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Old 06-11-2019, 09:46 AM
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Iím looking to upgrade to a larger bay boat(25í-26í). Currently running a 22í shearwater. I primarily fish the marsh of south Louisiana, but would like a larger boat to venture offshore on calm days without sacrificing draft.
Im currently looking at an avenger av26 with Suzuki 350, Triton 260lts with 350 Merc verado, and sea hunt bx25 br with Yamaha 300. Are there anything negative experiences with any of these boats or any other boats I should consider? Thanks for your help.
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I love my Contender 25b,stepped hull, big water capable, fast and efficient with tons of room high 50's with F300.
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Originally Posted by Erh4079 View Post
Iím looking to upgrade to a larger bay boat(25í-26í). Currently running a 22í shearwater. I primarily fish the marsh of south Louisiana, but would like a larger boat to venture offshore on calm days without sacrificing draft.
Im currently looking at an avenger av26 with Suzuki 350, Triton 260lts with 350 Merc verado, and sea hunt bx25 br with Yamaha 300. Are there anything negative experiences with any of these boats or any other boats I should consider? Thanks for your help.
Do you have any other preferences or considerations? Right now, you haven't limited it much and you'll get a suggestion of every 25 and 26 foot bay boat out there. Obviously you're looking for something pretty ocean worthy. But what about budget, seating, fishing styles, minimum speed requirements, etc.?

A boat I really like in that size is the: https://www.bonefishboats.com/malvado-26
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I had a Sea Hunt BX25BR for a few months that I wound up with after trading some boats. While the fit and finish wasnít anywhere close between the two, the ride in the Sea Hunt was as good as the Yellowfin 24 I bought new in 2014. Both had a Yamaha F300. The YF was 9 mph faster, if that matters. Iím sure the Sea Hunt was at least $45k less expensive new. The only reason I got rid of the Sea Hunt was because I wanted a tower.
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I went through the same search this past year and also fish south Louisiana. I ended up buying a bluewave 2800 with a Suzuki 350. So far I love it. The boat runs 54-56 loaded to fish and gets 3+ mpg at cruise. I fish dularge and cocodrie and can float in 16-17Ē of water. I have regular fish offshore 50-70 miles out with the boat and last Monday ran to thunder horse and helix q5000 which is 100 miles one way.

Good luck with the search. I love boat shopping.
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If buying new take a look at the aluminum boats Alex Grovis builds.
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Old 06-11-2019, 11:31 AM
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Iím looking to upgrade to a larger bay boat(25í-26í). Currently running a 22í shearwater. I primarily fish the marsh of south Louisiana, but would like a larger boat to venture offshore on calm days without sacrificing draft.
Im currently looking at an avenger av26 with Suzuki 350, Triton 260lts with 350 Merc verado, and sea hunt bx25 br with Yamaha 300. Are there anything negative experiences with any of these boats or any other boats I should consider? Thanks for your help.
we have the BX22BR and are well pleased after 7 years. Recently was looking at the Sea Born LX 24. Looks like a real nice layout and could us offshore as well.
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Originally Posted by Erh4079 View Post
Iím looking to upgrade to a larger bay boat(25í-26í). Currently running a 22í shearwater. I primarily fish the marsh of south Louisiana, but would like a larger boat to venture offshore on calm days without sacrificing draft.
Im currently looking at an avenger av26 with Suzuki 350, Triton 260lts with 350 Merc verado, and sea hunt bx25 br with Yamaha 300. Are there anything negative experiences with any of these boats or any other boats I should consider? Thanks for your help.
what home work have you done so far?

bunch of info on those boats / engines: https://www.thehulltruth.com/search.php
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
what home work have you done so far?

bunch of info on those boats / engines: https://www.thehulltruth.com/search.php
Yes, Iíve searched through the forums for while now. Thatís how Iíve narrowed my search to where itís at. Just trying to get any additional input.
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donít worry about that guy..he offers no help & seems to enjoy reminding people of the search function.

Boat shopping is indeed fun. Some good suggestions so far. Here are a few more boats to research and test drive

-blackjack 256
-pathfinder 25 or 26
-Dorado 25
-Blazer bay 2400 (supposedly coming out with a 26)
-Everglades 243
-CHawk 26

Id also look into a cat like Calcutta or Tideline

good luck
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Originally Posted by _TidewateR_ View Post
donít worry about that guy..he offers no help & seems to enjoy reminding people of the search function.

