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Old 08-31-2019, 12:04 PM
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hey guys wondering if anyone has any input on who make a better quality center console boat. Im comparing the Parker 23se cc to the judge yacht 24 cc. Both have somewhat similar price tags new. Thanks
Old 08-31-2019, 12:19 PM
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I know that the Parker is a nice, kind of basic boat, and the Judge seems to be about the same construction. Personally, I would consider reaching out to both Judge and the Parker dealer, and see how the boat performs in your water. If you are in the chesapeake area, I'm pretty sure that they will be at the Annapolis show.
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If two boats cost the same, and one is mass produced in a warehouse and the other is built by a small group of builders that you can actually talk to, who will fix any problem you have, Im goin with the small builder.

A judge is just a more special boat.

My neighbor has a parker 2? foot cc and its a fine boat. He hasnt had any issues or complaints with it. It runs well and handles fine for its intended purpose. It has held up well over many years.

If you head to tri state marine they can get you on a parker and you can drive to Denton right to the Judge factory and take a ride.

Which reminds me, a parker has a middle man involved in the transaction, the salesman. Judge will sell to you directly and option it any way you want. You can stop by and watch em build it.
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Parker is a very good boat, but Judge hands down. Either way, can't go wrong.
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They are both great boats with strong reputations. I don't think you would go wrong with either. In that size, you should also take a hard look at Pair Marine (formerly Sea Ox) - They seem to put out a great product for the price, and very comparable to the 2 boats you are looking at (maybe a little nicer finish, and built like a rock)

One think I would strongly consider is your local dealer network. New boats frequently have little issues that come up, even with top tier brands. If the nearest dealer is 10h away, getting warranty issues taken care of could be a giant hassle.

I have a Parker 25 and have been extremely happy with the boat. Local network was a big selling point for me, as well as wanting a full transom with a bracket. The 9.5ft beam also makes it VERY stable. The 23SE has a notched transom with boxes built into the corners which I was not a big fan of. The Judge 24 has a notched transom without the corner boxes, but exposed steering/fuel lines. The Pair 24 has a full transom with bracket or porta-bracket.

For the money in the size you are looking at, I would probably take the Pair 24. Between the Parker and Judge, I think you will be happy with either. Their layouts and consoles are a little different - just pick the one you like better.
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Judge.
Old 08-31-2019, 06:40 PM
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I can't speak on judge but I own a Parker and live the boat. Well built easy to keep up.
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Parker (and I live in Maryland and have looked closely at Judge boats before I bought a Parker).

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Old 08-31-2019, 07:36 PM
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Parker has been bought out, so time is going to tell what happens with them. Judge, I would have to lean that way definitely. The other boat mentioned above, I wouldn’t even consider.
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Another vote for Judge...but for the right deal, I would be happy with either!
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Originally Posted by sailphish View Post
The Judge 24 has a notched transom without the corner boxes, but exposed steering/fuel lines.
Judge's are built to order and available with full transom with bracket (or portabracket) or notched transoms. Most who order the Judge 24cc over the Judge 265cc do so due to space restrictions (slip or storage limitations) and get the notched transom. If space is not an issue for the buyer they tend to go for the 265cc, which most commonly is purchased with the full transom. The 265cc and the 24cc are pretty close in price when rigged similarly. They also perform similarly with the same power too.

The Judge's are all-composite build and the hulls are more aggressive with the entry before flattening out.
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I have 1995 Parker and it is a tank. Well built and looks new. I did have to replace fuel tank due to a pvc draining pipe breaking under tank and then water getting into tank but the other than that the boat has been great.
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I had a Parker 2320 and now a Judge 265. The ride of the Parker was pretty bad compared to the Judge. Parker also used wood and the Judge is all composite. Being able to build the Judge with everything I wanted and didn’t want was a huge plus. I like both boats and would buy either again but the Judge is a better fit for me. I’m thinking about selling my Judge 265 and having a 27 Chesapeake if you are looking for a loaded used 265.
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I’ve owned several Parker’s, great boats. Bought a 24 Sea Ox 6 months ago and it’s probably my favorite boat of all time, and I’ve owned 18 boats.
No experience with Judge but they have a great reputation
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I say neither. They both build great pilot houses. Plenty of better choices for a CC.
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Judge. I cant even consider Parker unless I have a measuring tape with me at all times.
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Judge, only because I think they look better.
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What do you mean by that? Just curious I’m trying to educate myself as much as possible before I buy. Thanks
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I’m referring to the tape measure comment.
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Originally Posted by Albyrow1117 View Post
Im referring to the tape measure comment.
big Parker boo boo, left the owner out to dry

Parker Boats sells guy crooked boat, then argues with him on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/user/arisay5
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