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    Default Hewescraft Sea Runner/Ocean Pro?

    Good thing my wife loves boating too. Mama says, "Get a salt boat in the next year or so."

    I've been really looking hard over the last few years at the 22' Sea Runner/22' Ocean Pro in the hard tops.

    Looking at the specs the Ocean Pro ET is only 6" wider in the beam than the Sea Runner ET and has only a side height (walls) 3" higher than the Sea Runner ET.

    The deadrise forward and aft are identical and rated for the same OB in HP.

    I'm having a hard time thinking of how to justify the $10,000 difference in the between models. Any thoughts here?
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    For the guys that are running these boats....How do you like them?

    I also want to use this boat for hunting the coast. Have you ran them to Montague and how do they do in rough water/confused seas?
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    I have a 22 sea runner HT/ET and I truly enjoy it. I got the sea runner because that's what I could afford at the time, I couldn't justify the 10k extra. I've had it in some pretty rough water coming back to seward and it. I've made it to main bay over to Knight island and back to whittier on little under half a tank and when I did the math I roughly burned 7 gph. Hope that helps and if you have any more questions feel free to pm me.

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    I have been in both. The ocean pro was a much more stable platform. That extra 6" of beam makes a huge difference. If you plan on sleeping on the boat, you will most certainly notice the extra beam. I owned a 24 foot alaskan for 5 seasons and the 22 OP had the same ride. Probably due to the bottom being extended through the ET. I wish my 24 had the extended bottom. Both are sea worthy and will get you home safely if powered properly. There have been several on Craigs list over the past several months. You should be able to find one there if you don't want to purchase new. Good luck.
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    I had an Ocean Pro, buddy had a Sea Runner. The OP felt considerable bigger. Extra width in cabin was noticed as well as in the cockpit. When I bought mine the Ocean Pro was only 3K more and it was a no brainer. The Ocean Pro is a good rig!
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    Default Ocean Pro

    I agree with Dman. The Ocean Pro gives you the feel of a bigger boat. I've owned both the Hewes 22" Sea Runners and can say that the Ocean Pro feels more stable on the water and the extra width is noticeable.

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    I had an Alumaweld with a more narrow beam and can tell you that it did list a bit. The Ocean Pro would be the way to go for stability but plan on spending some extra money because you should have a larger motor for the boat due to more surface area/drag and trim tabs. Also, depending on motor size you may want to consider hydraulic steering.
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    I will definitely be leaning toward the ocean pro the first chance I get. I was browsing Weldcraft boats and it looks like they have something comparable to the Ocean Pro. I went to Anchorage this week and took a good look at Ocean Pro and it does look like it is built a little nicer than the Weldcraft. (Just the little differences). But when it comes down to it the best deal will win in the end.
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    No complaints from me on the Sea Runner. I have one and love it.
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    I am biased because I own the Weldcraft oceanking, but my neighbor bought an ocean pro at the same time I bought the Weldcraft. In my opinion the hewes boats are not finished near as well as the Weldcraft. All the little things are what make the Ocean king nicer. Storage, Welds, Interior finish, storage, fish boxes, substructure all go in favor of the Ocean king. Our boats were powered the same and performed identically we had them out several times together in flat to three footers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trapperbob View Post
    I am biased because I own the Weldcraft oceanking, but my neighbor bought an ocean pro at the same time I bought the Weldcraft. In my opinion the hewes boats are not finished near as well as the Weldcraft. All the little things are what make the Ocean king nicer. Storage, Welds, Interior finish, storage, fish boxes, substructure all go in favor of the Ocean king. Our boats were powered the same and performed identically we had them out several times together in flat to three footers.
    I would again one one thing is that the Weldcraft come with a finish coat of Shark hide. Hewes boats don't. I have two really nice fish boxes on my boat, Inside is nice nothing you would walk in and say how beautiful it is. I have As for Storage, my boats has plenty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskanmoosehunter View Post
    For the guys that are running these boats....How do you like them?

    I also want to use this boat for hunting the coast. Have you ran them to Montague and how do they do in rough water/confused seas?
    I have a 22' Searunner soft top and I've had it near Montague several times. It handles the rough water pretty well, but I'm sure the Ocean Pro handles it better.

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    Had one, now have a 26PC, BUT there was nothing wrong with the 22sea runner, OPs will be more stable in rough water, but my 22 sea runner would take me from prince rupert BC up thru ketchican on to petersburg and sitka with no problems.

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    If you can hold off tell spring. I sure there people on thi for that will let you tag along for ride on both boats and then that might help you make your mind up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaska Gray View Post
    If you can hold off tell spring. I sure there people on thi for that will let you tag along for ride on both boats and then that might help you make your mind up.
    Funny you mentioned that...Ken210 has been kind enough to offer me and the family a outing out on his OP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskanmoosehunter View Post
    Funny you mentioned that...Ken210 has been kind enough to offer me and the family a outing out on his OP.
    You will have fun. He is a great guy. We teamed up a couple times this past year fishing. Me and him will do allot more this year together
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