Boat shopping is indeed fun. Some good suggestions so far. Here are a few more boats to research and test drive

-blackjack 256
-pathfinder 25 or 26
-Dorado 25
-Blazer bay 2400 (supposedly coming out with a 26)
-Everglades 243
-CHawk 26

Id also look into a cat like Calcutta or Tideline

good luck
i donít know much about the dorado 25, but that is a sweet boat. I really like their new flat deck model.
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Calcutta 263
Cayo 264
Islamorada 24
Pathfinder 25 Hybrid

Those are what I would look at.
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Originally Posted by Erh4079 View Post
Iím looking to upgrade to a larger bay boat(25í-26í). Currently running a 22í shearwater. I primarily fish the marsh of south Louisiana, but would like a larger boat to venture offshore on calm days without sacrificing draft.
Im currently looking at an avenger av26 with Suzuki 350, Triton 260lts with 350 Merc verado, and sea hunt bx25 br with Yamaha 300. Are there anything negative experiences with any of these boats or any other boats I should consider? Thanks for your help.
We fish the Breton/Chandelier sound and Biloxi marsh area. Last year bought a Robalo 246.
The boat rides very well, has lots of room with the 9' beam and is extremely comfortable.
Has lots of good storage and can access the bilge are very good.

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We just went through this. Narrowed it down to: Everglades 243 and 253, Grady-White ce251, and Albury 23. Trolling motor, 2 screens. We wanted rough water capability more than shallow capability. These are all great boats for this.
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The Triton 26lts is an absolutely awesome rig. They donít get much mention on here for some reason, but youíll be hard pressed to find a better layout in a traditional bay boat (not an open style). Massive decks, huge amounts of storage, great live wells, very nice console design, etc. They have really stepped up the finish work too with the new style hulls (I believe 2016 to present). 99% will be my next boat rigged with a 350 Vrod. I wanted to buy another Pathfinder, but both the 25 and 26 have too many shortcomings for my taste. Was not impressed with Blackjsck at all other than looks from the outside. Contender 25 is an amazing ride but the bilge access alone would keep me from buying one (and they are seriously proud of them $$$).
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I have a 2017 Triton 260 LTS with the 350 Vrod. Awesome boat. Not a rocket ship but runs 55-56 with the Enertia Eco 19 or the Rev 4 19 prop. Ride in a chop is soft and dry and will get as shallow as I want. I had a 220 LTS before and wanted the 240 but people don't sell them often in good shape and I lucked up on a deal on my 260. The 260 has a huge front deck with two insulated fish boxes. They improved the leaning post tremendously and it has the rear 65qt livewell/25qt baitwell. It also has the Motorguide Xi5 105lb trolling motor which works great and I have it tied to the Lowrance for anchoring over offshore reefs. Had a Verado on my other Triton and wouldn't have the 260 any other way. Great performance and I get around 4.0mpgs at 32-3400 RPM at 32 mph.
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Well if you donít already know I have been on same search for years look into blue wave they have two different 28 models a hybrid and an open. Performance and design and value all goes to Blue Wave. The new open model Makaira is more my style. Good luck
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Originally Posted by Islandia View Post
Well if you donít already know I have been on same search for years look into blue wave they have two different 28 models a hybrid and an open. Performance and design and value all goes to Blue Wave. The new open model Makaira is more my style. Good luck
i only see the hybrid on their site got a link to the open?
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i only see the hybrid on their site got a link to the open?
They have the new open model on their Facebook page. It is not on the website yet. I just bought the 2800 pure hybrid a couple months back before the new open model and now I want to trade it in for the open. It looks great. The front is a little odd, but I recently saw it with the insert to make the front a small casting deck.
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They have the new open model on their Facebook page. It is not on the website yet. I just bought the 2800 pure hybrid a couple months back before the new open model and now I want to trade it in for the open. It looks great. The front is a little odd, but I recently saw it with the insert to make the front a small casting deck.
They kind of messed up the front on that open to be able to put a trolling motor on the front. At least from the pics they didn't leave a lot of room for that it seems. It is kind of no longer a hybrid at that point.

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