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Old 05-19-2019, 09:57 AM
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Hi I am just wondering if someone could tell me what is the best type of boat out of these for an inshore charter. My Brother is starting a charter business and he has an offshore boat, but not an inshore. His wife is in the hospital and can not afford to buy one right now, but he could really use the extra money with everything going on. I want to surprise him by getting him something for inshore fishing that could hold about 6 or more people. If I could get 2 for him that would be even better for $80k or less. I was looking into Carolina skiff and I am wondering about the quality of their boats as of now. Can anyone please help me decide which boat(s) to get? Please do not even bring up Mako boats or Mercury motors as I would never buy either of those. Unless the boat does with a Mercury and there are no other options available.
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Inshore where? And for what species? 6 or more people inshore? (Not a lot of options there) Man if you’re for real give him the 80k and let him get what he needs.
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By the way Carolina Skiffs are pure junk.
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By the way Carolina Skiffs are pure junk.
lol, sure sure. at least I don't have wood in my boat not to mention skiffs can't sink.
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Check out the Frontier Boat line from K2 marine, I’m sure a pair of 2104 models would work. Another option is the Key West 210BR series. No bay boat is going to fish 6 people comfortably.
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Originally Posted by DMaN333X View Post
Hi I am just wondering if someone could tell me what is the best type of boat out of these for an inshore charter. My Brother is starting a charter business and he has an offshore boat, but not an inshore. His wife is in the hospital and can not afford to buy one right now, but he could really use the extra money with everything going on. I want to surprise him by getting him something for inshore fishing that could hold about 6 or more people. If I could get 2 for him that would be even better for $80k or less. I was looking into Carolina skiff and I am wondering about the quality of their boats as of now. Can anyone please help me decide which boat(s) to get? Please do not even bring up Mako boats or Mercury motors as I would never buy either of those. Unless the boat does with a Mercury and there are no other options available.
Here is your only, and best option for 6.

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https://www.shallowsportboats.com/boat/25-x3/
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When you say inshore are we talking ultra skinny and push pole or moderate skinny 12-18 inches and a trolling motor will work? Live bait charters or artificials? What area will he be chartering in?
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He’s not going ultra skinny with 6 people on board, that’s for damn sure.
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I would say get a used 24ft Yellowfin.

A few of the charter captains in the FL Keys use them. 4 people is the norm.
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Used 25ft Parker se
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26ft Hanson
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Why does he need 2 boats, does he have a second captain? Is he already that busy that he needs multiple boats and captains? I would suggest a Parker 23 or 25 se for inshore and bay charters. Rigged with a trolling motor it is a pretty much do anything inshore with 4-6 passengers easily. I have been very successful with my 21se but recently upgraded to a contender 25b.
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Originally Posted by speckslayer View Post
By the way Carolina Skiffs are pure junk.
That's too harsh and untrue to boot IMO. They fill a niche and I see a lot of commercial and sportsmen use them around here. No, I don't own one but I wouldn't hesitate to own one if it met my needs.

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There is absolutely no need to spend $80K on an inshore/ nearshore boat that is planned for 6 pack charters. Since you mentioned Carolina skiff, if you really want to run a full 6 pack, you're looking at a Carolina Skiff DLX24. That maybe a good way to go for your brother: super easy to maintain, utilitarian.
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Parker 25 SE ( not the DV).
Pathfinder 24 ( though 6 would get tight).
Jones Brothers 26 Cape Fisherman
Andros 26 Tarpon

Finally, a HUGE thumbs up for your benevolence and love for your brother even considering this plan and desire.
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6 people or more than 6 people?
Once you go over 6 people you are now an inspected boat.

If your brother is actually a guide he shoule have some ideas as to what boat he can use to sell trips.
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6 seems high most guides won’t take more than 3-4 for inshore trips. I would buy a 24 foot bay boat with a 12-14 inch draft. Look for a 24 pathfinder ranger sea pro. You could do a 24 yellowfin used.
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For 80k you can get a Pathfinder Hybrid which would be a heck of a surprise for your brother.
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By inshore I don’t mean in super skinny water, I’m talking like pier length distance in anywhere from a few feet and up. And it would be a live bait in the Gulf of Mexico.
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I said six as a precaution, it is usually in the 3-4 range, but I am always thinking ahead and of the worst case scenario, it’s a problem I have.��
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I don't think anyone here has enough information to give you real good advice. You need to be very specific about what type of charters your brother does in his business.

Is he already chartering or is this a new venture for him, what is the target market /species. This will change the recommendation.

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