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prm1177 posted 09-08-2006 01:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for prm1177   Send Email to prm1177  
I have a friend who is looking at both of these boats. His purpose would be day cruising with the occasional overnight. Fishing is not within his scope of activity. Anyone out there have an opinion or preference of one over the other. He's enamored of the looks of the 320, but we have none to view in our area. We'll be looking at the 305 this weekend at a boat show.
andygere posted 09-08-2006 03:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
If the boat will be used primarily on SF Bay, I'd give the nod to the Conquest because of better weather protection. The full windshield and higher cabin will provide more protection from the wind and fog. Although the Outrage can be purchased with weather curtains, it's never quite the same as a warm, dry cabin. The seating arrangements on the Conquest seem better suited to cruising and socializing than those on the Outrage. This from a guy who just loves his Outrage 22 Cuddy. In any event, it's a nice problem to have; both are fabulous looking boats.
handn posted 09-15-2006 06:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
I have a 305 Conquest but have never been aboard a 320 Outrage. I think andygere is on the right track. If I were not a fisherman and did my boating near San Francisco, I would opt for the 305.
1. It has better weather protection with a cockpit that can be enclosed by weather curtains.
2. It has more cruising amenities such as a galley, generator and air conditioning that can produce heat.
3. It rides well, as does the Outrage, and should be dry in the big rollers of the open Pacific and all but the most severe chop in the bay.
4. It is mini party boat with its big cockpit and will seat six with the stern seat folded down.
The Outrage is faster and is more of an open boat. The Outrage is probably a better day fishing boat, but the owner won't be fishing.
I like my 305 and would buy another.
trouter posted 09-15-2006 06:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for trouter  Send Email to trouter     
It sounds like you're headed to the Oakland boat show at Jack London Square. They have lots of boats in that size and price range for him to look at, including the Conquest 305 (as you already know).

I agree with everyone else, the 305 would be the best for him, but I also predict that once he looks at all of those other "non-fishing" boats at the show, he may be interested in others as well.

prm1177 posted 09-24-2006 01:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Oddly enough the boat will be taken to Croatia to be used on the Mediterranean and Adriatic for light day cruising. Should be an interesting decision. Might just end up being an Hinkley 44.
20dauntless posted 09-24-2006 02:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for 20dauntless  Send Email to 20dauntless     
The Hinckley 44 is a spectacular boat, and is in a totally different league than the Whaler. If he wants to cruise on a whaler, however, he should get the 305.
305CQ posted 09-27-2006 06:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for 305CQ  Send Email to 305CQ     
If your friend has a little patience, He could wait until early next year when the 345 Conquest is released. It has no need for a weather curtain because the windshield is connected to the hard-top on three sides. It actually looks a little like a Sea-Ray. It is going to have an option of dual or triple engines opti-max or Verado. It is going to set the bench-mark for 35ft. plus sport fishing cruisers. Ask me how I know so much? Have a close relative who works at the plant in Edgewater. You could ask your dealer about it but I doubt they even know about it yet
prm1177 posted 09-28-2006 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Patience? :)

He's been all over the map from a Nordic Tug 37 to a Sunseeker Sportfisher 37. But a winter trip to Edgewater (if they have something to show) might be what he needs.

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