|Posted: October 09 2007 at 17:03 | IP Logged
Nice looking boat, Chummer.
We own a 2005 2600WA w/ Yamaha 150 4-strokes. Set up is very similar to yours with hardtop and the Taco outriggers. No radar or autopilot. Also trailered. Overall we find this boat perfect for us in South Florida. We do some cruising, fishing, snorkeling and entertaining friends. Try to get out 1 - 2 times weekly. With the 4-strokes I frequently get 2.3+/- mpg at 25 -30 knots depending on load. The fuel economy is terrific for a fairly heavy 26' boat. Where are you located?
The ride and handling are typically great, but I too find the ride very rough in the frequent 2' - 3' chop, and now often plan outings between one inlet to a second, with the chop on the stern.
Usable storage is poor. While the cabin will hold a lot of "stuff", a lot of wasted space below the raised helm and cabin bed. The 2007 models have installed storage in these areas and I intend to replicate in my boat.
Our ownership experience has been mixed. We bought our Century new, partially based on the strength of Yamaha Corp. ownership and stability. We love our boat, but the dealer experiences have been horrible. The 1st year of ownership was continued frustration due to poor dealer service, overcharges and no follow-through. We initially had a lot of problems with electrical gremlins (lights, refrig, windlass, several pumps, etc.), many of which went unresolved. Then the two dealers we dealt with had their dealerships pulled by Yamaha, leaving us with no dealer for warranty repairs.
I finally went straight to Century corporate and have since been well cared for and the gremlins resolved after an excellent mechanic they referred replacing parts and rewiring. I did a lot of work on my own and identified the original dealer-installed batteries as too small for the boat. This one change by Century resolved 90% of the issues and the boat is working well now.
I'd give the overall design, utility and materials high marks. Fit and finish are inconsistent. Yamahas motors are wonderful. Century gets a B+, but dealer network a D-. They are trying to resolve this.
Haven't made it to the Bahamas on this boat yet. Needed to cancel two trips to the Abacos. Port Lucaya would be a nice trip ... have been there many times. We'll try for Guana Cay again next June if possible.
Who do you use for insurance? originally a great rate, State Farm just jacked my premium by 50%. I've got a few good quotes, but only cover 75 miles offshore. State Farm covered most of the Bahamas.
P.S. Unfortunately picture upload not working...