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Old 07-22-2003, 10:59 PM
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hey guys

i've been looking into offshore fishing boats for sometime. and i would like an idea from the fisherman here about whats a good size for an offshore boat.. that must be trailerable!

i plan on using it to fish of the georgia coast to the gulf stream if possible.

so some other factors that come into play are whats a good size fuel tank?

i think a 25fter would be ideal for these conditions with approx 120 gallons onboard...

what do yall think?

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Old 07-22-2003, 11:02 PM
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oh by the way.. another factor is $$.. lets see if yall can give me some good ideas boat/motor combos for under 60k... thats kind of a low $$ for an offshore boat but thats a high $$ for me

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Thought you were set on one of them twin vee's......

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I'll bite first! I bought a 2002 Parker 23' Deep Vee Center Console with the F225 Yamaha for right at 50k. It has a custom built t-top, holds 150 gallons of gas, which the 4 stroke sips, and has the feel of a much larger boat. Overall length with the bow pulpit and engine bracket is 27'6". I have been offshore in 8-10'+ seas and was probably the only boat I saw under 30' in those conditions and was absolutely, 100% confident in this boat. It is roomy, solid and for 50k can't think of a better value in an offshore fishing boat. I'm sure others can!
There are plenty of other boats you can go offshore in and trailer for under 60k, but once you get into a 25' boat and larger, it will be tougher to get both trailerability and the price you are after. I love the 25' Parker but you should see it on a trailer! It's huge! Even the 23 on a trailer is big but more reasonable to trailer.

I do know you will find some 25' and 27' boats for around and under 60k, but, watch out! In my honest opinion, you get what you pay for and the high dollar boats like Grady White, Contender, Boston Whaler, Pursuit and Regulator, just a few examples, are some of the most expensive boats you can buy, but worth EVERY penny in every repsect! They are built solid, look great, hold their value well and are excellent all-around packages. I also would guarantee you cannot buy any of them, new, from 23' and up for under 70k! I like the Parker because you get the dollar value in a solid, well built hull, "re-sale" value, excellent fishability and space.

This is just one man's opinion, but worth a look at! Whatever you buy, get the 4 stroke!
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I bought a 1993 Grady White 245 Explorer a couple of year's ago for 32,000. It was garage kept to. The guy I bought it from just bought a brand new 26' Glacier Bay which was also kept in the garage and I got a hell of a deal on the boat. He also run's a charter boat out of OC MD. The boat's are out there you just have to be patient and find what you are looking for. Oh and get this my wife found the boat for me.
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Parker,
You obviously have no idea what "8 - 10'+ seas" are. You probably have never seen and never will see 10' seas in your 23' Parker. At least, you will not be around to tell about it afterwards anyway.

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Fishmatic, I assumed you are looking for a new boat! If not, you can definitely find a great used boat for 60k or less! Sorry!
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I would agree with Birdy on this one...8-10's in a 23 CC, good night Irene. Maybe long period swells, but not 8-10's breaking from heavy winds.

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I agree with Birdman that the guy in the Parker doesnt have a clue what he is talking about with regard to 8-10 seas. People should really think before they posts such absolutely stupid statements.
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I'll agree....good 3'-5' seas, short period swells from seemingly every direction, are fairly uncomfortable in my 21-ft Proline with a 24" engine standoff. The going is slow, and you gotta be quick on the throttle unless you enjoy taking water over the bow every few seconds. You won't do it long, and its hard on the boat.

I've seen a full 60-ft dive boat in the Bahamas come completely out of the water and throw everyone to the deck in what our captain called 6'-8' with occasional 10's seas. Needless to say we were proceeding in a similar size boat at a much more reasonable 8-10 knots...the other guy doing closer to 15 knots as he passed us...even hearing some of his passengers yell obscenities and many of my fellow passengers gasping in disbelief!

