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Old 04-09-2016, 07:19 PM   #11
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My experience:
I sold my Bayliner 1999 2655 (5.7 B3) and bought a 2000 Maxum 2800SCR (twin 4.3"s B2) in 2014. After 2 summers with my Maxum I can certainly agree that 2 months spent aboard would be much more comfortable aboard the 2800 scr. The Bayliner was a great little cruiser and was more economical to operate, (and trailer). However, more cabin space is always nice, including storage, and the dinette is much more comfortable. The biggest advantage is found in the expanded cockpit, and we enjoy the double wide helm, spacious seating and dining area in the rear, and excellent access to the bow through the split windshield. Many have said before: the 2 ft of overall length difference is not nearly as noticeable as the extra foot of beam. It really does feel like a much bigger boat. I would guess my fuel consumption increased by 25%.
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Old 04-09-2016, 10:44 PM   #12
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Thank you Winding Down. Yours was a very good reply, just the information I was looking for.
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Old 04-11-2016, 10:22 PM   #13
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No Problem.
I certainly haven't spent two months aboard either one of my boats, but i have spent a week at a time. Boats have a funny way of shrinking in size the more we use them.
Oh yes, there is also a big difference in the quality and comfort of the ride.
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Old 04-12-2016, 02:55 PM   #14
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I have a friend with the same boat. It was a real dog when loaded and struggled to get up on plane. He finally put on a set of 4 blade props and it made a big difference.
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Phillbo, Do you know what engine/Drive Combo he had. I have been trying to come up with a solution to this same problem. My boat is a 1998 2800SCR. It has the 7.4L MPI engine (single) and Bravo III drive. I have 22P props (3 Blade) and it won't plane with 5 or 6 on board unless I send at least 3 of them down into the cuddy. I was considering the Hill Marine 4by4 props but it's a lot of coin to drop not knowing if it will help my situation. I have also thought about upgrading the stock Trim Tabs to larger ones. According to the Bennett Selector, the tabs Maxum put on are way too small for the boat. Has anyone done this and if so, did you find it helped?
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Old 04-03-2017, 03:07 PM   #16
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Chill, my friends boat has the same engine and outdrive. He purchased his from Hill Marine. Call them, they are very helpful and I believe the have a great return policy if the props do not provide the improvement you expect.
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Thanks for the info Phillbo, all the stuff on Hill Marine props sounds great but hearing about someone's results with the same boat/engine/drive combo really makes me think I should give them a try.
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