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Old 12-09-2019, 04:07 PM
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I had an earlier post about being relocated to the Northeast from Florida in March. As it gets closer I am trying to decide to sell or take my boat. It's a 2007 225 Keywest CC with 1060 hours, 250 Yamaha on a trailer. My thought was it's not really a Northern style boat, I was looking towards a pilot style for the weather.
Rough cost to ship it is $4k. Then pending when I find a house, I would have to store it. Probably wouldn't have much time to use the first year.
NADA showed it at $42k (lol)....
So, sell here (Florida) or take it and try to sell there?
My plan is to live somewhere in Rhode Island.
I have a buddy in Maine to fish with when I get the itch.

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I would sell it, I would never put a Key West boat through living in the north, that is cruel.
Old 12-09-2019, 04:16 PM
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it will be much easier to sell it in Florida I would think.
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As someone originally from the NE, a lot of fish are caught from 21-23' center consoles. We ran a 21'er for years, and caught a lot of fish, but the spring and fall can be COLD. It wasn't unusual to go out in what was essentially ski gear. A pilot house vastly increases your comfort and prolongs your season. If you had a trailer and were just dragging the boat up the coast, I would say go for it. But 4K to transport a small boat over a decade old - just sell the thing and buy when you get set up there.
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Originally Posted by Yacht Huckleberry View Post
As someone originally from the NE, a lot of fish are caught from 21-23' center consoles. We ran a 21'er for years, and caught a lot of fish, but the spring and fall can be COLD. It wasn't unusual to go out in what was essentially ski gear. A pilot house vastly increases your comfort and prolongs your season. If you had a trailer and were just dragging the boat up the coast, I would say go for it. But 4K to transport a small boat over a decade old - just sell the thing and buy when you get set up there.
This x2^^^^^^
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Originally Posted by Yacht Huckleberry View Post
As someone originally from the NE, a lot of fish are caught from 21-23' center consoles. We ran a 21'er for years, and caught a lot of fish, but the spring and fall can be COLD. It wasn't unusual to go out in what was essentially ski gear. A pilot house vastly increases your comfort and prolongs your season. If you had a trailer and were just dragging the boat up the coast, I would say go for it. But 4K to transport a small boat over a decade old - just sell the thing and buy when you get set up there.
Was exactly my thought. I have a trailer but the thought of trailering 2000 miles doesn't appeal to me. I owed a CC when I lived in Maine.. Loved it. But I was 18.
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Why on earth would you move up here?
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The boating season is only 4 months long up here. You can stretch it a bit but it wont be fun out on the water especially for a southern boy. You should be able to get the boat up for 2k- I would keep it, use it and after a year sell it.
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Originally Posted by pierdude View Post
I would sell it, I would never put a Key West boat through living in the north, that is cruel.

OMG Now Sh#$ is funny.
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Keep it. That’s a perfect size boat for RI waters. Easy to handle, trailer all over the place and launch anywhere, cheap, and fast. I ran a 22 CC for three years. Fished all over the place because of the trailer. Actually miss it sometimes.
Old 12-09-2019, 06:27 PM
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4k to ship is too high, sounds like a good boat to keep and use or sell up north, might get better money up there anyway.
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Originally Posted by OneMoreDay View Post
The boating season is only 4 months long up here.
Yeah...on an open boat. NE is why God invented express and pilot house boats.
Old 12-09-2019, 07:11 PM
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I have no advice for how well that boat is suited for the fishing up there.
But as far as the 4k to ship it???????? I would be thinking outside the box on that one.
I would call AutoTrain and ask just how big a boat you can bring on there.
That would get you to DC area and I bet it wouldn't be 4K.
https://www.amtrakvacations.com/trip...ng/auto-train/
Old 12-09-2019, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by aboattime View Post
I had an earlier post about being relocated to the Northeast from Florida in March. As it gets closer I am trying to decide to sell or take my boat. It's a 2007 225 Keywest CC with 1060 hours, 250 Yamaha. My thought was it's not really a Northern style boat, I was looking towards a pilot style for the weather.
Rough cost to ship it is $4k. Then pending when I find a house, I would have to store it. Probably wouldn't have much time to use the first year.
NADA showed it at $42k (lol)....
So, sell here (Florida) or take it and try to sell there?
My plan is to live somewhere in Rhode Island.
I have a buddy in Maine to fish with when I get the itch.

Thanks THT
1. $4k is way too much
2. dont waste a second looking at NADA
3. you can look at the boat for sale websites in the locations and see what supply is like
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sell it in FL. buy a nice aluminum pilothouse or express cruise style for up north.
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Sell it. It will be an albatross around your neck until you get settled. Get a boat once settled.
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If you like your boat and its in good shape and a known commodity, keep it and bring it north. When selling and buying another you run the risk of getting a clunker that needs way more money to get in shape than it will cost to get yours north. CC boats that size are very useful up here. By trailering you can experience lots of good fishing including inland lakes and rivers to bring boating variety that bigger boats can't experience. The boating season is shorter but it just makes you cherish every minute, and you can spend all winter planning your adventures.
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Originally Posted by Grunts N Grits View Post
I have no advice for how well that boat is suited for the fishing up there.
But as far as the 4k to ship it???????? I would be thinking outside the box on that one.
I would call AutoTrain and ask just how big a boat you can bring on there.
That would get you to DC area and I bet it wouldn't be 4K.
https://www.amtrakvacations.com/trip...ng/auto-train/
Last time we did the Auto Train no trailers were allowed.
I bet you could do much better than 4k if you were flexible on timing and could find someone going back up north empty.
Will you really not use it the first year? That would sway me to sell it instead of dealing with the hassle of getting it up there, storing it for a year and not using it.
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Bullshit!
1. Keep her
2. That's Way to much to ship by over $2k
3. You can keep her with me for free with mine
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I can't believe that no one has asked the obvious question. . . Why would you leave FL for the North East???
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