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|Author||Topic: Conquest 285|
posted 06-07-2007 09:19 PM ET (US)
Hello - searched the boards and could not find too much information on this model. But looking for responses of people that own the Conquest 285 or have ridden on one and what their opinions are of it? Was considering buying a new one and would be used for family use as in fishing, tubing, possible skiing and general boating. Thanks for any info and help.
posted 06-08-2007 08:42 AM ET (US)
I do not have first hand knowledge of the Conquest 285, but it seems like a lot of boat for skiing. It certainly will have the power necessary to pull several skiers, but will be slower out of the hole than a properly set up Ventura, for example. This could prove frustrating for beginning skiers. As far as tubing goes, I am not sure the boat will even know there is a tube behind it. If you have teenage daredevil tubers, the 285 should produce a wake large enough to whet their appetites. For fishing and cruising, I expect the 285 will be in more familiar territory. I dream of having a whaler in this class some day. My recomendation would be to buy 2 whalers--one in the 20' or under class for skiing, tubing, and fishing fair weather days. For the second whaler, buy as much boat as your budget will allow--when seas get rough, there is no such thing as too much boat.
posted 06-08-2007 01:26 PM ET (US)
I'v got the older version, a 1998 285 Conquest, which is longer, wider and heavier. I did see a new 285 Conquest at my yacht club. It had twin 250 Verados. I think it looks like a great boat for fishing and tubing. You may be able to pull up a skier with the twin 250 Verados, but I have no 1st hand experience. The amount of fuel and passengers will be a factor. Just like you said "possibly" skiing. That's my reply, it may be possible. However, definitely great to fish, cruise and tube with.
posted 06-09-2007 09:02 AM ET (US)
Thanks for the replies. Assume their must not be a lot of owners of this boat or at least owners that post here and other forums, because I can't find a lot of user info on it. Also considered the 270 Outrage, but can't find too much on that model either.
posted 06-09-2007 01:33 PM ET (US)
Don't assume their are not many owners of the mentioned boats, there are in fact many owners, however many don't post here due to the dorky nature of the webmeister. In any event it's a great boat, test drive one!
posted 06-09-2007 03:39 PM ET (US)
Don't let the lack of posts disturb you. In general, Whaler Enthusiasts are usually Classic, Outrage, and occasionally Dauntless owners. They fish, cruise, dive, and generally love their boats.
Owners of larger boats, particularly the cabin boats like the Conquests, still love their craft, but are not generally "enthusiast" enough to hang out on a user web site.
I own a Conquest 23, and there are a dearth of postings on this model when compared to the center console and classic series.
The Conquest is a great line of boats. The smaller models (205-255) are more oriented to fishing, while the large models (285-345) also have a foot planted in the cruising market with larger cabins, enclosed heads, and sleeping for 4 or more. I particularly like the companion wraparound seating on the 285.
If you plan to use the boat's cabin features a lot (the enclosed head means a lot to the ladies), then go for it.
posted 06-17-2007 01:22 PM ET (US)
I have a 2006 Conquest 285 with twin 225 Verados. Overall I've had a positive experience this past year and have put just over 100 hours. 60% fishing and 40% pleasure cruising with some overnights. Here are some other points for your review:
> The engine performance has been very good. Reasonable fuel consumption. Plenty of power to get on plane very quickly. At wide open throttle in moderated to light seas I get a top end of 46 MPH.
> Have had minor problems with the Verados. Two recalls. One very recently and it's in the shop now for the second one. Something about changing the sensors. Very quiet while running. Can't tell if they are running or not at idle.
> Cruising speed depends on the seas. In calm seas it cruises very nicely at 34 - 37 MPH. However, I've had difficulty staying on any kind of plane in rougher seas (15 -20 knots and waves at the 4 to 5 feet). In this case fuel consumption increased significantly. My previous Conquest 235 did better in this condition but had a rougher ride.
> Very comfortable overnighting with two adults using shore power. The air conditioning system works very well and is very quiet. Will even cool the cockpit area with the weather curtains in place and a small fan placed at the hatchway. Here in Florida not having an on-board generator makes it impossible to overnight unless you can take it without air conditioning and real hot. Good pressurized water system and the water heater works very well with rapid recovery. No problem with two people taking a shower back to back. Had to have the door to the head replaced due to warping (under warranty).
> In heavier winds I found it has a lot of side to side lean with the weather curtains in place and a cross wind. It's better with the side curtains removed but still more than I like.
I'm sure I'm missing some points. I summary this is a very good all around boat and pverall significantly improved over my previous Conquest 235.
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