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iFishMD 02-06-2008 02:22 PM

2005 MayCraft 2550XL ( May-Craft ) --SOLD
I am considering having a semi custom boat made and am putting out feelers in this soft market to see if I can do it.

Boat is 2005 MayCraft 2550xl Pilothouse w/225 OptiMax DTS (digital throttle and shift) w/~370hours and under warranty until 07/08. Motor has been perfect and run on Opti oil w/ quickleen. Most hours are spent at near idle trolling for stripers in the brackish Chesapeake Bay outside of annapolis.

Cruise is 27-30mph depending upon seas and low 40's at WOT. Cruise in calm water yeilds close to 3mpg with regular load.

25'6" hull length plus pulpit and bracket
142 gal fuel tank

Options include:
Smartcraft guages
full transom with Armstrong bracket and full swim platform
extended hardtop enclosure (keeps whole crew out of the weather)
fiberglass bow pulpit with roller
raw water wash down
dual batteries
Opening front windows
Garmin 3010c w/ sounder box and Mid atlantic and Chesapeake chips
Standard Horizon Matrix VHF
Quick Windlass w/ Delta fast set anchor
Merc Enertia x7 alloy prop
12 rod holders topside
Storage boxes under seats
5 star roller trailer with torsion axle and disk breaks

I had the deck gell coated with non skid last year due to slick deck form the factory..

See here for specs:


See signature for full more photos:

Cooper 02-06-2008 03:27 PM

Re: 2005 MayCraft 2550XL Pilothouse
Does it come loaded with juice boxes? ;) Nice boat and LOTS of room. It would be very comfortable for fishing the bay. :)

Lone Ranger 02-06-2008 04:18 PM

Re: 2005 MayCraft 2550XL Pilothouse
Greg,I don't know about you!!:) I want another Boat,Just can't justify it right now.The thought of even gettin' out all together has crossed my mind TOO many times in the last year or so.I see your old Proline is For Sale also.[Mike]

shemstreet 02-06-2008 04:25 PM

Re: 2005 MayCraft 2550XL Pilothouse
Looking at a Judge, or another Bay make?

gw204 02-11-2008 12:06 PM

Re: 2005 MayCraft 2550XL Pilothouse
This is a nice rig guys. I've fished on it a bunch of times. The fuel economy is excellent and it's a piece of cake to tow. $46.5K is a steal compared to a what a new one (similarly equipped) is going for.

iFishMD 02-18-2008 03:54 PM

Re: 2005 MayCraft 2550XL Pilothouse
I personally chose the boat over a Parker due to:
1. the 8'6" beam with 25'6" hull length (making it trailerable without permits),
2. its level deck to the helm (nothing to trip over),
3. encloseable extended hardtop (keeps whole crew out of the sun and weather), and
4. ability to get the power I wanted.
5. Another huge plus is that the boat rides noticably better than a mod v Parker with its narrower beam and much sharper entry point (come see for yourself).

The semi custom boat I am wanting will have all the above features and is laid out very similar to this boat. Unfortunately it costs more so this one needs to go before I place an order.

You will not find a more efficient outboard powered 25'er out there. This boat is more efficient than its 4 stroke counter parts.

Burns 0.3-0.5 gph trolling for stripers
Burns 9-10gph running 27-30mph at cruise
runs 41-42mph wot

Mike@FishWerks 02-18-2008 08:27 PM

Re: 2005 MayCraft 2550XL Pilothouse
Sir, I've been visiting THT for sometime now and registered this evening to comment on your boat. She is a fine looking rig. There is nothing like a capable pilot house for a comfortable, effective fishing or cruising platform. I think I'd be on a plane right now if we weren’t in the middle of repowering our 21' Pilot House.
Good luck with the sale.

sharkie1211 02-18-2008 08:47 PM

Re: 2005 MayCraft 2550XL Pilothouse
I couldn't agree with you more Mike. If I didn't just buy a 26 seaway pilot house project boat, I'd be all over this one buddy. What a sweet looking BOAT. Good luck with the sale :thumbsup:

iFishMD 02-19-2008 08:43 AM

Re: 2005 MayCraft 2550XL Pilothouse
Thanks for the kind words fellas. I really do like the boat a lot. It is probably the most comfortable boat to fish whether it is cold, windy, and wet or hot, sunny and humid.

The boat totaly met my criteria and Judge is nearly identical in layout. I just have this unique opportunity to get the Judge at a price I can afford with some customizations that would really make the boat my own.. Should the Maycraft not sell, I will be content to keep it a long time. The Judge is the only boat I would want over it.

