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Old 05-13-2020, 09:36 AM
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So I’ve been running my 20 HydraSports Bay Sport for the past 4-5 years and have been super happy with it. The one downside to that boat is offshore use. Absolutely perfect for the bay not so much in the ocean. A few months ago, the wife gave me the okay to purchase a new boat, her only requirements were bow seating and a walk-in console.

I’ve been patiently looking at boats for years and we’ve gone to a handful of boat shows. She loved the Scout 235XSF and the Sea Hunt Gamefish 25. Both super nice boats but the fishability just didn’t impress me. Plus, they were more built for ocean than bay, which I will be fishing 70% of the time.

This led me to Pair, Parker, Judge, Jones Brothers, Maycraft type builders. I liked the Parkers, she didn’t. My uncle has a Maycraft which is nice, but seems light, not super impressed with the ride or fit and finish. I planned on visiting Pair and Judge, Pair was first in line.

Contacted Bryan via email and a phone call or two, did some searching on here, talked with a couple Pair/Sea Ox owners. Made plans to take the drive down the NC.

Pulled up to his location to see two 24s another 24 deep vee which he was cleaning, and his special 26 footer with a front cabin out front. These are good looking boats. The wife and I jumped on the 24 and looked over everything. You can tell almost immediately the quality of the build and the fit and finish. The wife loved the console, perfect size for her. I loved everything else. Tons of space, solid storage, nice T-Top which was solid as a rock. After about 10 minutes Bryan asks, “Well, are you ready to take it for a spin?” Absolutely!

The weather wasn’t ideal and you wouldn’t think it was May. Temps were in the 50s and the wind was blowing 15-20 with gusts to 25-30. Not fun but a good test. Where we ran the boat was sheltered but there was a solid 1-2ft wind chop, (yea I know it doesn’t look like that in the video!) nothing crazy but a better test than flat calm.

This boat has the 300hp Suzuki and it seems like a great match. She jumped on plane effortlessly and had plenty of power throughout the RPM range. Very quiet motor and we were getting about 6.9 gallons per hour running at 27mph with about a half tank of gas (I think). As you can see from the video the conditions were a nonevent for the hull, which honestly, I expected. We were able to run WOT both with and against the chop and felt nothing. Wide open was about 50, but it was so cold and windy we did run WOT long. Bryan put the boat in neutral with her in a beam sea to show the stability, which was impressive. Even with me walking around she felt solid and stable.

My mind was made up, I just figured there would need to be some long discussions with the wife on our 6 ˝ hour drive home. Boy was I wrong. She loved it and wanted to move forward as long as we added some options that she wanted. Called Bryan and put down the deposit. The boat we tested was available, we’re just making some minor modifications.

· 24 ModV, white hull with white interior

· 300 Suzuki with fly by wire controls with troll mode

· Atlas Jack Plate

· Large Console

· Stainless Rub Rail

· 8 Screwless gunnel rod holders

· T-Top with Rocket Launcher and Electronics Box

· Upgraded Leaning post with Storage

· Bow Seats with Backrests

· Folding rear jump seats with backrests

· Fusion Radio

· Transom rod rack

· LED under gunnel lights

· Simrad GPS/Depth Finder

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They are nice boats. You will not be disappointed.
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Nice boat - one thought- have them swap out four ( aft and fore pair )of rod holders for mate series cup/rod combos.. your wife will love them.. I love them on my boat
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Curious how you are addressing her requirement for the bow seating? Or did you get lucky and skirt that one?
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Originally Posted by Gator97dwb View Post
Curious how you are addressing her requirement for the bow seating? Or did you get lucky and skirt that one?
You can get the boat with Bow seats and backrests.
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Good choice.
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Originally Posted by Gator97dwb View Post
Curious how you are addressing her requirement for the bow seating? Or did you get lucky and skirt that one?
Oh I most definitely did NOT get lucky and skirt that one. We went over a bunch of options with Bryan including purchasing a Frigid Rigid coffin box and mounting that. In the end, the best answer were his bow seats and to be honest they are laid our well. There is still plenty of room on the especially without a console seat attached to the front of the console.

That's one of the nice things about Pair, Bryan sat down with us and got creative to help come up with an option that might make us both happy. His seats were the best compromise, but not many boat builders would take that time. When we looked at the Scout, the sales guy had to look up the hull warranty?? Not a shot at Scout, but dealing with the builder directly is huge.

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is that Washington NC?
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Congrats. I would have them add a bow trolling motor. That's my next addition to my boat. I don't miss the damn flies down in Mystic Islands....lol
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Congrats, I really love these Pair boats. It’s nice to see people still building no-nonsense fishing boats.
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Originally Posted by cfarmd View Post
is that Washington NC?
Yup!

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Congrats. I would have them add a bow trolling motor. That's my next addition to my boat. I don't miss the damn flies down in Mystic Islands....lol
Yeah, the bow mounted trolling motor is on my list of things to do down the road. Just couldn't quite swing it right now. Ohh those lovey flies! We're dealing with the gnats now, out in full force!
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Can they plumb the console for a head? Is that an option?
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Originally Posted by SaltyShepherd View Post
Yeah, the bow mounted trolling motor is on my list of things to do down the road. Just couldn't quite swing it right now. Ohh those lovey flies! We're dealing with the gnats now, out in full force!
Yes, certainly not cheap! I'll take the gnats over the greenheads any day. I think they picked up my three year old a few years back and tried to fly away with her.
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Originally Posted by Rollo Tomassi View Post
Can they plumb the console for a head? Is that an option?
Would be tough I think. The fuel tank is directly under the console.
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Originally Posted by H2OBUG View Post
Would be tough I think. The fuel tank is directly under the console.
Just curious. Would be a good option for mixed company/kids.
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Originally Posted by H2OBUG View Post
Would be tough I think. The fuel tank is directly under the console.
Yeah I agree with this. I don't recall seeing it as an option either. Could always get a portable head if needed.
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Love your boat , great choice !!!! Fish on..

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