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Old 06-18-2019, 10:07 AM
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Well I'm about 6 weeks into my getting serious boat hunt...
Ill be ready to buy in 18-24 months and started doing my serious indepth research...
My budget is $75k.
I want a quality dependable hull and good ride.
Looking for a decent 25'-30' twin 4 stroke powered offshore boat that will need minimum work to be water/fishing ready.
I've ridden quite a few boats with friends etc. I've driven and played on over and around quite a few different brands as well.
A few things I've noticed that are almost making it impossible to narrow down my search.
I need a decent fuel capacity. Depending on the hull we burn on average 110-120 gallons offshore fishing, I don't want 150 gallons only, I'd prefer more. Most newer hulls and fuel capacities are designed for 4 strokes but don't have the fuel economy to give me the range of our average 225+ mile trips and allowing a decent amount of reserve for comfort.
I ran a 28' Regulator and I don't get the hype...
It had a horrible list,like riding on a razor blade, the twin 300s got 1.0-1.3 mpg..we burned 83 gallons going 85 miles round trip...and it only topped out at like 52 mph with 600hp..I get it that boat weighs 12,000#s. My buddy had an older 30' Intrepid that got 1.8-2.0 with twin 250s rode great, and topped out at 58 MPH and cruised at 36-40...
I've been on Sea Hunts, and sailfish and Key West's, and a YF(way outta budget),Contenders and Cape Horns and Scouts and other hulls as well..
Wheres the 175 gallons+ capacity, twin 250, 28' with decent electronics, good ride, some creature comforts for my Admiral, on a trailer that isnt up and abused for $75-85$k? I know they are out there...
If that unicorn shows up in 6 months I'll be ready until then my search continues...
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Old 06-18-2019, 11:29 AM
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That's not just a Unicorn, that's a Unicorn riding a Minotaur down a rainbow to the yellow brick road to see the wizard!

Couldn't resist!

It's out there somewhere - keep searching.
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Old 06-18-2019, 11:50 AM
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27 contender 85k.
You find it you will need to pull the trigger that day. I was about 6 months away from buying my contender when I took a ride on one that the seller wanted to sell in about 6 months. Perfect timing right? Nope. I knew if I didn’t buy it right then and there it would cost me 10-12% more in 6 months. Or I couldn’t get it at all. I said let’s go 3 miles off shore and make this deal.
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Boats are terrible and expensive, best not get one, they all fall apart ride like crap and you'll never get your money back. Just kidding good luck and go get it!
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Buy your buddies boat
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Old 06-18-2019, 12:24 PM
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31 Ocean Master falls under most people’s radar. Worth a look.
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World cat 246,250,255... 200 gallon tank 2mpg. Rides like a dream. Space of a much bigger boat
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Hammerhead 6 View Post
Buy your buddies boat
Hull delaminated..or I would...it was awesome..

I'm on the hunt...and keeping an open mind...I know there's been a few deals around..
Iay have a lead on a 26 sailfish for 55k that I'll be going to look at next week...
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Old 06-19-2019, 04:05 AM
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Originally Posted by MaddMac View Post
Well I'm about 6 weeks into my getting serious boat hunt...
Ill be ready to buy in 18-24 months and started doing my serious indepth research...
If that unicorn shows up in 6 months I'll be ready until then my search continues...
I would take a serious look at the timeline. Anyone I've ever known on a timeline that's this long will sort through a bunch of options, inevitably will miss "a great deal" that they'll then try to compare all future price evaluations to "I could have bought this other boat for $70k..." and that'll mess up opportunities on other boats that might also be fairly priced.

Is it 6 months, or is it 24? If it's 24 I would keep it real casual right now and do some looking in convenient places (boat shows, dealerships, consignment lots, etc.), don't worry too much about prices or values yet if you don't know what you want because you're not ready to make those decisions anyway.

