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Old 06-22-2019, 12:47 PM
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I live in SFL. I'm into inshore and offshore fishing. I also like to dive. In between fishing and diving, I like to hang out at the sandbars with friends and family. I'm looking to buy a brand new boat between 23 & 26 feet. Most of my boating will be in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami. I will also be trailering it to the keys a few times a year. There are so many options out there and it's a bit overwhelming. I'd like to hear your opinions about how well these boats are built, how nice they ride, fit, & finish. I can't own another pounder. The slamming and rattling drive me nuts. I'm also considering an Evinrude G2 250 or 300. I'd rather not have to deal with so much maintenance. Please give honest opinions. To me, buying a new boat is the second biggest investment next to buying a house. Thanks!
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Old 06-22-2019, 03:03 PM
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What's your budget?
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Old 06-22-2019, 03:08 PM
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unlimited budget? low end? High end? 3 piece? cat? mono?

gotta help us help you. Also 23 is generally single engine and 26 your getting solidly into twin territory. Almost 2 different classes of boat.
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Old 06-22-2019, 03:37 PM
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I'm open to either a mono hull or a cat. Single or twins. Don't want to really go over $180K but can spend $200K if I find the right vessel.
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World Cat 230
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Old 06-22-2019, 06:25 PM
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Onslow Bay 27 with T/350s. The best riding 27ft CC ever built. Period. True 3 piece hull. Top tier fit/finish. Tons of room, storage, places for tank racks. Very very fast and economical. Easy Bahamas crossing boat. Built in NC to fish the graveyard by guys that have their whole lives.
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Old 06-22-2019, 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by tango2echo View Post
Onslow Bay 27 with T/350s. The best riding 27ft CC ever built. Period. True 3 piece hull. Top tier fit/finish. Tons of room, storage, places for tank racks. Very very fast and economical. Easy Bahamas crossing boat. Built in NC to fish the graveyard by guys that have their whole lives.
Perfect for offshore, not so much for inshore.

OP... your stated use and waters is too broad to have one boat be perfect for all situations. You really should go with a something like the OB 27 or Seahunter 28 Floridan + a small skiff which would not be cheap. Otherwise, based upon what you said I would start looking at an Albury Brothers 23
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Tideline 235 Hybrid! Give them a call and get a test trial schedule! Very impressive boat!
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Old 06-23-2019, 05:57 AM
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For that money you could get a 28’ Prowler. Brand new hull he is wrapping up to start builds.
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Old 06-23-2019, 07:59 AM
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Look at the builds on the Reef Runner's boats can be customized to fit your needs and they are built like a tank
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Old 06-23-2019, 08:36 AM
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Thanks for the input guys. I do a lot of my boating alone. So I do trailer it to the ramps and launch by myself. That being said I'm trying to keep it easy by staying 26' and under. So the OB 27 and Prowler 28 might be a little too much boat for me this time around. I saw the the seahunter 28 FL, it's pretty sick. I'm not too crazy about the gunwale height in the back. I take my nieces and nephews out a lot. Gunwale height is an important factor. That tideline hybrid is nice. Anyone have any experience with that cayo 26 hybrid? I like the looks of that thing. Not too sure about the gunwale height in those either. Reef Runner seems to be a good choice. Anyone here have any experience with them?
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Contender 24 sport
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Old 06-24-2019, 01:00 PM
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The Reef Runner 230 might be a better buy than the contender 24 sport. I just got done reading a great thread from them. pretty impressive for a newer boat company.
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Old 06-24-2019, 03:41 PM
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I’m going to sound like a broken record but check out the Bluewave 2800 Makira or hybrid very easy to trailer boat it’s a new brand to us here in South Florida but right now they’re a great deal.

I going to go to contract on one in January.


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Originally Posted by fishnpete77 View Post
The Reef Runner 230 might be a better buy than the contender 24 sport. I just got done reading a great thread from them. pretty impressive for a newer boat company.
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Pete You're welcome to come by the shop. You can see the projects we're working on, the new demo boat, and we can do a sea trial if time and weather permit.
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Old 06-29-2019, 07:56 AM
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Thanks ocean man. I’m definitely interested in seeing your shop and boats in person.
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keithelder the front of that prowler drawing looks like a fat vagina LoL the tow eye could be the clit
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Originally Posted by fishnpete77 View Post
keithelder the front of that prowler drawing looks like a fat vagina LoL the tow eye could be the clit
Get your head out of the gutter, she is sensitive and doesn’t like you talking about her like that.
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These days all boats are manufactured to the latest industry standards and everyone you ask will have there favorites, favorite boat, favorite motor, favorite boat & motor combo but the real truth is look around find something that fits your needs and more importantly something you like. That will be the best boat for you to buy
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