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Old 07-08-2019, 05:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Burgmane View Post
I want no part of any true 3 footer in a tin can. Sorry.

Bay chop is one thing, and I’ve considered one for inshore Tampa Bay, but if you really want to fish offshore in legit 3 footers you need to be looking at a different style of boat.

Bay chop? Stacked - true 2+ footers. I'll happily take true 3 footers. Stacked >2 footers in these Great Lakes will ruin your lower back and knock your fillings out.
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Old 07-08-2019, 06:18 AM
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If on Facebook look up Long Beach custom boats.
Old 07-08-2019, 06:45 AM
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I can't bring myself to see 3'ers with a Modified Vee. Maybe Following Seas, but nothing Quartering or Head Winds. Unless the spacing is 30' apart.

And then, I can't see 3'ers with 12-14"s of Freeboard. I have stuffed the bow too many times to have less than 24-36"s of Freeboard.
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Originally Posted by SimonAdventum View Post
Ok, so far these are my top 4, I appreciate all the comments. Thanks!
1. Xpress X-Bay 21
2. Excel 203 Bay Pro
3. SeaArk 2072 VFX or Bx 220
4. Ranger RP 190
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American Aluminum Marine

Would call these guys depending on your budget. If you are looking at Xpress, then good chance they might be out of your budget.
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Old 07-08-2019, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Burgmane View Post
I want no part of any true 3 footer in a tin can. Sorry.

Bay chop is one thing, and I’ve considered one for inshore Tampa Bay, but if you really want to fish offshore in legit 3 footers you need to be looking at a different style of boat.
same can be said for almost any bay boat unless it’s a hybrid, or a bigger one like. Yellowfin 24 or similar boat. Modified bee, low sided bay boats are not gonna ride good in a choppy 2-3’ waves. I’m sure we will now hear from people who go 40 knots straight in to 4-6’ waves in their bay boat every time they go out, and never pound at all, and stay bone dry.
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Old 07-08-2019, 11:38 AM
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I had an xpress h22 bay and I've had it 30 miles offshore and have been in true 2fters. Not sure about your 3ft waves? Most sub-30ft center console don't want to be in the GOM in close interval 3fters, lol.... I did end up cracking a weld in it. There was a void in the foam on the keel where it cracked.

You'll be hard pressed to find a better riding aluminum boat than the hyperlift hull. My buddy has a 22ft pathfinder and he would agree that my xpress rode better than his boat without tabs. It's an inshore boat that can handle a chop.... not sure I'd recommend going offshore in it but it can be done.


That said if you're serious about fishing offshore I would look into something with more freeboard but if you're only going 3 miles and you pick your days you can get away with an xpress. Length is everything, no way I would even consider an 18ft boat.

I do a lot offshore fishing now so I sold my xpress and bought a 24ft Kenner..... big difference. Got caught in a bad squall 30 miles offshore in the Kenner, would've sunk the Xpress without a doubt....






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Old 07-08-2019, 11:53 AM
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Depends on your budget, but I'd look into West Coast style welded aluminum boats.
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Old 07-08-2019, 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by JMarkB View Post


Xpress, Sea Ark, G3,
All good recommendations here.
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Old 07-08-2019, 12:17 PM
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Most aluminum "bay" boats don't look like fiberglass bay boats. They have those flat sides with shallow bow deadrise. I'm assuming they do that because it's way cheaper and easier to produce. American aluminum marine are one of the few I've seen that looks like a fiberglass boat with a sharper bow deadrise. IIRC the smallest boat they make is 24ft though.
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Old 07-08-2019, 07:07 PM
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The pacific isnt a shallow boat, but she is a tank!
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Old 07-23-2019, 11:11 PM
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1st time poster, and not trying to hijack just feel I am in a similar situation and currently in the process of trying to find my 1st boat, I have been in a lot of different boats and have some experience on the water and REALLY like the idea of a aluminum bay boat that can do some offshore fishing.

Does anyone have any opinions on the excel bay pro 230?
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This is my extreme 545CC that I regularly take 30-40nm offshore down here in Australia. 18 degree dead rise and only draughts 12”

Extreme Boats | Quality Aluminium Boats
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This is my extreme 545CC that I regularly take 30-40nm offshore down here in Australia. 18 degree dead rise and only draughts 12”

Extreme Boats | Quality Aluminium Boats
See, now that's a nice looking little tin boat. I bet it has a vastly superior ride to the aluminum "bay" boats we have here.
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Old 07-24-2019, 05:04 AM
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Basically you will get the shit beat out of you, in honest 2-3’ waves if close together it will not be fun.

Friend had a War Eagle CC and went fishing with him on local lake one day and little windy and choppy.

He used to take it to the coast and was not very content, in the creeks and inland worked great but if he ever ventured out he just said it was not a lot of fun

Made me appreciate 2 things on my boat,FIBERGLASS and TRIM TABS .

He now has a 24’ Key West
Old 07-24-2019, 07:37 PM
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A War Eagle, or any Modified Vee, isn't a 2+ footer boat. Fiberglass Ain't the answer to All Boating either.

I have run Vee bottom (not Modified) Glass, Riveted, and Welded. Our lake sees 3' often, 4' in weather, and I have been in 5' (not as scary as 3-4' because of the spacing).

Welded Aluminum, is the only thing I will look at, Rivets shake loose, Glass is too fragile for Duck Hunting, Berry Picking, Cabin Freighting. Glass did have the best ride in the chop, but too much Deadrise, and you have to travel too fast to stay on plane. 12-14 degrees DR 18+' 30+" of Freeboard on a Boat is what is needed on our lake to run on 2 waves down as slow as 15mph if needed.

The HD Welded Pacific NW Aluminum Brands like North River, Hewescraft, Alumiweld, Kingfisher, seem to be the answer around here.
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