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Old 05-20-2019, 05:31 PM
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Hello - long time lurker, first time poster. I think I need another boat. I've owned a couple of smaller "ski boats" but I'm looking for something bigger. I've been to some boat shows recently but just can't seem to find the right fit. Please help me!

I live in the Pacific Northwest near the great San Juans. Here is my criteria:
  1. 80-90% of my "mission" will be cruising, entertaining, point a to b type traveling in the San Juans
  2. 10-20% of my mission will be light fishing, crabbing, stuff like that
  3. It would be moored, not trailered
  4. No need to overnight in the boat but maybe one berth, a small kitchen would be nice, definitely a head
  5. Needs to be a wide stable boat. Wife gets motion sick. Yes, I know this is an issue.
  6. Prefer open bow with seating
  7. Modestly sized rear entertaining/fishing area
  8. Modestly sized pilot house for entertaining and protection on cold pacific northwest days
  9. Must have a fly bridge, center-line console preferred but not required
  10. Wide gunwales for moving back and forth
  11. Room to hang a couple kayaks
  12. Fast-ish cruise speed. I don't want to go 8 knots.
  13. Probably prefer outboard(s) but flexible here
  14. Low maintenance (stop laughing)
  15. I think I'm looking for something in the 28-40 foot range. I don't want a monster though.
Does this boat, or something near it, exist? Thanks!

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Old 05-20-2019, 05:35 PM
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What is the budget?
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How about an Axopar?
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Super sport osprey there’s a couple
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by markskp View Post
What is the budget?
Flexible. Curious how much I'll need for a boat like I describe. I'm expecting in the low-mid 6 figures+ area I suspect.
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I really like the Axopar SeaCat22 posted. This is on the right track here. Thanks.
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Look at an Arrow Cat or Aspen. I do far better keeping from puking on a cat than a monohull. A 30’ or so will let you cut through nearly any of the chop we get in the islands, comfortably. It’ll also sway much, much less in the windchop and current waves.

There’s a 31-33’ Armstrong with twin yamaha 250s for sell for about $300k I think. She’s a damn tank. A new one would start about $400k. There are lots of used 34’ glacier bays for under $200k too. Full cabins and berth.
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You don’t typically get line 6, with lines 8 and/or 9.

Don’t typically see flybridge boats with outboard power.

This one is close, but I/O power. Room for seating/lounge pads on the foredeck: https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/b...886987600.html

I’d rather go straight-shaft or v-drive than I/O: https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/b...888711096.html

If stability is what you want: https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/b...882745347.html
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Maybe you can jump start this project, my dream boat as well.

Fits everything on you list; except #14 which is non-existence in boating.

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Munson Cat
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agree
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Thanks for all the replies so far. So what is this category of boat I'm seeking here? Is it a sport/cruiser? Are there any American made equivalents that come close to something like the XO/Axopar?
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Originally Posted by LandLubber76 View Post
Thanks for all the replies so far. So what is this category of boat I'm seeking here? Is it a sport/cruiser? Are there any American made equivalents that come close to something like the XO/Axopar?
How about an Aspen C107?

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