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Old 07-26-2010, 09:00 AM
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Hi! I am new to this forum and new to boating. My husband and I are looking for a boat to buy. We live on a creek which is about 2 ft at low tide and about 4 ft at high. Only about 100 feet to where Nansemond River and James River come together and flow into Chesapeake. We are looking for something that can handle the James River and Chesapeake. Will be doing some fishing but probably mainly pleasure boating. Currently have received following quotes from local marine: 2010 Sea Hunt 186LE, Yamaha 115-$24,000; 2010 Sea Hunt 210 Ultra, 150-$31,000; 2010 Grady 902 Tournament, 150-$37,000; 2009 Grady 180 Sportman, 150, 4 hrs on engine-was a demo-$33,000. All are without trailer, all include FOB, same GPS within $200 range and U.S.C.G. Kit. Would like comments on Grady worth extra money, sizes, etc.
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I recently bought my first CC having come from big cruisers and go-fasts.....bought a SH 210 Ultra. The Grady might be a better boat (that's my assumption but never been on one) but the SH has surprising quality for the price. I don't plan on heading out in bad weather and for tubing, playing, sand-bar this thing suits us perfect....and although the 210 is rated for a bigger motor, just just don't need it!

(BTW: we took the 210 to the Peanut festival last weekend and when the wind kicked up we rode home at 30 mph in 1.5-2 ft waves without concern.
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Thanks for the input. We really do like the 210, and as compared to the other Grady White's we were looking at, like the configuration best, but wanted to make sure we were buying the best for the money, considering resale, etc.
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Unless something has changed, Grady White and Sea Hunt are NOT in the same category.. Now, don't get me wrong, I almost purchased a Sea Hunt myself... But I think that Sea Hunt is being sold as a "middle range" boat. Grady White has always been, to my knowledge, a higher end boat with a great reputation. At least here anyway...

I would simply look at values.. i.e.. NADA, Kelly's, etc... Call your bank and get the values directly from them...

Given time, Sea Hunt may very well be a top of the line boat... I would buy either with a clear conscience...
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Hi Jill, I live on the Nansemond myself and am in the process of buying a 23 Parker from Norf. Marine. I have looked at the boats you re talking about and if resale/value is your main concern then that barely used GW 18 with the 150 four stroke is probably the better deal. Having said that my brother has a 207 Sea Hunt (from Norf. Marine) that has the same basic hull and engine and it is a terrific combination. The boat rides well, is very quick to plane with very little bow rise (a plus in shallow areas) and will easily cruise at 30 mph while SIPPING gas. I checked on ordering a new 2011 240 Game fish and the prices are going up pretty substantially, I think the in stock boats you are looking at are all pretty good values and the quality of the dealership and their service is the best I have personally encountered. Choose the one that you like the best and enjoy the ride!

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2' of water isn't much,You may want to consider a Maritime, Carolina Skiff or something similar..
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As far as the "eyeball test" goes, Sea Hunt is moving up in quality and appearance. I saw one that was great looking at Beaufort Town docks a couple weeks ago. I was shocked it was a SH.

Grady is a premium name and has been for decades of course.

For your usages, it would be hard for me to justify the differences in price (for a new boat). And the Sea Hunt's improvement does seem to be relatively new.

I recommend pre owned boats for anyone new to boating (actually, we've done both and are big believers in pre owned now). Buying new is more fun, but it is a ridiculous buyers market out there now for pre owned. Might steal a Grady.
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Sea Hunts are great boats. You should be able to get 2011's with trailers for about what you have those prices listed at.

If you decide to go GW check with Southeastern Marine in Richmond.
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2' of water isn't much,You may want to consider a Maritime, Carolina Skiff or something similar..
I think the Gradys and Sea Hunts are going to be around 15" draft (w/o engine). Parker 1801 is 7" and Parker 2100 SE is 10".
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You'll be much better off buying a clean used 2-3yo boat !!!! The engine will still have a warranty and you could extend it if you feel the need to.
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If you decide to go GW check with Southeastern Marine in Richmond.

