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Old 10-25-2002, 11:17 AM
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I am considering buying a used skipjack 24' and I'm wondering if anyone out there has experience with this boat? Likes, dislikes? Thanks.
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Old 10-25-2002, 11:29 AM
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You might want to ask your question on the Allcoast Sportfishing board. It's mostly a West Coast sportfishing site, but there are a ton of Skipjack (West Coast builder, as I am sure you know) owners on the site.

The short answer is that the people who own them seem to love them.

Disclaimer: I don't own a Skipjack, am not affiliated with them, yadda, yadda, yadda.

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Old 10-28-2002, 06:14 AM
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I fish on a '75 Skippy. This one is a 24' Fly Bridge model. The boat was re-powered from the small block 350 to a 200HP volvo Diesel. We often fish out past San Clemente Islnad .. this 80 miles out followed by 4 - 8 hours trolling (Some times they don't bite [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]) then 80 miles back with the occasional Kelp paddy stop. Here on the west coast, we have a great ride in the AM going out but our return in the PM is pretty snotty most of the time.

Here are some notes for you (Good / Bad):

1) Very strong boat/hull.
2) Great visability
3) Big Deck / Lots of room to fish!
4) Comfortable (Little) cuddy
5) Handles big water very well

6) No indeck fish box
7) Slow ...
8) Hard to move around up on the small Fly bridge
9) Hard to get up forward (small edge around F/B)

Best point ... resale. This boat loses value VERY slowly. Put a little elbow grease into her and keep the power good and she sells for nearly every thing you have in her.
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Old 10-28-2002, 05:28 PM
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I've got a 24' Skippy sportfisher -- no flybridge, but a huge fiberglass top mounted on a stainless steel tower. It provides lots of shade and it isn't quite as "tippy" as a flybridge, but there isn't as much cabin space either. Also, the newer models have a big in-deck fish hold. My boat is a 1990 and the hold is huge.

Great ride, great value, and very, very seaworthy. There are a lot of great boats out there and Skipjack is one of them.

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Old 10-28-2002, 06:32 PM
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Thanks for the info. guys. I'm looking at the 24' flybridge model. My one question is how it will handle East Coast seas. Do you get the same kind of short, steep chop out in California or is it more of a swell?
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Old 10-29-2002, 06:04 AM
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My girlfriend really liked that boat. My only problem was the cramped flybridge.
Being trailerable is certainly an asset for that boat.
They do have quite a following on the West Coast, and are trying thru new dealerships to make an impact on the East Coast.
Talked to a fireman in CT who has one, and he loves it.
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Old 10-29-2002, 08:43 AM
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"same short, steep chop out in California?"

I spent a few years in Groton CT (Navy) so I can give you some comparisons.

In Southern CA. we get some interesting Sea conditions, think of like this; the near shore sport fishing is dominated by coastal and island fishing. A lot of our southern coast is shielded by a FEW small islands. The Islands Breakup the REALLY nasty Pacific mess but lets the rest through to the coast.

How does this correspond to your question concerning the chop? If I head out on any given day where a big swell is coming in from the north or west, and I am inside the islands, I will get a fast moving chop. Add in a current that heads the other direction and I get a Confused sea with a short steep chop. Finally, add in a wind from a 3rd direction and I get a chop that has cone shaped waves!

When we run into seas like this on my friends boat (the 24 Skipjack F/B) he keeps it at about 20 – 22knts and trims to match the sea conditions. The ride is not pleasant, but I have been on a 22 Shamrock, a 24 Trophy, and a 24 Sea Swirl (striper) in the same conditions. The Skipjack has the better ride, of course it is the heaviest of the four.

You will not go fast, but you will not get pounded to death. Ask the current owner to take you for a sea trial, get a feeling for the boat. See how she drifts. Check out the view from the F/B. See if you can handle the ladder.

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Thanks Scholly, you're advice is very much appreciated. I will definitely take her for a ride befor elaying down the $$$.
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