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Ocean Runner 29 Center Console (2018-)

2 x 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2



Brief Summary

B & R Marine has been building quality boats for more than three decades in Hialeah, Florida. While most manufacturers of offshore center consoles have been adding amenities and comfort features so their boats can do double duty as platforms for family fun, B & R Marine has taken a different track. The Ocean Runner 29 Center Console represents B & R’s commitment to producing hardcore offshore fishing machines without adding the expense or weight of features such as forward seating or sun pads. With the advanced technology of twin 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards, the Ocean Runner 29 Center Console can get to the drop with speed and efficiency.

Key Features

  • Deep-V hull with 24-degree deadrise at the transom
  • Integrated transom design
  • 220-gallon (833 L) fuel capacity
  • 300-gallon (1,136 L) fish box capacity
  • 38-square-foot (3.53 sq. m) open cockpit
  • 30-square-foot (2.79 sq. m) casting platform
  • Three livewells
  • 6’ (1.83 m) headroom inside the center console
  • Under-gunwale rod racks
  • Stainless steel deck hardware

Test Results

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG STAT. MILE NM dBa
600 2.9 2.5 0.6 4.8 4.1 941 817.8 69
1000 6.2 5.3 1.4 4.4 3.8 870 756.3 75
1500 7.9 6.8 3.2 2.5 2.1 486 422.4 78
2000 9.9 8.6 7.4 1.3 1.2 265 230.3 85
2500 14.7 12.8 9.5 1.5 1.3 306 266.4 89
3000 21.2 18.4 11.7 1.8 1.6 358 311.2 93
3500 27.9 24.3 13.8 2 1.8 400 348.1 94
4000 37.4 32.5 19.4 1.9 1.7 382 331.9 95
4500 43.1 37.5 23.5 1.8 1.6 363 315.8 93
5000 46.7 40.6 N/A N/A 2.2 N/A 443.8 100
5500 54.2 47.1 38 1.4 1.2 282 245.6 101
6000 57.6 50.1 48.5 1.2 1 235 204.5 104
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Specifications

Length Overall 29' / 8.84 m
Beam 8’ 6''
2.59 m
Dry Weight 3,800 lbs.
1,724 kg
Tested Weight 6,165 lbs.
2,796 kg
Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom 24-deg.
Max Headroom 6'
1.83 m (in console)
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 220 gal.
833 L
Water Capacity N/A
Total Weight 6,165 lbs.
2,796 kg

Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 3.6 sec.
0 to 30 4.5 sec.
Ratio 1.85:1
Props 15x21 Rebel
Load 2 persons, 3/5 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 76 deg., 58 humid.; wind: 15-20 mph; seas: <1

Engine Options

Tested Engine 2 x 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2
Std. Power Not Available
Opt. Power 2 x 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2

Captain's Report

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console running

The Ocean Runner 29 Center Console is purpose-built for chasing fish offshore and in coastal waters.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console running

Twin 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards provide 2-stroke power, strong low-end torque, and fuel efficiency throughout the power curve.

Mission

The Ocean Runner 29 Center Console has a singular mission, and that is offshore fishing. Of course, it can be cruised or used to entertain, as any boat can. But every feature inside and out is designed to get to the bite fast and efficiently while providing a solid, stable platform for landing pelagic predators and getting home safely. The aggressive deadrise starts with a sharp forefoot of 40 degrees at the bow and tapers to 24 degrees at the transom to provide wave-paving performance when the seas get challenging. The efficient Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards support the mission by providing a range of 400 miles at nearly 28 mph with 10-percent fuel reserve and a top speed of more than 57 mph.

Major Features

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console

The Ocean Runner 29 Center Console has a wide-open cockpit and gently curving sheerline with a bit of bow flare.

