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Old 02-14-2020, 05:05 PM
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Hi folks this is my first post to this forum but have doone some searching here in regard to my questions.
I'm currently in the market for a walk-around in the 22'- 25' range. Years ranging from 1999 to 2006 I've come up with this range based on general wear to be expected and a budget I can work with.I am an experienced boater having owned a couple (currently a 19.5 capri) but have fished off several other models including 23' Wellcraft, 20' Trophy ,24' Seasport and a 26' Glacier Bay.
The Brands/models I'm considering are the Striper 23', Cobia and Robalo. I have never fished off any of these but the Striper is a popular model in this area of Vancouver Island (BC).Does someone here have first hand experience with more than one of these models? Is there any significant differences among these boats,it seems the Robalo may have a step up in build quality at least in these years. A cuddy is a must as there could be overnight excursions.
My last two boats have had inboards and I would prefer not to go that route again if workable.Having said this I've heard of some serious concerns with the Yamaha F225 model engines failing internally (is this a problem with other Yamaha engines?)apparently the problem has something to do with corrosion of exhaust tube. Also I notice a lot of Saltwater series two strokes is this because of the lower initial purchase cost or another reason.
Thank you for your reflections on this.



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I believe Striper went wood free beginning with the 2004 model year. You do need to get the F225 checked for corrosion of the midsection. Saltwater Series II have a great reputation. I had an F225. Extremely quite, smooth running engine. I sold mine before the reports of the midsection corrosion became routine. I wanna say the F200 was also affected.
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Thanks Brad1 I appreciate your input and confirmation re the F255,a friend of mine had the 200 it was very impressive, quite and clean burning .Apparently he sold the rig before any issues.What a shame this is happening to an otherwise stellar motor.
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Look at Pro-line. All models are completely wood free after 1998. The boat won't have rotted transom or stringers.
Nor will they have Yamaha ( unless re-powered) so no exhaust corrosion issue. They came with Honda, Suzuki, or Mercs.

Models in your size range are 241, 231, 23 walk, 25 walk....some had brackets for larger cockpit areas.
I own 2 models. Still going strong.
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Thanks for this info Wizard you've raised a really good point re wood in the construction. I guess any breach of the fiberglass could result in rot in those locations.
I will have a look at the Pro-line models as well.
Much appreciated!

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