Appreciate the plug, However, we cannot touch that price on a GW 180 Sportsman. That is one heck of a deal! The folks at Norfolk Marine take good care of their customer's. Good luck and happy boating!

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You'll be much better off buying a clean used 2-3yo boat !!!! The engine will still have a warranty and you could extend it if you feel the need to.
Agreed! GW's are great rides, dont know much about the SH. Also, reselling a GW is much easier than most other boats. Huge fanbase.
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I'd lean towards a used late-model Grady, with some warranty left. However, good ones can be hard to find, and their owners often price them for close to what they paid for them new for some reason.

If this is the case, I'd stir you towards a new Sea Hunt from a place like Ed's Marine, where if you buy their "package" price -- you'll get a great price for a brand new boat with new warranties. 90% the boat, for around 50% less than for what a comparable new Grady would cost. Just don't deviate from their package -- and don't let them do the electronics.

Remember, many outboards are lasting no more than 10 years -- and re-powering is through the roof, so I'd stay away an older boat unless it's really marked down.

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Get the Grady first boat won't be the last and people Buy Grady's,I know!
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The grady is a whole different animal in terms of quality.
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Appreciate the plug, However, we cannot touch that price on a GW 180 Sportsman. That is one heck of a deal! The folks at Norfolk Marine take good care of their customer's. Good luck and happy boating!

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You guys aren't going to sing Kumbaya togther in a minute are you? Good to see the local dealers getting along in this market.

Just came from Ed's and they don't really have any SHs in stock, so business must be good....
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I'd buy the new Tournament if the inital outlay of $13k weren't the issue over the Sea Hunt.. My reasoning is I'm a fan of the Tournament model, I would prefer it over the Sportsman anyday. The Sea Hunt is a good boat I believe, I don't think there's a bad decision to be had.
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Don't know what the list is on the Grady that your looking at , but i priced a 2010 330 , the boat listed for 389,000.00 and the dealer would sell it for 275,000.00 . that doesn't sound like a boat that would hold its value.
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The grady is a whole different animal in terms of quality.
I'll admit, before I comment, that I'm a SH owner... having said that...

Dont let comments like the above scare you. Clearly GW is a "premium" boat builder, been making rock solid boats for years, big fan base, etc. Ten years ago, this "different animal" comment is probably fair. Not so today. SH is making a very high quality boat for the money, and in many ways, very comparable to boats of higher historical/reputational quality. Sounds like you "like" the SH better based on configuration.. if so, get it - you wont be disappointed. If its a true $7k difference between the Ultra and comparably rigged GW, factor spending that $7k on options and other "stuff" to outfit the SH (better and/or bigger GPS/depth finder, trim tabs if they're not standard, VHF, stereo, fishing gear, etc, etc.). Now compare the two boats... is the perceived quality difference of the GW, especially after using that extra $7k, worth it? Is it going to make enough difference to you in terms of your use of the boat and its resale value? I can't say re: the former, but as to re-sale, don't get caught up in the "name" holding value for you. Resale value -- both price and sometimes more importantly: how quickly it sells -- has a LOT to do with the condition of the boat...

Not sure what kind of snotty conditions you see on your section of the Chesapeake, but get the biggest boat you can afford. if you really have a bona fide 2' at low tide in your creek, a 20-21' CC is gonna be tight, so probably should make certain its navigable before you cut a check...

As a side note, i think you can get that SH 210 for less than $31k, unless that price includes a nice package of options... then again, prices may be up simply b/c there's not a lot of SH inventory in the market. They're pretty much making boats to order at this point.. Either way, good luck!!
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Don't know what the list is on the Grady that your looking at , but i priced a 2010 330 , the boat listed for 389,000.00 and the dealer would sell it for 275,000.00 . that doesn't sound like a boat that would hold its value.
Then you don't know much about boat dealers and pricing
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