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    Default Looking for 27' to 30' plywood epoxy powerboat that cruises 20 + knots

    Hi folks, I live on Vancouver Island and distances on both sides are pretty substantial and thus the need for the 20 + knot cruise. I have a strong dislike for trailering so when we go, we go on our own bottom. Thus no 8'6" beam restriction. Boats I have looked at and admire include, Doug Hylan's/Ellery Brown's Bowler - Stretched, Tad Roberts' Berrypoint 26, Nexus Marine's Vashon 31, Siewerts Tombolo 28 and finally, Swallow Yachts Whisper 300.

    Must haves include:

    • epoxy ply construction
    • outboard power
    • 20 + knot cruise and faster is okay - no need for anything above 25
    • must track well in a following sea to deal with the west coast rollers
    • open and large cockpit, i.e. no Alaskan bulkhead
    • hardtop for kayaks

    Nice to have:
    • beam that is 9'6" or greater
    • east coast look - I used to be a deckhand on a downeast style boat
    • galley up


    My current boat, shown below, is a 22 foot Webber's Cove and with my first grandchild on the way, my needs are expanding - truly a great problem to have!

    My thanks for any insights that are offered.

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    Default Re: Looking for 27' to 30' plywood epoxy powerboat that cruises 20 + knots

    Additional to your list the B&B Outer Banks 26 should be worth a look for you.


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    Default Re: Looking for 27' to 30' plywood epoxy powerboat that cruises 20 + knots

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    Default Re: Looking for 27' to 30' plywood epoxy powerboat that cruises 20 + knots

    The Bluejacket 28 (there's a range) should also be worth your perusal. They run efficiently with 60-90 hp. Future resale will increasingly require relatively lower running costs.

    Last edited by Edward Pearson; 08-30-2022 at 10:28 AM.

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    Default Re: Looking for 27' to 30' plywood epoxy powerboat that cruises 20 + knots

    These are not traditional but otherwise might meet your criteria.

    https://www.sailingcatamarans.com/in...-2/6-powercats

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    Default Re: Looking for 27' to 30' plywood epoxy powerboat that cruises 20 + knots

    Edward, thanks for the tip - solid looking boat. Great build resources when I googled her. I like the bracket idea.

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    Default Re: Looking for 27' to 30' plywood epoxy powerboat that cruises 20 + knots

    Rigadog, thank you - looks like an extremely efficient hull form.

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    Default Re: Looking for 27' to 30' plywood epoxy powerboat that cruises 20 + knots

    DeeMac, that is an interesting take - I must confess that I have thought about a proa hull design similar to the Aspen production boats but I am not aware of any plans/designs for proas for wood epoxy construction.

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    Default Re: Looking for 27' to 30' plywood epoxy powerboat that cruises 20 + knots

    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Pearson View Post
    Additional to your list the B&B Outer Banks 26 should be worth a look for you.

    The above boat is Rosie, my OB26. This is our 4th season aboard and we couldn’t be more pleased. She is comfortable and efficient and I think, a beautiful looking design. There is a version under construction with a bracket and will have more horsepower than the 90hp we choose. We like to cruise around 16knots.
    https://smallboatsmonthly.com/article/outer-banks-26/
    Ken

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    Default Re: Looking for 27' to 30' plywood epoxy powerboat that cruises 20 + knots

    The Bluejacket or a big ass Bartender would turn me on.....
    Question to be answered is how much money do you want to spend on gas...

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    Default Re: Looking for 27' to 30' plywood epoxy powerboat that cruises 20 + knots

    Ken, many thanks and I see you live on Saltspring Island! Definitely on my short list and really appreciate the strong endorsement. Chris

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    Default Re: Looking for 27' to 30' plywood epoxy powerboat that cruises 20 + knots

    Lovely looking boat. In your opinion, would a 2' stretch in the aft cockpit area be possible? I have plans to build or buy in the next few years, this one fits my choices for a East Coast boat. I'm thinking a opening side door at the helm would also help.

    Thanks
    Rob
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