View Full Version : 32 Luhrs Open - Good Boat??????
04-02-2005, 01:41 PM
Thinking of buying a 32 Luhrs Open - comments negitive or positive.
04-02-2005, 02:58 PM
what kind of power? what year?
04-02-2005, 03:20 PM
The Luhrs is a 1996 with cats 750 hours.....
04-02-2005, 04:12 PM
I had a 32 Luhrs open for almost six years until hurricane Fran helped take it away from me. Great boat! I had Yanmars in mine but I also rate the Cats high.
The boat is stable in rough seas, handles great, and has a very roomy cockpit. I really loved being able to make the quick hop from the helm down into the cockpit and like the large live well and bait prep station.
If I could have held on to the boat, I would have. I'm sure you will really be happy with one.
04-02-2005, 04:50 PM
I like the 32 Open. Very workable pit with lots of room. I currently have a '95 Luhrs 32 Tournament with T-gas. She has a good drift set when chunking, tracks nice in a following sea. Running into a 4'+ head sea you have to back off the throttles a bit and put the
bow down to keep from slamming. I have heard the 32 handles head seas better with diesels due to the added weight. With a 12.5' beam I can troll 8 lines easily. I am looking to move into a open or express model very soon (get tired of climbing up/down the bridge when trolling). I know Luhrs gets a bad rap but mine has been great and I am definitely considering another. Good luck on you decision.
04-02-2005, 06:16 PM
I just looked at David Pacoe's review on a 95 Luhrs.
It should give you some good insight on important areas to look at.
Tight lines and screamin drags!
04-03-2005, 09:16 AM
Call FINS (TF MEmber) about his. He has an older one and seems to love it. I have fished on it several times and truely enjoyed. I even took the helm while around the 3rd island one day. She was easy to control and responded well.
HAd the 29 open 1996 for 4 years. Great Boat We are now looking at the 32 Open 2001 also!! Good Luck Peace and Panic Paul
04-08-2005, 07:25 AM
I love my 2000 open purchased last year. My only reservation is the gas engines. Go with the diesel if you can afford it.
Otherwise very solid, does rock and roll a bit when drifting. But the cockpit is large and workable, and it is great being 3-4 steps from the helm.
I have zero complaints about fit and finish, wiring, plumbing, engine access, etc. It's no 35 Cabo, but I spent a heck of a lot less.
04-08-2005, 07:42 AM
I hate to be the only negative guy, but when Luhrs went super high production there were some reviews that mentioned less consistent glass work, maybe even chop gun construction. They were sort of stigmatised as Bayliners of the sportfish world. This being said, I don't know anyone that has ever had real world issues with design or construction. It's kind of like loving an indie band until the sell alot of records. Then they have sold out.