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Old 05-29-2019, 04:27 PM
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How does a 23 contender ride in 2 to 4 foot seas thanks
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Old 05-29-2019, 04:31 PM
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How does a 23 contender ride in 2 to 4 foot seas thanks
Like any other 23' boat, except a 23' SeaCraft.
Two feet ok, 4', shitty.
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Old 05-29-2019, 04:34 PM
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Where are you fishing out of? I had a 23 open sold it. Bought it back a few years later after owning a 2350 Bluewater. Sold it again. For what they are selling for these days there are better options in my opinion. If you have the budget get the 23/25T.
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Old 05-29-2019, 04:43 PM
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Run it fast. The Contender 23 is a fantastic hull. I had one ('95) for 14 years and I miss it every single day. Like the previous poster said...4' is gonna suck....a lil less in the Contender..but it will still suck. 2' and that hull will eat it up. That hull runs better the faster you run it.
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Thanks guys I guess I should stick with the 23 or 25 seacraft
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Old 05-29-2019, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by kygal43 View Post
Thanks guys I guess I should stick with the 23 or 25 seacraft
A 23 Seacraft is a great boat. My family has had a half dozen of them (1973, 1974, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1986)but I prefer my 21 Contender to one in anything over a foot. The Contender rides better the faster you go and it's super dry. The Seacraft rides great but you have to slow it down and it'll be a soaker. I've done almost 1000 hours in three years in my 21 Contender in the North East and don't need any sort of enclosure because spray only happens in big cross winds. I think you take a ride in a Contender and judge for yourself.
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Old 05-30-2019, 05:42 AM
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To the OP, The 23 Contender is a VERY capable hull worthy of a nod offshore. But, 4' seas in any 23-25' boat you're gonna know it. As noted, the 23 contender is better than MOST other 23's on the market for the seas you describe.

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Old 05-30-2019, 05:55 AM
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Are you talking about a 23T (25' loa) or a 23 Open (23 loa)? 4' spaced at 12 seconds or 4' stacked up? In a true 4' sea with short intervals no 23' boat IMO is going to ride "good" some will ride better than others and a 23 Contender would be a "better" ride than many IMO. A lot depends on interval.
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Old 05-30-2019, 06:24 AM
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The 23 runs well in bad conditions. Get the boat you will not be dissapointed.
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the 23t and 12 seconds
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Old 05-30-2019, 07:01 AM
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12 sec period is ok for a pontoon boat
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Old 05-30-2019, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Blazer7420 View Post
Like any other 23' boat, except a 23' SeaCraft.
Two feet ok, 4', shitty.
Very well said, I agree 100%, it will ride just like a normal 23ft boat, but a 23 seacraft is on a whole other level. My 23 SC loved 3-4ft chop
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:30 AM
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I have been on both and preferred the 23 contender ride.
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by offshore3144 View Post
I have been on both and preferred the 23 contender ride.
i've been on both as well and prefer the SeaCraft. the difference is when your stopped, drifting or slow trolling, there is no violent snap roll typical of most 24 degree designs, it's just planted in the water and has a much more gentle roll to it.
all boats are compromises, and that compromise is a very important one if you fish in the ocean.. the ride is dam good in the SeaCraft because you don't have to push it so hard to make it run better. the contender likes to run fast and fast only. the SeaCraft can take it or leave it, whatever you want to do, even stay up on plane at 15 knots and kick back some cold beers instead of hanging on for life. it's all personal preference.
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:48 AM
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4' its gonna suck, a 32' seavee sucks in true 4'. Most folks on here have zero clue about sea states and think they are in 8'ers when its only 4'...2' it'll be fine.
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:53 AM
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I'd love to watch a 23' Contender (or any boat that size) going fast in true 4 footers. Not rollers coming a couple times a minute, but washing machine conditions. You know, the type we get in the Northeast. No thanks.
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Old 05-30-2019, 10:48 AM
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Location means a lot. In the Florida Keys I'd take the Contender, but here in the Northeast I sold my Contender and restored a Seacraft - better all around boat IMO.
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Own a Contender 23 Open myself. Went in 4' last weekend. 22-28 MPH was pretty solid. Little bit of slapping but nothing god awful.
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Old 05-30-2019, 11:35 AM
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Hell, Im not happy in my 32' contender in 4'..... Will it run in it, absolutely, but I would rather be in a big sportfish....
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