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210 Ventura: Newfoundland Sea Trials
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posted 05-23-2008 05:00 PM ET (US)
As promised, I said I would report on my first trip in my newly acquired 20 Ventura. For those who haven't read my past posts, I bought this 2005 BW in Sanibel Florida and had it trailered to Newfoundland Canada. I used the boat for the first time in Newfoundland this past weekend. I have lots to tell you about.
Here are the photos of the weekend.
Handling in different conditions
Engine Speed and RPM's
A side experience
In closing, I am a happy guy and thankful to all the people who continue to share their knowledge with me. Cheers, Pat
posted 05-23-2008 05:46 PM ET (US)
Paddy, that's a great choice of boat for those waters. The photos remind me of my miles of cruising in British Columbia. You are one lucky guy.
posted 05-23-2008 07:28 PM ET (US)
You got a great boat that will serve you well fro years to come. Great report.
|Casco Bay Outrage||
posted 05-23-2008 11:18 PM ET (US)
She looks very happy in her new home. Looks like you're having fun too.
Good for you!
posted 05-24-2008 06:01 AM ET (US)
Great story and pics. I am off to enjoy some Striper trolling in ours right now.
posted 05-24-2008 09:32 AM ET (US)
I had a temp alarm on my 135 Verado last year also. I think some lake weed blocked the water intake and dislodged when I stopped the motor and tilted it up (saw it floating at the stern). Motor has run fine since.
Also went key diving in the past too. Whaler key float is best two bucks I spent.....Just traded in 180 Dauntless dealer is NOT getting float.
posted 05-24-2008 01:40 PM ET (US)
Tony, I have the same float, except it was on my boat keys and not on the car keys. I'll know better next time. I'll be keen to know your impressions of the Ventura. I certainly was impressed.
Did you order the weather curtains? The problem from my side is that I am only likely to use them in foul "cold" weather. I tried putting them up in cold weather, I ripped my hands up. They are stiff as hell in the cold. Again, just fine in Florida where cold is above 60 degrees :)
posted 05-27-2008 08:22 AM ET (US)
Enjoy! She is a beauty and those are some gorgeous cruising grounds, I bet you are the only boat on the water with FL registration on the side :)
posted 05-30-2008 02:26 AM ET (US)
The pictures look great. The one of you and your boys tells the story. Now we need some pictures of your first cod harvest.
posted 05-30-2008 06:13 AM ET (US)
Congrats! Thanks for the report.
Take the battery out of the Suburban key, flush with fresh water and dry it out in the sun and/or a hair drier and leave somewhere dry for another day or so, load the battery and try again. Might work. Don't even ask how I know!
posted 05-31-2008 12:47 AM ET (US)
Alfred, I'll try the battery removal recommendation and see what happens. It sounds as if you speak from experience...As for the cod fishing pictures, I'll be sure to post pics of the 10 and 20 lb cod being land on the deck of the Ventura. Thank god for the freshwater shower!!
The boys and I have really enjoyed the boat so far, we'd like to think there is a little North Atlantic saltwater in our veins. Pat
posted 05-31-2008 08:21 AM ET (US)
Don't know if it will still work, but if you remove the battery straight away it has a chance. Lucky for me it's still working.
I now have a key float with a quick clip in the glove box, so when I am walking to the boat, I clip it straight on.
Once bitten ........
posted 06-01-2008 09:59 PM ET (US)
Looks like you're having lots of fun with the Whaler already! I hope it serves you well for many years ahead. I finally got my Outrage in the water this evening. I had it in the garage this afternoon, with the door open, while I waxed and watched the sun come out on the bay. I HAD to get it in and I'm glad I did :) Launched and delivered my neighbour's Montauk yesterday... It's been a Whaler weekend!
posted 06-03-2008 04:40 AM ET (US)
Great news Chris. I will post more photos the next time I'm out. The kids are studying for exams so the boat is off limits for a couple of weeks.I'm sure all you Dads understand!
