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Old 01-18-2010, 05:03 AM
     
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Question The best fishing boat brands in center console??

I am looking for a center console saltwater fishing boat in the mid 20 foot range. I'm not going offshore too often but it should be able to handle open waters of large bays. I'm also not needing the highest horsepower but should I consider twin engines over single and why?

What brands are generally considered to be better (quality and seaworthy) by consensus?
(like Grady White, Hydra Sport, Edgewater, Everglades, Regulator, Pursuit, Whalers???)

I have seen a lot of brands that I've never heard of so without bashing any brands, what are the other brands that y'all have been happy with. Is there anyone who you trust that rates boats?

Any other opinions are welcome at this state of the search...I'd generally go for used boats to save off the list price but not sure what too old is!

Appreciate your opinions as I'm formerly an inland freshwater guy.
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The ones you listed are all good brands but if you are asking for the best then that is up to opinion at best. Naturally most here will tell you Yellowfin, Contender, Sea Vee but Contender I think is the only one that makes a 21' boat

Most that fish offshore like twins basically for piece of mind but with twins you will have twice the costs of maintenance and not sure you will find too many boats in the 20' range set up for twins most of these will be 23' and longer and if most of your fishing is in bays and such I would say twins would not be a concern, Sea Tow/Towboat US is much cheaper


One thing to be sure is to get enough horsepower, lot of dealers will sell boats that have marginal hp at best and that does two things first you will get aggrevated and second if you resale it is tough, one thing you will NEVER hear is "Man I have too much hp for this boat". Also if you get a great deal on a boat with too little hp do not purchase thinking you will repower, that is pretty much not an option that is practical, some of us do repower and older boat due to a new motor is cheaper than a new boat and have a motor that is blown makes a boat almost worthless but other than that most will never spend the money to upgrade power, some do but most do not

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New or late model CAPE HORN -- 19 or 21 -- great boats and they define the word TANK. They are heavy and very seaworthy! Great factory owners and factory support. Built in Milton, Florida. Pensacola is a suburb of Milton!
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grady's and whalers will beat yo to death, in the 21 range, you can look for a small cat. Twin vee etc...
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contender or seacraft in that size range...mabye an older repowered mako would be a good fit. IMHO
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Benja, let me give you some random thoughts based on your post. They won't answer you question about the boats and I may be totally off base but here goes.

I am not sure where you are fishing. I am not sure why you are changing from fresh water to salt water fishing. In my case, I got bored catching and releasing the same 2 pound bass in the same lakes weekend after weekend. If you move to a salt water bay you are going to catch specs and reds catfish and croakers. Unless you are fishing in the Florida area then you can add snook and a couple of species. Don't get me wrong I still do that to with a friend because I love to eat specs and redfish. However, over the years I was introduced to offshore fishing and never looked back. The thrill of catching 8 or 9 different species each trip, some outstanding eating, some that can take you out of the boat if you're not careful, some that can eat you is awesome.

My point is if you want a "mid 20s center console with potentially twin engines" you likely will be offshore more than you think. One a good 24 to 26 foot boat will take you there and 2 they can be too big for bays and 3 you will look silly in a bay with twins.

The fact that you are changing from fresh to salt water fishing tells you something. I would not underestimate the lure of offshore once you get a taste.

As for the boat a mid 20s will get you there. I would go as large as I could afford. Personally I would recommend twins. You will get different opinions on that. I typically run 40 to 80 miles and will not go on one engine. All the boats you mentioned are good boats. If you ask 100 people you are going to get 75 different opinions which boat is the best. I don't own a Grady or Whaler but have friends that do. You can't go wrong with either.

Good luck with this.
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New or late model CAPE HORN -- 19 or 21 -- great boats and they define the word TANK. They are heavy and very seaworthy! Great factory owners and factory support. Built in Milton, Florida. Pensacola is a suburb of Milton!


or an Edgewater 225.

Not enough info to really make a good suggestion.

What exactly is a mid 20'er? 22, 25, 27. BIG difference.

What will you be using it for mostly?
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My point is if you want a "mid 20s center console with potentially twin engines" you likely will be offshore more than you think.
thats funny. i started only filling my tank halfway so when i was around the islands i wouldn't even get tempted to take another 45 minute boat ride and catch tuna.

i fish a small parker. i take a beating on the way in sometimes, but fish comfortably 30-40 miles off Baja and Maine. the boat is tough as nails and super efficient to fish. it is just as comfortable fishing the surf for stripers. the only downside is she definitely rides rough side to in chop, and where i fish i have an hour of that to look forward to on the run home.

i probably would have gotten a parker anyways, but i would recommend going out with some guides. pick a few out who have boats that are on your wishlist and fish where you want to. good way to see firsthand and those guys should be able to fill you in with the pros and cons.
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All of the brands yoiu mentioned are very good boats, in the mid 20' and up range. Find one that has a layout you like and sea trial before you buy. If going used, get a survey . Have fun shopping
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grady's and whalers will beat yo to death, in the 21 range, you can look for a small cat. Twin vee etc...
Twin Vee.. Now we're talkin!

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I am looking for a center console saltwater fishing boat in the mid 20 foot range. I'm not going offshore too often .................
What brands are generally considered to be better....(like Grady White, Hydra Sport, Edgewater, Everglades, Regulator, Pursuit, Whalers???)..........................
None, all Junk, none of them step up to the plate and have 24degree vee bottoms.
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Take a close look at > Southport-Regulator-Contender..
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