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Old 11-01-2008, 10:15 AM
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Default Sea Chaser 2600-Carolina skiff

Looking at buying a 2004 Sea chaser. It is the 26 foot model with the 200 gallon tank. Anyone have one or been on one of these? I know they are wide, so they will pound a little-No deadrise. I like how wider boats sit in the water while tied up-Don't "bob" as much.

IS this boat safe for 100 miles offshore? I have been 70 off in a 22 foot single with no problems. It does have twin motors.

Whats the worst conditions you have been in-In this boat?

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Old 11-02-2008, 04:28 PM
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Can't believe no one has been on a 26 sea chaser.
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Been to the stream a few times in one. They do ride rough and are wet. The seachasers make a great bay boat. Their offshore lines are popular, but, not enough flair or deadrise . Take the boat out on a rough day. The 26 has a lot of room and is priced pretty reasonable for what you get. Should be safe for 100 miles if appropriate safety gear on board. In real 2-3 foot seas with a close interval, dont count on running more than 28mph comfortably. Good stability on the drift.
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Old 11-03-2008, 06:43 AM
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Thanks for the input. How big a difference does the beam and deadrise really matter? How fast could you go in a Contender or another boat that has more deadrise and a smaller beam. Given the same size boat-Can you run that much faster in 3 footers packed in tight?(smaller boats24-26)

Curious-as I have never ridden in one?
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:15 PM
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Why are you associating Beam with pounding?

WEIGHT and deadrise affect a hulls ability to prevent pounding.
Beam has nothing to do with it.

Deadrise REALLY matters. USUALLY, higher the deadrise, the less the hull will pound (not always). Also the more the boat will rock at drift or anchor (and wider beam will help lessen that effect).

9' beam is not over large by any stretch of the imagination on a 26' boat.

My father had a '78 Formula 26' cuddy back in the '80's with a 9.6" beam and my buddy has a 2007 Grady 23' Gulfstream with a 9'3" beam.
beam is irrelevant in that regard.
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Figure at least 6-9 mph difference in speed between a 24* hull and their 20* hull.
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I sold a customer a 26 sea chaser with twin 200 suzuki 4 strokes and the 160 gallon fuel tank... i was going offshore in my boat (a 26 cape horn twin 200 yamahas) and he had a crew and wanted to follow... well it wasnt bad running offshore but it wasnt real nice... we were crusing 30 mph through the slop drinking beer and having conversation while we looked back at my customer and his crew and the sea chaser was coming out of the water and looked to be pounding the crap out of its crew (the boat captian has as much to do with a beating as the boat does)... before long we could no longer see them so we stopped and called them on the radio.. "we are coming but we are just getting beat up real bad so we had to slow way down"..... we were on the hook with baits out before we even saw them again... only 25 miles offshore...but both boats were there and fished all day... we just fish longer and felt alot better when we got back to the dock.. before my cape horn i had a 1900 offshore series seachaser.. great boat... rode good was very big for a 19 ft boat i fished that boat 45 miles offshore on good days.. some turned bad on us.. but we got home safe and never felt worried... fit and finish are not even close to the top tier boats like cape horn, contender, regulator, jupiter...ect ect....but not every one can get in to the top tier boats and sea chaser is alot of boat for the money... you can fish the same places in the same seas... it may not be as comfortable but it is done every day.. i loved my seachaser and i caught everything from red fish to dolphin on that boat.. I sell anglers also.. they make a 26 around the same price as the seachaser with 24.5 degrees of dead rise... great ride.... good luck.. buy it fish it and have fun..
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Nickless,

I just sold my 24'CC Seachaser. Not the 26, but similar. I really liked my boat. We have been 70 miles out on overnighters on many occasions. My partner is going to Thunderhorse tomm in the same boat. The little less deadrise hurt a little in rough seas. Just slowed down a kept going. I am a fair weather fisherman, so did not matter that much. The little less deadrise will gain speed and MPG. The 26' is MUCH bigger than my 24'. That boat can handle more sea than you can fish in. It will not ride as good as a 24.5 degree boat in 3-4' seas, but those boats do not ride great in those seas either. If you plan on fishing in rough seas all the time, get a Glacier Bay. Otherwise the Seachaser will work fine at much less cost and better fuel economy. BTW, the only reason I sold my Seachaser is because I had a partner and I am moving my fishing location.
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As far as 100miles out as long as the weather has been checked I would rather be in a 26 seachaser with suit,raft,epirb than a new 70ft viking with no safety equipment at all. As long as you have twin motors and all the safety equipment you will be fine just check your weather. good luck, be safe
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I have a 2004 2600 with the 200tank twin 225 mercury counter rotating, with trailer. not a lot of use. call me @304-667-3206 if interested. reason for selling buying, a new everglades and ready to sell. not much of a portapotty area only drawback on the 200 gal tank.
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