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Tates posted 03-11-2006 09:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for Tates   Send Email to Tates  
What are the good, the bad, and the ugly experiences with a 295 CONQUEST with twin 225-HP engines. I considering a purchase. Thanks in advance for any information.
kglinz posted 03-11-2006 10:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
There is a lot of info on 225 OptiMax motors in the forum. ..

Here's some with a link to more.

Tates posted 03-12-2006 11:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tates  Send Email to Tates     
Thanks, I will read that article.
nooner posted 03-12-2006 08:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for nooner  Send Email to nooner     
from my experience with just purchasing a new 305 Conquest, the 295's hull design was not conusive to a smooth ride and was a lot wetter than the newer 305's. This I've heard is why the 295 is no longer made. I'd look at the 305's if I were you.
kglinz posted 03-13-2006 10:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
Do you have any first-hand experience with a 295 or is that what a saleman told you to explain why a 305 cost $70k more than a good used 295?
nooner posted 03-13-2006 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for nooner  Send Email to nooner     
No. That is not what I was told by a salesman but by two separate 295 owners (both trying sell their 295's and upgrade to the 305). I've heard the same from various unbiased (friends) yacht brokers. What is your deal? Are you a 295 owner who loathes the newer, better 305?
nooner posted 03-13-2006 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for nooner  Send Email to nooner     
P.S. I bought my new 305 (with 250 Verados) for only $35K more than 3 listed 295's...
kglinz posted 03-13-2006 10:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
Just wanted to know if you had any first hand experience. Sounds like you got a "hell of a deal" ...Enjoy
Tates posted 03-14-2006 08:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tates  Send Email to Tates     
kglinz posted 03-14-2006 10:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
I have that boat with those engines. Feel free to Email me.
Kemp Lindsey
nooner posted 03-15-2006 09:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for nooner  Send Email to nooner     
6 year warranty on the verados, plus their innovative design and performance is what made me by a new 305
dhlaw posted 03-16-2006 06:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for dhlaw  Send Email to dhlaw     
I have owned my 295 for 4 years now and would not consider a switch to the 305. There is little difference in the ride quality and I have never been "wet" from over the bow spray. If you notice, both of these boats have a large reverse chine. This forces the water down and away from the boat, and also makes the ride a little rougher. Whalers are not the best riding boats in rough water but stability is well worth the ride. There are some very good deals to be had on 28's and 295's and with the money savings you could easily repower or add a very nice electronics package and still be nowhere close to the cost of a 305. By the way, I have owned my boat since new.
nooner posted 03-16-2006 03:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for nooner  Send Email to nooner     
do u have a good idea of what the cost of a new 305 is?
Tates posted 03-16-2006 05:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tates  Send Email to Tates     
No, I haven't priced them specifically but at a recent So.Ca. fishing/ boat show I my was told 160-180K for the 305 & 140-160 for the 295. I did just today check out a new 305 twin 250 Verados in the Marina it looked real good , It had ample deck drains and the hull looked clean and more tapered than the 2002 model.Its not a gotta do or have situation, but an upgrade from my 1989 Revenge sure would be nice.
Thanks for all responses the info has been a big help .


nooner posted 03-16-2006 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for nooner  Send Email to nooner     
just fyi, i paid less than 160K for new 305, verados, no generator but with an invertor
handn posted 03-18-2006 08:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
I looked hard at a 28 Conquest before buying my 305. It was virtually unused, very well equipped and under 100k.
The 305 is very similar to its older cousins, particularly topsides.
Boston Whaler as well as the other manufacturers changes the hull length number as a marketing tool without enlarging the boat. I am unable to say how much physical difference there is between the 28, 295 and the 305.
I purchased the 305 for two reasons, four stroke power and the full length hull of the 305. It does plane at a lower speed than the earlier boats with notched hulls and having been bitten by one Optimax, I didn't want to deal with two of them here in Mexico.
Kglinz has the ideal combination of 4-stroke power and a 295.
It has been two years since I purchased my 305. I havn't been on Yachtworld lately, but I'll bet a good 28 can be hard for half the cost of a 305 and that is hard to turn down if you live near a Mercury mechanic.

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