2005+ 270 amberjacks on the CT River

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  1. Drake29

    Drake29 New Member

    4
    Jun 23, 2018
    210cc logic, 150 Mercury
    150 Mercury efi saltwater
    Hi all,

    We have been considering upgrading from our 21ft cc to the 270 amberjack. Wanted to see if there was anyone in the CT river area that had one any what they thought, also if there was any possibility of taking a look at there boat to see if it would fit out needs. With 2 small kids we would use the boat for fishing, cruising, and it would be nice to have the cabin for nap time. Thanks in advance for any feedback.

    -Mike
     
  2. b_arrington

    b_arrington Active Member

    603
    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    270 Amberjack (2006)
    AB Ventus 9 VL RIB
    350 Mag MPI Horizon w/ BIII
    1998 Envinrude 15 HP 2-stroke
    I can confirm the cabin is a great place for little ones to nap. Pretty good for dads too. :) My 12 year old got tired last weekend and he has a very comfy-looking nap down there for about 90 minutes.

    I have 2 kids and the 270 AJ is a great boat for exactly what you describe. I have not found a boat that does so many things as well.

    I'm on Long Island but will be taking a trip to Waterford on the Niantic river soon. We might be able to meet up.
     
  3. Drake29

    Drake29 New Member

    4
    Jun 23, 2018
    210cc logic, 150 Mercury
    150 Mercury efi saltwater
    Thanks for the reply! That sounds great we are hoping to extend our time on the water with a little more space and comfort. We aren't too far from the Niantic river maybe we can work something out.
     
  4. b_arrington

    b_arrington Active Member

    603
    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    270 Amberjack (2006)
    AB Ventus 9 VL RIB
    350 Mag MPI Horizon w/ BIII
    1998 Envinrude 15 HP 2-stroke
    We typically spend a couple overnights on the boat each season. The kids sleep below and we sleep up top on an inflatable air mattress (no mid berth option for our model year). We have the optional layout with the back-to-back loungers on both sides and no livewell. I like that it give extra seating. I'm not that into fishing so the livewell would have been a waste for me. When folded down the loungers are good for a nap, but are too hard and narrow for overnight sleeping. Younger kids would probably roll off.

    To make the boat work better for overnighting, I had some custom canvas work done. I had a camper canvas back made including screens on the side and back panels. I also had blackout curtains made for all the windows in the cockpit. They attach via snaps and velcro, and this made it much more practical for overnighting especially when at a dock.

    LMK if yuo have specific questions; I'm happy to answer. PM me if you want info on when I'll be in Waterford.
     
  5. Drake29

    Drake29 New Member

    4
    Jun 23, 2018
    210cc logic, 150 Mercury
    150 Mercury efi saltwater
    You wouldn't happen to have any pictures of the sleeping set up on the deck would you? We were thinking that the aft cabin would be a must but there are not as many of them on the market and the price is a little higher.
     
  6. b_arrington

    b_arrington Active Member

    603
    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    270 Amberjack (2006)
    AB Ventus 9 VL RIB
    350 Mag MPI Horizon w/ BIII
    1998 Envinrude 15 HP 2-stroke
    I’ll see what I can find. Not sure that I have one of the bed, but I might have with the blackout curtains. I’m going to the boat this week and I’ll see if I can get some pics.

    The mid cabin became available with the 2007 model year. So the supply is necessarily less and the boats are newer.

    While the mid cabin may be nice, I’m not sure how long it is in practice. I know the mid cabin on a 290 AJ is unexpectedly short. I like having the massive storage area under the cockpit.
     
  7. b_arrington

    b_arrington Active Member

    603
    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    270 Amberjack (2006)
    AB Ventus 9 VL RIB
    350 Mag MPI Horizon w/ BIII
    1998 Envinrude 15 HP 2-stroke
    Here are some photos of my sleeping arrangements.

    Camper canvas profile.
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    Camper canvas rear
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    V-berth. I just added an egg crate topper tonight. It’s very comfy now. The white fitted sheet something I whipped up on my sewing machine from an old top sheet and some elastic.
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    V berth while laying down. My head is on the pillow in the above pic. For reference I’m 5’10” and have enough room.
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    Cockpit. The mattress is a “full” size Coleman inflatable. A queen won’t fit.
    613576F8-8E40-446E-BD56-61A3FEF752BF.jpeg 9B2472EC-611D-444E-830D-ED99DB313800.jpeg
     
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2018
  8. Drake29

    Drake29 New Member

    4
    Jun 23, 2018
    210cc logic, 150 Mercury
    150 Mercury efi saltwater
    Thats great thank you for the pictures!
     

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