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Old 09-10-2020, 04:28 PM
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Default Robalo vs tidewater

I’ve been looking at the new 23 ft tidewater CC and the new Robalo 23ft CC Any of you have an opinion on who builds a better boat. Both are in my price range if I buy a new 23 ft Cc.
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Robalo, Sea Hunt, Sportsman and Key West all build better boats in that price range.

The Tidewater is about $10k cheaper though.
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Robalo all day and agree fully with what is postednposted above me. Tidewater cheaper out on a lot of shit to get to that lower price point. If that's all you can afford, great, get it and get on the water but if money does t matter robalo
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Ok so with tidewater our. Sea hunt vs Robalo ? I like sea hints as well.
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Do not rule out the Tidewater. Last week on a 20 mile run off RI and she was fine. It is a better looking boat than a robalo with a slightly flaired hull. You get a lot of bang for the buck.
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Coming from a tidewater. I looked at just about every 23 foot boat out there before finally settling on a scout 235 xsf.

My rank of best 23ft boats in terms of build quality features reputation value and resale value

Overpriced
Contender 240
Regulator 230

Top Teir
Grady White 236 fisherman
Scout 235 XSF

Second Teir
Boston Whaler 230 Outrage
Mako 238
Edgewater 230cc

Third Teir
Cobia 240
Pursuit 238

Fourth Tier
Cape Horn 240
Sailfish 240
Key West 239
Sea Hunt 235

Bottom Tier
Tidewater
Robolo
Sportsman

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Originally Posted by drumsfield View Post
Coming from a tidewater. I looked at just about every 23 foot boat out there before finally settling on a scout 235 xsf.

My rank of best 23ft boats in terms of build quality features reputation value and resale value

Overpriced
Contender 240
Regulator 230

Top Teir
Grady White 236 fisherman
Scout 235 XSF

Second Teir
Boston Whaler 230 Outrage
Mako 238
Edgewater 230cc

Third Teir
Cobia 240
Pursuit 238

Fourth Tier
Cape Horn 240
Sailfish 240
Key West 239
Sea Hunt 235

Bottom Tier
Tidewater
Robolo
Sportsman
Interesting breakdown. I also looked at almost every boat on your list, and my Scout 235 XSF is being built right now!

I would also almost agree with the list across the board. I’d put the Edgewater in the same tier as Scout (but it was 15k more).

Also I’d move Robalo and Sportsman up a tier and leave Tidewater by itself lol.

The Robalo and Sportsman I thought the fit/finish and quality were better than the Key West and even slightly better than Sea Hunt, but flip a coin.

In all honesty, I would be happy with pretty much any boat on the list..... except the Tidewater.

It’s not that the Tidewater is terrible, it’s actually still a lot of features and boat for the $$. But the fit/finish and quality is definitely a step down.

A few examples: hinges screwed in without good washers and not through bolted. All the doors are thinner material. The doors don’t line up with the clasp (looked at 5 on the lot and none lined up). On top of the hard top, thick and uneven caulk in multiple places. Inside the console, rough fiberglass and a “flap” to cover the wiring vs wiring behind nice doors and finished fiberglass in the competitors boats.

In “tier 4” price range I liked the Sportsman the best. Most comfortable seats and I liked the layout (personal preference). The Scout was $15k more than the tier 4 boats but worth it for me. I couldn’t justify another $20k more than the Scout for the Edgewater, Everglades or Grady although all were nice boats.

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I had Edgewater rated higher and was my top choice before i saw the bilge plate cover which was blocked by to their drop down transom seat. Poor design and the cover was small.
As for robolo and sportsman i rated them lower due to resale value. They tend to stay on boat trader longer than other boats.
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I like the Robalo 23’, but I hate that you have to step over the seats to enter from the transom. The 22 and 24 both have transom doors, the 23 doesn’t so that would push me to those hulls in Robalo. Looking at Sea Pro 239, anxious to see one in person as I’ve heard good things.
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Originally Posted by drumsfield View Post
I had Edgewater rated higher and was my top choice before i saw the bilge plate cover which was blocked by to their drop down transom seat. Poor design and the cover was small.
Just curious if it was the 2020 or 2021 you looked at.

The rear seat design is completely different.

Either way, seemed like a pretty great boat. My issue was it was more $ because it came pretty loaded up with the “base options” and it was a lot of stuff I didn’t want (and didn’t want to pay for). Like underwater lights, fresh water washdown, Porta Porta, the better Garmin, etc. A bunch of things I could have on the Scout but opted out of.

For some reason they still have the old seat on their website.



2021 seat

2020 seat


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Originally Posted by 69Mach390 View Post
Just curious if it was the 2020 or 2021 you looked at.

The rear seat design is completely different.

Either way, seemed like a pretty great boat. My issue was it was more $ because it came pretty loaded up with the “base options” and it was a lot of stuff I didn’t want (and didn’t want to pay for). Like underwater lights, fresh water washdown, Porta Porta, the better Garmin, etc. A bunch of things I could have on the Scout but opted out of.
looks like a 2020. Both the Grady and Scout were well layed out and designed with a lot of attention to detail. The Grady being slightly better but more expensive.
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Originally Posted by drumsfield View Post
looks like a 2020. Butler the Grady and Scout were well layed out and designed with a lot of attention to detail which. The Grady being slightly better and more expensive.
https://youtu.be/KJRmBoN_Lqs
Yup that’s the 2021. I edited my last post with the two different designs.

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