27ft Skagit Orca Reviews

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I am looking at a 2007 Skagit Orca 27XLC with twin Yamaha 150
Looking for reviews or opinions good or bad I have never rode on one. Its a nice clean boat
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    Those are good boats! Lots of cabin, if that’s what you want... Sounds a little light on HP.... twin 150’s on a 27’ glass boat sounds like some found a deal on 150’s or cheaped out....I would expect 200 or 250’s.....
     
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    The Peddler

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    Built similarly to SeaSport. At some point the Wright Bros, who own SeaSport, started building Skagits, not sure when that was. I’ve got twin 150’s on my 24-ft SeaSport Explorer (long cabin). Same power on a 27 will probably be just-adequate. I wouldn’t say “Way” underpowered.
     
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    Captain Decent

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    Only 26’8”, 8.5 beam and 6000lbs with motor, twin 150s should be entirely adequate.

    nicely appointed boats especially with OBs. I’d like to see a little more beam personally.
     
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    fishing fanatic

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    Will cut amazing through chop. Will dive a slice a bit in trailers and big swells. Definitely underpowered
     
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    Wild Bill

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    They ride good into a head sea and like many deep vee designs are hard to keep level when running in relatively flat water as they tend to want to ride on one side of the vee or the other. I would imagine they could be a handful in a big following but have no firsthand experience with that. I spent a couple days driving one out of Valdez. Overall they are good boats.
     
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    MarMax

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    If your weight is similar to a Parker 2530 then the twin F150's should be adequate. Twin F200's would be ideal but not necessary. My F150's are 2007 and I did replace the SWS 3-blade props with Turbo 4-blades and it really improved things overall with just a slight loss at top speed which I rarely run anyway.
     
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    They ride good into a head sea and like many deep vee designs are hard to keep level when running in relatively flat water as they tend to want to ride on one side of the vee or the other. I would imagine they could be a handful in a big following but have no firsthand experience with that. I spent a couple days driving one out of Valdez. Overall they are good boats.

    interesting you say that. We had one running near us back when I had my 25 Grady out of la push. I kept noticing that it would run for a while listing heavy to port then it would list heavy to starboard for a while. The sailfish had twin 150s not sure what the orca had for power or if the captain had much experience in handling but they were wallowing a lot and we pulled away.
     
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    frozenherring

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    These aren’t that bad in the following and do take some trim work.
    that boat does fine with the 8.1/DP combo which is 390hp/550tq and a lot of blade in the water.
    07’ Twin 150’s is very much underpowered for offshore work with all the people, ice, tuna, bait etc your gonna have room for in my opinion, those motors don’t have the muscle to keep you SET on a sporty bar crossing IMO

    thats a badass boat though, and if your staying in the PS or SJI that’s plenty of HP.
     
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    Wild Bill

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    I would imagine twin counter rotating outboards would help keep the ride more level. The one I drove had a single i/o duo prop setup. All single i/o duo prop Seasports I have been on do the same thing, requiring almost constant input of wheel and tabs to keep a level cruise. Just when you get it all trimmed out somebody shifts their weight and the dance starts all over again.
     
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    The Peddler

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    I would imagine twin counter rotating outboards would help keep the ride more level. The one I drove had a single i/o duo prop setup. All single i/o duo prop Seasports I have been on do the same thing, requiring almost constant input of wheel and tabs to keep a level cruise. Just when you get it all trimmed out somebody shifts their weight and the dance starts all over again.

    Similar experience on my twin-powered SeaSport. On-plane, she’s tender to weight distribution. I’ve gotten used to using the trim tabs to compensate.
     
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    Similar experience on my twin-powered SeaSport. On-plane, she’s tender to weight distribution. I’ve gotten used to using the trim tabs to compensate.
    Same with my Seasport. You get used to keeping your right hand on the tabs. My number one fishing buddy drives me crazy - get her trimmed just right and he gets up and moves, ok, reset and now trimmed right and ......he moves. " For Christ sake find one place to sit!"..

    Following seas fine as long as you have the tabs up. Learned that lesson a long time ago but the lesson involved a lot of clenching on a long ride in from the west side of Swiftsure in a big following swell. I drank like 4 beers in 30 mins after tying up to knock back the anxiety. Lesson learned.
     
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    koopa

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    I saw one of these that had the fly bridge and was being trailered. Was just amazed on how big it seemed for being listed as a 27. Similar pic of one attached.
     

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    slab tech 1

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    I have twin 150’s on Parker 2520 and has plenty of power. It is a very heavy boat. My model is not the deep V though and therefore doesn’t need as much power as the deep V, but I would think you would get by on 150’s if propped right. But take it for a sea trial and see what it can do and check out the outboards thoroughly before making any decisions as it may be under powered and working the engines too hard is not good. They are sweet boats though! Is it like the one above in the picture with a flying bridge?
     
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    bajapro

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    fished one in the pnw and found the boat to be incredable in all aspects. was powered by twin 225 hondas. fished it every year for three months and thought it was the best offshore boat available. don't underpower the boat, expect to put lots of fish aboard. we got a little over 2.0 mpg. did not see any problems of stability. pulled the big block out and added the hondas. big block got 1.2 mpg. big increase in range.
     
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