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Old 06-14-2007, 06:31 PM   #1
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I am researching the best boat to buy. I will be regularly going through shallow water to get to my dock at home. So I am looking for boats that are shallow draft, but I would like a closed cabin for a head. Does such a boat exist?
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Old 06-14-2007, 06:34 PM   #2
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How shallow?
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Old 06-14-2007, 07:24 PM   #3
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Hinckly Picnic boat with a jet drive. 18" draft. Of course, it's some serious $$ but then you didn't say how much money you want to spend, how big a boat you want or other minor details like that.
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Old 06-14-2007, 07:35 PM   #4
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"Serious" isn't serious enough for the money for the Hinckley picnic......but OMG they are beautiful, aren't they?
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:10 PM   #5
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Steiger craft 25' pilot house only drafts about 11" but i am assuming that you are looking for a center console with a head in the console. Any center console with a modified hull should get u under 12" or so. Look at parker, steiger, maycraft and i am sure a bunch others.
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:22 PM   #6
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I think you may have hit it. I was not aware that the center consol boats had that feature. At least now I have a direction thank you
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I would look at Dorado boats.
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Old 06-14-2007, 10:06 PM   #8
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Shallow Sport Lattitude 27. Its a CC though but does have a head in it.
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Old 06-14-2007, 10:25 PM   #9
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First you want an outboard--extreme deep V's are out. The flatter bottom boats are more likely to be shoal draft. For example the C Dory 22 is 6" draft, the CD 25 is 7" draft and the Tom Cat is 15" draft. We take our Tom Cat out over a sand bar which is 18" during winter lows. These are all pilot house boats--but the C Dories have harsh rides in heavy weither.
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Old 06-15-2007, 01:03 PM   #10
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I have a Canyon Bay 2475. It drafts about 11in. It has a 18deg. deadrise. From my house I have to run in shallow water conditions (at times 1.5ft)before I can get out to the gulf. I researched and sea trailed bay boats / light off shore boats for over a year and this boat by far was the best. They are semi-custom made boats and the quality is unmatched, but it comes at a price. You get what you pay for. It runs better in a chop than most 21 -23 ft. offshore boats, yet I can run in shallow water with no problem. The web site is http://canyonboatworks.net/....
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Old 06-15-2007, 01:36 PM   #11
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Look at a cat. Mine drafts 12" by the factory specs but seriously, will go in and out of my slip and canal down to about 2.5' of water. You won't find much better in a boat this size with cabin, etc.
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