With out sounding like a salesman....I dont think you can even bring the Aquasport into the equation. Maybe you can compare Aquasport with Wellcraft. and end it there. I know they are all Genmar. Some of the main diferences are Bronze vs plastic thru hull fittings. Glazed hull to deck joint vs screw & glue. Handlaid vs chopper gun. The weight of the boats and then look at the finish, hinges, handles, and even the rubrails and grab rails.
The 27 welcraft is I guess the closest in specs and it still falls behind, right away out of the box the
HS26 / Wellcraft27
23* / 21* deadrise
7990 / 7253 weight
236 / 188 fuel
The weight on the 26 is based on twin 225's, the wellcraft is twin 250's. The beam,LOA, water capacity, and other stuff is with in each other. If you drive the 2 I think you will definately notice the differance. the extra rise although may not seem like a lot really helps cut through the chop. Once you get down to storage, fish boxes etc. It will become even more noticable. Most of that stuff is kind of superficial, ride and longevity is the main concern.
From what I have read an heard the laminate schedule for HS is different than the schedule for wellcraft and aquasport. Hydrasport has it's own dedicated production line, the other 2 are built on the same line.
The seahorse line is still a HS boat but its their lower end boats, also smaller. More along the line of your friends aquasport.
I am not rushing into any thing with another boat. I am really seeing the best deal I can get although I am serious, I will not rush. Cold wise I have the curtains for my boat now and only use the fronts and sides. I will be getting the same enclosure with the new one. Its hard to do and take the loss but I want to drop the hammer and go then drop it again and get home. Kind of always want what you dont have I guess. I miss the space of a CC fish wise. Its hard, Because I love my boat and everyone else who fishes it thinks I am crazy even thinking about a new ride, especially with the extras. If I do it some one will get loaded GW at almost half price....And yes my boat is still in the H20 maybe another week or 2.
Oh yeah dont forget the HS is Kevlar reinforced
Pursuit is another great boat but along the prices of the GW's.
As I had mentioned LMK if you are heading down. Have you tested the wellcraft yet?