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Old 01-12-2020, 03:12 PM
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If you had to pick your top three mid tier center console boat companies in the 21' - 24' range, who would they be? Fishing coastal going out 30 - 50 miles off the coast of NC in no more than 3's. Ride is important factor for us too.

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New or used?
hull only??
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looking at New and more worried about hull and build quality. Figure I can order whatever motor I want on it, well except for sea hunt. Outboards only.
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Does Albemarle still make the 24? that would be a solid choice.
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Does Albemarle still make the 24? that would be a solid choice.
They do not.

Sailfish and Cobia would get a look from me.

A lot of production builders only offer one or a couple engine options. Sailfish generally rigs Yamaha but do Merc as well. Cobia only rigs Yamaha but will sell you a boat with no motor.

I like the Pioneer 222 Sportfish too. They will rig Yamaha, Mercury and Suzuki.

The new Sea Pros look solid too. They will rig Suzuki, Mercury and Evinrude. Sea Hunts are always a solid choice but as you mentioned only rig Yamaha and don’t think they will sell a boat with no motor.

What is your budget? I think that’s more important than saying you want to stick with “mid tier.”

There are some good semi custom builders that may actually come in cheaper in some instances than a production boat.

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Bluewater 2350 would be in my top 3.
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Are you looking for an offshore, bay, or hybrid design?
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Sailfish
Robalo
Cobia
Seahunt
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Tiers are tough and I doubt everyone agrees.

Cobia and Sailfish have a great following in this tier but considering the price I'd also look at something like the Pair Customs.

Obviously wont go wrong with Sea Hunt, Key West, Robalo.
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Originally Posted by jtav2002 View Post
They do not.

What is your budget? I think that’s more important than saying you want to stick with “mid tier.”

There are some good semi custom builders that may actually come in cheaper in some instances than a production boat.

Lookin g to stay in the 45 - 60k range. Not strictly offshore. Hybrid I would say. We probably do as much sandbar hopping as offshore fishing. Ideal world I would keep our 23 Ultra Elite and use that for play and sandbar and get another for offshore, but that money just isn't in the books right now. As far as engine I prefer to go with Suzuki, but would not rule a boat out because of a Yamaha.
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I think the think about Cobia only rigging Yamaha might be incorrect. I have a Pathfinder which is built at the same time in the same plant right next to the Cobias and they rigged a Mercury on it. I’ve found you can’t just get info from manufacturers website. It is often incomplete
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Cobia (You can get factory rigged with Yamaha or Mercury. Or get the hull and take it to a Suzuki dealer)

Sea Hunt

Key West
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I’ve never seen or heard of Cobia rigging Mercs. But I obviously could be wrong. You would think they would if they let you rig Pathfinder with them. A Cobia 262 with twin V6 200 Mercs would be a sweet ride. Not that that helps the OP.

Given your budget I would also consider used and get something at the bigger end of your range. You’re not likely to find anything at the top end of your size range within your budget.
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Definitely check out the new Cobia. They ride great and their new facility is state of the art with strict quailty control of the build and rigging etc. The website is nice you can spec a boat and get a price easily. They also have a great dealer network which is very important.
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Tidewater?
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Edit: Missed the new requirement. Worth looking at used though.
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We looked at Sea Hunt, Key West, Sportsman, Tidewater, and Seapro this weekend at the boat show., Went to the show to sea the Tidewater specifically but then really was not that impressed when it after seeing it. Pricing of the sea hunt was on point with the 234 Ultra coming in at 58. However, the Key West did really impress us and the wife said she would be glad to step down a couple feet to the 22 for the quality difference she felt like was in them. Seaborn didn't impress and nothing else we saw within reasonable reach of what we want to spend really caught our attention. We did not really like the Robalo but didn't look at the cobia or sailfish., Actually I don't even know if I say a sailfish there. The cobia was outside and it was raining a little so we didn't spend much time checking it out.

Keep the recommendations coming. love to hear opinions and definitely from those that have owned some of these boats.
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Cobra is my top choice but I am biased. Sportsman Sailfish
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I’d add Sportsman to the list.
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Have any of you ridden a Tidewater 27? Not to hijack the thread, but just wondering what their ride compares to.

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