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Next Boat? Whitewater 28, Conch 27, SeaVee 29, Onslow Bay 27

Old 06-09-2019, 05:44 AM
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Default Next Boat? Whitewater 28, Conch 27, SeaVee 29, Onslow Bay 27

Would love some feedback from THT members that have experience owning or fishing on these boats. Hopefully someone has experience with most of them and can give me some feedback. Below is a little background on how I plan on using the boat and what's important to me thus far.

I've been saving up for some time to make this purchase and want to make sure I do it right. Personally, I only have experience fishing on a SeaVee 29 and love it, but don't want to limit myself as I've hear nothing but amazing things about these other boats. I'm not completely closed off from other manufactures, but want to stay in the 27-31 range and really want the best in quality. Really appreciate any feedback, hopefully I didn't miss too much. Thank you for any help....

Fishing Grounds- (SE FL) Offshore Boynton Beach area and Bahamas (2x year)
Fishing- Trolling and Bottom fishing- mainly by myself or with my 10 and 7 year old sons. I do fish with one other buddy 2-3x month. This will only be a fishing boat and not for family use. My Wife had her pick first and we have a family/sandbar cruiser already.
Budget- 125K, but willing to go a little more for the perfect boat.
Age- would like to try and get something within the last 5 years if possible and in really good condition.

What's important to me:
  • Quality Build- I want a boat that can handle the conditions that can get thrown at us in S FL and not pound, shake, and rattle.
  • Resale- I plan to keep the boat for a very long time, but would rather pay a little more now to get a boat that's going to hold it's value.
  • Proximity of Builder- I like the idea of the manufacture being located in FL, just in case. I know the only exception is Onslow.
  • Engines- 4 Strokes. I've only had Yamaha but open to Mercury or Suzuki
  • Storage- Not as important as this will mainly be for day trips besides the occasional Bahama's trip. The boat will be on a lift at the house so I don't need to worry about trailering it.



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Old 06-09-2019, 07:32 AM
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A&d 27'
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Old 06-09-2019, 08:02 AM
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All are great choices, your budget is going to be tight but doable. You probably won't find a Conch, certainly not in the price range unless it's an old hull with newer engines. None of those boats are "easy" to find, you'll probably have the most luck finding a lightly used 28 Whitewater.

For a few more dollars and an 18 month wait you can almost order a new Whitewater.
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Old 06-09-2019, 08:17 AM
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Here you go. No affiliation. If anyone tells you the other boats on your list compare to a conch27 or hold value as good they are lying. GL

https://www.boattrader.com/listing/2...dard%20listing
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Might want to take a look at an Ocean Runner built to order. There are some great build threads on the site.
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Old 06-09-2019, 08:41 AM
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that conch 27 on boat trader the guy is willing to sell it for 85k
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Old 06-09-2019, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by laythewood View Post
Here you go. No affiliation. If anyone tells you the other boats on your list compare to a conch27 or hold value as good they are lying. GL

https://www.boattrader.com/listing/2...dard%20listing
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that conch 27 on boat trader the guy is willing to sell it for 85k
yep, he might be listing "Conch" for 135k but...…………

how likely is he to actually get that.
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Originally Posted by laythewood View Post
Here you go. No affiliation. If anyone tells you the other boats on your list compare to a conch27 or hold value as good they are lying. GL

https://www.boattrader.com/listing/2...dard%20listing
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yep, he might be listing "Conch" for 135k but...…………

how likely is he to actually get that.
For 135K, just order a brand new 2020 28' Whitewater with brand new 4 stroke engines, brand new rigging, new fuel tanks, etc etc etc.

I've fished three different Conchs, and yes they are the best riding CC in their class, but for that price I'm choosing the Whitewater all day, every day. The E & D Conch is also a cored hull, every Whitewater ever built is a solid glass hull.

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Old 06-09-2019, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by burningdaylight View Post
For 135K, just order a brand new 2020 28' Whitewater with brand new 4 stroke engines, brand new rigging, new fuel tanks, etc etc etc.

I've fished three different Conchs, and yes they are the best riding CC in their class, but for that price I'm choosing the Whitewater all day, every day. The E & D Conch is also a balsa cored hull, every Whitewater ever built is a solid glass hull.
I hear this a lot— what is wrong with balsa core, or wet balsa core for that matter. The older E&D conchs ride better than the new ones mostly due to the fact that they are waterlogged and heavy.
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Old 06-09-2019, 10:00 AM
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No bad choices, but as burningdaylight says, the ability to build a new 28WW for your budget and have a builder in SFL would pull me in that direction.
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Thanks so much for the feedback thus far. I actually saw that E&D Conch 27 listed and was going to look at it. I wouldn't go near that asking price with 14 year old engines and older electronics, but it would be certainly interesting at 85k.

My dock is still being built so I have a some time and can be patient. Please keep the feedback coming. Love to hear any thoughts from anyone who's been on the Onslow 27 versus the others. I know that's a little wider and supposedly rides really well.
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I'm also super impressed by what I've seen with the 29' Sea Hunter but I doubt you'll find one in the budget.
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Old 06-09-2019, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by laythewood View Post


I hear this a lot— what is wrong with balsa core, or wet balsa core for that matter. The older E&D conchs ride better than the new ones mostly due to the fact that they are waterlogged and heavy.
That's an interesting question. What, indeed, is wrong with wet balsa core? I've never heard of a top tier balsa cored hull failing. Especially the old hulls.

When I gutted my 1975 T Craft and rebuilt it, I could see water squish out next to the very bottom of the hull when you stood next to the stringers. Lo and behold, it had a large area where the core was saturated. I gently cut away the top skin, custom fit new core from marine ply, then completely sealed it with 3 layers of 1.5 oz matt. But what did I accomplish? I don't really know. My inclination is that if the builder intended the core to be dry, then it should be dry. I know that I like my Whitewater because I feel like I should never worry about the hull, it should last a lifetime. However, the transom and decks are still wood but known to be sealed well and strong.

Every boat has trade offs and shortcomings.

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Wont find a better deal than this one everything is brand new
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Competition 31 might be one to consider. Not quite the conch Seavee Onslow name status, but a very solid strong performing boat.
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Originally Posted by donzi561 View Post

Wont find a better deal than this one everything is brand new
Which model. Nice looking boat.
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You should be able to find a very nice 31 Cape Horn for your budget. They are fishing machines.
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:07 PM
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onslow bay, there's one here on THT listed for 115K I think. i'm going to be straight up honest with you you aren't going to find a 290 SeaVee in your price range, if you can find one at all, they are kinda hard to come by. I would go for the SeaVee if you expanded your budget but for where you're at the onslow bay is going to have the best fit and finish followed by conch then the whitewater. When you find an onslow bay you like you're going to need to be able to move quick and be willing to travel, thats about the best advice I can give.
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Originally Posted by wcffish View Post

Which model. Nice looking boat.
25 white water


25 whitewater


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