Boat Reviews By Owners
2004 -- 21' 0" SEA HUNT
Model: Victory 215
Cockpit: The cockpit is very spacious with lots of storage. The electronics box is a little small, but I was able to squeeze my fishfinder and VHF in there with room in the back for maps, binoculars, glasses, etc. I was trying to avoid mounting anything on top so that all could be locked up to prevent a quick theft. I would point out that there is a LOT of unclaimed/wasted storage space in the helm area inside the surrounding walls, which could be accessed by installing your own built-in tackleboxes, access doors, etc either outside or from inside the cabin.
This boat is set up most excellently for fishing and picnicing. But I was disappointed that the gunwale rod storage is about 3 inches shy of accommodating my 6'6" trolling rods; lighter rods flex and can still fit. The coast guard rating is for 8 people, but 4 is very comfortable and six is as many as I'd like without tripping over people unless you have kids staying in the cabin. Self-bailing cockpit is very quick to displace water directly backwards with a dip (not strainer) to catch dropped items from going overboard.
Cabin: The cabin is roomy enough for great storage or for two adults to sleep. I'm 6'1" and 185lbs, and I've had no problem using the porta-potti. I would use the cabin for overnight for two only. The storage under the cushions is sufficient, but not huge.
Construction: Overall, the Victory 215 is a beautiful boat that is well designed for looks and functionality, but I did have many quality control issues with manufacturing. Brand new, my 215 was not caulked properly, and both oval portals, the cabin hatch, and garbard plug (yikes!) all had to be removed by the dealer and recaulked because they leaked. I also have had problems with a few spider cracks in the cockpit gel coat and a few voids on one chine where the gel coat had air behind it, chipped off and had to be repaired by the dealer. I also have a few stress cracks in one spot on the floor at the helm which cannot be repaired because they are in the diamond non-slip. All of these problems could have been caused by one incompetent on the production line the day my boat was built, but I have heard others complain about minor gel coat spider cracks as a Sea Hunt problem--this is usually because one person sprayed it on too thick. But the gloss is very nice.
I wish Sea Hunt had invested just a few more dollars in minor hardware that I had to add on later which improved the quality and aesthetics of this boat...like hold-down hasps and bumpers to eliminate rattle on the two large fishbox hatches as well as the rear seat lids (it came with one on the anchor locker lid). I also wish they'd have insulated the fishboxes and livewell, none of which will hold ice on a mild day for more than a few hours. They also should provide an option for a smaller gas tank with additional storage for hulls with 4-stroke engines which don't need an 80 gallon tank.
Handling: I think this boat is very seaworthy and have had her on the Chesapeake with 25MPH winds and 3-5' rollers. I never felt unsafe in her handling and ability to cut through and shed water. I would feel comfortable taking her offshore with a kicker motor for backup on a calm day.
Engine Room: I've powered this boat with a 140 HP 4-stroke Johnson (same as Suzuki 140), and I couldn't be happier with how excellent this motor has performed in two seasons. Lightly loaded with 40 gallons of gas and two people, my 215 with a 140HP 4stroke tops out at 42MPH @ 5800RPMs. With gear and 80 gallons, about 38MPH. A little underpowered, but an excellent motor for all the trolling and running crab traps that I do. And how often do you really want or need to do 50MPH on the Chesapeake Bay? MOST AMAZINGLY...I used only 68 gallons of gas after logging 66 hours (yes, 68 HOURS!!!) of trolling and running traps. I think this is a combination of the 4-stroke and an efficient hull design.
General Comments: I use this boat for fishing and crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, and after the initial problems were fixed, could not be more pleased with the Victory 215. The initial aggrivations were well taken care of by the dealer in Middle River, MD. She is an excellent fishing boat.
In 2005, Sea Hunt altered this model to the 225 with a Euro transom. I like the interior width at the foot level in the gunwales better in my 2004 model than in the newer 225--there's more toe room.
Date Submitted: 2006-01-09
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