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rexp 04-16-2013 08:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Ranger88 (Post 5523515)
I LOL when I see these "buy a sea hunt" M*****F*****'s

I think it's a cult....LOL

what would you buy?:grin:

shemstreet 04-16-2013 09:22 AM

If you are willing to throw down that much money on a 22-23' boat, look at one a few years old and get a much better quality boat for the same price or less. The four strokes I've had weren't even broken in at 200 hours, which is 4 years for an average boater, so even 10 years old would give you a long life on something like a McKee, Grady, Contender, etc.

theolog 04-16-2013 10:23 AM

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Originally Posted by shemstreet (Post 5560047)
If you are willing to throw down that much money on a 22-23' boat, look at one a few years old and get a much better quality boat for the same price or less. The four strokes I've had weren't even broken in at 200 hours, which is 4 years for an average boater, so even 10 years old would give you a long life on something like a McKee, Grady, Contender, etc.

We considered that, however mid-tier price-point boats offered us exactly what we wanted at a price we could afford, and we were able to spec it as we wanted it. Anything else would have been a major compromise. The closest thing I could find that I liked was the Grady Fisherman 230, but at double the price, even a used one didn't fit the bill.

When we move up again, I will consider used alongside new (primarily Cape Horn and - if there are any out there on the used market yet - Onslow Bay) but for what we paid for a brand new 23', we couldn't be happier. There aren't really any downsides, and we average around 120 hours/year. We boat and fish as a family, so MeKee and Contender (while super-nice boats) don't match us well (notable exception is the Contender 28 Sport).

Reelsaint I 04-16-2013 11:04 AM

I like the nautic star 22. I looked at all the boats in that price point. I wanted a walk thru transome door a folding rear bench seat a potty in the console and forward seating. Nautic star seemed the best fit and finish and construction for the bucks for me . I could not reach a deal with my local dealer and ended up buying a used 2012 seahunt gamefish 24. So far I like the new boat. All these guys that tell you to buy a 10 year old grady , edgewater, contender and so on for the same price are missing another point. Those boat weigh about 1000 lbs more and the fuel economy is about half compared to the boats you are looking at. Yes the ride is better but at what cost? You will probably save 200 to 300 dollars per 100 gallons of gas with the new boat especially if you use gas with ethanol which is absolutely not a problem on a new boat but a big problem for an older boat. I personally didnt like the tidewater. I Know they have a 2012 nauticstar 22 os at beach marine in Jacksonville fl with a 250 Yamaha comand link controls for 45k not including taxes or a trailer. The Salesmans name is Bob Foxworth good guy no bullshit no pressure. Goodluck with you decision.

theolog 04-16-2013 12:10 PM

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Originally Posted by shadven (Post 5521671)
Tidewater 230 LXF - $59,650.00 (out the door, tax, title, CG kit, 20 hr service). Final price.

I thought you might like to see this for comparison. I forgot I had taken this photo in January.

http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/l...psd40e47b0.jpg

nauticstardrive 04-16-2013 12:14 PM

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Originally Posted by tideman (Post 5558272)
Just got my 23 LXF with trailor and 225 with t top and curtains including tax fresh water and underwater lights 52000 Draft is 14 also.Best planning boat ever very dry ride


Tideman, looking to pull the trigger on a tidewater. Having hard time between the cc and the lxf. Thanks for sharing the price can I ask where you purchased your boat?

nauticstardrive 04-16-2013 12:39 PM

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Glad to see I'm not the only one that does this. My picture isn't great but the option differences are command link and electronic something, blurry pic

theolog 04-16-2013 12:40 PM

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Originally Posted by nauticstardrive (Post 5560643)
Glad to see I'm not the only one that does this. My picture isn't great but the option differences are command link and electronic something, blurry pic

LOL...I got the idea from THT years ago! :rofl:

SB340 04-16-2013 06:30 PM

I was under 40k out the door for the 2200 nautic star on an alum trailer, no electronics. I only have a 175 tho, was another 5k IIRC to go with a 250 which I decided against.

I tried Collins on the tidewater 23 as I really liked the 23 I saw while in FL on vacation. Three calls to collins to see if they had one in stock before making the drive and not one call was returned... Chatlee got my 40k instead and I'm happy as hell with my Nautic Star

SB

SOSwAg 04-16-2013 08:51 PM

I love my Tidewater very well put together and it rides Great in all the conditions I've put it in so far (heavy wind, 2-6ft.) Very very dry boat. I think your best bet is to take a sea trial you won't regret it and it will answer your question on to which boat is best for you.

I went in to buy the LFX but opted to go with the 25ft for the wider beam and better seating arrangement, I liked the bow rider style front to the LFX but thought I might get bored of it sooner rather than later.

Good luck..


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