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Old 05-27-2019, 06:45 PM
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I'm looking for a boat with twin outboards and was convinced on a used Intrepid 323 being perfect. I was then told I needed a bay boat to fish inshore. What are the limitations of my getting an intrepid if I want to fish inshore as well? Obviously I am a complete novice and amatuer fisherman/boater. I am from great lakes and want flexibility to run down to keys or bimini if I so choose and also want to catch mackerel, snook, trout, redfish, etc in the bay. Can I do this in an intrepid 323?

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Old 05-27-2019, 06:47 PM
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This cannot be a serious question....
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Embarassingly and Unfortunately it is... I've been running around chasing my tail looking at boats. I bought house in rocky point and want to get a boat and am totally confused. Any help is much appreciated. They say there is no such thing as stupud question, I guess I pushing boundries....
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An intrepid is a pretty serious boat to consider fishing inshore shallow. Maybe get 2 boats?? Pathfinder 22 and the intrepid a year or so older to cover the cost of the bay boat.
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I appreciate that answer. I had been directed to looking at a bkackwood 27' as a combo/hybrid solution and price point really doesnt seem to make sense.
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rocky point as on the indian river> you are looking at lots of shallow water to get into the fish.

in general buy the boat for where you do 90% of your fishing and struggle when doing the other 10%.

or as said get two boats.
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Old 05-28-2019, 03:20 AM
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This is why you'll often see two boats on the lifts of avid fisherman. One is an offshore boat usually in the 32 - 36 ft. range and the other is an inshore boat usually in the 20 - 24 ft. range. If you want to be able to do both inshore and offshore fishing with one boat I'd suggest a 27 or 28 ft. with twin outboards. On a good day you can easily run 30 - 40 miles offshore and when you want to fish inshore you can still get into 3 ft. of water if need be.
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Look at a cat style boat as they have a fairly shallow draft and are also offshore capable
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Old 05-28-2019, 05:02 AM
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Originally Posted by calicojim2 View Post
Look at a cat style boat as they have a fairly shallow draft and are also offshore capable
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I don’t know what these guys are talking about OP the intrepid 323 is reknowned amongst fly guides in the keys for its stealthy shallow water abilities.
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Thanks. Good info.
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Good answer. I really appreciate it.
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Old 05-28-2019, 05:29 AM
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That's a monster of a boat to fish inshore with. Normally I'd say that a really experienced inshore fisherman can find productive spots with deep water access but that might be pretty tough in a 30+ foot boat.
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Ditto on having 2 boats. A 18' Flats boat or a smaller bay boat for snook trout & reds, and then your offshore boat for days at the sandbar & fishing offshore. Also recommend a boaters safety course since you sound a little green, another good idea would be to hire a guide a couple of times to help with the learning curve of fishing your local waters.
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Obviously the intrepid will be great offshore and trolling etc. It will also do good in and around reef which I also consider nearshore. But when it comes to the shallows, If you plan to have the boat in less then 3' of water often, then you might want to consider some other vessel. Yes cat boats do float into skinny water a bit better, but IMHO an offshore cat will only buy you about 2-4" more on the shallow end. Mine claims 15" draft, But I honestly think it is more like 18" Plus you nee to worry about the prop which on twin engine cats will be below the hull. You can cheat that on a single engine cat, but that is not going to be a offshore boat.

If your main goal is offshore, get your wanted boat. Then keep an eye out for a used, skiff/flats boat. Since it is for the shallows I would not worry about much about brand or quality rating, As long as it is in good shape, Whats it going to do, sink and leave you swimming 100' from shore. or standing in 3' of water. LOL
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Originally Posted by highflier1 View Post
Obviously the intrepid will be great offshore and trolling etc. It will also do good in and around reef which I also consider nearshore. But when it comes to the shallows, If you plan to have the boat in less then 3' of water often, then you might want to consider some other vessel. Yes cat boats do float into skinny water a bit better, but IMHO an offshore cat will only buy you about 2-4" more on the shallow end. Mine claims 15" draft, But I honestly think it is more like 18" Plus you nee to worry about the prop which on twin engine cats will be below the hull. You can cheat that on a single engine cat, but that is not going to be a offshore boat.

If your main goal is offshore, get your wanted boat. Then keep an eye out for a used, skiff/flats boat. Since it is for the shallows I would not worry about much about brand or quality rating, As long as it is in good shape, Whats it going to do, sink and leave you swimming 100' from shore. or standing in 3' of water. LOL
Great answer - Very logical. I really appreciate your insight!
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Slap one of them new fangled trolling motors on that Intrepid and get skinny!!!

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Sounds like a newbie...and one hellofa boat for a new boater.

I would buy a year or two old, and pick up a year or two old inshore boat with the savings.

Even a skiff would work depending on your water, and those can be had for less than 10k and still have decent power on the back.
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What are you really planning to use the boat for most of the time? I see you looking for an '07-'11 Intrepid, what's your budget? I'm just guessing at what an Intrepid of that age goes for in decent condition but if your really plan to do both, I would take 15k off the Intrepid budget and buy a similar age flats boat and an offshore boat.

The Intrepid is an awesome boat offshore but terrible if you want to target those inshore species. A bay boat is pretty good at both but not excellent, best bet is 2 boats if you really do both often and have the budget.
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shermizzo, I agree with a lot of the sentiments of the above posters. I would like to point out a few things and offer some food for thought, so to say. What type of fishing do you intend to do most often (what species)? Have you ever owned and operated a boat before? A 32 is a pretty decent sized boat, the wind and current can have pretty strong effects on a boat this size in tight quarters (fuel docks, boat ramp, restaurants, etc). I guess what I am getting at is, and this is based off the assumption that you do not have a ton of experience handling boats, to maybe start with a smaller bay boat so you can learn to operate before jumping to the larger vessel. If that is not an option and you want to go to the big boat, definately find someone with experience to help you learn. There are some tips and tricks to running a boat with twins that will not be immediately obvious to a new operator, that an old salt will find to be "natural" IE using throttles in forward/reverse to swing around. Sort of a rambling post, and not trying to cause any offense.
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