I am shopping for a newer ocean boat and can't quite afford a Glaciercraft, which leads me to a Hewescraft Pacific or Explorer in the 24'er.
We typically run out of Whittier for 5-10 days at a time and spend alot of that time on the southern end of PWS. 2 adults and one kid chasing butt, shrimp, bears and deer. We are upgrading from 20' Trophy Alaskan bulkhead with a 3.0 L I/O.
Main reason to upgrade is I need more space, want outboards cause I hate working on the inboard in akward positions, winterizing it, scrubbing the fiberglass, etc... essentially less maintenance in spring, fall, and after each trip. Also want to a faster boat that allows me to chase deer into Nov. when I wouldn't dare take the Trophy out. Currently pull everything with a 1/2 ton P/U or Tahoe both rated at 8500 lbs towing.
It appears we can pick up a plain jane or leftover model Hewes for roughly $80k, and I really don't plan to spend any more than that. I would consider other brands or a very well maintained USED boat if you know of anyone selling.
From some internet searching the dealers down in Oregon are about $10k less for the same boats that Deweys has. I have shipped up boats up before on the ferry and would consider it again if the savings were worth it.
Please enlighten me to the pros and cons of these Hewescraft boats. I am looking for owners who have opinions about their boats.
The Explorer has a wider bottom (96") and thicker hull (.250")
The Cruiser bottom is 84" and hull thickness is .190"
How does this affect the "roll" when drift fishing. For example when you walk to one side or the other, is one more stable vs. the other.
Are trim tabs necessary on either or both? How about the extended transom being boxed in?
What have you guys done or added to improve the performance or creature comforts you put on after the sale?
We are looking to purchase this boat so that it will last the next 10-15 years.
Sure appreciate any and all input.