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Seaswirl 2901 Walk Around (2009-2010)
(w/ 2 x 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC)

Brief Summary

Once the reigning king of the Seaswirl lineup, the 2901 Walk Around has since given up her throne to the 3301, but her popularity hasn’t diminished in the slightest. When staying under 30’ (3.1 m), you can’t beat her all-around value and toughness under fire offshore. And not only is she a capable fighter, the 2901 also makes a formidable family boat, and that goes a long way towards Dad getting his dreamboat while the family can still join him when the fish aren’t biting. So…we fish on Saturday, and cruise on Sunday; not a bad option at all. Check out our video and full report on the Seaswirl 2901 Walk Around OB and see if you’re hooked.

Key Features

  • 10 year transferable hull limited warranty
  • 30 oz marine vinyl
  • Bow pulpit with anchor roller
  • Marine AM/FM CD
  • Deck washdown system
  • High water alarm
  • Hydraulic trim tabs
  • Porcelain marine head with deck pump out fitting
  • Swim platform with dive ladder
  • V berth sleeping area with storage below
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 29' 8''
    Beam 125''
    Dry Weight 8,500 lbs. with engine
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 15''
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 21 deg.
    Max Headroom 6' 5''
    Bridge Clearance 111''
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 239 gal.
    Water Capacity 29 gal.
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 2 x 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    500 2.1 1.8 0.8 2.6 2.3 557 484 66
    1000 5.4 4.7 1.4 3.9 3.4 830 722 70
    1500 7.4 6.4 3.0 2.5 2.2 533 463 69
    2000 9.4 8.1 7.5 1.3 1.1 268 233 75
    2500 9.6 8.4 12.7 0.8 0.7 163 142 79
    3000 15.1 13.1 14.1 1.1 0.9 230 200 83
    3500 28.2 24.5 16.2 1.7 1.5 374 325 83
    4000 33.0 28.7 19.5 1.7 1.5 364 317 84
    4500 38.2 33.2 27.8 1.4 1.2 296 257 87
    5000 41.2 35.8 33.3 1.2 1.1 267 232 89
    5500 49.3 42.9 45.2 1.1 1.0 235 204 93
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    500 484 896 3.40 3.03 1.10 66
    1000 722 1336 8.70 5.30 1.64 70
    1500 463 858 11.90 11.36 1.05 69
    2000 233 431 15.10 28.39 0.53 75
    2500 142 262 15.40 48.07 0.32 79
    3000 200 370 24.30 53.37 0.45 83
    3500 325 602 45.40 61.32 0.74 83
    4000 317 586 53.10 73.82 0.72 84
    4500 257 476 61.50 105.23 0.58 87
    5000 232 430 66.30 126.05 0.53 89
    5500 204 378 79.30 171.10 0.46 93

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 5.3 sec.
    0 to 30 7.3 sec.
    Ratio 1.85 : 1
    Props 17'' Rebel
    Load 3 persons, 1/2 fuel, no water, minimal gear
    Climate 85 deg., 80% humid.; wind: 12 knots; seas: light chop

    Captain's Report

    SeaSwirl 2901 Walk Around OB
    Here is the Seaswirl 2901 with the optional Alaskan enclosed bridge package. This is the way that 75% of the 2901s are purchased. The Alaskan option costs just $6,000 more. Seaswirl is one of the few builders that offers this arrangement.

    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,

    Performance

    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.

    SeaSwirl 2901 Walk Around OB
    We think the Seaswirl 2901 hardtop has a nice distribution of room between the covered bridge deck and the open cockpit.

    Helm Ergonomics

    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.

    SeaSwirl 2901 Walk Around OB
    The helm seat was not particularly comfortable for long hauls to the fishing grounds. We like the circuit breakers under the dash rocker switches, and check out the open real estate for planting a nav package.

    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.

    SeaSwirl 2901 Walk Around OB
    While the molded steps are easy enough to use, there is a distinct lack of grab rails. Anyway, real men use the side decks to go forward.

    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.

    SeaSwirl 2901 Walk Around OB
    Notice how green water from the bow will get channeled right over the side before reaching the cockpit. This is a thoughtful design feature.

    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.

    SeaSwirl 2901 Walk Around OB
    Aft rumble seats are now the norm, but they are usually tough to deploy and re-stow. Happily, the Seaswirl 2900’s seat was a snap to pull out and to stow. Note rod holders in the gunwales and fish boxes in the deck.
    SeaSwirl 2901 Walk Around OB
    If you opt for the generator installation, it goes right in the middle of the cockpit deck. We’d add some sound-deadening material to the hatch.
    SeaSwirl 2901 Walk Around OB
    On the port side is a bait prep center with sink. Notice the gas assist strut and gasketed lid. When the lid is down the counter become mezzanine seating, just like the big convertibles. Note the foot rests.
    SeaSwirl 2901 Walk Around OB
    Batteries and electrical switches are conveniently located out of the way on the transom. Note the gasket to keep moisture out. We like the handy location.

    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.

    SeaSwirl 2901 Walk Around OB
    We’ve got to give high marks to Seaswirl for adding Pullman berths over the V-berth. Another berth is aft in the mid cabin. Note the three portlights and overhead hatch for adding natural light and air.

    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.

    SeaSwirl 2901 Walk Around OB
    Looking down at the galley.
    SeaSwirl 2901 Walk Around OB
    The wet head has full standing head room.

    Engine Options

    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

    Systems

    Air Cond./Heat Optional
    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Power Steering Optional
    Shore Power Standard
    Trim Tabs Standard
    Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
    Washdown: Raw Water Standard
    Windlass Optional

    Galley

    Icemaker Optional
    Microwave Optional
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Optional Snap-In
    Hardtop Standard
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Door Standard

    Canvas

    Full Canvas Optional

    Warranty

    Hull Warranty
    Transferable
    10 year
    Yes

    Certifications
    NMMA Certification Yes

    Price

    Pricing Range: $135,000.00

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.