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Old 01-02-2020, 04:09 PM
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Default Baybosts with off shore capabilities

Ok , was originally looking for a CC. But your advice has steered me to bay bosts do to the fact i want to be able to fish some skinny waters in the gulf of Mexico. But would also like " some off shore" capabilities . Im talking 10 -20 miles on a good day.
my research led me to Robalo 226. Wife likes it for the seating and lounge area on the bow. The head in the console also checks off a mark.
Unfortunately used they are a little out of my price range. Besided there's not many used for sale. Which makes me think those that have them enjoy them.

Are there other "bayboats" that can fish the shallows as well as have some off shore capabilities? With similar seating and lounging areas as the 226?

Hopefully going to look at a 226 this weekend even though its out if my $ range , but maybe the wife will fall on love. Lol
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Old 01-02-2020, 04:17 PM
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Lots of threads on the subject. Bay boats run best in sheltered waters. Anyone can go offshore on a calm day, but storms kick up and quite a pucker factor to get back. The hull designs are different fir each type of use. There are some hybrids but they are a compromise. Going skinny and handing offshore waves are much different hulls.
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Budget?
Any 21+ catamaran will be 16" skinny including motor and ride well in chop offshore, but because they have usually have twin engines, will be more dough. Seacat SL1, Sl5, Seacat cabin Bluewater Seacat 22 are ones I would look at on boattrader.


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Robalo is a good choice as you mentioned kinda your budget.I can tell you they are well maid and the Cayman Series have a big following. Robalo can deliver you a great boat at a very good price.

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There’s a lot of options here, and as you pointed out, the idea is to exploit good weather. If you do your homework and look around, you’re gonna find something. If affording things is hard, then work hard to make it happen. Learn to do your own boat work too...it’s a system that works.
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HS Baybolt.
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Get a center console. A couple inches of draft isn’t worth sacrificing the ride of a boat with some deadrise. I mean if you’re poling for bonefish or something I get it but 90% of what people call skinny can be done in a 20-23’ cc.
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Here are some good bay boats for offshore:



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On a nice day you can go offshore in a jonboat.
On a rough one you cant in a 27 CC

Its all weather, and prudence of operator

Many here take small boats offshore/nearshore in good conditions.

Days 2' or less, preferably 1' or less, big period, swells...not chop. Low winds. Stable conditions.

Watch weather, after front passes wind reverses, seas lay down for day or 2. When it happens, you take off work and go fishing. You dont try to fish weekends.


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No problem taking my 24' Ranger Bay offshore to the tune of 20 miles. I watch the weather and if in doubt I don't go out.
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Originally Posted by Kaz442 View Post
Ok , was originally looking for a CC. But your advice has steered me to bay bosts do to the fact i want to be able to fish some skinny waters in the gulf of Mexico. But would also like " some off shore" capabilities . Im talking 10 -20 miles on a good day.
my research led me to Robalo 226. Wife likes it for the seating and lounge area on the bow. The head in the console also checks off a mark.
Unfortunately used they are a little out of my price range. Besided there's not many used for sale. Which makes me think those that have them enjoy them.

Are there other "bayboats" that can fish the shallows as well as have some off shore capabilities? With similar seating and lounging areas as the 226?

Hopefully going to look at a 226 this weekend even though its out if my $ range , but maybe the wife will fall on love. Lol
Thanks
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My Cayman 226 is better in every way than my previous 22 ft center console. Yes rough seas keeps me inside but I never felt any more safe in the center console. It pitched and rolled so that there wasn’t any fishing to be done. You will enjoy the 226.
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Originally Posted by Kaz442 View Post
Ok , was originally looking for a CC. But your advice has steered me to bay bosts do to the fact i want to be able to fish some skinny waters in the gulf of Mexico. But would also like " some off shore" capabilities . Im talking 10 -20 miles on a good day.
my research led me to Robalo 226. Wife likes it for the seating and lounge area on the bow. The head in the console also checks off a mark.
Unfortunately used they are a little out of my price range. Besided there's not many used for sale. Which makes me think those that have them enjoy them.

Are there other "bayboats" that can fish the shallows as well as have some off shore capabilities? With similar seating and lounging areas as the 226?

Hopefully going to look at a 226 this weekend even though its out if my $ range , but maybe the wife will fall on love. Lol
Thanks
JKaz
I have a Robalo 246. We fish mostly in the marsh but will run out to the rigs from time to time.
The boat handles both very well. I would say make sure to get trim tabs.
We have run long distance in 2-3's several times.
The boat handles it better than expected.
The 246 is also relatively dry running boat. My guess is the 226 would be similar.



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The Everglades 243 is another hybrid to consider. The hull's been around for some time so you can get older ones for a decent price. I've had ours in some nasty weather and the ride never ceases to impress me.
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Both offshore and skinny water -- that's what cats are good at. Unfortunately, they tend to be expensive.
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HS Baybolt.
If on a budget (we all are) I have heard REALLY good things about the HS Baybolt. I’d give them a real good look.
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You may want to give this guy a call. I’d just have the motor reinspected for exhaust corrosion again.

https://www.thehulltruth.com/boats-s...-4-stroke.html
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What's your budget? I might be putting my 2018 Dorado 23 on the market.
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Originally Posted by Tominator View Post
Here are some good bay boats for offshore:
I am waiting....and got my popcorn
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Originally Posted by kdenap View Post
I am waiting....and got my popcorn
Yep, crickets
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243 Everglade . I fish offshore and inshore. It is very capable for a bay boat. Have crossed over to the bahamas in it.
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