Swiftcraft dominator reviews for fishing/diving - OR pacemaker/haines? HELP :)

 Hey guys im currently looking at this boat with a 140 4 stroke on the back. its the 88/89 model i believe with the inbuilt fuel tank and also kill tank at the back. Im wanting to know peoples thoughts on these boats. Iv been loving my 16ft baron but its super tippy when im trying to line fish. Very good as a dive boat though. Im looking to upgrade to a 18/19ft boat as im 6'4 and 110 kgs. would also love to go out fishing with 3 or dive with 4 people. 

Can anyone give me some feedback on these dominators? i have heard they ride well but the back end looks flat and im worried its not going to be the best riding boat in our Perth conditions. 

Are they really THAT bad or are they are pretty wicked all round boat?

The hulls in original condition but the bloke reckons its rock solid and you could jump up and down on the deck and it wouldnt move. 

Would love some feedback!

Budgets about 20-25k so also looking at other options with 4 strokes.

Cheers! 


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I have Ranmars old boat - 5.3

Fri, 2018-11-09 17:48

I have Ranmars old boat - 5.3 mtr with 115 yammie 4 stroke on the back. GREAT BOAT! Handles slop and swell no worries and really stable boat. That flat end is the trick. Don't know why the don't build more and bigger boats on that shape.

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what model?

Fri, 2018-11-09 21:18

 Which model is the 5.3m? 

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Had swift crafts for many

Fri, 2018-11-09 20:18

Years . Can't beat them. I call them a small big boat. Unreal in following seas , good head on. They don't like strong wind front quarter panel.( not many boats do).1 fault with deck ,they crack where they join hull. My youngest boy has Viking ( replaced deck) bullet proof now. I have mariner replaced deck with 12 mm marine ply. Added extra supports inside hull. And thickened hull(80 kilo) in glass and extra floatation. Bomb proof. My oldest boys swift craft explorer . Nothing wrong at all .brilliant boats but when built. They lacked deck support( just my opinion).i personally have owned 4 different swiftys. Dominator is what I have always wanted . Had to settle for mariner at the time. Very dry and safe boat. Good luck

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 if your after a dominator, i

Fri, 2018-11-09 20:55

 if your after a dominator, i cant fault mine. handles all sorts of conditions . i am running a 140 4srtoke on mine. 

i have made a couple of changes as the transome needed replacing so i got it extended to fit a longer leg.you do get a bit of water over the back at times as the 140 is a heavy motor and sits lower in the back. i also built up the area just in front of the motor with some stainless but looking at glassing it up eventually. this was mainly to stop the water splashing over and atatching the bait board. we have fished 4 on the boat but mainly only 2 of us and neither of us are small and have no probs with the boat tipping too much so that wont be a prob for you. they are a very dry boat  and only had water come over the front once in real rough conditions. as little Johnny mentioned , no probs with following or side on seas. certainly dont regret the purchase and refirb , well worth the money spent

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hey mate

Fri, 2018-11-09 21:19

any chance i could come over and have a yarn this weekend and look at your boat?

Would love to see and get someones perspective of one before buying. especially since the person is trying to sell the boat, would be getter to get someones honest opinion on them.

cheers  

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wicked

Fri, 2018-11-09 21:16

thanks for the responses guys,

1 thing i was worried about was the floor and stringers.

any idea what they were made from and craftsmanship? Would i be looking at new floors in the coming years if its an 88 hull in original condition?  

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There a wa boat ( Welshpool)

Sat, 2018-11-10 06:52

Inside . 3 stringers either side of main keel. 1.5 inches wide/10 mm high .jarrah, deck sits on thin jarrah planks of memory 3 going cross ways. With 8 mm deck. Crossway ones are the ones I rebuilt out off boating foam and covered with glass( goes rock hard). Track my name and scroll through you will see exactly what there like with deck off. I think it was called swifty rebuild few years back

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good boat

Sat, 2018-11-10 06:56

 they are a good safe boat, bang a bit if you push them, have you looked at a Baron sportsman as they are an awesome sea boat and would run rings around a Dominator when it gets rough  cheers Ace

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foothills marine

Sat, 2018-11-10 06:59

 pretty sure foothills marine still have the Swiftcraft moulds, the old bloke there knows all about them and i think they build the odd one for people who want a new one   cheers Ace 

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 A couple of reasonable

Sat, 2018-11-10 10:05

 A couple of reasonable looking Bonito 185's on Gumtree atm. Maybe another option for you. 

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My 5.3 is the Dominator.

Sat, 2018-11-10 10:57

My 5.3 is the Dominator.

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 Look for a seafarer viking

Sat, 2018-11-10 11:03

 Look for a seafarer viking much better boat and within price range 

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getting the bottom line final answer from a bunch of blokes that use false names and put smiley faces at the end of paragraphs is not the best place in the world to get the information you seek.

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Looking at selling my Haines

Sat, 2018-11-10 12:39

Looking at selling my Haines PM sent.

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I'd argue about the Viking being superior

Sat, 2018-11-10 18:09

 same hull, you are just sitting a lot further forward, with less undercover storage space and no shelter. Fine for fair weather fishermen, I guess   And as you are sitting further forward, as with any hull, you aren't done any favors in the ride department. Yes more deck, but the Dommie isn't short of that. To each his own, YMMV, etc.

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Go the dominator

Sat, 2018-11-10 19:13

:)

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rough boat

Sun, 2018-11-11 19:13

it ended up being a rough boat :( 

back on the hunt guys! if you know of anything going please let me know :)  

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rough boat

Sun, 2018-11-11 19:13

it ended up being a rough boat :( 

back on the hunt guys! if you know of anything going please let me know :)