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Old 08-23-2007, 09:24 AM
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Default 22 or 23 ft dual console recommendations

I have a 20' Grady White cuddy cabin which has been a great boat. thinking of buying a 22-23 dual console with a 200 hp Suzuki because we use the boat alot for tubing, etc. in addition to fishing. Strongly considering the Triton 22' dual console. Looking for comments of anyone that owns one as well as other brand recommendations. thanks
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I had the same situation except it was a Seaswirl Striper w/a with a 130 hp Johnson. My family (wife and two boys) enjoyed the boat for 10 years. With older boys and many teens on the boat we out grew it and determined that a larger Dual Console was the best solution. It also had to have a porta potty option

Narrowed decision down to two hulls that seemed to be the best fit. A Grady 22 tournament or an Aquasport 215 Osprey. Found the best deal on a 2002 Aquasport first and it was an awsome upgrade. Powered by a 200 hp OX 66. I have owned the boat for 1 month. Speed, fishing capabilty, seats for a lot of folks, pulling skiers, rough water handling, and suprisingly not much more gas consuption (that old carbed Johnson was a great but thirsty creature). I am sure your 20 foot grady performed better than my Striper but this Aquasport with the heavy hull is impressive. And I have not put the trim tabs on yet.
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In February I bought a 2005 Grady White 22' Tournament with a 250 Yamaha fourstroke. While on the expensive side, this is an incredible boat and is, by far, the most versatile craft I've ever owned. Instead of the usual port lounge seat, it has a second pedestal seat. That opens up the entire cockpit and makes it an excellent fishing platform. The fold-down stern seat is big and comfortable. The bow is great for lounging with the optional section that fits between the seats, so the lounge seat isn't really necessary. The engine is mounted on a bracket which gives you a solid transom complete with livewell and fish box. It handles unbelievably well and gets great fuel economy - over 3mpg. I can't find anything wrong with this boat, nor can any of the many other boaters and fishermen I've had aboard.
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Old 08-23-2007, 10:34 AM
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There are a lot of 22-23' dual consoles out there, well maybe 21-23'. Sea Hunt, SeaSwirl, Boston Whaler, Grady White, Scout, McKeeCraft, Hydrasport is just bringing ot a 22' dual console I think. There a number of others as well. You might be limited to what you can get if you are set on a Suzuki, though. I don't think that Aquasport is producing anymore, but the 215 mentioned above is a "huge" dual console for a 21-23' boat. We looked at it before we bought our boat, but I felt it was so big that it would be underpowered with only a 200 hp motor on it, but that's only my opinion.
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Old 08-23-2007, 10:58 AM
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I don't think that Aquasport is producing anymore, but the 215 mentioned above is a "huge" dual console for a 21-23' boat. We looked at it before we bought our boat, but I felt it was so big that it would be underpowered with only a 200 hp motor on it, but that's only my opinion.
2005 was the last year of this boat. The 2002 is actually the older version. Both boats are similar in performance. With the 200 hp yamaha, I have gotten 45.5 mph measured with gps with just me in the boat, but with 7 teenagers, I clocked 43mph. And they could sit anywhere in the boat and the trim was pretty level. 200 hp is enough but would be more special with more power. I do not go off shore, so the 18 degree deadrise creates a more stable platform which I prefer. A deeper V might ride better in huge seas.

Anyway - Jalitchty is correct. If you are looking for new, you will have to look at something else. If you have had a Grady - the 22 tourn. is probably your boat.
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not wedded to Suzuki - that is what the Triton dealer usually installs and I have had good luck with the one on my Grady. I would be very interested to hear from Triton owners on how this size handles, etc. thanks
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Another vote for the 22 Grady Tournament... Most versital boat I ever owned, and I have had a few.... Personally I would buy a 93-02 model (SV2 hull without the euro transom)...

For a lower priced new boat, I would be sure to look at the 220 Sea Hunt like Jalichty has....
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I don't think that Aquasport is producing anymore, but the 215 mentioned above is a "huge" dual console for a 21-23' boat. We looked at it before we bought our boat, but I felt it was so big that it would be underpowered with only a 200 hp motor on it, but that's only my opinion.
2005 was the last year of this boat. The 2002 is actually the older version. Both boats are similar in performance. With the 200 hp yamaha, I have gotten 45.5 mph measured with gps with just me in the boat, but with 7 teenagers, I clocked 43mph. And they could sit anywhere in the boat and the trim was pretty level. 200 hp is enough but would be more special with more power. I do not go off shore, so the 18 degree deadrise creates a more stable platform which I prefer. A deeper V might ride better in huge seas.

