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Old 11-05-2019, 10:07 AM
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Default Best center console in the 32/34ft range for offshore fishing

I am looking to upgrade my current boat to a larger center console in the 32-34ft range. I need something that is a fishing machine and can also double as a family comfortable boat. It needs to be able to go fast and keep me and my family safe and dry. Have heard great things about seavee, yellowfin, invincible, seahunter, onslowbay. Was just wondering what u guys think is the best boat in this size range. Would love to hear all opinions.
Old 11-05-2019, 10:40 AM
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You will be fine with any of the brands that you listed. That being said, I really like my 32 Yellowfin.

Go take some rides and pick the one you like the best, keeping in mind your intended uses.

Keep us posted on your progress.
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in a similar place as you, I have looked at a few 2009 - 2012 yellow fin boats, and honestly I am disappointed with how they have held up. It is subjective to the owner, how they used it and how they took care of it. But I have walked away from the few I have seen because they don't look like they have held up to the test of time. I am looking at Contender and seavee now. The contenders are nice, but the quality is not top notch. I haven't looked at Seavee yet as there aren't any that are close enough to look at. I would suggest maybe looking at the Regulator, Edgewater and everglades. You said fast so that will take regulator out. But the other two are nice. Can you define fast? 50 +, 60+ ? what sea conditions are you looking to go fast? Location

I am a bw owner, and the new 330 is a really nice boat just to rich for my current situation.
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I think one of the top contenders for a solid mix between fishability and comforts for the family has to be the Everglades 335cc.

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World Cat 33TE
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Conch 33 should be added to the list they are awesome... Seavee, Conch, and Onslow Bay are at the top of my personal list in that size range.
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Add Jupiter and Intrepid if you are serious about the family friendly balance. You'll really need to decide what you want to compromise, though. The more family friendly, the more boats like Jupiter and Intrepid are in the mix.
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Rode on all the brands you mentioned and had a deposit on a 34 Seavee Z. A 33 Seahunter became available before purchase was complete. We sea trialed it in 4-6 foot seas and it completely blew our minds. Nothing rattles when it hits a wave and it just eats up every wave at the same time getting amazing gas mileage. Ended up backing out of the Seavee and buying the Seahunter. Extremely happy with decision. Not to mention Seahunters customer service is outstanding. I do know everyone's opinion is different and you cant go wrong with any of the boats mentioned.
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Add a 34 Jarrett bay to that list. trailed every boat in that class and it was by far the best riding and had all the comforts for my family. second best was the Onslow Bay.
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Originally Posted by SaltyDawg86 View Post
World Cat 33TE
He said FAST....
Old 11-05-2019, 03:28 PM
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Freeman 34 if you can wait the 3+ year build time. It's fishy, fast, great ride and top quality.
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Venture 34
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33 Onslow Bay all day!
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
He said FAST....
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Freeman 34 blows all those away because it rides like a 37-39' boat....Onslow Bay or Conch second
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I have fished pretty much every boat suggested in this thread and owned a few of them.

I currently own a 27 Onslow Bay T/350 Vrods for offshore. This boat was lifestyle changing for me. I can fish more days, not get beat up, my back does not hurt. It put the enjoyment back in fishing for me. I consistently see 2+mpg at it will top out at 72mph. I rarely run less than 32mph in the ocean. I don't get wet from spray. Now I usually set the autopilot once clear of the inlet and eat breakfast with my feet on the console and reclined in the Llebroc seats. In 600 hours I have had to replace a washdown pump. OB gave me a new one even though they didn't have too. That's it. No repairs. No warranty issues. Regular maintenance and put gas in it.

Having said all of that, you are looking at 32-34ft boats. There are alot of them out there and most are great boats. In my opinion you would be doing yourself a disservice not to take the time to visit the Onslow Bay factory, talk to Brad, and take a ride on one. I have no affiliation with OB. I'm just a customer, but I have owned boats and fished offshore of North Carolina for close to 4 decades and I know what works. They have a saying around here. "Only boat better than an Onslow Bay is a bigger Onslow Bay."
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Originally Posted by tango2echo View Post
I have fished pretty much every boat suggested in this thread and owned a few of them.

I currently own a 27 Onslow Bay T/350 Vrods for offshore. This boat was lifestyle changing for me. I can fish more days, not get beat up, my back does not hurt. It put the enjoyment back in fishing for me. I consistently see 2+mpg at it will top out at 72mph. I rarely run less than 32mph in the ocean. I don't get wet from spray. Now I usually set the autopilot once clear of the inlet and eat breakfast with my feet on the console and reclined in the Llebroc seats. In 600 hours I have had to replace a washdown pump. OB gave me a new one even though they didn't have too. That's it. No repairs. No warranty issues. Regular maintenance and put gas in it.

Having said all of that, you are looking at 32-34ft boats. There are alot of them out there and most are great boats. In my opinion you would be doing yourself a disservice not to take the time to visit the Onslow Bay factory, talk to Brad, and take a ride on one. I have no affiliation with OB. I'm just a customer, but I have owned boats and fished offshore of North Carolina for close to 4 decades and I know what works. They have a saying around here. "Only boat better than an Onslow Bay is a bigger Onslow Bay."
With the steps, at what speed does the boat plane out and hold plane? Great looking boat, but no fwd seating on the 33.
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34 freeman
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Originally Posted by ck_moniz View Post
but no fwd seating on the 33.
true, it is a fishing boat, but nothing some bean bags can't replicate

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