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Parker 2300 vs Dusky 252

Old 05-24-2019, 12:05 PM
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Default Parker 2300 vs Dusky 252

I am about to place an order on one of these boats. I am looking for a solid, no frills boat to be used mainly for nearshore and light offshore fishing. On paper they seem VERY similar. Fully rigged the Dusky is a little cheaper, but not enough to really affect my decision.

Between these 2 boats, which would you choose? I am mostly interested in solid construction that is going to last me a long time, and reasonable offshore capability for a boat in this size class. Boat will be used by a family of 4, but don't need any fancy amenities - just a boat that will get us safely out on the water and hold up well over the years. I am located in FL, so access to Dusky is close enough. The Parker dealer is closer.

Parker
Length - 23ft plus bracket (around 25ft total)
Beam - 8' 6"
Weight - 3630
Deadrise - 21 degrees
Draft - 15 inches
Power - 300hp Yamaha
Cruise - 34 mph, 4000 rpm, 2.92 mpg
Max speed - 52mph

Dusky
Length - 25ft including bracket (hull is around 23ft)
Beam - 8' 6"
Weight - 3700
Deadrise - 20 degrees
Draft - 13 inches
Power - 300hp Suzuki
Cruise - 30 mph, 4000 rpm, 3.05 mpg
Max speed - 51 mph

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Old 05-24-2019, 12:08 PM
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Parker. Parker , rough water master
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Old 05-24-2019, 12:11 PM
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Flip a coin. Two very similar built and specced boats. The Dusky is factory direct and you get a bit more of a semi custom boat. Whats the standard list of options look like for each boat.
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Old 05-24-2019, 12:33 PM
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sailphish,

Parker, I had a Parker 2300 DV 2006 and it was an awesome boat, built like a tank, offshore it did great and has plenty of room for fishing, you can't go wrong and re-sale is very good, I hated to sell mine but had to down size to a smaller boat which wife and I could launch easily.
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Old 05-24-2019, 12:35 PM
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surprised their that close in price. assumed the parker would be considerably more expensive.
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Old 05-24-2019, 12:52 PM
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Bring a measuring tape to the Parker dealer.
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Old 05-24-2019, 01:35 PM
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Parker it's a beast
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Old 05-24-2019, 01:59 PM
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Parker is likely better built, had two Dusky boats good overall and I am also surprised the parker is not more expensive.
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Originally Posted by davescarp View Post
surprised their that close in price. assumed the parker would be considerably more expensive.
Parker is more expensive, but comes standard with a lot of options. The price difference fairly reflects nicer quality add ons (example t-top seems more solid), and the expected cost difference between Suzuki and Yamaha. Dusky options add up quick when you have to pay extra for things like a drain plug. Parker was also willing to negotiate a price. I honestly haven’t tried that with Dusky yet, but was under the assumption their price is what it is.
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Originally Posted by leoaa777 View Post
Bring a measuring tape to the Parker dealer.
Care to elaborate? My dealer only has a 23se (no bracket) and a 25dv. I would have to order the 23dv, so cannot measure one. The website says LOA 28, but my understanding is that includes the bracket AND pulpit (but I won’t be getting a pulpit), so I assumed around 25ft. Either way, they seem similarly sized boats.
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Old 05-24-2019, 03:43 PM
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Parker is the better quality boat IMO. Owned a 21 SE. Bulletproof.
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Old 05-24-2019, 05:30 PM
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Of course I'am bias - I own a 223 Dusky FAC, now sold as the 252. However I've spent time on a Parker 25 DV fishing off both the RI and FL coast. I've only fished the Dusky off both the NC & SC coast. I purchased the Dusky over the Parker due to the Carolina Bow Flair on the Dusky. Years ago I owned a McKee 22 Freedom - no bow flare - wettest ride ever. If you plan on going off shore - purchase a boat with bow flare. No boat is completely dry. However, bow flair does help keeping spray out of the helm and cockpit. If the Parker comes with good amount of bow flair... Make a choice.

Measure both boats "length" at the water (hull) line only. Exclude the added length of the bracket.

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Old 05-24-2019, 05:38 PM
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I have a Parker 23 DVCC with an F250 that I use 100% for fishing. Mine was one of the last made with off-white gel coat. The boat is very solid and no-frills. I like the closed transom and the room behind the leaning post you get with the bracket. I fish mostly inshore with an occasional run up to 30 miles offshore on a good day. It rides very well and is dry in a wide range of conditions and also has a nice stable drift. I get about 2.7-3 nmpg at 3800 rpm cruise depending on load and sea state. I think it is an excellent all-around boat that is a good value.

When I ordered my boat from Parker on late 2012, I requested the batteries be mounted in the console and to have two independent bilge pumps. Moving the batteries forward helps with weight distribution and accessibility. I also had a custom hard top built by a local marine welding shop since I do not like canvas tops (they leak, need to be replaced, etc). Parker is flat out busy right now, so you may have to wait a while if you order one.

I have no experience with Dusky.
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Old 05-24-2019, 09:14 PM
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They're both good, solid well made boats. Two of my favorite builders

I like the Dusky more (I've had two but fished on several Parkers) because of the bow flair. We often come in with a SW cross chop and the Dusky will power through it while keeping you drier

Either one is a good choice.

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Dusky!
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