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    Need input on 1987 33' center console hull

    I am currently looking at a 1987 center console (cuddy forward) hull. I have not owned a donzi before and am interested in finding out more about these hulls. Some of the questions I have are:

    Do these hulls have any potential problems I should look for?

    Are the stringers, deck, transom in this hull of wood construction?

    What is the fuel capacity?

    Any info. on deadrise etc. would be appreciated?

    Are these hulls soft, dry, fast riding?

    Calm Seas...
    Steve

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    All boats have basically the same areas to check for problems. Do a walk around take a half dollar with you to tap around all fittings, the drive, stress cracks etc. You should get a sharp tap on all sound surfaces, any dull sounding areas need further inspection. look in as many of the out of sight nooks and crannies. Pop deck plates and sniff for gas fumes, moldy odors and last but not least head odor. Head stink takes awhile to get rid of, even after changing out all the hosing. If it stinks of mold it is possible that wood in rotting, needs a harder look. If the boat is nice try to talk to the seller about making repairs with some help from you, why should you help, well you will have the benefit of new and improve your ability to sell later on. And most of all peace of mind! Look at it really well if you are really sure it looks good. Then call in a competent surveyor. Do compression checks and get oil samples they to me are a must.

    Check the listings below should give you all you are looking for.

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    Steve - I see you're in Houston . Is this boat close? we have alot of boat buying experience in our little crew on Clear Lake. Some of us could take a look at it with you.

    I assume this is an F33. If so, I have no first hand knowledge of the hull, etc. But it should ride similar to the Z33 Crossbow. I have ridden in a couple of those and they ride very nice.

    I love my 30ZF, nice hull, strong, takes waves great, but does tend to get you wet in rough seas.

    PM Me, Harbormaster, Krakmeup, JimG, River Rat and we can give you a hand. As crazy as Phil is , I agree with him. Get a Surveyor ! ! ! ! Harbormaster can help with that as well.
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    I have a good buddy of mine in Clear Lake who is a marine surveyor. (www.broknboat.com) He has also been a marine insurance adjuster for Progressive insurance. He has seen it alot and can help you with an older boat.
    Give me a ring on my cell and we'll chat. 713-898-0605

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    Thanks guys, this boat is actually out of state. My father and brother in law are in the general area and I might get them to take a look for me to see anything obvious. I can guide them on the phone with detailed observations. I was mainly interested to see what the performance of the hull would be like in addition to knowing some more info. on the hull and possibly some problem areas to look for or expects.

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    Specifications:
    LOA- 33' 4"
    Beam 8' 6"
    Draft to keel 18"
    Average freeboars 34"
    Weight (boat only) 4200lbs
    Average cockpit depth 28"
    Fule capacity 270 gal
    Freshwater capacity 30 gal

    Performane will depend on what motors are on it right now unless you plan on repowering. If you are not, I would take a gauge and check the compression on all cylinders, look at the block for any welds around the cylinders, and service history if available. If you are not really mechanically inclined, in addition to the recommended survey above, I would also take a mechanic with you.

    What power is on it right now?

    THese are fantastic running boats, dry and soft in pretty much any weather you throw at it.They are not as fast as the newer stepped hull models though. I would not expect to see much over the mid 60's no matter what power you put on it, and likely it will be closer to high 50's (again depending on power, set-up, props...) This is more like an escalade than a ferarri, but when the waves kick up, sit back and enjoy the comfort of one of the best built fishing boats anywhere.

    Fish
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    ..........What they said.

    It's a great hull.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donzigo
    ..........What they said.

    It's a great hull.
    Where is the boat?
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    if you are still looking, here is one donzi f33

    fish
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    I own an 87 F33 I keep it in Seabrook if you want to try it out -

    I have an 87' F33 -I keep it in Seabrook,Tx - If you live close-you can come for a ride-It rides great-40mph through 4-5 footers---it has twin 250 Evinrudes with extra long shafts(30") and it tops out at about 53mph----it really handles great---when looking at outboard boats always be weary of the transoms - stringers, transom is made of wood-the deck has foam underneath it---the beam on these boats is 9' not 8' 6"-fuel capacity is 295gallons - the fiberglass on the boats is crosslinked-dont know if that is good or bad? --I love mine
    Last edited by DeepSouthF33; 11-17-2004 at 02:42 PM. Reason: add

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    Hey Fishboy...........

    Who do you think was riding in this boat inthe poster pciture. ...............It doesn't look like Kathy G, whew, and I thought she was in every picture back then........
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    she was under the console.. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish boy
    she was under the console.. LOL

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    F33 is a great hull

    I have had my F33 for seven years and run it mostly off shore in south florida. Very strong hull - I have blasted through the worst weather coming home from Keys and Bimini in it and never felt unsafe. She does run a little wet and you need to keep her as level as possible to maintain a smooth ride into chop. Tankage is close to 300 gallons, I added a 70 gallon fresh water tank for transom shower. Even with twin 200 hp 2-strokes of 91 vintage (rebuilt 100 hours ago), full water and full fuel, and half a dozen guests she gets up on plane well, cruisses in the mid 25 knot range and tops out at over 40.

    The cuddy is really more for camping than anything else. It sleeps three (vee birth and coffin bunk). Mine has a porta potty, small sink, and bar cabinet which keeps things nice and simple. $ port windows are nice to have but due to the shape of the hull -when at anchor you get very little fresh air ... I made some rubber "scoops" that you slip though the port holes and they draw more air in for sleeping/napping in hot florida.

    Only reason I'm selling mine is I wanted a bigger boat that 5 people can spend a week on (which down here means, A/C, generator, more head room, and more bunks. Going to miss her simplicity and awesome "lines".

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepSouthF33
    I have an 87' F33 ----the beam on these boats is 9' not 8' 6"-
    are you sure?
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