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Old 06-07-2019, 02:27 PM
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hello all Iím new to saltwater boats had a rangerz20 and sold it. Iím moving to Port St. Lucie Florida and am considering several boats but had a question. Would you rather buy a used prokat 28-30s feet? Buy a new 25 prowler for 135 base without upgrades? Or buy a new ameracat 27 gen 2 for 135 with upgrades (according to their online builder)? The things I want to do in order of importance is :safety, reliability, dependability, offshore bottom, offshore Trolling, inshore fishing, then lastly Bahamas run. Thanks for all your information in advance.
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Old 06-07-2019, 02:37 PM
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prowler. WHy I have owned 4 cats and prowler was the best and wired most nicely so easiest to fix and add to.
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Old 06-07-2019, 02:45 PM
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If your in Port St Lucie, give Dave East at Eastward Boats a call. Building custom cats right there in town. Has 4 basic layouts. There are currently 5 or 6 build threads on THT here, all different, based on his baseline catamaran hill see also Eastwardboats.com
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Old 06-07-2019, 05:46 PM
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25 Prowler or WC 230
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Nothing wrong with an Ameracat....lot of boat fr the money....get a used gen 1 and repower?
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Old 06-07-2019, 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by dekarate View Post
If your in Port St Lucie, give Dave East at Eastward Boats a call. Building custom cats right there in town. Has 4 basic layouts. There are currently 5 or 6 build threads on THT here, all different, based on his baseline catamaran hill see also Eastwardboats.com
thanks I just checked his site any info if they are worth the price?
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You are gonna have a hard time finding a nicer cat than Prowler for the price point. The Ameracats are a lot more simple and utilitarian on the builds. If you really are just fishing Ameracat might not be a bad buy because when it comes down to fishing in crap weather there is no replacement for length. Consider it a World Cat vs Twin Vee argument in finish and support (from what I have heard). If I had the money to put down this second I would be torn between David and the eastward horizon 30' or putting a deposit on the prowler 28. David is building really customized boats at good prices but that prowler 28 is going to change the game at a higher $. Best of luck!
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Old 06-08-2019, 05:34 AM
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Look at this way. If you are going to spend that type of coin, why not get exactly what you want? Many boats offer a number of great features, but always seem to miss something. When I buy a new vehicle, I order from the dealer with all the options exactly as I want it. Why settle? With Dave's approach, you get exactly what you want, where you want it, and the result meets the vision in your mind's eye.
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Twin Vee and World Cat?
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I owned the prowler 246 for 10 years and still fish on it regularly. It is a great boat but any boat older than 5 years takes effort and money to make it right. I sold prowler and bought a used 2005 3660 Pro Sports with no engines and needed lots of work. 3 years on now I have the boat I want and it is great. Takes a lot of time and money to get there though. All in Iím probably at 150,000, not the 500,000+ you see for new cats and everything is new and nice and shinny on her. You have the money Iíd go for prowler canít go wrong, just realize what you are getting into though if going for the larger older boat instead.

whatever you do I think there are 2 things that you must have and plan for:
1) auto-pilot
2) gps lockable trolling motor like the Rhodan
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Originally Posted by dekarate View Post
Look at this way. If you are going to spend that type of coin, why not get exactly what you want? Many boats offer a number of great features, but always seem to miss something. When I buy a new vehicle, I order from the dealer with all the options exactly as I want it. Why settle? With Dave's approach, you get exactly what you want, where you want it, and the result meets the vision in your mind's eye.
Iím considering the prokat only because itís reputation for being a good boat and hull. Most are 45-69k and I understand Iíll have to report and redo he electronics which will add 40-60k so 120k ish for the used. I looked at eastward horizon 3000 Iím going to contact him when I move and do a sea trial if I like I may put the deposit down. The prowler speaks for itself however the new 28 will be over 200k he told me in an email. The 246 original is 135k base no upgrades with electronics package t top and upgrades 150ish and up. The ameracat tricked out is 135 plus tax title and fees. I donít think Iíll go wrong with any but Iím actually leaning toward eastward horizon 3000 and prowler.
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Iím considering the prokat only because itís reputation for being a good boat and hull. Most are 45-69k and I understand Iíll have to report and redo he electronics which will add 40-60k so 120k ish for the used. I looked at eastward horizon 3000 Iím going to contact him when I move and do a sea trial if I like I may put the deposit down. The prowler speaks for itself however the new 28 will be over 200k he told me in an email. The 246 original is 135k base no upgrades with electronics package t top and upgrades 150ish and up. The ameracat tricked out is 135 plus tax title and fees. I donít think Iíll go wrong with any but Iím actually leaning toward eastward horizon 3000 and prowler.
If considering a Prokat, a 2008 2360CC, with the 26'6" hull bottom is the way to go imo. The 28 and 2660 are older designs, and really afford no better ride or room. You can get a nice one with new electronics and trailer for under $50K with newer 4 strokes.
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Anyone have any new updates on the eastward horizon 3000? I read the other threads but not a lot there as far as how they perform for the new people that are getting them just videos on calm seas and building materials.
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The 2360 has in-deck storage alongside the console like the 2660 but the 2660 also has in-deck fish boxes like the 2860.
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The 2360 has in-deck storage alongside the console like the 2660 but the 2660 also has in-deck fish boxes like the 2860.
my 2360 has in deck boxes with gravity drains and lid scuppers, so I use them for storage and for fish boxes. built in cooler up front also
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So Dave just sent the new model price sheet from eastward horizon 3000 and to build new without tax title and all that with minimal upgrades itís 179k not 100k lol I can buy a very nice prokat or twin Vee or new custom ameracat for that kind of price. Taxes and all included your in for 200k+. Take 20k off for the plain center console version that was for the pilot house.
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If you decide you want to take a careful look at a Prowler, I have access to a 31 and a 25 in Palm City, about 15 mins from you
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So Dave just sent the new model price sheet from eastward horizon 3000 and to build new without tax title and all that with minimal upgrades itís 179k not 100k lol I can buy a very nice prokat or twin Vee or new custom ameracat for that kind of price. Taxes and all included your in for 200k+. Take 20k off for the plain center console version that was for the pilot house.
The eastward is a 30 + bracket. The americat is 5í shorter and not as stout a hull imo.
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The eastward is a 30 + bracket. The americat is 5í shorter and not as stout a hull imo.
the ameracat gen 2 27 is only 2 feet or less shorter. Plus I donít need the best I just need safe and reliable. I canít go 200k in debt on a catamaran when I can get a used prokat and upgrade the electronics for 100-120k and new twin Vees for 100-120k as well. Tricked out ameracat 27 is only 153k you have that with Daveís hull twin evinrudes. Also I noticed a lot of companies provide standard what Dave is charging for as options like t top, prowler has that standard and twin Suzukiís 175s. The engine package at Daveís is 50k. For the best buck a used prokat, new twin Vee and prowler are going to be hard to beat imo. What do you think bull?
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