1st impression, 28 BHM

BillD

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Earlier today I helped a boat owner @ my marina get his 2010 Steve Law built 28 BHM hauled for the season. This 28 BHM has a 315 Nanni diesel for power and I assume is typical of Steve's BHM builds. A very nice well built 28 foot DE. We ran the boat at idle and cruise speeds to the Salisbury State reservation boat ramp. We did NOT take the boat on an ocean run.
Looking out the mouth of the river to the ocean, looked nasty with this storm winding up.

The ride today is my 1st on a DE, other than a couple of trips last season on a much smaller 22 Webbers Cove DE gas powered inboard.

The ride today wasn't long but I did have a chance to make some personal observations.

1. The Nanni diesel idling is VERY quiet. i'd assume the Yanmar 315 is similar in DB level.
2.. Cruise @ 17 knots was very quiet in the helm cabin compared to my twin Cummins Blackfin @ similar speed.
3. Cruise @ 20 knots was a bit louder but still quieter than what I an used to. Conversation was easy.
4. The visibilty @ cruise speeds, much to my surprise, with the "bow up" attitude was very good standing or sitting in the helm seat.
5. At cruise speeds I walked from side to side out back in the cockpit and the boat did not "lean" to either side with my weight (200 lbs.) moving around. The owner states that 2 or 3 guys moving side to side does not cause the boat to "lean" either way. The boat does not have trim tabs, doesn't seem to need them.
6.. The helm cabin has a bus heater plumbed into the engine anti-freeze circuit...after the engine warmed up the cabin was very comfortable. The cabin is 3 sided, no winter back.
7. The boat does NOT have a bow thruster. Personally, coming from a twin screw inboard that I can walk sideways in any wind or current, I would NOT OWN a DE of 28 feet or more without one. The Merrimack River has a fast tide, marina space is tight, lots of perpendicular docking to the current, a thruster makes using the boat much more pleasurable. If the boat is on a mooring, maybe not necessary. The wind today with minimal current @ the boat ramp area was blowing the bow all around. For me? Why put up with it a bow blowing around you can't control. Install a bow thruster and enjoy !

All and all a very favorable impression of the 28 BHM and my 1st ride on a DE boat. My final thought on the size of the 28 BHM and my boating needs? I certainly could live with and enjoy a 28 footer, but all considered a bit bigger DE for me is required.

Please note: the 1st 4 pics were taken earlier this summer from my boat. The "bow up" attitude of the 28 BHM was a concern.
But after today's ride, the visibilty on the 28 BHM is very good @ cruise and of no issue to me. Hopefully the bigger DEs will be same or similar, good visibility with the bows up. The 33 Flowers, just by looking @ the cruise speed pics, must run almost dead flat visibility wise.

btw, you'll notice in one of the pics the beefy swing bracket mount for the helm seat. The owner installed this mid summer. I saw this bracket on this forum and emailed him the pic. Nice addition to the boat and solved an access problem with the original pdestal install he had.

FWIW, Bill D

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Today's pictures.

The pics may not depict it, but the visibilty is very good looking over the bow from the helm cabin.

Withe the helm cabin heater....nice and warm. Was dam raw out there today.

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Nice little BHM. A lot of boat in 28'.

But "first ride on a downeaster?" you lost me there. What about the pix you posted from the 43' Lowell?
 

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Hey Bill, "first ride" that surprised me. You have been very helpfully with my cummins questions, and giving me the heads up about checking the inter cooler.
Your welcome to take a cruise on my boat anytime. I took a ride on one of Steve's builds. Nice boats.
 
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Hey Bill, "first ride" that surprised me. You have been very helpfully with my cummins questions, and giving me the heads up about checking the inter cooler.
Your welcome to take a cruise on my boat anytime. I took a ride on one of Steve's builds. Nice boats, but I preferred the Duffy. Come compare before you make the jump.

Yes for all the time I spend here posting and asking questions one would think I've ridden every DE out there between 28 and 34 feet! :D

AS to marine diesels....I'm pretty well versed on the Cummins 6BTA 370s now having owned four of them and roasting one of the first two out of complete ignorance!!! :sad:

As they say...."a very $steep$ learning curve"!!!!

Season is over this year, next year I'll be doing the DE riding tour!
 
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Bill

Nice write up. Sounds like a nice little/big boat. I also chartered the Karen Lynn. That's a real nice boat, but also out of my league. Now that I've sold my blackfin, i'm looking for my next ride. Looked at that 32 holland down in chester Ct. Hope to kick the tires on some others this winter. Let me know if you're going for a ride sometime, and if i'm free i'd love to come along. Of course only if there's room and the owner doesn't mind. I want something inexpensive to run, and that can be run alone.

talk to you over the winter
Joe (now-ex bounty hunter)
 

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So the guy with the most amount of posts on a de board has never been on a de? That's some funny shit right there.

Tuna, what's funny is that I had every intention to do test rides this past summer but I had so much fun and so little time after checking my 10 traps all season.
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The Blackfin is a great lobster boat!!!

Next year.....promise !!!!!:eek::eek:
 
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Yes for all the time I spend here posting and asking questions one would think I've ridden every DE out there between 28 and 34 feet! :D

AS to marine diesels....I'm pretty well versed on the Cummins 6BTA 370s now having owned four of them and roasting one of the first two out of complete ignorance!!! :sad:

As they say...."a very $steep$ learning curve"!!!!

Season is over this year, next year I'll be doing the DE riding tour!

My Duffy is still in , welcome to come on down .
 

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Bill

I just bought a 28' Seaworthy from another member on this forum. I really like the swinging helm post, could you provide me with any additional information?
Was it manufactured locally?

Thanks
 

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Bill

I just bought a 28' Seaworthy from another member on this forum. I really like the swinging helm post, could you provide me with any additional information?
Was it manufactured locally?

Thanks

Can't remember the name or website.
Travis would know "(F/V First Team)"

shoot him a p.m. OK ? I'm thinking it was $400+ range.
Tell ya this, "it won't break"!
 

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We ran a 28 BHM for years. It came with a 250 cummins. We repowered with a 330 cummins. 30 knots at sea trial. It was an awesome boat. Can't say enough good things about it. The only thing was that at any faster than 20-23 knts, you had to watch b/c it would keel walk. It was an awesome boat, just too small for MTK charters.
 

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Bill

I just bought a 28' Seaworthy from another member on this forum. I really like the swinging helm post, could you provide me with any additional information?
Was it manufactured locally?

Thanks

Tightlines tackle has them. Dave is located in Maine.
 

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That mount is just what I am looking for , thanks
FYI. I ran into Steve Law out of the blue, boat shopping years ago at a random
yard. Great guy , very eager to help and answer questions.
 

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