Boat Reviews By Owners
1986 -- 28' 0" OCEAN MASTER
Cockpit: First of all this wasn't my boat...it belonged to my best friend but I had use of it anytime I wanted...nice huh? These are really the first original big center console boats that came out in the late 1970's. At the time a 30+ foot center console was thought as, well kinda dumb. We know better now especially as builder approach the 40 foot mark. To the best of my knowledge only about a dozen 28's were produced. This is not to be confused with the 27..these looked just like a 31 but were missing three feet in the stern. The beam was the same at 10 ft.
Construction: Somebody once asked the founder of Ocean Master, Mr. Mark Hauptner, if one of his boats were cut in half like a Boston Whaler would it stay afloat? Mr. Hauptner replied that he didn't know but good luck in trying to saw one in half. That says it all! These boats are the aquatic tanks..when you walk on the deck it feels like your walking on concrete. These boat are heavy. The kind of boat that if you hit a dock you hope the dock is ok afterwards.
Handling: Not as much deadrise at the transom as compared to a Sea Vee or Contender, etc. but much heavier and therefore will go thru the heavy stuff without flexing, shuttering, or sounding like it's coming apart.
Engine Room: This one had Johnson 225's which nowadays are outdated and not nearly as good fuel economy. Boat performed nicely with a 30mph cruise speed and that meant usually in any kind of sea too not just flat calm. If I was rigging one I would definately choose either twin 250 or 300 Yamaha.
General Comments: Hands down a beast of a boat...not as pretty as some but most get outfitted by knowledgeable owners who finish them off with full towers, select electronics, and custom paint. When I get in the market for another large outboard powered boat it will definately be an Ocean Master.
Email Address: Onecaptmatt@aol.com
Date Submitted: 2004-12-17
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