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sideshow posted 03-28-2005 02:08 AM ET (US)   Profile for sideshow   Send Email to sideshow  
Can't decide between these two models. Apart from the obvious differences, can somebody give me a comparison in the ride differences between these two models.
bluewaterpirate posted 03-28-2005 10:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
The 255 is designed on the new hull notice the rise midships that gives the 255 a distinct look. Weight 255 (4900 lbs) is about 1300lbs less than the 275 (6200 lbs), beam on the 255 is 8'9' on the 275 9'7". Gas capacity is 150 on the 255 & 192 on the 275. I've fished from both & I would say I liked the 255 with the twin 150's Opti's better than the 275 with twin 225 Opti's.

Check the Whaler site out for performance data on both boats. I've seen the 255 with a single 250 Opti or Verado package & I don't feel thats near enough power for the boat. The old saying, "Go with the most power u can afford is definitely true." The 255 handles off shore conditions with ease and has enough legs to get you where u wnat to go. The 255 can be easily trailered.

Cheers ....... Tom

AtEase255 posted 03-28-2005 12:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for AtEase255  Send Email to AtEase255     
I’ve own(ed) both. Had a 2002 255 Conquest and currently have a 2004 275 Conquest. In my opinion both boats are great. The 255 was powered by a single 225 Opti which was underpowered, but had a comfortable and dry ride (I’d definitely go for twins if I had to do it over). Cruised around 30 mph (can’t remember what RPM’s I was turning) but in any type of sea had you had to managing the throttle like a mad man. By the way, meaning no disrespect, but I believe the beam is 8’ 6”, not 8’ 9” even though the brochure says 8’ 9”. I seem to vaguely remember measuring my 255’s beam to confirm for my slip.

However, that being said, I prefer my 275 with twin 225 Mercury 4-strokes (AKA Merc-aha’s). A little over a foot more beam, much more space and amenities below deck, and a nice ride. The 255 was just a little too small for my needs, but then again I don’t trailer either. But in hind site, it was the performance that got me to upgrade. I looked at re-powering but couldn't justify it. If my 255 had twins, I’d probably still have it. By the way, I hear they are no-longer making the 275 as a re-design is in the works. The new 275 will have similar lines to the 255/305 Conquests.

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 03-28-2005 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
I have a 03 255 Conquest with a pair of 200 HPDI Yamahas. I agree with the above gents, this boat requires twins of at least 300-400 hp. Its 4900lbs. dry +1000 motors,+ 1000 fuel + water,gear,people,etc,etc.

I looked at the 275 but the 2foot itis did'nt gel for me although as said, somewhat more of a stately cabin.

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