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|Author||Topic: 210 Ventura|
posted 04-29-2010 11:20 AM ET (US)
Looking at purchasing a 210 Ventura. Heard that BW has stopped making these boats and if true, I wonder why. Seems like the Dual Console market is growing as GW and Pursuit have introduced new boats.
Any comments on the the 210 Ventura would be appreciated. Have also looked at a Grady White 225 Tournament. Thanks!
posted 04-29-2010 04:33 PM ET (US)
I had a 2001 21' Ventura with a yam 200 hpdi, it was one if the BEST boats I ever had. Rode nice, good build, comfortable and seaworthy.
posted 04-29-2010 08:03 PM ET (US)
If you're not opposed to a used boat I wouldn't give up on a 210 Ventura.
Edgewater also makes in interesting DC boat about 21 feet with a fold down ladder in the bow for beaching.
posted 04-29-2010 10:24 PM ET (US)
I spent awhile last year thinking I wanted a dual console, and I looked at the 210 very closely. It looked like a very sturdy, functional boat. I have to say, though, that the Grady White offerings seemed a little better designed. (And the Venturas were incredibly heavy. Note that the Ventura 210 displaces 3300 pounds, while the Outrage 220, a full two feet longer, weights only 3100.)
My guess is that the Ventura line was getting long in the tooth and updated models were needed to compete with Grady White and others. Unfortunately, we're in a bad patch for the boating industry and it isn't a good time for new models. I hope Boston Whaler gets back in the dual console business as the market improves.
Still, I'm sure the used Venturas are quality merchandise and worth looking for.
posted 04-30-2010 08:30 AM ET (US)
What do you need to know? I love mine, it is a 2002. Here are a bunch of pictures. Many happy owners here can give you lots of input.
posted 05-01-2010 11:16 PM ET (US)
My wife and I have owned our Ventura since 2002 logging over 3700 hours of offshore fishing and cruising. It's a boat that is a jack of all trades that masters them all. Most of our on water hours have been logged running around the deep blue sea in the waters adjacent to NC. It's a big beasty boat .... kin to a battleship that can take what mother nature dishes out. We don't hesitate to take ours 50 miles offshore to enjoy the fruits of fishing in the deep blue. Fully loaded we depart the dock around 5200 pounds of fisherman, gear, fuel, water, and ice.
Videos and pictures are worth a thousand words .....
Big Rock adventure ......
A typical trip offshore about 150 miles of fun and adventure
Just having some fun .......
Running for the barn from offshore .....
My wife loves the bow area .....
Easy to trailer and launch
You can use your imagination rigging electronics and setting up for fishing .....
It's just a great all around boat.
posted 05-02-2010 10:07 AM ET (US)
I love mine !
I use it now in the Gulf and mangroves in the 10000 islands of southwest Florida for fishing and day (beach) crusing.
I think if whaler abandons the dual console market it would be a big mistake!!
I've had bowriders, deckboats, cuddys, and center console boats and won't go back now that I have a dual console.
Looked at a Grady 275 Tournament and it is very tempting !!!
posted 05-02-2010 07:40 PM ET (US)
The Tournaments do look pretty nice. It seems that Grady White is successfully selling six or seven different dual console models--they just introduced a new one. Boston Whaler had only two models, and now it has none. I don't understand why Whaler isn't competing in this market, but I really hope it is because they just haven't announced their new line of dual consoles coming next year.
posted 05-02-2010 11:25 PM ET (US)
Bluewater, your posts are certainly some of the best!
I`m sure BW has sold a few Ventura`s based on them.
posted 05-03-2010 09:08 AM ET (US)
Thanks Ken .... have surely enjoyed sharing them with others. Just something a day on water can do for your soul!
posted 05-03-2010 03:18 PM ET (US)
I can echo all Tom's glowing statements, as he nudged us towards our 2005 Ventura. We have the Verado 225 hp, and could not be happier with the rig overall. We splashed ours for the sixth consecutive season at our marina one month ago.
I fish fairly hard in ours, upto 15 miles off the NJ coast. The full canvas and Strataglas makes the deal, as far as I am concerned, for all weather comfort.
posted 05-03-2010 07:15 PM ET (US)
I noticed Pursuit is introducing a 25 foot dual console as well. Haven't seen one yet but I will if we decide to move up from a 21 footer.
If I were Whaler I'd use the new Outrage 22 and 25 foot hulls and make a DC version....
posted 05-17-2010 08:52 PM ET (US)
Thanks for all of the replies. It sounds and looks like a great boat. Now the problem is finding a slightly used one though. They are really hard to find. Thanks!
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