Biscayne 22 vs Belle Isle

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Biscayne 22 vs Belle Isle

Post by whsoxfan » Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:35 am

Hello Ladies and Fellas

I am considering the Biscayne 22 or the Belle Isle. What is the difference between the two models and how do they differ in handling and performance.

I'd like to attach a swim deck for tubing or water skiing

Thanks for any input, now its off to work

thanks, pat

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Re: Biscayne 22 vs Belle Isle

Post by Bill Edmundson » Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:10 am


I don't see much difference in the running surface. The Belle seems to have a little more round transom, barrel. The Biscayne has a little blockier transom. That might but you an 1" or 2" width in the rear cockpit. No handling or performance difference. Just a matter of taste.

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Re: Biscayne 22 vs Belle Isle

Post by cb_build » Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:59 am

I have seen pictures of the Biscayne 22 with a opening between the two forward cockpits, can the same be done on the Belle Isle?
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Re: Biscayne 22 vs Belle Isle

Post by billy c » Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:35 am

yes you can. most builders seem to open this up to make 2 front seats with a bench seat in the rear.
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Re: Biscayne 22 vs Belle Isle

Post by Bob Perkins » Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:00 am

Both are flat bottom at the transom
That means they like flat water
If you will use the boat where there is a lot of chop - you want some 'V' at the transom.
But they are pretty similar otherwise.
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Re: Biscayne 22 vs Belle Isle

Post by Hercdrvr » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:03 am

Belle Isle is an up sized Barrelback, 3 ft longer and 7” wider beam. 7” is a huge difference in beam. I would have built a Belle Isle but build space was max of 20’ so Barrelback was the answer. I’ve never sat in a Barrelback but I know it’s going to be tight.
For my dime and time, I’d build the Belle Isle over the Biscayne for the unmistakable rounded transom. That said, incorporating a swim platform into a barrellback transom will be more challenging.
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