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Old 03-10-2004, 12:30 PM
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Default Best flats and bay boats for the $

I'm currently looking for a flats boat or a bay boat. I've seen many and liked several that I have looked at. I want something in the 17-19 foot range that isn't afraid of a little chop and that can still go skinny. Yeah, I know it's a lot to ask. I don't wanna have to take a second morgage either. I've been told that this is the mecca of boating and that this question can be answered by knowledgeable honest poeple on here. Thank you all very much for your time.
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The question is how much boat can you afford?

This will cut the field down quite a bit.

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Try a ShearWater Coastal 2000.............make sure you look at the standard features on this boat before you judge it against the others on price. I just picked up my 2200 last week.

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I'm not looking to buy new but want something no older than 4-5 years. Don't wanna spend any more than about $17,000. Like I said though I'm looking in the 17-19 range. I plan on looking at a shearwater
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Not sure if price for a new one is in your range but may look for a used one. Sweet boats.

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How about A Cape Horn 18 Bay




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Fishin, I like that! What's the draft on it. In your opinion not what the dealer list. LOL! I also hate to ask but what does one list for?
You guys keep it flowing I'm looking at boats that I haven't looked at previous and I'm learning some stuff too!
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Take a look at the 2004 Sea Pro SV2100 Bay Boat.

I have seen package deals with aluminum trailer and a 150 for around $20,000, a lot of good boat for the money.

Here is a deal on a Sea Pro SV1900.
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Knotty,

The other issue is just how shallow do you want to go. Some of the high tech flats boats will float in 5-6 inches of water. You are NOT going to get that in a bay boat. Most bay boats are going to draw 9-12 inches with the motor up.

As you know the bigger you go the more it is going to draw. I've got the smallest Jones Bros. Cape fisherman they made, 17' and it only weighs 500lbs (absent motor) and it will float in 6 inches of water. It will run on plane in about 8 inches.

It will each chop for breakfast. Unfortunately they came out with an 18' model and stopped making this 17'. I love mine. Most of the flats boats in the under 18' range will draw the least.

So how shallow are you wanting to go.
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I would say that with the big motor up, I've gotten through water about 12-14" deep using the troll motor.

I bought mine used (a 2002 model that was about 14 months old) for about $16K and it had about $600 worth of upgrades (flip back seat, side rails, bimini top) and that compared to a new 2003 model with 115 Johnson (no options) asking $17K. In Louisiana once a boat is title you don't pay taxes again, so I also saved taxes.

If you wanted to buy this new with a 150 DFI or 4-stroke (max power), it would probably get close to $20K.

Here's a shot of the transom that shows the deadrise pretty good.
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Knotty,
I've got this one for sale.
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Try maverick, Hewes. pathfinder

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For a good combo-boat I use a twin vee 19ft, went to Bimini last year, I fish the flats in Bradenton and the marshes around St Augustine, very roomy and stable, goes is skinny water, heck of a capable boat for 20K...Mick
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how bout a 3-4 year old actioncraft with a 135 or 150 on it. Ive had one in the keys since 99 great boat for Skinny water can go out to the patch reefs, and with the 135 opti sips gas. just a thought
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How about one of these, draws 10". I have had one built and I am having shipped half way across the world. I have 32 pics of the construction stages if you wish to view.


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Knotty:

I have a Seachaser 220 Bayrunner and I think for the money its a good solid boat. There is a guy here in Savannah that has a late model 220 Bayrunner with 140 4 stroke suzuki and t-top for sale for $18,000. If your interested shoot me an email and I'll see if I can put you two together.


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I just started looking at a skiff or flats boat and i found this boat to be interesting and affordable.

Bay Craft inc.

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Texas custom boats that might fit your needs:

SCB 22'Cat racing bayboat- http://simmonscustomboats.com/images/SCB004_640.jpg

Transport 18' Transcat- http://tswf.com/TranSportBoats/images/180Vcat.jpg
IS this skinny enough? http://pic3.picturetrail.com/VOL22/5...28/9553893.jpg

18'FlatsCat- http://flatscat.com/specifications.htm
http://flatscat.com/images/boats/optimized/cat25.jpg

17'Southshore- http://southshoreboats.net/flat.html




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Maybe I'm just a traditionalist, but damn those Texas flats cat boats are hideous. I looked at Seachaser's flats boats quite seriously. They're allegedly based on the old Hoog hull and, I have nothing but respect for Hoog. If you could find an old Hoog, you'd really have something nice. I'm selling a 1975 Hewes Bonefisher right now, it's got a 1993 (94 powerhead) 120 Johnson looper on a galvanized trailer. Cheap cheap cheap.
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wew go with the texas custom-i want 1 of those texas custom bay boats, damn looks kinda like a strong candidate for 100mph club. do ya think it could take an allison? or maybe a bullet?
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