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1981 Hydra Sport Fishing Boat

Below you’ll find information on the 1981 Hydra Sport fishing boat, which is often used for bass fishing. Since the boat was released in 1981, finding locations to buy the boat these days may be difficult, especially if you look at your local marinas or boat sellers.

1981 Hydra Sport Fishing Boat Information

1981 Hydra Sport Fishing Boat

In 1981, Hydra Sports manufactured six different boats, which are distinguishable by different model numbers.

  • The X-240 is 14-feet-long and weighs at the least 650 pounds when the fiberglass hull is empty. Being empty means no passenger, no fishing gear or equipment, and no gas in the tank; these phrases translate into ‘dry.’ The middle beam of the boat is just over 70 inches and the outboard motor has a maximum horsepower of 60.
  • The X-250 has a 15-foot-long fiberglass hull and is 71-inches wide at the center beam. The weight starts at 675 pounds when empty (same specifications of empty as above). The horsepower of this engine hits 80.
  • Just a step up in length and weight from the X-250, the X-255 is 15.33-feet-long and weighs 680 pounds when dry. At the beam, the boat is 76 inches. The motor has a horsepower of 90.
  • Also with a fiberglass hull is the X-260. The hull is 16-feet-long and has the same width as the X-255 at 76 inches. However, this boat is heavier when dry — 725 pounds — and has an outboard mother with a maximum horsepower of 115.
  • The X-270 is nearly 17.5-feet-long and weighs 800 pounds dry. The power rating for this boat is 150 horsepower. The beam of this boat measures 81 inches.
  • The largest boat of the Hydra 1981 Sport fishing boat series is the X-280. This boat also has a fiberglass hull that measures 18.25-feet-long with a center beam that is 81 inches at its widest point. Figuring no passengers, gear, or gas in the tank, the boat weighs about 800 pounds. The outboard motor has a maximum rating of 150 horsepower.

Fiberglass Hull Care

The hulls on all the models of the 1981 Hydra Sport fishing boat are fiberglass. It is recommended you still take care of this material as if it were metal or plastic. Some problems to watch for are:

  • Discoloration. Since a boat is mostly outdoors in the sun and on the water, the color of the hull may change. A simple boat polish — sometimes called marine polish — will repair the discoloration. Ensure you remove any polish residue so it doesn’t stain the hull; take special care our rivets and seams.
  • Scratches. To minimize deck scratches, don’t allow your passengers to wear common street shoes. Any tennis shoes with a softer sole or deck shoes will help this (or even no shoes, if possible). Dirt can get ground into the deck floor, which is difficult to remove.
  • Docking issues. Give your boat adequate protection when guiding into a dock. Hitting the dock could provide damage to your boat’s hull integrity or even scratch it beyond repair. If you ever decide to trade-in or sell your boat, the value will diminish. Purchase dock bumpers, which are simple, inexpensive rubber wheels that hang over the side of your boat to protect it against the dock.

Finding a 1981 Hydra Boat

The Hydra Boat series from 1981 is noted to be a sturdy and easy-to-maintain boat. Finding one, however, is the challenge. The Internet is your best bet, since millions of users post ads every day. First, check eBay or any popular auction site. After that, try any of the boating sites that specialize in boat ads like iBoats or Boats.com.

Finally, if you don’t find any ads or a 1981 Hydra boat within your budget, scope out your local boat dealers. Chances are, a brick-and-mortar boat seller won’t have a 1981 Hydra Sport fishing boat on-hand, but they should be able to help you find one or they keep their eyes out for one.