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Why no new bayboats laid out like Pathfinder 23DV- Contender 23T

Old 12-19-2019, 04:57 PM
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I see tons of new bigger bayboats that could be of interest- but they all have too much raised deck and never enough "dance floor". Why don't any manufacturer's offer open floor layouts?? I know about the Latitude but that's a 24 degree hull and not a bayboat IMO- I do like them though.
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Check out the Dorado 25 Flat Deck. Its exactly what you're referencing. They've always been known to build a good boat, and the new ones are absolute tanks.


Dorado Custom Fishing Boats, Boats For Sale - Dorado 25 Flat Deck Fishing Boat

https://www.captainscottowens.com/dorado-custom-boats/

Search around the link a bit and you should get a pretty good idea of how they're set up. I personally am a fan of a small step up casting deck like they also build, but the FD is a very fish friendly lay out no doubt.

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Because a lot of people buying bay boats want them for fishing shallower bays in which their style of fishing benefits from raised casting platforms. Kind of the same reason most 24* off shore designs don’t have lots of raised casting platform areas.
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Plus the raised decks provide a lot of storage. With less deadrise the hull has less area for in floor storage.
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Check out Sea Born FX25 ..Sportfish rear and Bayboat-casting platform up front. I love it.. True Hybrid Bay
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Originally Posted by kdenap View Post
Check out Sea Born FX25 ..Sportfish rear and Bayboat-casting platform up front. I love it.. True Hybrid Bay
OP dosen't want all that deck up front. OP wants a offshore deck layout on a bayboat.
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Look at the Layton bay, exactly what your looking for.
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Those Dorados are nice boats. I would like to see the front deck come back about another 12" though. It would allow you to mount a trolling motor up front and still give you a decent place to stand on the bow of the boat if conditions allow.

T-Craft also has that layout available. Or you could buy an old 22 Aqua Sport and have it done.


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If you fish off the bow you'll appreciate all of the flat deck with 2-3 anglers up there. Also with the deck being raised/flat you are able to fish much closer to the edges of the boat leaving more room for additional anglers unlike the recessed deck it gets tight quick towards the bow. The extra visibility is very nice as well with the raised flat deck.
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Originally Posted by Gunner38 View Post
I see tons of new bigger bayboats that could be of interest- but they all have too much raised deck and never enough "dance floor". Why don't any manufacturer's offer open floor layouts?? I know about the Latitude but that's a 24 degree hull and not a bayboat IMO- I do like them though.
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I think Young gives you the option. They have a 24 and 27
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I much prefer to be IN the boat rather than ON the boat. I'll take my old 23DV every day and twice on Sunday over a bayboat. I agree that there's a dearth of what the OP is looking for.
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I ended up with. PF Hybrid and love all the space up front. The sea Ox has a layout similar to what you are looking for.
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Reef Runner 23 Open
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Jupiter 25 Bay $$$$$


Dusky 242 Bay has an open dance floor in the back


SeaHunter 28 Floridian has nice open deckspace, but baitwells in the corners

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that Jupiter is pretty sweet, actually.
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Most of these are bigger than 23-25, but have a similar layout and shallow dead-rise.

Jupiter 25 Bay
SeaHunter Floridian 28
Young 27 (maybe 24?)
Yellowfin 26 Hybrid
Marauder Avenger 24 and 25
Rambo 27
Jones Brothers Cape Fisherman 23
Layton Bay 22
Barker 26 Open
BlueWave 28 Makaira?
Gause 23 and 26
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Crevalle 26 Open...
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I too am a huge fan of the open layout and want no forward or rear casting deck. I own a 2800 bluewave and I am sold on the big hybrid style boats, but I always stand next to the trolling motor on the anchor locker and never on the big casting deck.

I love the Jupiter 25, but they want to much money for it. If they made a 28’ version it would be perfect. Same goes for the dorado 25 flat deck. I have watched the dorado flat deck YouTube video many times.

I fish solo and don’t need a huge casting deck for inshore. The open makes it perfect offshore.
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
that Jupiter is pretty sweet, actually.
almost looks like a Pathfinder 23DV

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