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Old 05-02-2019, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by iguana View Post
I have been fishing a Judge 22 inshore (2013) for the past 4 years. Simple layout with a Suzuki 140. Very economical to run, good on the drift. Not a rocket ship but low 20s (knots) cruise @ 4-5 GPH. My take on the boat is that it is a really good fishing platform for the $, spacious and super easy to clean/maintain/run (in my basic layout). I can plane it with 10+ passengers. One of the benefits of this hull is it is a commercial hull thus no passenger/payload plaque. As to the comment on it being wet, I have only experienced this in the open North Atlantic with 3-4 ft + quartering seas (and in that it is wet). I do not have the water coming in the scuppers one poster mentioned. For inshore chop I can stay on top and stay dry.

If I recall correctly Judge was running a web special a couple years back for 30k for the base boat. Not sure of prices now. Good luck with the search.
You can still get the base "shoreman" version of the boat for the mid 30's. Basically a hull, small console and a 140 Suzuki. The 140 is popular with crabbers because it is very fuel efficient, goes slow enough to run a trotline well, and still fast enough to get places even with a load.

The 22cc standard liost now has an XL console with potty area, powder coated t-top, trim tabs, digital 175 Zuke, electronics panel, washdown, etc, for around 50k.. You can add and delete from there.

BTW, 3-4 in a quartering sea is going to be wet in any 22cc

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Old 05-02-2019, 09:53 AM
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I just took delivery of my Sea Ox 24 yesterday. I came away being highly impressed with the build and took it for a ride. Its the perfect boat to suit my needs and working with Bryan was an absolute pleasure. I think it would totally be worth your time to give him a call.
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Old 05-02-2019, 10:31 AM
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That's a no-brainer ...... all-day, everyday, choose the SeaOx.

It's a beautiful boat. Extremely well laid-out. Very well built (even in the areas you can't see). And Bryan is a pleasure to work with...... a real gentleman who has a wealth of boat knowledge.

The SeaOx is slightly bigger, gets similar fuel economy. I've ridden both. The SeaOx simply feels like a more stable, roomier, smoother riding boat.
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Old 05-02-2019, 10:49 AM
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I would put similarly spec'd boats price sheet side by side and go from there. I hate to decide based purely on price - but i can't see spending significantly more on one than the other. If we're talking a couple thousand bucks one way or the other, sure go with the one you like the most....................but if we are talking 20k more for one or the other - then that would be a driving factor for me.

The judge 22 is a cool little boat - i simply don't like the lines of it and the bow. That's odd words coming from a previous catamaran owner.

The 20 SeaOx is a big 20 foot boat with the bracket and without the front seating.

The Cape Classics, IMO are the best "bang for the buck" right now in my opinion for that style of boat. Admittedly, i've always been a maycraft fan for their value. However, you have to go into knowing what you're getting and what kind of quality to expect.

I would also take a peak at C-Hawk and their prices...................there was a 2016 23 CHawk for sale last week for less than 40k boat/motor/trailer
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Old 05-02-2019, 11:00 AM
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Lots THT'rs in the upper Chessy. Bet you could get rides on both.
very similar boats. I would look of each and see which checks more boxes for your style
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Old 05-02-2019, 11:08 AM
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Here is another alternative. 23 Southern Cross. They start in the mid 30's with an open transom and go up from there. I like mine so far. Built in Beaufort,NC. Not as much deadrise as the Sea Ox though. They have a FB page. Carolina Yachts.
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Old 05-02-2019, 11:16 AM
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Sea oxes are beefy. The 21 will be my next boat with a 200 merc v6.
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Old 05-02-2019, 12:54 PM
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Default Sea ox for sure!

Iím also considering both of these boats. Bryan at Sea Ox was nice enough to let me tour his factory and he seems to be a stand up guy. I havenít had a chance to tour the judge factory but I really love the lines of the sea ox
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Old 05-02-2019, 01:40 PM
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Never was on a Judge so I have no opinion on that boat.
Spent a day fishing on a Sea Ox and was very impressed. A very large 21 footer. with no forward seating( its an option) its a great fishing platform with a very "balanced "ride. The Maycraft IMHO is not a comparable boat .
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Old 05-02-2019, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by AMR View Post
Iím also considering both of these boats. Bryan at Sea Ox was nice enough to let me tour his factory and he seems to be a stand up guy. I havenít had a chance to tour the judge factory but I really love the lines of the sea ox
The guys from Judge Yachts contacted me after seeing this post and invited me down for a tour. Seem like good guys that are attentive to their customers. I am going to go down and have a look around. Still havent decided what direction I am going but it seems like it would be worth seeing their facility and talking to them in person.
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Old 05-02-2019, 05:48 PM
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I was v interested in the judge 26 about 2 years ago. Tried to get sea trial. Was seemingly impossible. Judge had no interest in accomodating me. Ended up buying a new 23 Steiger CC. Maybe judge has gotten more aggressive in selling boats.
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Old 05-02-2019, 05:55 PM
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I was v interested in the judge 26 about 2 years ago. Tried to get sea trial. Was seemingly impossible. Judge had no interest in accomodating me. Ended up buying a new 23 Steiger CC. Maybe judge has gotten more aggressive in selling boats.
A friend has the 26 judge and it such a wet and sloppy ride....and slow
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Old 05-02-2019, 06:01 PM
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I'm really enjoying my 21' Sea Ox (going on two years) zero issues. I will say this though. I saw a 265 Judge in Ocracoke, NC this past week and that was a mighty fine looking boat!
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by bigv2832 View Post
I just took delivery of my Sea Ox 24 yesterday. I came away being highly impressed with the build and took it for a ride. Its the perfect boat to suit my needs and working with Bryan was an absolute pleasure. I think it would totally be worth your time to give him a call.
We need pics! You going to do a new boat thread?
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Old 05-03-2019, 03:20 AM
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The Sea Ox is a nice looking machine for sure.
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Old 05-03-2019, 03:55 AM
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Ride both if you can. Havenít been on a Sea Ox, but been on the judge. Very solid, well built and efficient hull and have been overall very impressed with the boat. Nothing will bang or rattle in chop. I do agree it can get wet in some chop, but in think that can be mitigated if you trim the boat and control speed properly.
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Old 05-03-2019, 04:08 AM
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Originally Posted by cloonkeen View Post
The Maycraft IMHO is not a comparable boat .
Agree with this. Judge/Sea Ox different level of boat.
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Old 05-03-2019, 04:56 AM
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Originally Posted by FisherforHim View Post

We need pics! You going to do a new boat thread?
I have a build thread going just haven't had time to update it....im having the bottom painted now and adding a few more things. i want to make it ready to go before i start sharing pics so I can give it the full attention it deserves!
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Old 05-03-2019, 11:07 AM
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Ride both and then compare. The seaox would get my money.
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Old 05-03-2019, 11:20 AM
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Whatever you end up I'm fully expecting her to be emblazoned with the name of Two Fingers
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