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Old 06-24-2019, 04:52 PM
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Casually looking for the next family boat. Any others like this design I should seek out? Essentially they are a 22’ express. Same basic layout as a walk around without the captains and port side chairs crammed together. I realize this compromises bow access, which I am completely fine with. Open to anything in the 20-23’ range with a big cockpit and under 6,000 lb wet weight. Halfway considering a open back pilot house, but would prefer the windshield layout of an express. Would also love to find one where the windshield opens like a DC, with a step up over the dash. What I’m looking for probably doesn’t exist, but figured I would pick the THT braintrust to confirm.
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Old 06-25-2019, 04:49 AM
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The Wellcraft 232 Coastal is very similar and was built in the same factory as the H-S for a while...

https://wellcraft.com/uploads/2016/3...stal232252.pdf

They stopped making them longer ago, so they are rare, but the EdgeWater 225 Express would be another one to look for...

https://www.ewboats.com/manuals/Edge...ers-Manual.pdf
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Old 06-25-2019, 06:03 AM
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Originally Posted by gf View Post
The Wellcraft 232 Coastal is very similar and was built in the same factory as the H-S for a while...

https://wellcraft.com/uploads/2016/3...stal232252.pdf

They stopped making them longer ago, so they are rare, but the EdgeWater 225 Express would be another one to look for...

https://www.ewboats.com/manuals/Edge...ers-Manual.pdf
Good info. Thank you much. Those both definitely fit the bill.
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Old 06-26-2019, 05:25 AM
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So you're looking for something with a wider helm area or specifically the bench seat on the port side?
Scout Abaco 222 or 242
Sailfish 2360 WAC
SeaCraft 23 Sceptre
Pursuit Kodiak and Denali models are expresses

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Old 06-26-2019, 05:46 AM
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Kencraft made a 22 WA I always liked
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Old 06-26-2019, 06:15 AM
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Originally Posted by CUTiger2011 View Post
So you're looking for something with a wider helm area or specifically the bench seat on the starboard side?
Scout Abaco 222 or 242
Sailfish 2360 WAC
SeaCraft 23 Sceptre
Pursuit Kodiak and Denali models are expresses
Wider helm area is the main goal. Essentially want the helm layout of a DC, with a cabin instead of forward seating. Sleeping ability of the cabin is of no concern beyond little kids. Strictly to be used for shade for napping kids, the head, and storage. Would actually prefer a traditional captains chair on both sides. Blocking cabin access when the port side seat is in use would be fine. The abaco 222 looks almost perfect for that. Never been really thrilled with Scout, but honestly haven't given them too much consideration either. I do like that they can be rigged with a pump out head instead of a porta potty. We just got access to a pump station close to the house so that would be very handy.

My uncle has a 21 Seaswirl walk around that I spend a good bit of time on. Great boat, but I can't get past the helm being so cramped due to the walkways forward eating up space on each side. Pretty well rub shoulders with whoever you are sitting next to. Other than that love the layout. The other consideration may be something like a Steiger 21 Miami (open back pilot house), but I would really prefer to stick with a more traditional windshield configuration. Also want to stay at 23' or under and have to stay under 6,000 lbs due to lift capacity restraints. May be able to reconfigure the lift for 8,000 lbs by using a 2 part line if absolutely necessary. It appears and measures to be identical to my neighbors 8,000 lb unit, with the only notable difference being that his has 2 piece lines with sheaves on the cradle beams and the bitter end of the line going back to the lift beams.
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Yeah I get the tight helm area. I love having a cabin but this is an issue on the little ones.

With the recent addition of my Pursuit, it's the best built of anything I've owned to date. I'd look hard at the 2270 Kodiak. Has a great access door to the swim platform area for the kiddos that'll keep them have having to climb over anything. Nice area at the helm for flush mount electronics that is hinged to access all the electrical real easily. Only missing a real head but you could always install a real one with a small holding tank.

I don't really know anything about that Scout. Only from looking at WA around this size for myself. The Scout 222 and 242 to me appear to have a longer cabin and camped cockpit compared to some other models I think.
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Old 06-26-2019, 07:13 AM
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Yeah I get the tight helm area. I love having a cabin but this is an issue on the little ones.

With the recent addition of my Pursuit, it's the best built of anything I've owned to date. I'd look hard at the 2270 Kodiak. Has a great access door to the swim platform area for the kiddos that'll keep them have having to climb over anything. Nice area at the helm for flush mount electronics that is hinged to access all the electrical real easily. Only missing a real head but you could always install a real one with a small holding tank.

I don't really know anything about that Scout. Only from looking at WA around this size for myself. The Scout 222 and 242 to me appear to have a longer cabin and camped cockpit compared to some other models I think.
Will definitely add the Pursuit to the list. Scout deck space definitely looks a bit tighter than ideal, but does have a lot of seating. For our needs (90% cruising) it would be fine.
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I have a 2006 22CC Vector with a new Yamaha 300 on it. May meet your needs.
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If you move to the 24' range

Wellcraft Coastal 252
Pursuit 2470
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I have a 2006 22CC Vector with a new Yamaha 300 on it. May meet your needs.
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Several years out, just doing the background research to get the wife on the same page for the next boat, when the time comes. Also definitely going to either an express/pilot house or sticking with a DC. Don't see myself ever getting back into a CC based on how we use it.
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If you move to the 24' range

Wellcraft Coastal 252
Pursuit 2470
Love the looks of those. Just entirely too big for docking and many of the lakefront establishments we frequent, and would require a lift upgrade.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Love the looks of those. Just entirely too big for docking and many of the lakefront establishments we frequent, and would require a lift upgrade.
Then I would get a 2004 and newer Coastal 232
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