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Old 06-18-2020, 06:05 PM
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Best being defined as build quality and fishability. 33 to 40 ft with a mid berth. The Pursuit 385 is nice but is not very fish if you ask me. Probably best overall package I have found. The Jupiter is nice but at over $1M I am going to have diesels. There just doesn't seem to be many high quality outboard express builders. It is either CC or inboard diesels from what I can see.

Any builders I am missing?
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Bonadeo. Search their latest build - Final Chapter.

And for the record I’m a gimongous Pursuit fan but if you want really fishy I do see what you’re talking about.
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It’d be really nice to see a catamaran builder offer a 36-40’ cabin model.
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Best being defined as build quality and fishability. 33 to 40 ft with a mid berth. The Pursuit 385 is nice but is not very fish if you ask me. Probably best overall package I have found. The Jupiter is nice but at over $1M I am going to have diesels. There just doesn't seem to be many high quality outboard express builders. It is either CC or inboard diesels from what I can see.Any builders I am missing?
What about the Grady White 370E
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Is a Grady 370 too small? More fishy than the Pursuit. Been on a new OS 385 a few times and it rides good but not great, definitely leans more to the luxury cruiser side of the equation. But it’s a beautiful boat.
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I had a new GW 180 CC as a fun boat back in 2007 and felt they were a great boat at the time. Perhaps my tastes have changed or maybe they just haven't evolved but I was less than impressed with fit and finish when I crawled on one at the last boat show.

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Jupiter 38 express is pretty sweet, actually an enclosed express, put a tower on that and you can do a lot of fishing
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41 express triple outboard build thread (renamed)

Lightning yachts builds a pretty (Fishy) boat. Be hard not to look their direction.
THT handle on here is bills106
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Another thought is Xcellerator. I believe his THT handle is ‘KLN’
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Wait until Bertram unveils their new line with mercury outboards at the Lauderdale boat show Oct 28th.
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Intrepid 37 and up should have the 2nd berth/aft example: Intrepid 410
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Going custom and getting just what you want would be cool. As my family dynamics change with my fishing partner (dad) gwtting older and now my son fishing more but still pretty young not sure how that will look. Love my Cabo and dream of a Mag Bay but also may be best suited to do more of a mid 30's Express with trips for a few years until kids are older. See how this summer goes. Still odd to me how small this market is.
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There just doesn't seem to be many high quality outboard express builders. It is either CC or inboard diesels from what I can see.
Any builders I am missing?
I think you will find that the reason why the outboard express market is very small is because with 3, 4 or 5 outboards covering the entire transom and the space from the helm area to the transom being rather small (maybe 6-8'), it makes fishing with them tough, which is why you see either diesel inboards or center console outboards as the primary boats for serious fishing.
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The Stamas 390 Aegean has a big cockpit that is setup well for fishing.
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Have you considered speaking with Compmillennia boats - Osteg is on this forum.. They just completed a pilot boat for Miami. check them out on instagram.
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Intrepid 409 Valor
Intrepid 410 Evolution
Pursuit OS 385
Grady White 370 Express
Bonadeo 45 Walkaround
Jupiter 41 SB
Boston Whaler 405 Conquest
Gulfstream 66 walkaround

Used: Sea Vee 45 Walkaround
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Not sure about the berth, but it is fishy. https://www.jarrettbay.com/carolina-...mi-production/
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Winter Custom will build you an OB powered Express in the 30-40ft range. Though if you are ok spending that kind of money for a fishing focused express, I don't understand why you would want OB at that point.
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I was in this boat for a long time (over a year). I had my heart set on the Jupiter 41 SB but the prices are really high for a new one and the used ones were not to my liking.

They either had super high hours or were expensive and wouldn't budge. I made offers on three of them.

I ended up ordering and building a new 438 Intrepid Evolution (it is in build now, October delivery).

They really accommodated all the custom things I wanted to add to the boat in every way. I went with triple 450R's.

There really are not alot of outboard powered expresses out there.
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Appreciate the continued input and ideas. Really love my current boat and see a 42 Mag Bay as my next boat but am not certain if that is just me following my hear and how realistic that is for my actual uses. I really like the living accommodations the Convertible provides but it is tough when I want to go out solo or with just my son which is becoming more and more of the time. Going to an express would have advantages most days other than when we are spending multiple days on the boat as a family. I just have to be realistic on how many days a year that is on overnights of 4 or 5 people. I would like to stay diesel inboards but in the 40 to 42 ft range you lose the 2nd stateroom where as with outboards you get that mid berth so you can sleep more people. All boats are a series of compromises as you all are aware. More than anything I think I just need to get out on the water and use the boat as all I have been doing is maintenance and work to keep things dialed during this long offseason.

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