Discussion in 'Washington Fishing Reports' started by fishing fanatic, Jan 30, 2017.
Trolled right by ya!
Steve's OtterCraft is a beast!
My Otter rides better than both in a head sea as it is a 20 degree deadrise and is heavier built than both. It is a bit load sensitive in a big following however and it does not get great economy. I average between 1.6 and 1.8 mpg depending on load and conditions. It eats up 2-3' chop and lands soft in ocean swells.
Is ottercraft still in business? I looked at having a custom boat built and took a few rides in cold water boats. Was also very intrigued by broadwater boats but they are in a very serious price point and im not sure I can justify that cost for recreation
Obviously I'm not good at the computer deal so I'm sure I could figure it out but what is your otter powered with?
Otter craft came out of the ashes of Norsco of Kingston WA, another well respected heavy plate builder. Otter built a great boat but from all accounts were not great at the business end of things and unfortunately could not endure the downturn in the economy. My Otter is underpowered in my opinion with Twin Honda 150's.
My 26' osprey was underpowered as well with twin 140 suzukis on it. It looks like an amazing boat though and if you keep using it hard you'll have a great "reason" for a repower!
My 1998 Almar Sounder 27 powered by 225 E-TEC outboards is one of the best boat that I ever owned. I run it out of Westport and Puget Sound in some very good and poor weather conditions and it handled very well.
Thanks for the reply! How many gallons of fuel do you have and do you feel the 225s are enuf power for all you've ever done?
Also did you have the waterline extended to accommodate the outboards? Do you run a kicker and if so which one? That is the exact boat I'm buying!
I hold 200 gallons, 225 are enough, I would not go with less.
The boat is modifiable. Both in a offshore bracket hull extension. Cut the hull out 6ft FWD and add the new plate. The reverse chine will get you a wider boat. Just did the new tank. Buy the boat and run it this year as is and then in the winter mod the hell out of her. Make her yours. Nice fish pic porn.
Goatram, can you elaborate on what you mean a little? You are saying to do the hull extension you'd do a single piece of aluminum 6' up the hull by removing the existing 6' up?
My project boat that I bought had its bottom cut out and the new plate welded in. That is much stronger and will support your motors of choice. After the plates are welded in; you take flat bar an weld it on top of the original and new metal. The total length of your boat is increased. The bottom of your hull is straight , an increase in your boat's flotation, your engine space becomes your new fuel tank space or fish box. come around and I can show you what I mean. Also I can show how you can get the reverse chine on the boat. Weld on a 6" X 2" angle to the bottom. The floor can be cut out and tank removed an a new one made and installed then the floor reinstalled. The Boat would need to be purchased at a good price for the rework to pencil out.
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