  • Integrated Transom. The twin 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards are mounted on the integrated transom, which sets them behind the hull’s planing surface, allowing faster times to plane and significantly less bow rise while accelerating.
  • Multiple Livewells. The test boat had three separate livewells, allowing an assortment of live bait to attract various pelagic species.
  • Multiple Rodholders. With nine rocket launcher-style rodholders mounted both on the T-top (there are six up there) and on the leaning post (three more), the Ocean Runner 29 Center Console makes sure the crew has enough gear for its mission. Gunwale rodholders hold six more sticks around the cockpit (three on each side).
  • Under-Gunwale Rod Racks. Each side can rack three rods amidships. The position is key. These racks allow the crew to keep additional outfits rigged and close at hand, but they won’t get stomped in the midst of a heated fight with a hooked fish. Some boats put these racks too close to the cockpit action.
  • Sharp Bow Entry. The forefoot of this hull is 40-degrees. She slices through chop, while the chine and flare help knock down the seas, to help keep the crew dry in sloppy conditions.
  • Aggressive Deadrise. The Ocean Runner 29 Center Console has a 24-degree deadrise at the transom, providing a soft landing in rough seas.
  • Wide-Open Cockpit. The cockpit on the Ocean Runner 29 Center Console is free of clutter. The only coaming to be padded is across the transom, but this setup largely eliminates the vinyl maintenance and repair necessitated by hooks and knives frequently used on fish boats.
  • Engine Installation. The Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards feature integrated steering. There are no hydraulic lines, rams, or external cylinders to be mounted. Just four bolts affix the engines’ mounting brackets to the transom, and a digital-shift and -throttle mechanism means only wires and fuel line need be connected to the outboards through a tidy harness.
  • 2-Stroke Technology. E-TEC G2 outboards provide strong low-end torque because 2-strokes deliver a power stroke from every cylinder on every turn of the crankshaft, while a 4-stroke engine’s pistons make a power stroke on one of every two turns of the crankshaft.
  • Joystick Control. The test boat was equipped with Evinrude’s iDock joystick control system for close-quarters maneuvering. Utilizing the E-TEC G2s integrated steering, the iDock system makes docking simpler.
  • Stainless Steel Hardware. The Ocean Runner 29 Center Console has stainless steel hardware throughout.

Performance

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console outboards

The twin 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards had terrific low-end torque to get the Ocean Runner 29 Center Console on plane in less than four seconds.

The Ocean Runner 29 Center Console has a length overall of 29’ (8.84 m) and a beam of 8’6” (2.59 m). With a hull-only weight of 3,800 lbs. (1,724 kg), with two-thirds of a tank of fuel (145.2 gallons of fuel onboard), twin 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards, and two people onboard, it is estimated that the test weight was 6,165 lbs. (2,796 kg).

Top Speed. With the twin 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards turning at 6000 rpm, the test boat reached a top speed of 57.6 mph.

Best Cruise. The best cruise came in at 3500 rpm and 27.9 mph. At that speed, the 13.8 gph fuel burn translates to 2 mpg and a range of 400 miles, while keeping a 10% fuel in reserve of the 220-gallon (833 L) total fuel capacity.

These are impressive numbers, and they're largely due to the fuel economy of the Evinrude E-TEC G2, owing to the technology inherent in these next-generation engines. These outboards use a state-of-the-art direct injection system that combines an efficient combustion-chamber design with placement of the spark plugs near the fuel injectors in each cylinder.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console cutaway

This image shows a cutaway view of an Evinrude E-TEC G2 combustion chamber with yellow arrows indicating the injected spray of fuel and the spark plug.

Built-in steering, trim, and tilt simplify rigging and eliminate hydraulic lines and extraneous equipment, while electronic throttle and shift control simplifies rigging as well.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console arrangement

Don’t blame the E-TEC G2s; that clean outboard rigging is made less tidy only because those jackplates require hydraulic lines.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console demo

This demonstration unit illustrates the way the integrated steering works, using a helical gearing system that transforms up-and-down motion to side-to-side movement of the steering bracket (shown at top). The steering pump is compact enough that it all fits within the engine.

The lower unit is more streamlined, but also incorporates larger gears, made possible through a simplified electronic control system that uses a small solenoid to actuate the shift function. These and other elements help make the Evinrude G2 engines some of the most fuel-efficient outboard engines whether compared to other 2-stroke or 4-stroke outboards on the market.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console demo

This demonstration unit of the Evinrude E-TEC G2 lower unit shows off the robust gears that allow for more flexibility in prop size while contending with the substantial power and strong low-end torque.

Acceleration Times and Test Conditions

    Time to plane: 3.6 sec.

    0 to 20: 4.1 sec.

    0 to 30: 4.5 sec.

