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Old 03-10-2009, 08:57 PM
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Default Best all around Bay boat for the money?

I am in search of a bay boat.(will be 2nd boat) I am looking for a good/solid/dry ride in a bay chop. The more speed and handling the better. 22-24' range. There are tons of models out there with nearly the same layout. Who's gives you the most bang for your buck?

It would also be nice to be able to fish/cruise around the island with 4-6 people onboard. I want the boat to be fast but feel safe at the same time.

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Bang for buck, hand built boat and a very good ride Ill start with Action Craft. Their mid sized bay runs better than anything in its class that I have personally run. But I haven't run them all.

If you can find one.
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Sportsman Marine in Fairhope (who I heard is going out of business) had a couple of Coastal Bay 22 (made by ActionCraft) late last year. Might get a deal if he is looking to liquidate.
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Chris,
You could get a 24 champion baychamp with a few hours on her for a great deal right now. We have owned 2 and will be going on our 3rd. These boats are machines and I have yet to ride on a bayboat that even comes close ride wise. It also has a huge interior with tons of deck space, storage, livewell space, etc. We used to take ours diving 50 miles on in less than desireable conditions and the boat did awesome. You could definitely use it for close in offshore fishing. Ours is an 03 and is still solid as a rock. If you want to come take a spin let me know...you will be impressed
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Thanks Jake. What kind of performance are the 24's seeing with 250-300 hp? That 25 looks like a sweet rig. I wonder what it would do with a pair of opti's?
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Thanks Russ, how does she run with the 300. Will it get close to 60? 4mpg?
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There are alot of very good deals out there on barely used Pathfinders and Actioncrafts.
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24' Yellowfin bay boat, IMO the best bay boat out there, and you can get a 350 on one and out run that orange boat!
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Take a look at the offering from Blazer Bay, 19-24 foot.
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Triton 24 LTS nice ride.
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I am bias towards the Action Craft since I own one. You already have an offshore boat. There isn't a lot of point in getting a small offshore boat. The Coastal Bay will get you anywhere you want to go inshore. It will run in shallow water, it has pretty high sides, and the fuel economy will be better than anything else. It will also handle well offshore on good days. I would call the guys at Action Craft and ask them about their boats if you are interested. The 23 should run well into the sixties with a 300 opti, but check with them to be certain.
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Mine runs 55 with the 300. The newer Baybolts are 700# lighter so they should get 58. Best fuel burn is 3.8 mpg. Plenty of room with an 8' 10" beam and still gets shallow. The website says 10", more like 15" in the real world. 14 degree deadrise so I hardly think it qualifies as a small offshore hull. I was told by my Yamaha dealer that they can put 350's on them now, but at the cost of no jackplate. Where I redfish, that is a must. Good luck!
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Chris, we have a 24 with a 250 hpdi and it gets about 54 mph. Not sure what we are averaging at cruise but I can tell you a 90 gallon tank lasts a LONG time. We love our 24 and the more we think about it we will probably just get another 24 instead of the 25...more of a bayboat...but we still regularly go out 20-25 miles in it (not 50 anymore!). It rides like a much bigger boat. Here is the link to the 24...
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THis one has twin optis...I would get it without the t top for more casting room.

I do love the yellowfin, but for what we use it for, the champion better fits our needs. It is a little heavier/deeper and we do a lot of trout fishing at the rigs so we need something that is going to ride a little better offshore. Not that the yellowfin won't, but it just seems to be more of a flats, shallower boat...and the champion has more deck/interior space...I love the massive back deck in addition to a very large front one. My neighbor is getting one (a 24 yellowfin) in a few weeks so I will have a fresh report on it then.
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If you want speed.

Lake and Bay
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any boat that begins with "used" or "previously owned" in the description.



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You want speed, ride, fishability, fit, finish, fuel economy... Yellowfin is great, i promise you. we got one over past thanksgiving and have been nothing but impressed. I couldn't find a bay boat that i liked and didn't plan on spending more than 55 or 60. I rode on triton, shearwater, champion, skeeter. Champion and Skeeter rode very good. Champion really excelled, but the fit and finish is very poor in my opinion. I would have gotten it if i didn't look in the console and see an inch of daylight coming in from where it connects to the floor. So my next choice was to see if YF was worth it. I ordered it, even though I was nervous about how good it would ride because of the weight. (3250#'s loaded) That is pretty light to me. I promise you that it rides every bit as good as the Champion, and probably better. We cruised at 40 in a 2.5 foot chop the other day. Obviously we had to slow down for that 3.5 to 4 footer when we came across one, but I was extremely impressed. Also remember that Wylie designed that Champion hull. He knows what he is doing. YF is far superior, but its pricey and well worth it.
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You want speed, ride, fishability, fit, finish, fuel economy... Yellowfin is great, i promise you. we got one over past thanksgiving and have been nothing but impressed. I couldn't find a bay boat that i liked and didn't plan on spending more than 55 or 60. I rode on triton, shearwater, champion, skeeter. Champion and Skeeter rode very good. Champion really excelled, but the fit and finish is very poor in my opinion. I would have gotten it if i didn't look in the console and see an inch of daylight coming in from where it connects to the floor. So my next choice was to see if YF was worth it. I ordered it, even though I was nervous about how good it would ride because of the weight. (3250#'s loaded) That is pretty light to me. I promise you that it rides every bit as good as the Champion, and probably better. We cruised at 40 in a 2.5 foot chop the other day. Obviously we had to slow down for that 3.5 to 4 footer when we came across one, but I was extremely impressed. Also remember that Wylie designed that Champion hull. He knows what he is doing. YF is far superior, but its pricey and well worth it.
Keep us updated on it. As for the far superior part...I respectfully doubt it. The fit and finish on the champion is nothing fancy like the yellowfin, but it is all heavy duty and hold up over time (kind of like contender). Our champion is an 03 and we have logged some serious hours on her through everything including a lot of offshore hours and she has held up excellent. Matter of fact we just got it all detailed up and the boat damn near shows new. Had a washdown pump go bad, changed out a few wires, etc...but for the most part we couldn't ask for more. Due to its age we are going to let her go before too long...but would and probably will own another in a heart beat. Can't wait to run next to the yellowfin in some choppy condtions and see how they stack up. It will be interesting because these are two of the best rides out there.

Looks like there are some really sweet deals on 08s with very few hours.
http://www.boattrader.com/search-res...t-Length:DESC/
Bet you could pick one up for under 40k. That is an incredible deal on a very quality , awesome riding, strong built bay boat. Definitely worth a look Chris. Like I said, if you are in our area you are more than welcome to go for a ride on ours. Good Luck...and keep us updated
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the far superior was for the speed, fuel economy and in my opinion the fit and finish.. I was not bashing the Champion by any means, it rides exceptional.
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