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Old 02-23-2008, 05:45 PM
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Does anyone own a Panga? Ride, fuel efficiencies etc: Searching boats and saw this make and it looks interesting. 22 to 27'.
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It is not a "Make" although there are some with that "brand" There are several boat companies in the US building pangas, and as I understand it, a couple branded "Panga". There are also pangas being imported from Mexico and the Caribbean. The panga is a commonly built fishing boat in many 3rd world countries--Mexico, Central America, Caribbean. Basically narrow beam, flat bottom, lots of flare foreward. Pluses, low hp, and good ride. Negatives--can be wet ride, and lack of room, more likely to roll in a beam sea, because of the narrow beam.
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Old 02-23-2008, 08:58 PM
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Do a search. There's tons of information available. Some of it is factual, some of it based on experience, and some of it from people who think they know how the boats ride, handle, and fish from looking at one...

About the best information is available through Arlon's Yahoo group at: groups.yahoo.com/group/panga_style_boats
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Old 02-24-2008, 08:48 AM
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Years ago we were looking at a "panga" type boat. The brand name was Paceno. It looked seaworthy in the pics that they had of it in the surf and at sea.

We never went through with the deal though.
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Old 02-24-2008, 05:46 PM
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All through central america the panga rules, even across the pacific a lot in use. Tuna fished in a 25 ft panga in tuamotus, french polynesia, carried 4 of us, each 250# or better, powered by a single 115 4 stroke suzuki, fished in pacific swales from island to island. i was impressed enough that i am looking at pangas here in Fl.
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Old 02-24-2008, 07:36 PM
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I've had both the Panga.com 22LX and the Panga Marine 22 Boca Grande. Both are good boats. The Panga.com under the deck is a lot nicer. The Panga Marine has about a 10 '' gunnel that gives you a very dry ride. Both are impressive as well as disappointing in some aspects but aren't they all??

If I were out there buying another new one? I wouldn't hesitate to price a new Andros 22. They just didn't have one when I needed it.
Dollar for dollar, it's the nicest boat.

Panga? I wouldn't have anything else.
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Check out "pure panga"...getting back to the original idea of a pange style...simple, light, capable, easily pushed with moderate hp....the other pangas are beautifully finished and equipped, some as much as 40K for a 22ft....they ride smoothly and dry in the stink....just slower than deep vees....they keep their large, wavesplitting bow on top of the water....boat level, and just ride along....I've seen 26ft's with 90 hp going along very nicely....try one and see.....I just think they are pricing themselves out of their niche....you can still get a stripped 26 for about 32K with a 225hp on the back...lots of boat for the $$....check boattrader....Mick
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Check out Panga Marine in Sarasota, FL. They have boats from 18 to 28' and just splashed their new 261 Tournament Model and she is bad to the bone. One nice thing is that you can order a boat and have it customized however you want it to fit within your budget.
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Test drove an Andros panga and was not real impressed with fit/finish, however they have come a long way and may have improved since my ride. Sure don't hold a stick to my Albury as an all around boat that will last for years...IMO

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Old 02-25-2008, 05:22 PM
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The Albury is a nice boat but at 55 to 60K and a 16" draft?? How shallow will it go? The beauty of a Panga is a very shallow draft and can easily run offshore with any boat. At 27 to 30K for a Panga with trailer I think it's a no brainer. Cheaper if one does his homework on a used one.
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Test drove an Andros panga and was not real impressed with fit/finish, however they have come a long way and may have improved since my ride.
Huh? What wasn't impressive about the Andros fit and finish? They pretty much only make completely custom boats.......... They're more expensive than other panga style boats on the market, but I've certainly never heard anyone complain about their fit and finish..

The Albury Brothers boats are definitely nice. I'd trade my boat for a 27' Albury Brothers any day... But then I'd sell the Albury Brothers, buy another 26' panga and put the remaining 80k or so in the bank.
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Old 02-28-2008, 05:10 AM
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I am the lucky owner of Panga Marine's new Tournament 26, hull #1. I had their Marquesas before this. If you're in the market for a versatile, efficient boat built by a company small enough to treat you like their only customer but large enough not to worry about whether they'll be around in a couple of years you should really talk to them. I've been involved in a lot of transactions in my life, and never have I had one as pleasant as this. Rob McDaniel is a guy you want to do business with. PM me if you want to hear more or have specific questions.
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I was at the factory a few times when your boat was being built. Rob and Art really did a nice job. She is a beautiful boat that will do anything you want.

They are currently building Hull #2 for us to use as a demo boat. we can't wait.
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I have a friend with a 22 footer he is selling, it is brand new and never been in the water. He has 2 22ft Pangas, one of them is at his dock in his back yard and I am sure he would gladly arrange a test ride. If anyone is interested board mail me and I will give you his number.
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Test drove an Andros panga and was not real impressed with fit/finish, however they have come a long way and may have improved since my ride.
Huh? What wasn't impressive about the Andros fit and finish? They pretty much only make completely custom boats.......... They're more expensive than other panga style boats on the market, but I've certainly never heard anyone complain about their fit and finish..

The Albury Brothers boats are definitely nice. I'd trade my boat for a 27' Albury Brothers any day... But then I'd sell the Albury Brothers, buy another 26' panga and put the remaining 80k or so in the bank.
Not looking to knock the Andros, only that I was in the factory and observed two boats in various stages of construction. I was also in Panga Marine's factory and Albury's. Almost every boat looks good once it is complete, with some exceptions, however the things that are not visible after the boat is fully assembled was what I was talking about and should have made myself more clear. The quality of construction at the time I looked at all three boats, in my opinion on the Andros was not as good a Panga Marine and not even close to Albury. We then test drove each boat and the Andros had a vibration set up, at speed, that you could feel in the T-top plus a very, very annoying noise coming from the scuppers at certain speeds. The owner tried to dismiss the vibration as wind and finally admitted that the scuppers location created that sucking sound at low speed because of their placement. There were no issues on the Panga Marines or the Albury. There are a lot of guys who get into boat building and it takes them years to figure out what works and what doesn't, and I personally felt the guys at Andros, were really nice and committed but also trying to figure out what was going to work on their boats and find a niche. I understand that everyone has to start somewhere, however if you're the guy that buys a boat that is part of the learning process, it could be rather costly or at the least very annoying in the end. I love the Panga design and almost bought a Panga Marine. I saw the new Andros at the Miami Boat show and thought it looked pretty good....
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