Ambient temperature of 76-degrees, weather fair, and winds 10 to 20 mph with seas less than 1' (30.48 cm).

These acceleration numbers were achieved, in large part, because the E-TEC G2 is a 2-stroke engine. This means that there’s a power stroke on every turn of the crankshaft, while 4-stroke engines have a power stroke on every other turn of the crankshaft. Since every stroke is a power stroke, roughly twice as much power is applied to the propshaft than with 4-stroke engines, and this yields results particularly in the lower and middle rpm ranges.

Handling

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console running

Because Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards can use Autotrim, an automatic engine-trim system, the electronic engine control system can dial in the Ocean Runner 29 Center Console’s engine trim for optimal performance. The system can be turned off.

The hull form of the Ocean Runner 29 Center Console is designed to handle most sea conditions. With a sharp 40-degree bow entry and a 24-degree deadrise at the transom, it powers though choppy seas with a soft and dry ride. Pronounced strakes and hard chines assist with lift and help the boat track exceedingly well, resulting in exhilarating performance that translates to confidence and poise at the helm.

Inspection

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console running attitude

On plane, the Ocean Runner had a proper running attitude with a slight bow rise; the better for running in the chop.

Bow

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console

The foredeck offers access to the stainless steel anchor pulpit with roller, a delta-style anchor, a vertical windlass, as well as port and starboard chocks and 9” (22.9 cm) stainless steel cleats. The chain locker offers good access to sort out tangles.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console

There is a 6” (15.2 cm) step up to the forward casting platform that measures 6’1” (1.85 m) across and 6’9” (2.06 m) fore and aft.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console locker

The 19”-wide locker in the casting platform is accessed by a turn-and-lock latch. The hatch lid would be served well with the addition of a gas-assist strut to hold it open.

Console

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console forward seat

On the front of the console is a forward-facing seat.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console storage

The forward console seat opens to reveal additional storage.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console access

Access to the inside of the console is through a bifold door on the port side.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console

The inside of the console provides 6’ (1.83 m) of headroom and houses the batteries and access to the helm electronics and electrical systems. There is room to add a Porta-Potti for those long days offshore.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console hard top

The hardtop is supported from the deck by 1.5” (3.81 cm) brushed aluminum tubing with angled stabilizing tubes mounted to the top of the console. There are integrated handrails built into the supports.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console launcher

There are six rocket launcher-style rodholders welded to the trailing edge of the hardtop support frame.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console led

The hardtop is finished on the bottom and has LED spreader lights and courtesy lights built into its underside. The courtesy lights can be switched from white light to red for night running.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console features

The hardtop has a forward LED spreader light, a remote-control searchlight run by a keypad on the helm dash, the radar array, the VHF radio antenna, and the all-round navigation light (not shown).

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console electronics

Built in below, there is an electronics box under the hardtop.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console helm

The helm consists of a white dash with a modest windscreen and a protective cover (not shown) for the electronics. Note the compass mounted in the middle of the console top on centerline.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console dash panel

The dash panel houses two 9” (22.9 cm) multifunction displays. Below and to the left is the Evinrude color touchscreen display. The VHF radio is mounted in the middle with the mic mounted between the 9” (22.9 cm) displays. To the right is the stereo control and two 12V accessory receptacles.

Evinrude Display. The versatile Evinrude ICON touchscreen display delivers a wealth of information through its color graphics. Engine data -- shown with an intuitive proprietary interface -- is displayed including rpm, trim level, engine water temperature, fuel consumption and economy, and oil levels for each outboard’s oil tank (the system supports up to four engines) with easy access that are mounted under the cowling of each outboard.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console icon touch

The Evinrude ICON Touch display lets the user dial in the power steering for any conditions.

Control Engine Functions. The ICON touchscreen display tunes the dynamic power steering and adjusts the feedback to be more or less pronounced, and sets how many turns of the wheel lock to lock. Especially when fishing, boaters come to appreciate a feature like this, which lets them use one kind of steering for the long run to the offshore grounds, then a quick touch of the screen lets them dial in steering for the kind of trolling they’ll do all day, where the ability to drag baits along a weedline with precision can improve the catch rate.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console rocker

There is a full row of rocker switches just below the console dash. The operator would be better served if the horn switch was red for ease of identification.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console wheel

The stainless steel wheel is offset to port, has a steering knob, and is on a fixed mount.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console wheel

To the left of the wheel mount is the searchlight controller (yellow arrow), the windlass controller (red arrow), and the ignition actuator (green arrow).

