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Old 12-23-2013, 05:54 PM
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Default Who is sorry they bought to large of a boat -vs- to small?

I looked at a boat today that I really like but it's a big boat especially when I fish alone frequently. I take customers out and the boat I have now is to small but this boat would be great to take customers out. I've owned boats that I considered to small but never owned one I considered to large so I'm wondering if anyone was sorry they bought a larger boat -vs- a smaller one.

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Old 12-23-2013, 05:58 PM
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That's a good topic. Usually, one should pick the biggest in the size evaluating, especially with boats under 30'.

Reason - get em' in the water with people, gear, and a chop and it seems small real quickly !
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I went from a 24ft to a 33ft cc. Best thing I ever did was get the bigger boat. I take it out alone every now and then, never had a problem. You just get used to the way the bigger boat handles around the dock. I would like to get a bigger cc in the future. Just remember, generally speaking, the bigger the boat the more systems it has. Meaning pumps, switches, electronics, etc. I have 24 rocker switches on my boat, seems like I am fixing something once a month.
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There are times when I take my 10ft inflatable fishing - I clamp on a 9.8hp two stroke Tohatsu, chuck an anchor and line line in, don a lifejacket to which is attached a VHF, a PLB and a day/night flare and go no more than 3-4 miles.

The simplicity of it is very relaxing - the lack of space less so after a couple of hours!

I've had days out on 45ft motor yachts with just about every conceivable facility but its left me thinking that no matter how much money I had, I wouldn't own a boat much beyond 23ft (I have a 21ft boat), if I came to be a millionaire, I would just use the money to have a boat designed and built to my exact specification, and maybe keep some over for the occasional charter of a 45ft+ boat.
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Small boat to a big boat needs clarification. If it is twin obs to a larger boat with twin obs that is one thing. But if it is twin outboards to a larger boat with twin inboard diesels that is a whole different ball game. Remember the old saying for them is BOAT, dollars that is. I have been there and done that.
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I went larger... probably in a small comparison to most people on here ... 19ft center console to a 22ft I/O cabin cruiser... the extra space was a great plus BUT i hated it, was harder to launch alone, never wanted to fish alone due to the cost of running it, towing was a bit of a pain and what I hated least, the type of fishing I enjoy I really needed a trolling motor and there was no way to put one on the big boat. I am actually down sizing to a 16ft CC now, and for my needs it's perfect...

moral of the story, look at your needs, be as practical as you can...
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No such thing.
No man wished they had a smaller one.
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Ask that question again in 6 mos. just upped from a 20 to a 26.
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Going from a smallish 24' hard top to a 29' hard top. That doesn't sound like much but this is a big 29' boat w/ 10 1/2' beam. I've owned 10+ boats but this is the only inboard I've even considered buying. My Scarab was actually longer but mass wise it was half the boat as the one I looked at. The Scarab had twin outboards and was a breeze to maneuver so that was never an issue. I was looking for reasons why some people thought the boat they bought was to big.

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the extra space was a great plus BUT i hated it, was harder to launch alone, never wanted to fish alone due to the cost of running it, towing was a bit of a pain
This is something I thought about, it would cost a LOT more money to run -vs- a smaller boat.
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I went from a 26 world cat with twin outboards to a 38 tiara with diesels.

I can single hand operate the Tiara without issue.

Some times I miss the simplicity of the 26. With the tiara it is more of everything to maintain. Lots more to pay for.

I went from towable boat to paying for indoor storage, larger dock, larger docking expenses at the islands, etc.

But I am able to do things with the family that I couldn't with the world cat.
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I went from a sweet 28 foot cabin cruiser down to my current 22 when I moved from Michigan down to Florida. It's a matter of how and where I use the boat, and what have now is perfect for my current needs.
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I just went from a 21 stripper to a 36 luhrs convertible . Ill let you know this summer coming up if I did the right thing
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I went larger... probably in a small comparison to most people on here ... 19ft center console to a 22ft I/O cabin cruiser... the extra space was a great plus BUT i hated it, was harder to launch alone, never wanted to fish alone due to the cost of running it, towing was a bit of a pain and what I hated least, the type of fishing I enjoy I really needed a trolling motor and there was no way to put one on the big boat. I am actually down sizing to a 16ft CC now, and for my needs it's perfect...

moral of the story, look at your needs, be as practical as you can...
Same experience I had. Use my boat more than ever now.
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I just went from a 21 stripper to a 36 luhrs convertible . Ill let you know this summer coming up if I did the right thing
How could you go wrong with a Stripper thats 21? I wish I had one!!!!

