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Old 04-27-2018, 08:31 AM
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Old 04-27-2018, 02:35 PM
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Is judge at the bay bridge boat show? I still need to check out the 265 center console.
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Old 04-27-2018, 06:37 PM
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Sorry. No. However, you are more than welcome to take a tour of the factory on the Eastern shore of Maryland
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Old 05-03-2018, 03:11 PM
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Just wanted to post up about my experience at the Judge factory. Bill and his guys could not have been more accommodating and gave me a very thorough tour, answered all my questions, and walked me to boats in various stages of completion to show me specifics about how things were done. I highly encourage anyone thinking about a Judge to take a tour and see first hand.

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Old 05-09-2018, 06:02 PM
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Joe, I am glad you enjoyed checking out the factory. Let us know if we can help any further in your decision
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:39 AM
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:55 AM
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Originally Posted by iFishMD View Post
I agree. I think there is a bit of a bashing agenda. Good luck walking into a dealer and getting a sea trial on an inventoried boat without some sort of agreement.

Usually step 1 is to check out a boat in person at the dealer or see the factory to how they are made to make sure construction, finish, layout, looks, etc are what the buyer wants. Step 2 is come up with a price to see if it is in the buyers budget with what they want. Step 3 is sea trial the boat to make sure it meets handling/ride expectations.

Note that there are far more 265cc or 27cc's out there because they are very close in price when outfitted similarly and the 24 is only 2' shorter version of the same hull. Handling and economy are similar. Usually the 24cc is only ordered when someone has length restrictions at a marina or otherwise.
Greg, you always turn these judge posts so personal. The gentleman wasn't bashing your favorite team. He was simply asking HOW he could get a sea trial: I don't blame the guy for not wanting to drop $80K before knowing how the hull's attitude would be underway and at rest.

I drove to Sarasota Florida last year and factory toured Andros: I was welcomed to tour the factory. Then they took me on a ride on the 26 Andros Tarpon that belonged to the owner of the company. "Good luck walking into a dealer and getting a sea trial", Greg? It happens everyday. The price tag on that Andros I sea trialed ( with no buying arrangement in place, and actually walked away from the hull DUE TO the sea trial) is twice what Bill Judge gets for his skiffs.
Just because Judge doesn't allow sea trials, doesn't mean other manufacturers decline the same "courtesy".

My recommendation would be get in touch with owners and ask to pay their fuel bill and take you out for a ride if you are really considering a Judge.

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Old 05-17-2018, 07:28 AM
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I agree, what is the point of wasting my time and your time with negotiations, when we can go straight to a sea trial. Which to me is the #1 factor if I want the boat or not. Sea trail goes good, negotiations are gonna go ALOT smoother.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:35 AM
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I seatrialed mine before we agreed on a price. Of course I wanted a ballpark before we did the seatrial, didn’t want to waste my time if it was going to be way to expensive. If your interested in a boat just call Judge Yachts and speak with Bill, not many other companies where you can talk to the owner.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:36 AM
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Who says Judge does not allow sea trials? They do plenty. Just some pre-qualification is needed.

There is not really any negotiation. You get an estimate on what you want. Buyers can add or delete options or customizations to meet budgets and wants. Sea trials are done before the boat is purchased. However, there must be some sort of pre-qualification before we trouble a private owner for a sea trial (Judge is a semi-custom build to order company who relies on privately owned boats for sea trials) . This can be meeting with Bill and expressing genuine interest from an active buyer (not one looking "down the road"). This is common place with vast majority of dealerships even with inventory on the lot. If not, you can take people for boat rides every day, all day long who are often not serious buyers.

For those just looking at the moment. Factory tours are available and often done by Bill Judge, the president and owner of Judge Yachts... We can also point you to owners (there are a number of 265cc owners on this site who run both in the Chesapeake and along the coast), or you can charter one of the capts that run one. Bill personally runs a 36 Chesapeake and also has an 18' skiff at his home that he runs for interested buyers. I often do the 27 Chesapeake sea trials.

Aaron, are you ordering an Andros?

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Aaron, are you ordering an Andros?
As noted, I sea trialed the Andros 26 Tarpon. It was a very wet ride. I fish from 30 to 75 miles out and inshore. I can't have my crew soaking wet before we even start fishing. So, no not ordering the Andros. We shook hands and parted ways. I have a Jones Brothers 26 Cape Fisherman for offshore and a couple inshore boats. I was attempting to narrow the fleet to get down to one "everything" boat...but, I have decided and come to understand there is no such thing. I will continue to have a dedicated offshore boat and a dedicated inshore boat.

Best wishes on the sales, here, gentleman.
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Old 05-22-2018, 07:06 AM
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Some options include spotting towers and Rhodan trolling motors. This is a true inshore/offshore capable boat

Couple of photos from boats currently in-house


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Old 05-22-2018, 05:17 PM
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Have any more pics of the tower? That might be my next upgrade.
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Originally Posted by bigk23surf View Post
Have any more pics of the tower? That might be my next upgrade.
this would make for a nice cobia boat. I just got back from obx and was in the tower for awhile sightfishing for cobia. Does the tower fold down for trailering? If so will it clear the tunnels around cbbt and Norfolk?
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Old 05-29-2018, 09:30 AM
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Old hat and bks, I will try to get more photos. This tower does not fold and I am not sure the height. It is being custom built.
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Does the 26 come without the bracket?
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:42 AM
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Does the 26 come without the bracket?
Yes, you can get with or without a bracket. However the pricing listed includes a full transom with a bracket since it is much more popular. It also allows for a transom fishbox or livewell.

I will try to get photos of the progress of the boats with the spotting towers this week. I just returned to MD from the Florida Keys.
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Old 06-06-2018, 03:00 PM
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Old 06-07-2018, 04:30 AM
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Jesus! What is the angle on that entry? Looks to be around 75 degrees.
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Hell of a deal in today's environment if that's for a new boat.

Are cushions available for the forward seating?
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