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Old 06-16-2019, 11:25 AM
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looking for our first family boat but really struggling to find the right boat and stay under wide load permits. Really wanted some used in the 28-30’ range but not having much luck and really don’t wanna have to pull permits just to go out for the weekend.

Looking to frequent ocean city/chesapeake bay, few local large lakes like Raystown with potential for the Gulf of Mexico trip occasionally. Not worried about towing as we tow a 40” toyhauler thousands of miles every summer but oversize permits could be a pain in the butt.

Any suggestions for boats that will fit the needs 3-4 weekend warriors staying on board maybe extended stays on occasion. I’ve looked through threads here for a month or so trying to sort through it. Most towing would be in Maryland, WV, Pennsylvania. I read MD permits that no wide loads can be towed after Sat 12:00 noon or at all on Sundays which totally kill the weekend warrior plan.

like the Bayliner 288 flybridge but 10’ Beam 😢
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You need a cabin to sleep 4 people out of the elements?
Old 06-16-2019, 11:35 AM
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Me the wife and our 10 year old daughter. Occasionally the older son and or a friend. We don’t need luxurious accommodations by any means but want to enjoy the trips with some comforts
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Look at the boats Judge Yachts builds in Denton MD. Very happy with my Judge 265
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I’ll take a look at them, thank you. My worry is how well is a 26-28’ going to ride in those areas.
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I think fountains have a skinny beam. They make a cabin boat but you’ll need to check the width.
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We had a Grady-White Islander 270 from (new in) 2002 until this January. Fished the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic out to 75nm, and after moving to Fort Myers Beach in 2016, the GOM out to 65nm. Never had a problem with the 8'-6", 27ft boat handling the sea and weather conditions. However, only a V-berth so it won't meet your needs for accommodations.

I understand your desire to limit beam due to towing needs, but I think you will be challenged to find a vessel that meets your desires. JMHO.
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Just pay a slip fee and get the boat you want...
Old 06-16-2019, 01:47 PM
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Fountain 31 Sportfish
I know they made smaller ones also I think 29 and 27 but not sure, but it has an 8’ 4” beam and should be able to offer the space you want.
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I’ll definitely take a look. Thanks for the suggestions so far. Not necessarily worried about paying the boat slip fees just wanna be able to travel to different waters and see different places with it.
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Not sure how your intended use and certainly not an endorsement, but Sea Ray Sundancer 260 might fit your needs.
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I tow my 26 CC with a 9' beam all over VA, MD, and DE and have never had an issue. I would not be so worried about being over a 8'-6" beam under 30'.
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Just looking to be a weekend warrior. Recreational fishing, swimming, family fun for 3-4 people. Anyone here tow wide in Maryland? MD DMV website sucks to figure out legit rules and fees
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I'm in the Ocean City area frequently and see no shortage of boats with wider beams than 8'6" being towed without hassle. Of course, your results may vary...
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I tow around town here in MD (Annapolis) over the bridge, through the CBBT and down to NC, 9' beam no problem, never been hassled.
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Whitewater 28’ is listed as 8’6”

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