On Fri, 27 Aug 2004 12:36:18 GMT, tomcarlsonREMOVE RemoveThis @sbcglobal.net (TC)
>I'm looking at a 2001 Hydra-Sports 22' LTS with a 200 Evinrude and
>would appreciate any comments anyone may have about this boat. I'm
>primarily interested in whether it provides a decent dry ride -
>particularly offshore in 2-4 ft. seas. I've seen comments in some
>forums about some Hydra-Sports having a problem with porpoising and
>wonder if this would have the same problem (I know sea trial is best
>answer but the boat is currently out of state), Thanks in advance for
I believe they may have been discussing the Lighting 230 series boats
with the brackets hanging off the back. I have demo'd a Fishhawk 230
CC which is identical to the 230 CC from Hydra-Sports and they have a
rather odd tendency to porpoise because of the way the bracket is
mounted to the transom - very low - it's not a really great location.
You do get a lot of trim, but I was constantly correcting for the
"bounce". That and the fact that the engine is so low on the bracket
that under power, it's almost over the bottom edge of the cowling.
Just last year, I took a Hydra-Sports 212 CC (also with a 200
Evinrude) out for a customer of a friend of mine to test a new engine
installation. If this is the boat you are talking about, it is a
fairly comfortable ride, but I'm not at all sure I would be talking
about "offshore" in it. You will get wet - I tested this boat in a SW
wind behind Fisher's Island (near Mystic, CT) and it was a wet ride.
The boat doesn't pound and the engine trim keeps the ride reasonable,
but you will get wet.
I wasn't particularly fond of the layout of the boat as it seemed that
everything was about six to eight inches out of "norm" for a CC boat.
I also didn't like the height of the console and I thought the T-top
was cheesy. Hydra-sports also places the rear bait well and "fish
box" at the cornors of the stern with the hatches facing forward - the
hatch fasteners are cheesy and I'd change those right off the bat. I
have a thing about forward facing covers with strap holddowns - they
have a tendency to loosen and fly up. I was not pleased with the
in-console head compartment - it's a tight fit if you are 6'3", 225
Then again, I'm picky.
If you do get this boat, I recommend a set of trim tabs - priority
However, if you are not set on this boat, I would move up to the 230
CC even with the bracket problems. A set of trim tabs would take care
of that problem and if you keep your engine flushed, clean and sprayed
with machine oil, you shouldn't have a problem.
Best of all, of course, is to look at the Vector series Hydra-Sports.
S. Woodstock, CT
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