I'll use the time to have my new GPS installed. Do you feel I need an external antenna?
posted 06-03-2008 07:45 AM ET (US)
Paddy, down here in New Jersey, my GPS antenna was dealer mounted inside the top front of the starboard console and works fine, FWIW.
posted 06-03-2008 01:24 PM ET (US)
Thanks, I'll pass on the info to him today. Paddy
posted 07-12-2008 07:33 AM ET (US)
Thanks for the rundown of your expereiences. I am in the third season of using my V210 on the Atlantic off of New Jersey and I've felt safe and equipped in all circumstances. I can't figure out why we don't see more of this model on the water!?! Q - I experience water occasionally spouting from the fresh water washdown connector when it is closed and the engine is running (Verado 225, gen I), it also trickles water when running, do you experience the same?
posted 07-12-2008 07:58 PM ET (US)
V210--No problems with my FW system, and I am in the 4th summer of fairly heavy use. You've got to keep the filter clean and use something to freshen the tank, though. I'm still experimenting with the freshening part, as none of my other boats had a FW (or a SW) washdown.
posted 07-13-2008 10:43 PM ET (US)
Can't say I've seen any water coming from the FW although it always did on my last boat (Bayliner).
Spray in the Face
This is an update album of photos from the Ventura on a couple of great trips off Newfoundland
posted 07-14-2008 12:35 AM ET (US)
I would try just the side curtains because most of the spray in wind carried that would hit you from the side. My 21 Conquest really only gets spray form the sides.
By the way, I checked your pictures and I tow with the exact rig you have (white 2008 Sequoia) . I love that back up camera to put the ball right under the hitch!
posted 07-14-2008 06:07 AM ET (US)
nemored..The camera drives everyone crazy. I had an old fella come right up to the truck the other day and say that was the finest piece of backing up he had ever seen. I smiled and showed him the camera. He smiled and told me to never tell any one about the camera and just tell folks I use the rear view mirror in conjunction with the side mirrors.
Regarding your Conquest, are you happy with her? I was seriously considering her. The deciding factor was my kids wanting to ride in the bow. Pat
posted 07-14-2008 10:56 AM ET (US)
We will keep our camera a secret since no one reads this stuff!!!!!!
I sold my Montauk 19 for that reason. My girls wanted to get out of the weather and have a porta potty. We live on the Oregon Coast were it is cold and windy much of the time, so it was the boat for me. It was ten years old but was in great condition. I put a new honda 225 on it and Scotty Electric downriggers. I now have a family boat and a Salmon/Tuna boat all in one.
posted 07-15-2008 10:19 PM ET (US)
225 Honda....nice engine! Mine is a 225 Verado (2005). What is your top speed with a that engine? I top out at 46MPH with the engine tilted within an inch of its life. I can comfortably hit 43/44, above that I have to push it. Incidentally, do you have an auxiliary? My wife is on me to consider one. I'm worried about having to use the trim tabs all the time
posted 07-15-2008 11:16 PM ET (US)
I have not open it up yet since It's still on break in. I expect to top out somewhere above 40mph.
I'm in the process of putting a Honda 20hp on it to troll for Salmon and be a back up. It already had a bracket on the starboard side.
posted 07-16-2008 07:06 AM ET (US)
Wow...a 20hp! I have a few questions....Do you have trim tabs? Does the weight on one side affect the boat at all? Do you have the engine plumbed into the main tank or do you carry an independent tank? If so did you have it done yourself? It would be great to see a photo the the bracket and how you have it laid out. Pat
posted 07-17-2008 12:26 AM ET (US)
I have trim tabs. They do not get in the way of the ladder or the bracket because they are inside of them. Honda guys put the stuff on. The 20 feeds of the main tank but goes through a water separator (located under the rear starboard seat). Both motors then feed off the water separator. There is a lever at the separator the cuts the gas to the 20 so you do not get any air in the main line. I did not have a working camera, but when I do will let you know. The bracket was custom made by the previous owner . It is Stainless and is mounted on the flat are on the starboard transom.
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