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Old 02-18-2020, 10:30 PM
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Default The best, most seaworthy 23'-26' center console for 50 miles off?

I am in the market for a 23 - 26 (max) and wanted to make sure I don't have tunnel vision. I've been mostly looking into regs but starting to like the sound of a 23t as well. The thought of a smaller, more efficient yet capable boat appeals to me.

Are there any others I should be looking into? Live in ct and will be going to block, LIS, and the occasional tuna run. 50/50 between fishing and running to MTK for dinner/drinks.

Any thoughts?

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Southport 26 would be my buy
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Search best riding cc etc and you’ll find lots of useful info....

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check out the new kencraft 25
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Default Cape Horn 24 os/xs

I'll throw my hat in the ring. I've been very happy with my Cape Horn for going on 7 years now. I would upgrade to another CH if I wasn't planning on stepping into an express this summer. It's a big 24, very capable, with soft dry ride. Multiple bahama trips, and plenty of time spent 50+ miles offshore. Not a stress crack to be found anywhere on the entire hull.

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A 25 Prowler would have my vote
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Bluewater 23T should be on your list as well.
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Budget? For a CC - Hydra-Sport, Regulator, Southport for the NE waters. Southport probably the best all around and approved by the wife. Contender is a great boat, But personally 27 + would be my choice for up here.
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There are too many to list really.

Boston Whaler 240 Outrage with twin 150s always got me out and back safely!
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Love my Southport! Been 50 miles out many times.
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It should be somewhat obvious to you, but the closer you get to your max length of 26', the more capable the best offshore boats will be. You just can't get around the physics of all else being equal, longer is better in all sea conditions.
Edgewater 262, Everglades 255, Pursuit 260 & Jupiter 26 - of those the Jupiter 26 with twin Yamaha F250's would be my first choice.
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Everglades, Cape Horn, Whaler, Edgewater, Ocean Runner, Regular, Southport... I’m sure there are more very seaworthy boats that fit your needs.
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Jupiter 26 owner here. I regularly fish it 60-70 miles off NC and at very happy with the construction and performance. Also cockpit space is huge for the size. I also shopped the 24 Cape Horn and Contender 25t but the Jupiter fit my needs best.
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For a single-hull boat I doubt there is a better snotty-weather performing boat in it's size than a Regulator. If I were to go back to outboards/center console type I'd probably buy a World Cat. I was on the 31 (I think), the ride in light chop was unbelievable. It did sneeze on you occasionally but that's about it.
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Jupiter 26 owner here. I regularly fish it 60-70 miles off NC and at very happy with the construction and performance. Also cockpit space is huge for the size. I also shopped the 24 Cape Horn and Contender 25t but the Jupiter fit my needs best.
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A catamaran would be my first choice, too. A deep V hull would be 2nd choice, Regulator, Jupiter, or what have you. I also like the whaler, but it will beat a little more.

I used to go to block on a 21' Sea Cat with twin Honda 90's. Never had a problem. The boat had radar, auto pilot, and a windless, but what ever you get, I highly recommend radar for that area.
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I take my Bluewater 2350 100+ miles out when it’s nice. Never had a problem. Just make sure you have the EPIRB etc
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50 miles out in anything is weather and sea dependent, but a Calcutta 263 would and is my choice! Go ride on one!
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Wow thank you for the great feedback!

I never would’ve thought Southport. I agree with a 26+ being a better situation but I’m probably not going to use the boat a TON. It’s going to be kept at the cottage and think 26 could be too much boat for me, please correct me if I’m wrong. It’s great to think I’m going to use every weekend but probably not reality.

I have been keen on regulators, happy to see so many other brands. But no love for contender 23t?

Budget should also be mentioned. 35-75k (could be more for the right set up). Finding something that will hold its value is also very important to me and which is why I wouldn’t buy new.

The title should have stated “what is the best fully depreciated 23-26 CC that is polished enough for cruising with family/friends but will take the New England chop during an occasional off shore run”.

If you have any leads or info; please PM me. I’ll hook you up with a finders fee if I haven’t seen it. I’m looking to move on something ASAP.

Thank you!
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With that budget your best bet is to find an older contender with 4 strokes, a Cape Horn 24 or and older world cat 266 or 246. Used jupiter, southport, whaler, edgewater, etc would probably be out of budget unless it was 10+ years old

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