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Old 05-13-2020, 06:35 AM
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I am looking to buy a first boat so I can go fishing on the weekends and summers with my son. I have been fishing for 10 years on the beach and occasionally go on charters. I am planning on fishing along Long Island and not sure what boat to get and how far out to go with it. My budget is a little tight at around 30 thousand dollars. Any recommendations?
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How old is your son? Looking for used, or new at 30k? WIll it just be the 2 of you or will you occasionally be bringing others along?
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In that area with your budget, I would look at used Hydra-Sport boats. The 19ft - 23ft models would be good for what you are planning. I know you will get varying opinions on engines, but I would look for something with a Yamaha and make sure you have access to service records and have a marine survey done.
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Originally Posted by Drufus View Post
How old is your son? Looking for used, or new at 30k? WIll it just be the 2 of you or will you occasionally be bringing others along?
Looking for used, he’s 14, and occasionally bringing along friends.
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Originally Posted by jshelton View Post
In that area with your budget, I would look at used Hydra-Sport boats. The 19ft - 23ft models would be good for what you are planning. I know you will get varying opinions on engines, but I would look for something with a Yamaha and make sure you have access to service records and have a marine survey done.
The above is spot on.

Also, the 218 Sailfish would be a good option. Fyi, there is a slighter smaller 20' Sailfish on Craigslist Boston boats. I don't know enough about LI Sound to know if it would be a good fit.

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https://boston.craigslist.org/sob/bo...116451179.html
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I boat in the LIS. Go as big and new as you can. This would work and has new power:
https://www.boattrader.com/boat/2005...30-wa-7423650/
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https://www.boattrader.com/boat/2005...sland-7319449/


https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/199...cabin-3670654/

/https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/200...ender-3604008/
https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/198...ke-25-3601168/
Just doing a quick search, these are the boat's I would be looking at. It's always nice to have protection.
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Originally Posted by SaltyDawg86 View Post
Just doing a quick search, these are the boat's I would be looking at. It's always nice to have protection.
Does it make a difference if the sides of the boat are lower like the weekender boat you recommended or high like some of the other boats out there?
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Originally Posted by Stingzray View Post
Does it make a difference if the sides of the boat are lower like the weekender boat you recommended or high like some of the other boats out there?
In short, yes. The higher sides offers more protection in snotty weather. The Twin Vee is a good boat though. Unless you plan on fishing in crap weather, the Twin Vee is a good boat for your price point.
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I found a 2000 Boston whaler 23 conquest for 25k is it any good, would it fit my needs?

https://www.boattrader.com/boat/2000...quest-7415726/
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I wouldn’t do an I/o drive as your first saltwater boat. Boston whalers are great boats, and think many poeple do just fine with saltwater I/o,but it will be much easier ownership with an outboard.

maybe this? https://www.boattrader.com/boat/2005-grady-white-seafarer-22-727835

or this? This was my first boat...great little tank of a 20 footer.


https://www.boattrader.com/boat/2004...e-208-7436121/


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I guess the big question is what style are you looking for? Center console, cabin, walk around, pilot house? You can find a good boat that's older with a recent repower for $30k for sure. That's the route I would recommend. I've seen Prolines, ProKats, Glacier Bays, HydroSports, Stripers, C-Hawks, Parkers and more that fit your bill and all would work. I'd absolutely go with an outboard though.
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Originally Posted by SaltyDawg86 View Post
I guess the big question is what style are you looking for? Center console, cabin, walk around, pilot house? You can find a good boat that's older with a recent repower for $30k for sure. That's the route I would recommend. I've seen Prolines, ProKats, Glacier Bays, HydroSports, Stripers, C-Hawks, Parkers and more that fit your bill and all would work. I'd absolutely go with an outboard though.
I would like a Outboard Cuddy cabin but if they are too expensive then a center console.
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Originally Posted by Stingzray View Post
I would like a Outboard Cuddy cabin but if they are too expensive then a center console.
They're not expensive, I got my World Cat 266SC in your price range. Just don't expect something new. Your best bet is a solid, older hull with newer outboards and go from there. You may have to travel for the right boat.
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https://www.boats.com/power-boats/--...targeting%20us

This is one I'd look at hard. I personally like twins because if 1 goes down, the other can still get you home. Extra expense for peace of mind. Plus they handle better. It looks like you can take it right to the water and go. Since it's Pop Yachts, I bet you can take another $5-7k off as well.

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