on the back; no skipping.
posted 03-12-2005 11:50 PM ET (US)
Have the 2004 Version Nantucket, and you won't be dissapointed!I didnt take on water even at last years teaparty in 3-4 foot swirl! I got sprayed for 2 hours and half, but never took on any water:)))
Sal, email me about the donuts and the repower, Hope your good:) Any chance you can swing down for the Chestertowne Tea Party end of May? You woudl love it!!! Anyother Nantuckets wanna do the Teaparty?
posted 03-13-2005 02:19 AM ET (US)
Sal, what's a donut?
posted 03-13-2005 05:42 AM ET (US)
Yiddil, I'll check the calender.....that soundls like a good time. I would have to come by water the whole way as I don't have a trailer.
Erik, a donut is turning your wheel alternatively each way, while the boat has attained a good amount of speed. Like making a 'donut' or a 'figure 8' in the water. The hull tracks well and the back does not skip out. Hope you are still catching them.....
posted 03-13-2005 07:04 AM ET (US)
Thanks for explaining Sal.
Haven't been able to catch much fish lately. It's been more than 5 weeks now since I have been out. It's been a terrible winter over here with record freezing temperatures and snowfall....but forecasts are looking better for the next week and they're even predicting 20° (Celsius) for next weekend. Talk about a big temperature swing. From -15°C last weekend to +20°C next weekend....I don't think the fish will appreciate it, but I will.:-)
posted 03-13-2005 10:58 AM ET (US)
That's a good 200+ miles by water if you go down the coast, up delaware bay / river, through the canal, down the Ches Bay and up the Chester river. I would sugges driving and getting rides on some of the boats we have down here. Either way, I suggest you come down.
posted 03-13-2005 06:35 PM ET (US)
We all need the water and a warm breeze. I hope you guys are all doing well.
posted 03-15-2005 11:30 PM ET (US)
SAL, GEta darn Trailer!!!!
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