Anyway - Jalitchty is correct. If you are looking for new, you will have to look at something else. If you have had a Grady - the 22 tourn. is probably your boat.
I saw a Wellcraft 220 Sportsman the other day. It looks almost exactly like the post 2002 Aquasport 215. I figured Genmar would keep building that boat ... So, you can get one new, but it's a Wellcraft now.
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Look at this one http://homepages.roadrunner.com/lake.../page0009.html. Let me know is the pictures do not load.
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Old 08-23-2007, 03:17 PM
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I don't think that Aquasport is producing anymore, but the 215 mentioned above is a "huge" dual console for a 21-23' boat. We looked at it before we bought our boat, but I felt it was so big that it would be underpowered with only a 200 hp motor on it, but that's only my opinion.
2005 was the last year of this boat. The 2002 is actually the older version. Both boats are similar in performance. With the 200 hp yamaha, I have gotten 45.5 mph measured with gps with just me in the boat, but with 7 teenagers, I clocked 43mph. And they could sit anywhere in the boat and the trim was pretty level. 200 hp is enough but would be more special with more power. I do not go off shore, so the 18 degree deadrise creates a more stable platform which I prefer. A deeper V might ride better in huge seas.

Anyway - Jalitchty is correct. If you are looking for new, you will have to look at something else. If you have had a Grady - the 22 tourn. is probably your boat.
I saw a Wellcraft 220 Sportsman the other day. It looks almost exactly like the post 2002 Aquasport 215. I figured Genmar would keep building that boat ... So, you can get one new, but it's a Wellcraft now.
Here is a used 2005 220 Sportsman Wellcraft - You are correct door#3 - Same boat as the Aquasport.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2005-...spagenameZWDVW
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if you want open cockpit- take a look at the proline 22DC. in my mind, it has more "space" than some of the others. that said, i also like the grady, triton, sea hunt, and aquasport/wellcraft. good luck!
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Old 08-23-2007, 06:21 PM
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The only item that keeps the Grady 225 from being the ideal 22-ft. DC is the lack of storage, especially in-floor storage for skis and wakeboards. The new Hydra-Sports 2200 DC, on the other hand, has an incredible amount of storage and IMO trumps the Grady as the finest DC on the market for general family use.
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The only item that keeps the Grady 225 from being the ideal 22-ft. DC is the lack of storage, especially in-floor storage for skis and wakeboards. The new Hydra-Sports 2200 DC, on the other hand, has an incredible amount of storage and IMO trumps the Grady as the finest DC on the market for general family use.
Yeah I was going to say the HS.

I think its got a pretty good deadrise (22 degrees) which helps the ride.
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I have a Sea Hunt 220 Escape, their 22 ft.dual console. Great boat for the money. You will want more than the 150 hp on it for your needs. The 150 is fine for our use.
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I vote for the Triton. Great looking boat, lots of storage.



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Can we downsize the Triton pic so this thread is readable again?
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Haven't taken a ride in one but the HS vector 2200DC does look like the winner for me. The layout, the storage, the solid built, and general thought out plan is what would get me.
Not cheap though....might be right up there with the GW! Anyone have a quote?
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thanks for all these good responses. One question that I have is that in looking at the specs on the Grady White 23 tournament compared to the Triton 22.5 dual console it looks like the Grady is around 800 to 900 pounds heavier. I use the boat in the Chesapeake and Rappahanock rivers in most seasons so it needs to handle choppy water well. Both these boats have great reputations - does that difference in weight make a big difference in ride, handling, speed etc?
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Clydew....do you take this offshore? I've been looking at this boat online and am interested in it. Seems like a good boat for the price. But I want to be able to take it offshore Jacksonville in 2 to 4's and not be worried.
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Look at this. Rode one several times Nice boat! Itt runs good with a 200 HPDI on the back.

http://www.clearwaterfishingboats.co...p?model=2200DC
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