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Quite a testament from a former 30-foot Hunt-designed Commander

June 11 2012 at 6:56 PM
Paul  (no login)

Response to Re: 23' 427 Commander speed comparison, and 350G commentary

Any former owner of a 30' Sportsman will know just about the best of the best, so your comments are very well respected (and appreciated).

The archives are loaded with photos of this model speeding across the chop, here is one such image.
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What does get fun is when you are on the water in a craft that is capable of running in the chop, as the 30' Hunt most certainly is, and someone is trying to either keep up or overtake you. If you are in a craft that is uber-capable of handling the chop like the 23 Lancer or Hunt 30, you can just give it a tad more speed and watch the other boat pound the living daylights out of the occupants trying to match the speed, ha. I had one such encounter with the USCG actually, they were in some sort of a patrol RIB design, pretty fast with a big outboard and all, but man that thing was leaping out of the water and pounding the crap out of everyone and they were hell-bent on passing us one day while we were aboard our Sea Skiff. The Sea Skiff has about a 16 degree deadrise and the 23 Lancer has a 23 or 24, so you can see right there how serious the Lancer hull is. I was running pretty comfortably well below full speed, many other boats would have had some pounding going on, and these guys in the RIB were out to prove a point. Had I been in a 23 Lancer it sure would have been fun to pour the coals to it and watch, ha.



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