Sorry , could'nt help it!!
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I could have bought a bigger boat. I have had bigger boats. My 23" fills the bill for me. Trailerable without needing a semi. I can fish, dive ski, tube, and lolly-gag with confidence and I store it in my backyard when not in use. It does not break the bank. 2002 Boston Whaler 230, F300
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I had them from 12' to 40' currently at 36' . Never a issue signal handling it . Single handed trolling is a little of a pain as you have to come off the flybrige . the 40' was great for that it just had a lower helm . When going over the 30' range fuel cost were not a factor as I went with diesels . the fuel costs were less on my 36 diesel then my 30' gas . the 40' sipped fuel at cruse but that was 9 knots ( single diesel )

Next boat ? 40-45 if not stay with what I have .


But I could still have fun in a 20'
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Old 12-24-2013, 05:18 AM
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Going from a smallish 24' hard top to a 29' hard top. That doesn't sound like much but this is a big 29' boat w/ 10 1/2' beam. I've owned 10+ boats but this is the only inboard I've even considered buying. My Scarab was actually longer but mass wise it was half the boat as the one I looked at. The Scarab had twin outboards and was a breeze to maneuver so that was never an issue. I was looking for reasons why some people thought the boat they bought was to big.



This is something I thought about, it would cost a LOT more money to run -vs- a smaller boat.
I wouldn't go any bigger for me, my 20'CC does exactly what I wanted it to do. I when from a 16' F/W to a 20'CC, the kids are growing and the 16' was to small with the family. I don't regret it, but it is a different type of sport...can't Go has shallow as before, for bass as example. It's the choice I made. I prefer salmon to bass....the Choice was easy for me.

Now one thing caught my attention on your last post...It's Your first inboard....for Me(my opinion here) I will never go with an inboard.
From the pain I here around me from co-workers with inboards...I will stick with outboards 100%
I had a outboard for the past 10 years, and at every spring the only thing I need to do is trurn the key.
I can't say the same for my collegue.
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moral of the story, look at your needs, be as practical as you can...
This.

We just moved down from a 41' Hatteras twin diesel to a 37 cc and couldn't be happier. Last boat didn't fit our needs: we have 3 kids, 11 to 16. We like to go to the Bahamas, do some bottom fishing, snorkel and dive for lobster. We also like to pull up to a beach, anchor up, and hang out.

The Hatt was gorgeous but for our needs, too slow, too much maintenance, and terrible for diving and anchoring off a beach. Plus we don't do much trolling, and no one ever wanted to stay on the boat, they wanted to stay in a condo or hotel wherever we were moored for the night.

After downsizing we couldn't be happier.
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Went from a tiara 270 express (32loa) to a tiara 4000 express (47 loa) . I only miss being able to bring boat home off season . Much more comfort , and all things considered its a better value than a 30 .Its only a little cheaper for a 30's operating costs yet you are crammed in .Our primary island destination was 109.00 per nite on the small boat and its 130.00 for the bigger one .
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I went from mostly 23ft cc to a 36ft cc and then went back down to a 26 regulator. Best thing I ever did was move back down from that 36cc to the 26 regulator. If I can't go out in the 26 regulator I don't want to be out there.

I fish a lot with just two or three guys and by myself. The 36 was great when I had 5 or 6 guys but rarely could I find that many guys to go at one time.

I don't think it was a mistake to go up to the 36 cc I now know when I see them I can honestly say I don't want that big of a boat. I used to say only if I had that big cc I would have it made.


A lot depends if you trailer a lot, the big boat is a lot more work to trailer,it takes longer to wash as well haha.

Nothing wrong with those big cc boat they are awesome I just don't have enough friends I guess.
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