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Old 01-30-2013, 01:30 PM
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Default 23 GW Gulf-stream: Opinions and feedback appreciated

Looking to purchase a used 2006 - 2009 23ft Gulfstream, with twin 150's. Appreciate any feedback on performance, ride in moderate ocean, overall experience, pro and con's.

Looking for combination family cruising boat and inshore to 20 -30 mile off shore fishing boat.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:38 AM
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dang, a lot of views, but no comments. Going to post on Grady Forum, but was really interested in feedback from this more "diverse" group.
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The GW Gulfstream has no comparisons in the under 25' size for a walk around. Does everything well. Super nice cabin for two, three in a real pinch. Lots of storage. Wide beam adds stability for fishing and room for cocktail cruises. Never felt worried 70 miles offshore in reasonable rough stuff. Lots of pride of ownership. Great fishbox. It's a worthy enough boat to add shore power, ac, windlass, open aray radar, etc, without feeling stupid.

Won't outrun cc's, not the greatest mileage, can pound in head seas if you don't know how to handle her or push beyond the limits of the hull. Needs a big vehicle to tow and width could cause problems with law. Walk around small for big guys. Twin's are the only way to go on this boat.
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The GW Gulfstream has no comparisons in the under 25' size for a walk around. Does everything well. Super nice cabin for two, three in a real pinch. Lots of storage. Wide beam adds stability for fishing and room for cocktail cruises. Never felt worried 70 miles offshore in reasonable rough stuff. Lots of pride of ownership. Great fishbox. It's a worthy enough boat to add shore power, ac, windlass, open aray radar, etc, without feeling stupid.

Won't outrun cc's, not the greatest mileage, can pound in head seas if you don't know how to handle her or push beyond the limits of the hull. Needs a big vehicle to tow and width could cause problems with law. Walk around small for big guys. Twin's are the only way to go on this boat.
X2 what Miss Sadie said, he hit the nail on the head with his comments about the boat. I owned one for 6 years. I had the old style with the notched transom and twin 150's. It was a great boat that introduced me into offshore fishing. I used to run that boat up to 60 miles out for tuna and sharks. Like Miss Sadie said though, you can't push it too hard in a head sea.
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Great boat, my first Grady. Sounds like a good fit for what you have in mind.
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Had mine for 7 seasons great boat. Handle seas very well had it offshore as far as 78 miles caught lots of fish off it. Mileage was 1.7 - 1.9 mpg depending on conditions. The boat had plenty of range and treated me well unfortunately sandy didn't. Mine had 150 hpdis on boat cruised at 4000 rpms and did 31 mph at 15 gph.
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Had an '01 with 200 hpdis. Needs twins, roomy, nice cabin. Stable troll, not the best in a tight chop headsea, good beam and downsea ride.

Great cockpit space for 2 or 3 fishermen. Efficiency with twins not bad. At best cruise I got 2.2-2.4 at 3300 rpm, wot 50+ and 1.8 or so.

Overall great boat but if you are always going 30-40 out and ride is a priority, get a boat with a smaller beam/length ratio.
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