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Old 09-23-2007, 09:08 AM
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What is the general take on these boats? Ride, quality, overall fit and finish.

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Why would this question be spammer?
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I agree 470... dont get the spamming remark. Only 5 posts too.

I was actually going to post the same question. Possibly looking at 22' cc Angler for my dad. Dont know too much about the brand. Probably could find out some good info by doing a search.
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Yes, if you can get the search feature to work you can do a search. I vaguely remember some threads a while back about the angler boat.
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Check out Sea Hunt for around the same $$. Alot less problems.
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This low tier boat has been bashed and praised on the hull trutth.

I would suggest used, but go through them with a surveyor to see what they need and then decide if they are a bargain or not.
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Kind of like Sea Fox, some love them and others (normally folks that do not own one) hate them.

I have looked a couple of the new ones at shows and they look decent for the money like any entry level boat, most that own them that I talk with would buy another
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I have a 01 angler wac that had hurricacne damage,I did some fiberglass work to it so I know how the boat is built.Explain to me what a entry level boat is,I have owned a few boats cape horn,25 aquasport,24 answer and a sportscraft and I have worked on all of them.To me they all seem to be built about the same.except those other boats had wood core material and the angler is a wood free hull, anyway the angler is a well made boat there a no stress cracks in the hull and all the thru hull fittings are chrome over bronze.Alot of these other boats seafox,neptune ect have not been around as long as angler and boat builders come and go! www.uscgboating.org/recalls/micdatabase.htm
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We bought our new angler this year. One problem volt meter died not a part built by angler. The dealer sent one to me and gave me a credit of one hour labor since it was easier for me to change it myself then bring it in. Dont forget picking a good dealer is almost and may be more important than what brand you buy. You can always get more boat for your money used there are alot of decent boats made now do your home work pick one you like and enjoy it. I looked at Pro Line Trophy Dusky and a few others it came down to style/layout and dealer. Angler won because of those 2 things. I bought new because my wife wanted me to stop being cheap and buy one new thing since all of my toys have been used or junk I put together I am glad she talked me into it since the summer has been spent using the boat not working on it. Brian
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I have a 01 angler wac that had hurricacne damage,I did some fiberglass work to it so I know how the boat is built.Explain to me what a entry level boat is,I have owned a few boats cape horn,25 aquasport,24 answer and a sportscraft and I have worked on all of them.To me they all seem to be built about the same.except those other boats had wood core material and the angler is a wood free hull, anyway the angler is a well made boat there a no stress cracks in the hull and all the thru hull fittings are chrome over bronze.Alot of these other boats seafox,neptune ect have not been around as long as angler and boat builders come and go! www.uscgboating.org/recalls/micdatabase.htm
These brands you mention are also entry level price boats, so I would not expect that you would see much difference. The Capes have come up recently in price, but when I bought my 2002 19', I paid $18K with every option, and she had 8 hrs on her.

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Have an angler 18 on a lake..., it is a good boat for the money....it is not a whaler, not a fountain, not a grady or pursuit...., but for what you pay it is a good decent boat. It is not a piece of crap..., it will not break into pieces...., you will notice little things, fit and finish..., gelcoat problems, cheaper latches and bimini top pieces that will eventually break....things that you can replace yourself...., hulls themselves seem to be well built.


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I bought an 18' Angler in 1993 and used it for several years. It seemed to be solidly built and I had no problems. I do remember that it was a pretty wet ride in rough water. I eventually sold it and bought a half interest in my fishing partner's Sea Cat, which was a much better riding boat, and still have it today.
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I've been pretty impressed by my Angler. The hull seems solid, and aside from a slightly wavy rub rail I think the finish is very nice.

Some of their models only have 19 degrees of deadrise, which give them good speed and economy with modest power, but they tend to pound if driven hard in rough seas. The 2600CC has 24.5 degrees of deadrise, and supposedly the ride is fairly close to Contender/Regulator standards.
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I have not had any problem with mine. I also have two cousins and two co-workers who have them and they have not had any problems. Good luck.


