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Old 01-11-2006, 04:20 PM
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Any of you guys have any experience with a 21' Paramount (Center Console)? From what I can gather, they are built to go really fast (225 Etec will go 60+). Let me know if you guys come up with anything. Thanks.
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Old 01-11-2006, 04:53 PM
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I used to call on paramount in Lauderdale. Darryl and Lisa(I'm brain locking on the last name right this second), great boat, great people. Yes they are designed to go fast and have a very nice deadrise. I see trialed the different models many times testing new product and was very impressed with the ride!

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Old 01-11-2006, 06:00 PM
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there is a hulltruth memeber Markmax that used to own a paramount. You might want to contact him...He spoke highly of the boat recently
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Old 01-11-2006, 08:18 PM
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We sold them from the early 80s until they went factory direct in '93 or so. I believe we were their first dealer! Awesome boat and can't be beat for the money! Three piece design, fast, easy to trailer, smooth ride, a great all around fish/dive/ski boat. Only drawbacks are low gunnel heights and self-bailing ability is not the best, E-Tec may be pushing it for weight! We used to rig them with a 200 carb Merc and they would run high 50s all day long, 60 in perfect conditions. The hull is ver efficient and uses very little fuel even with a carb motor, like better than 3 MPG at cruise. A DFI will put it at the 5 MPG mark in good conditions. I would recommend a 225 Opti, lighter than an E-Tec, less money, and arguably will outperform one. I have heard that Mercury will be offering a warranty incentive for the winter shows as usual. Check out a Paramount, for a perfect do everything boat, it's hard to find a better one! Just look at the used market, there are still some around from the 80s, a good testament to a boat that is built to last! Also, take note that in the 20+ years they have been built, very few are available, tells ya something!
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Old 01-11-2006, 08:44 PM
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I looked very closely at Paramount when looking for a new boat last summer. They are built in Dania FL close to the Outdoor World there. If you primarily want to go fast this is a great boat. Daryll showed me around his facility and it was cool to see them being built. The 21 isn't a deep V at 19 Deg. The 26 is much deeper in the V category at 24 Deg.

When I was looking I wanted a fishing boat and really liked the performance aspect of the Paramount 21. My final decision led me away from the paramount because of the VERY low gunnels, lack of storage space, and it didn't seem super fishable. The console is big and setup kind of like the offshore racing boats. There was very little room between the helm and the leaning post. I've never been on the water with a paramount, but standing at the helm didn't seem like it would be very comfortable. Aslo the size of the console left little room to walk around it. That along with the low gunnels seemed like it might be easy to go over in rough water.

All that I've said so far are really just personal preferences so don't let them scare you off.

The boats seem (I'm not an expert by any means) to be very well built. Daryll hand builds everything one by one. He seemed to be a very stand up type of person wasn't hell bent on trying to sell me something. He told me all the positives AND Negatives of his boats.

I would have no second thoughts of dealing with him if it were a boat that I wanted. I'd recommend going to his shop and looking around.
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Old 01-11-2006, 08:45 PM
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I looked very closely at Paramount when looking for a new boat last summer. They are built in Dania FL close to the Outdoor World there. If you primarily want to go fast this is a great boat. Daryll showed me around his facility and it was cool to see them being built. The 21 isn't a deep V at 19 Deg. The 26 is much deeper in the V category at 24 Deg.

When I was looking I wanted a fishing boat and really liked the performance aspect of the Paramount 21. My final decision led me away from the paramount because of the VERY low gunnels, lack of storage space, and it didn't seem super fishable. The console is big and setup kind of like the offshore racing boats. There was very little room between the helm and the leaning post. I've never been on the water with a paramount, but standing at the helm didn't seem like it would be very comfortable. Aslo the size of the console left little room to walk around it. That along with the low gunnels seemed like it might be easy to go over in rough water.

All that I've said so far are really just personal preferences so don't let them scare you off.

The boats seem (I'm not an expert by any means) to be very well built. Daryll hand builds everything one by one. He seemed to be a very stand up type of person wasn't hell bent on trying to sell me something. He told me all the positives AND Negatives of his boats.

I would have no second thoughts of dealing with him if it were a boat that I wanted. I'd recommend going to his shop and looking around. To the best of my knowlege (I could be mistaken) there are no longer dealers for Paramount, but all are sold directly from the builder.
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Old 01-11-2006, 09:37 PM
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I had one a few years ago. It was a 1996 model and a good boat, but I only owned it about 8 months. The reason I sold it was it is a small 21ft boat. As mentioned it has very low sides and bow, but it was very fast and efficent with a 200hp carb Yamaha (about 4mpg) Top speed with ttop was mid 50's. I had no structual problems, but it was a light boat so it had it share of stress cracks due to the thin layers of glass. It has a very poor livewell in the rear floor and no real fish box. It made a good bay boat, but the deeper v kept you from running shallow. I really liked the line and it had a great ride for the size. These were the main reasons I bought it. Just never fell in love with it. It was very easy to sell. I had people fighting over it and I made about a grand on the sale 8 months later.

I found some pictures of when I sold it and I posted them over on the Photo section. I am not sure how to upload here. Here is the link: http://thehulltruth.com/forums/threa...=86156&posts=1

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Old 01-12-2006, 10:56 AM
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There was a 1996 21' with a 225 Optimax (racing edition) which was available on boattrader earlier. I bet that thing would fly!!!! Thanks for the repsonses. If anyone knows where I can find a deal on one, let me know.
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The best 21 foot boat ever designed. Fast and good looking. The newer boats have a solid liner and have real self bailing scuppers. I had three of them through ,all from sundancekid I might add,and I loved them all.
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Old 01-12-2006, 11:26 PM
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A great boat, and lots fun, espically over 65 mph. And at the end of the day you spent about 40 bucks in gas.
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One of my employees has this 2005 21 Paramount with a 225 Mercury Optimax. Very fast boat. It does about 65 with a T-top. Without the T-top I'd bet it would do 70 with the 225. Ride is very good, gets a little airborne over the chop but comes down smooth. Quality is ok. Price for the boat is great. Very good on the fuel, comes with a 70 gallon tank. His boat is for sale....email me.

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I owned one about 12 yrs ago, at the time it was a 1984 21 footer. I had no complaints when I ran her. Boat could do anything, fish/dive/ski/cruise.

Price was right as well. That boat did develop hull rot due to water intrusion, but I'm sure newer boats are much more protective. I'd recommend them.
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Old 01-13-2006, 03:48 PM
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fun boat, would not count on keepng it stored in a slip.
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