If it's 6 months or less, you seem to have a pretty good handle on the criteria, so when you find the boat you like buy it so it's not "the one you missed".
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Geeesh. She probably has to be sexy and have a great personality too. I agree with others. If you find that boat, you better have the cash in hand and don’t delay.
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Old 06-19-2019, 06:30 AM
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Here's a couple that might meet your needs: https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/200...nsole-3544713/
https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/200...ancer-3550516/

I know, Sea Ray's are like opinions... everybody has one, but for good reason.
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Old 06-27-2019, 03:58 AM
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Originally Posted by IndigoWyrd View Post
Neither of these meet his criteria.
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IMO, nothing is going to click all the boxes. You want to marry the prom queen but want her to live in a double-wide, lol. Ain't likely going to happen in today's market. Plus "Only topping out at 52 mph..." as a criteria for a boat purchase is, for me, not even a priority. Very few days, IME, you can actually run that fast offshore in a boat less than 35' and not get beat to hell.

Seriously, if you are wanting to buy a $150K+ boat with a $75K budget and 24 months to make it happen. You have two options:

1. Find a great hull ready for a re-power. There are a few sites out there that sell insurance boats that were stolen and the electronics and motors were stripped off. If you pick up a good hull with trailer around $20K, that leaves you with $55K for new electronics and new motors set up exactly how you want it and the confidence I feel you need to make big runs offshore.

2. Wait for the next recession to hit. People will be trying to get rid of the big boat they cant afford to pull out of the driveway.

Good luck!
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Old 06-27-2019, 05:40 AM
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After the pounding endured on 18*-16* deadrise of my first and second boats I went for the razor blades. Who cares about a little tippyness when you slice with a 24* deadrise, it just means your sea legs are developing to a higher level.
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Old 06-27-2019, 06:31 AM
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theres an intrepid on here that might meet you requirements, sellers username i believe is arctic_250
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Old 06-27-2019, 06:35 AM
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Originally Posted by WalkingTheDocks View Post
Neither of these meet his criteria.
Actually that pursuit is about right...
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Old 06-27-2019, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by ByrdmanFL View Post
IMO, nothing is going to click all the boxes. You want to marry the prom queen but want her to live in a double-wide, lol. Ain't likely going to happen in today's market. Plus "Only topping out at 52 mph..." as a criteria for a boat purchase is, for me, not even a priority. Very few days, IME, you can actually run that fast offshore in a boat less than 35' and not get beat to hell.

Seriously, if you are wanting to buy a $150K+ boat with a $75K budget and 24 months to make it happen. You have two options:

1. Find a great hull ready for a re-power. There are a few sites out there that sell insurance boats that were stolen and the electronics and motors were stripped off. If you pick up a good hull with trailer around $20K, that leaves you with $55K for new electronics and new motors set up exactly how you want it and the confidence I feel you need to make big runs offshore.

2. Wait for the next recession to hit. People will be trying to get rid of the big boat they cant afford to pull out of the driveway.

Good luck!
What I was getting at was the lack of fuel efficiency of the Regulator...31' LOA 600hp, 1.0-1.3 mpg and only 52 mph top end vs. the Intrepid 33' LOA 500hp 1.6-2.0 mpg and 58 mph top end...very similar rides and capable in similar conditions as well as fish ability and general boating with the family when not fishing..
I'm looking for a decent ride, ability to fish offshore with decent range but doesn't burn 20 gallons when taking the boat 20 miles away to dinner. She doesn't have to be a stunner as my primary use will be bloodying the decks but she needs to cleanup decent...I actually had an offer in on a 26' Pursuit (needs a repower twin OX66s)and some upgrade electrical work done but the owner decided his hip will get better and no longer wanted to sell..
I don't need top tier, but danged sure don't want a Bayliner!
It needs to be a quality hull, that will give me 4-6years before I upgrade...I've fished lots of hulls and am really just looking for what brands of hulls fit my criteria in general.. Essentially looking upper tier production boats I guess..
If I had my way I'd build an Onslow Bay or a Whitewater and be done ha!( I have good taste hence the reason for staying away from lower tier production boats)
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What type of fishing?

How else will you use the boat? Family, sandbar, trailered trips, etc?
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Find a Southport 26 or 28 TE. You’ll have everything but the 58mph, which you rarely need or get to use in ocean conditions.
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