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I do`nt think how much you pay for a boat means it is a entry level or not.You would be surprised at the way all new boats are made,hurricane ivan beat up alot of boats some of these upper end boats did not hold up any better than the less expensive boats.Angler boats have been around since the early 70`s if they were junk they would have been gone a long tine ago!also I would put that answer boat up against any other 24 cc for dry ride,handling,and entry.that boat had 24degree dead rise and is one tough boat sold that boat 10 years ago it was a 1982 and it is still being used also they were used by the fl.marine patol years ago,I do`nt want to afend anyone either but if any one is going to buy a boat under 26` I do`nt think any of them are entry level
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I have a 1997 18 CC. Bought it 5 years ago -- no problems with the hull. I would say it is average fit and finish, average ride. It is what some refer to as a "value boat." I use it for saltwater fishing, so it gets abused now and then -- pounding in rough seas. It is a wet ride in the rough stuff-- makes you slow down, so itís not necessarily a bad thing! Gel coat looks good for a 10 year hull. I had heard reports of stringers breaking, but never got the details. They generally come rigged with Mercs, not my first choice. I'm running a Suzuki. Boat has high gunwales for an 18, which is good if you fish it. Iím happy with it. Fellow on this board once commented that he has several that he rents out in Florida. Has had them abused, no problems. A lot of folks on this board don't care for them. Good opinions are supported by facts....
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I bought new because my wife wanted me to stop being cheap and buy one new thing since all of my toys have been used or junk

Never mind the boat, you are lucky to have a wife who encourages you like that!
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Hey, bought an 1996 18' Angler as a bum around boat and a fun little tender. Great little boat for the buck. Handles well with 3-5 people, well built and well designed. I have a great dealer right around the corner, but I haven't ever had any issues, besides the usual celenoid going (not Anglers problem). They are good looking boats, and after 11 years, the hull still shines every spring with a little compound and wax. Certainly better riding than a Montauk 17, and a heck of a lot cheaper!

Obviously, if its used, check it out carefully, there are a lot of boat owners with NO common sense out there who kick the sh*t outta their boats.
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Angler owner here. 204FX 2006 model.

Rather than calling Angler an entry level boat, I'd call it a compromise boat. There are trade-offs you are making for the price.

Things I like:
The ride. Angler has been around a long time and is not new at hull design. My 204 rides a whole bunch better than my 212 Sea Hunt did. Much less slamming and banging.

Simplicity. There is nothing on the boat I can't fix or swap should I decided to. Getting to some items is very tough (bilge pumps, sea cocks, etc) but that's pretty typical for this size boat.

All of the vinyl has held up very well even after being slipped in salt water uncovered for 2 years.

No gel coat cracks or problems of any sort.


Things I don't like:
Angler uses the cheapest possible components available. Screws, hinges, latches. I've got a lot of rust stains coming from cheap fasteners. They should spend another $50 on the boat and upgrade this but they may not even make $50 on this boat.

They don't include much with the boat. No compass. Not even lifts on the big hatches. No locking latch on the cabin. And on and on. Again, the cheapest components available.

All of the welding on the rails and t-top looks like it was done by 7th grade shop class students. It's just plain horrible and ugly. This is the one thing that would keep my from buying another Angler. No broken welds yet, it just looks nasty.

The boat sits low in the water even with standard power. The scuppers are just above the water line so it self drains but you damn well not let the drains get clogged or that baby is going down. Even the standard boot stripe is underwater at rest.

Not many other complaints.


Curious things:
All of Angler's horsepower maximum ratings are low for the size of the boat. I'm guessing this is because they have heavy hulls and weight there gets subtracted from what's available for a large engine. My 204FX has a maximum rating of 150HP. That's a good minimum but I've never want anything small on it. Most every other 20 footer will take a 200HP engine.


So in the end, I'd look at another Angler because of the price and ride but unless they upgrade the welding quality, I'd skip it and look for something else.

All in all, it gets me safely where I want to go at a price I can afford.

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