At one time the 2901 was the company’s flagship cabin boat. That position is now held by the beefier 3301 WA. Still, the popular 2901 is a hot seller and fits the under 30’ (3.1 m) niche nicely. The slightly smaller and more economical 2901 has been completely re-tooled, and modernized for today’s competitive market place, but retains her classy looks and choice of stern drive or outboard propulsion formats. Due to popularity, we tested the latter configuration, equipped with a pair of Evinrude 250-hp E-TEC’s strapped to the stern.The enclosed hardtop option allows anglers to extend their season and stay cozy when Mama Nature turns nasty,
We found the top speed for the Seaswirl 2901 Walk Around to be 49.3 MPH (79.3 KPH), burning 45.2 GPH (171.08 LPH). Best cruise was 28.2 MPH (45.4 KPH), and the boat gets 1.74 MPG (0.74 KPL), giving the boat a cruising range of 374 miles (601.89 kilometers).With 500 horses on tap the 2901 ran well, giving a solid, confident ride. Even though running around the Gulf shore waters in 1-2 foot chop was hardly a challenge for this boat. The 2901 is designed with a high shear line for rough water angling and is a favorite among Pacific Northwestern anglers who appreciate a boat with high freeboard. Hydraulic-assist steering and good sightlines made for well-behaved drivability.
Besides basic controls and instrumentation, the throttle are mounted more on the horizontal than on many boats in this class, which is a good thing. However, we found that the skipper’s seat is not comfortable as we would like for long jaunts. The companion’s side seat wasn’t any better with the balance of the seating in the cockpit following the same ideology; a narrow cushion and thin padding. The helm could also use a glove box or other small locker for stashing a boater’s basic needs.
On the other hand, we liked the molded steps up to the foredeck. Grab rails would be a nice addition here. Using the side decks, I found access to the bow and pulpit to be secure with assistance from a high bow railing fabricated from stainless, welded tubing.
A Side Note
And while on the subject of side decks, we have to give Seaswirl high marks for channeling the water overboard, instead of allowing it to flow into the cockpit from the side decks. If you end up stuffing the bow in heavy seas, you’ll have little to worry about. Whatever does end up in the cockpit will be ejected in short order thanks to the self-bailing cockpit scuppers.
The fiberglass hardtop was also a big plus, especially since it comes as standard equipment. The top includes molded radio boxes, spreader lights and rocket launchers, but you’ll have to pay extra for the canvas enclosure and windshield wiper. Below, the cabin and head compartment are built around a smooth fiberglass liner making for easy housekeeping.
In the Cockpit
The cockpit’s fishability ranked high, too, as one would expect for a boat built for Pudget Sound and Pacific NW game and meat fishing. The Striper 2900 does not have all of the more esoteric fishy details one might find on some boats in class, but remember that the 2901 was designed to be an affordable boat. If you want all of the fishy gimcracks add them as options, or go elsewhere and pay-up.At the transom is a comfortable rumble seat that fits two comfortably, or three close friends. Most often these are hard to deploy, and even harder to stow. Not so with this Seaswirl 2901 version. Up and down in a flash and no pinched fingers or crushed hands. Not even a curse word. Tucked behind this rumble seat are the ship’s batteries and electrical switches.
Cabin Class Comfort
Whether over-nighting with the family, or with your beer-guzzling fishing buddies, the Seaswirl 2901 WA delivers. The Seaswirl 2900 has one of the best uses of cabin space we have seen in a small boat. The “V”-berths forward have back rests that make into Pullman berths, which can be deployed from the seat backs and secured to the overhead This arrangement will increase your ability to add more people without crowding or packing a bunch of guys into the same bed (not that there’s anything wrong with that). The table lowers to form another berth, and yet another is under the cockpit in the mid-berth.
The mid berth makes another great place to stash bodies for the night, with a closable privacy curtain. Seaswirl has crammed a lot of liveability into this 29’ package.
Let’s not forget that this is an outboard powered boat, and you have choices. They travel in pairs and are offered by the “big three” (Yamaha, Evinrude, or Mercury). Horsepower will come from a pair of 225’s or 250 four strokes or 2-stroke E-TECS. Almost all of the boats go out the door with twin 250s which have a retail MSRP of about $135,000. The 2901 WA comes with a very extensive list of standard features, (we’re talking big value here), and a comparably short options list. Items you’ll have to consider adding are such luxuries as cabin air conditioning and a 5 kw generator. Your electronics package and hull side colors are options to think about, too. If you’re looking to stretch your fishing dollar by combining offshore functionality with a family weekender, then the Seaswirl 2901 Walk Around OB deserves a closer inspection. It’s a great mix of both worlds.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Seaswirl 2901 Walk Around (2009-2010) is 49.3 mph (79.3 kph), burning 45.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 171.08 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Seaswirl 2901 Walk Around (2009-2010) is 28.2 mph (45.4 kph), and the boat gets 1.74 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.74 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 374 miles (601.89 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Carpet: Cockpit||Optional Snap-In|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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