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console tab controller

To the right of the wheel mount is the trim tab controller (yellow arrow), the jackplate controller (red arrow), and the outboard start/stop switches and the engine control binnacle (purple arrow).

Evinrude Engine Controls. The Evinrude engine controls allow for a host of features including cruise-assist speed control, single-lever operations, and engine sync matching the speeds of both of the engines. A pronounced neutral detent and indicator lights offer additional feedback.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console idock

To the right of the binnacle is the Evenrude iDock joystick and a drink holder.

Evinrude iDock System. The nature of the Evinrude integrated steering allows adding the iDock joystick steering system that makes low-speed, close-in maneuvering virtually effortless. Once the user gets accustomed to this system, it will help to instill confidence when operating in tight spaces like crowded marinas or docking at a waterfront restaurant.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console operation

Operating from the helm would be more comfortable with a footrest and toe cutout built into the console.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console leaning post

The leaning post has a helm bench seat for two adults and offers a backrest for ease of operating while sitting during long rides to the bite.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console rocket launchers

There are three rocket launcher-style rod holders mounted on the back of the backrest frame.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console livewell

Inside the Ocean Runner 29 Center Console’s leaning post is a large aerated livewell with a latch and gasketed lid to allow it to be pressurized.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console subwoofers

The test boat was equipped with two tweeters, two midrange speakers, and two sub-woofers to complement the two speakers mounted in the bow and two speakers mounted in the corners of the transom.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console covering boards

The 9” (22.9 cm) wide non-skid covering boards have three strategically mounted rod holders on each side for a total of six.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console cleats

There are 4.5” (11.4 cm) pull-up, stainless-steel cleats; two springline cleats amidships; and two stern cleats.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console gunwales

Under the gunwales are rod racks that hold three rods to the side.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console fish box

On each side of the leaning post is a fishbox. While some builders put gas-assist rams on these lids, on the Ocean Runner 29 Center Console they rest against the inwale.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console cockpit

The large open aft cockpit measures 5’ (1.52 m) fore and aft with 7’6” (2.29 m) from side to side. The gunwale is 22” (.56 m) above the deck.

Hullside Heights. The distance from the water to the top of the gunwale measures 26” (.66 m) at the aft cockpit, 37” (.94 m) at amidships, and 42” (1.07 m) at the foredeck casting platform.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console live wells

There are two aerated livewells built into the transom.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console

The interior of the livewells are colored bait-calming blue with rounded corners that helps keep the bait in better shape.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console pumps

Livewell pumps are within easy reach through the aft hatch in the cockpit sole. It may not be as open if other outboards are specified since the steering pumps may be located here.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console outboards

Easy boarding dockside is via a transom door on the starboard side. The integrated transom provides non-skid boarding access to either side.

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console steering

With the steering integrated into the outboards, mounting them on the jackplates is simple; just four bolts for each outboard. Note the lack of rams and hydraulic lines (except for the jackplates) which makes for a clean, uncluttered installation.

Trailer

Contact B & R for information on trailers for their Ocean Runner models.

Warranty

Contact B & R Marine for details on warranty for their Ocean Runner models.

Options to Consider

Ocean Runner models are factory direct and built to the customer’s specifications.

Observations

The Ocean Runner 29 Center Console proved to be a solid performer that handles offshore conditions wonderfully, reflecting a well-designed and heavily-built hull.

The fit-and-finish emulates its mission as a purpose-built offshore fish boat that serious offshore anglers can appreciate. Even with the addition of a few comfort features, few would mistake the Ocean Runner 29 Center Console as a recreational pleasure boat.

The addition of the Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards to the boat’s straightforward design adds high-tech features, such as electronically-controlled hydraulic steering and trim control, as well as the iDock joystick and ICON Touch engine-control system, to help boaters use the latest technology to make the most of their time on the water.

This powerful fishing rig is well suited for the task at hand: hunting down and landing pelagic predators. Add the technology of the twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 300-hp outboards with its integral oil tank and steering and trim components, strong low-end torque throughout the power band, and cleaner emissions, and this boat is even more ready to help anglers in their quest.