Boat Reviews By Owners
1995 -- 18' 5" HYDRA-SPORTS
Model: 1850 CC
Cockpit: This CC has a lot of deck room to fish, and plenty of storage lockers for gear. Rigged for a front casting seat as well. I would rate this layout as excellent for lake fishing, and OK for pleasure boating.
Construction: O.K., let's be realistic, this is a 12 year old boat I am reveiwing that spent most of it's summers dockside and on the water. I have spent a couple of weekends replacing corroded fastners and the like, but overall, it looks like it has held up pretty well. I notice several minor stress cracks around the livewell at the transom cap area (at the motor bolt holts) but thry appear superficial, and the transom is still strong. The hand-layed fiberglass and kevlar construction makes this one of the heaviest, but strongest boats in it's class, and it feels like a tank.
Handling: I know some have hydraulic steering, which would be an improvement, but this boat handles pretty nicely with a dual cable manual rack set up, although I had to adjust the anode tab on my motor to the far right to compensate for a torque pull condition. It is a little slow to pull on plane, but the sport-foil on the motor helps that, as well as the porpoising tendency. I plan to add smart tabs and a SS prop as well,
Engine Room: Evinrude 150 Oceanpro. A little antiquated and not the best on fuel, but a proven, simple and reliable engine with readily available parts. It also runs great, and pushes this boat quite well. Certainly fast enough to ski behind. It is also quite a bit quieter than my 1992 Merc 115 2+2. The only negative is the OP carb's tendency to dribble fuel (leak) though the side holes. Everyone advised to seal them, which I have. We'll see if it is cured. I hate polluting!
General Comments: O.K. I always wanted a CC, and kind of rushed into this one so I could finish the walleye season on Lake Erie after selling my last boat. If I had to do it again, I would opt for a newer 4 stroke, a newer boat, and an aluminum trailer (mine is galvanized). I had to add a secondary transom (splash shield) out of starboard to keep the rollers out of this boat. The non-sealing fishwell in the floor is borderline stupid/dangerous, as it fills with water on rough days and weighs the boat down too much in the rear to be safe in rough water. I will install a watertight hatch shortly. The first time out, the pry-out splashwell inspection plate lifted off, flooding the bilge and killing my bilge pump. With 2 guys, a full fishwell from deck wash, and a filling bilge from the floating inspection plate, I though we were going to leave her on the bottom of lake Erie. All is well now (I hope), but this boat seriously scared the hell out of me. Hopefully, with sensible rigging, it will be a solid platform.
Date Submitted: 2007-07-31
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