Here was the criteria the boat met for me:

1. trailerable without permits and with a 1/2 ton truck to follow the fish from NJ to the CBBT and beyond...
2. Adequately powered by a single for economy and cost and ease of maintenance (27-30mph burning 9-10gph at cruise in flat water)
3. Large open cockpit
4. large top for shade in the summer and encloseable for warmth in the winter
5. weather protection must be for the whole crew so no one suffers
6. stable at rest or on the slow troll yet a decent ride in the slop
7. Cabin for dry strorage, potty, nap after a long day fishing before the ride home.
8. level open deck so there are no obstructions to where someone could fall
9. Well made with 3 peice construction
10. full transom for safely drifting in the rips
11. No frills, low maintenance -- a true hose and go boat
12. classic sexy looks

NADA Values

Here is the NADA breakdowns for an 05 MayCraft 2550XL:

Avg retail:
boat with options is $35,595
DTS Optimax is $9,545
Trailer is $3,175
Total is $48,315

These dont include the additional rod holders, barrier coat and bottom paint or the deck being gell coated with non skid as the factory decks are slick.

gw204 02-19-2008 03:46 PM

Re: 2005 MayCraft 2550XL Pilothouse

B-Faithful - 2/19/2008 8:43 AM

Here is the NADA breakdowns for an 05 MayCraft 2550XL:

Avg retail:
boat with options is $35,595
DTS Optimax is $9,545
Trailer is $3,175
Total is $48,315
And we all know NADA is notoriously low when estimating the value of boats. Whomever buys this boat is getting a nearly new rig w/ lots of upgrades for between avg. and low NADA value. It's a freakin' steal!! :thumbsup:

captbudw 02-25-2008 06:23 PM

Re: 2005 MayCraft 2550XL Pilothouse
Please tell me about the head, has she ever been offshore ? how far?
I don't see a live well of any type, Will be usuing her to go to the GS with charters of up to four is it up to the taks?

Capt Bud

iFishMD 02-25-2008 09:33 PM

Re: 2005 MayCraft 2550XL Pilothouse
The head is just a portapoti in the v-berths. I personally dont want a marine head. Too many systems to service (I had all that crap in my last boat). A portapoti keeps things simple. I have a wife and 2 daughters so the potty area is a necessity for me.

The boat has only been offshore twice and it did well. the furthest I have had it was about 20 miles offshore and it was a day we should have stayed at home. We had intentions of going futher but the winds were 25 knots and the seas coming over the high bow. I trailered the boat 3 hours so I was determined to go off. The boat did very well in seas we shouldnt have been out. The other trip was for some deeper water flounder. 90% of my boating is in the low salt water outside of Annapolis MD. The boat makes a trip to the CBBT a year and only 1 or two other trips outside of the region. I primarily am a striped bass fisherman on the Chesapeake.

For a livewell, I use a portable. There is pleanty of deck space for one and it is nice to not have it on board for days I have no intention of using it. On the semi custom boat I am looking at, I will just use a portable again.

Here are the cabin photos:

bmkshort 02-26-2008 12:55 AM

RE: 2005 MayCraft 2550XL Pilothouse
A good friend of mine made one from a plastic 55 gal. drum he cut down, then put a hinged lid opening on.
He had this on a 19' Grady White Tournament dual console. It worked out real well. If I had a boat with as much deck space as your boat has, I would do the same thing. Man, I wished I could swing it right now. I would love to have a Maycraft Pilothouse. Sweet boats. It should sell fast with spring right around the corner. :thumbsup:

JoeR2 02-26-2008 09:57 AM

Re: 2005 MayCraft 2550XL Pilothouse
A beauty -- I'm drooling looking at the pictures. Wish I had a slip or a space in my yard for her. Looks like a very safe, stable platform, plus, I really like the full transom. Any idea of the weight of the rig fully loaded, including trailer?


Lively-Lines 02-26-2008 10:37 AM

RE: 2005 MayCraft 2550XL Pilothouse
I wish I was in the market for a boat such as yours. That is the perfect Chesapeake Bay boat!

Good luck with the sale! :thumbsup:

John_Madison CT 02-26-2008 11:15 AM

Re: 2005 MayCraft 2550XL Pilothouse
Superb fishing platform ! Great deal too.

Marek 02-29-2008 11:41 AM

Re: 2005 MayCraft 2550XL Pilothouse
Have you had any luck ? This is a really nice boat for the price!

susqking 02-29-2008 04:50 PM

Re: 2005 MayCraft 2550XL Pilothouse
Cold Feet??

Take a deep breath and picture yourself in that Judge cruising out in the Chesapeake to the fishing hole

Jamisjockey 03-01-2008 07:33 AM

Re: 2005 MayCraft 2550XL Pilothouse
I really like the looks of the MayCraft! Too bad I'm not ready to purchase a boat right now, I'd be all over your ride.

Do you have any more pictures of things like the cabin?
Does it have a livewell?
What do you do for extra seating?

fishcop 03-01-2008 07:58 AM

Re: 2005 MayCraft 2550XL Pilothouse
Wow Greg, you must have seen something you really liked at Judge last week. Hopefully, if you sell her and your waiting for your new boat you'll actually come fishing with me this year while your waiting. Good luck with the sell, I know the market is rough right now. Make sure you put a flyer up at some of the local shopes, Alltackle, Anglers, etc. I'll also put out some feelers for you!!!

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