So I have a hard time believing a 25-ft boat in 10-ft seas was doing anything except keeping just enough forward speed for steerage to keep from pitch polling....if he was lucky.

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Old 07-23-2003, 08:56 AM
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Not a snowball's chance in Hell to navigate 8 to 10s in a 23 footer. I headed straight into an 8 one time in a 31 ft. Fountain and broke the crest over her nose. Good thing the bilges were up to the challange and it was just the top of the wave. Back to the origional topic, get a good used boat between 26 and 31 feet. I recomend Fountain, Contender, Rgulator.
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I fish the GA coast go out from Brunswick all the time.I have a sailfish 266 with twin 200 hpdis with 185 gallon fuel tank.You can get one of these boats for close to 60,000.The quality and construction of these boats are very good.It will get you around 2mpg .But you do realize the gulf stream is 85 or so miles of the GA cost and with these evening thunder storms we have be careful that far out.If you get a thunder storm between you and land you can get in a world of hurt .We normaly fish the live bottom around 45 mile out and head back around 3:00 pm to miss the afternoon thunder storms this time of the year.
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You'd do best buying a 1-4 year old used boat, top of the line, than a brand new midline boat. That is, if you want that new boat feel. Yes, you can find 4 year old boats that feel new. You can also just get one of the cult brands, up to 10 years old, and repower.

Capt. Steve's 2470 looks very nice, and we just bought a similar 2470 too. But just so you know, I met a guy down in SC last week selling his 2470 because he fished the Gulf Stream out of South Carolina and wants to move up now. Maybe the next step up Pursuit would be better?

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Cape Horn 24' 10", fuel is 118 Gallons. Depending on what engines you go with, you will have a 300 to 400 Mile Range.

Cape Horn builds a nice solid boat you will be happy with.

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My Edgewater 225cc that I used to own was a good offshore boat. The rigging dealer did a poor job, but the boat had a good ride. I rountinely fished out 45 miles on the right day (2-3, maybe even 3-4), but you definitely were limited by the right day and weather.

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5 foot waves must be bigger here in the northeast than other places. I have a 35 Bertram and I cry for my mommy everytime I am in anything over 5 feet. Wind driven seven footers here is just about all one can take. Three years ago we rode out a blow 50 miles off the beach at anchor. The waves were breaking at about 7 feet with some to 10. 40 kts winds. Blown forecast by the way. We were in my 28 Bertram. It would have been a great risk of life to attempt to make it home on that moonless night. At first light we picked up anchor and cruised back in a 1500 rpms and 10 kts until we got help from the lee of the east coast. 8-10 footers in a 23 boat-Pure BS-Sorry To hide my red eyes from crying for my mommy.
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im with all the above...

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You might want to take a look at the Dusky 256 FAC. It is within your target specifications, can be had with single or twin outboard power, and would be trailerable without any special permit in all states. It's even available with a gas or diesel inboard.

Pricing ranges from $35,300 for a single 250 hp 'Rude (before options), to 47,200 for a 230 hp Volvo diesel. Pricing is available on the Dusky web site.

Specs on the 256 FAC look like this:

Centerline length..............25'6"
L.O.A. with DuskyDrive.........28'2"
Beam, amidship.................8'3"
Draft, hull only.................13"
Dead rise......................20ยบ
Hull weight.................4500 lbs
Cabin height.............. 66"
Cabin well depth...........13"
Cabin V bunks..............72"
Maximum H.P...............450
Fuel standard (outboard)......100 gal

So new or used, you can get what you're looking for within your budget. Whatever boat you decide on, make sure you sea trial it in the conditions you expect to find yourself in.

Good luck!
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I would say that the Sailfish 266 and the Sea Pro 255 CC or WA are probably the best bang for the buck in this size boat. Both nice looking safe boats that you can rig with twins. Probably spend around 60k for the sailfish and around 45 to 50k for the Sea Pro w/ twin 150 efi's. Good luck with your descision


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