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Old 09-27-2020, 06:51 AM
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Adding a 2nd boat and a pilothouse is checking a lot of boxes. I'm just not finding a lot for sale under 100K with outboards. Being in Florida probably isn't helping matters, but I'm looking for a well finished boat as it will be my family of 4 onboard. Size 28'+. It will be used for our longer trips and overnighting. Equipped with or able to add gen/ac. Draft under 3'. I prefer Pilothouse over Express because I would like to be able to close that area off entirely for heat/ac. Boat may have to be used as the kid's school bus and in the Winter it would be very convenient to close that door I imagine.

I've been looking through the below options and need some help on other boats that may fit the bill?

Parker 28 made sense financially, but the layout doesn't work. Cabin is too small and the 2 helm seats with fold outs is not ideal. Would prefer a center helm with an L bench on either side or helm on one side with a L bench on the other.

Convert a Contender 35 Express into a pilothouse... probably get over 100K fast but Fishues left me inspired.

Intrepid 356 works if I go with the strataglass, but the cabin doesn't really sleep 4... if I can find an Intrepid 376 that will sleep 4 but I can't find that boat for sale to save my life lol.

Grady White 282, 300, and 330 come up a lot. The wood in those steers me away and for the same money, I feel like a Boston Whaler may have better value. Then again I'm biased since I own a Whaler now, they have quality hardware and are built to last.

Boston Whaler Conquest 305 can fit the bill, it doesn't have a true pilothouse but I can use strataglass to make it work. However, it will have 15 year old Mercury power most likely and the ride I have read is not the best.

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Look at some downeast boats or similar Mainship/Albin
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The pilothouse below is approx double your budget, but on Florida Sportsman Dream Boat, the Fishues Contender was just south of 200k when completed.

As as the owner of an Eastern 248 Pilothouse, I too have found a pilothouse to be a great boat for Florida, despite others opinions.

The boat below really has some great features. It runs over 50 mph and sleeps 4 to 6, while being a true walk around pilothouse. Only problem is that it would need to be shipped from France.

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I recently bought a Dorado 40 pilothouse. Its a single inboard diesel but its tunnel drive. Draft is just under 2ft. I know dorado made outboard powered boats but not sure if any of those were pilothouses. School bus definitely fits the bill with one of these. Got it for just over 100K.




Dont have enough pics of the inside of the pilothouse, just this one from when I was rigging it after transport.
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Love that Dorado!

A 29 C-Hawk would be another good candidate to check out.

I don't know why they don't make more factory PH options, seems like there is a ton of market for them.
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Originally Posted by Barrington View Post
The pilothouse below is approx double your budget, but on Florida Sportsman Dream Boat, the Fishues Contender was just south of 200k when completed.

As as the owner of an Eastern 248 Pilothouse, I too have found a pilothouse to be a great boat for Florida, despite others opinions.

The boat below really has some great features. It runs over 50 mph and sleeps 4 to 6, while being a true walk around pilothouse. Only problem is that it would need to be shipped from France.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rW4SOgJUenQ
any idea on shipping costs? That’s really a pretty nice boat.
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Originally Posted by Razorback713 View Post
any idea on shipping costs? That’s really a pretty nice boat.
A few years ago I looked into having a boat shipped from Poland to the US. I was surprised at how much less it was than I expected. The boat was new at approx 33 ft with 12’ beam 200k price. The shipping cost was around $12,000 and the tax was around $2000. I was expecting it to be more. That was from Genoa Italy to Fort Lauderdale.

However, if I were shipping the Rhéa to the US. I would have the boat shipped without the motors, but it would have everything else installed, so that only the motors had to be hung. This would lessen the weight, taxes, and allow you to install USA EPA standard motors that comply with the current regulations in the US. I would also have the builder put everything on the boat...... switches, wiring, and anything else in English, instead of French. (This is quite common for European builders).
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Originally Posted by Barrington View Post
The pilothouse below is approx double your budget, but on Florida Sportsman Dream Boat, the Fishues Contender was just south of 200k when completed.

As as the owner of an Eastern 248 Pilothouse, I too have found a pilothouse to be a great boat for Florida, despite others opinions.

The boat below really has some great features. It runs over 50 mph and sleeps 4 to 6, while being a true walk around pilothouse. Only problem is that it would need to be shipped from France.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rW4SOgJUenQ
I had my boat shipped from Finland....

In my opinion, when it comes to pilothouse boats among other things, you want a port and starboard door and a rear window or door. It makes a huge difference for function and ventilation....

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Your Dorado 40 would be absolutely perfect! I'll keep an eye out.

That Rhea 32 is as functional as it is gorgeous. Thanks guys!
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Axopar makes some boats that fit your needs, if you can get past the design.
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The hulls you are looking at are walkarounds. Use that term instead of pilothouse as the search word to get more results, or WA for short.

Pilothouses are not near as common
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Fountain makes a few that would work for ya:

The SFC with full enclosure:


Or the pilot house version:

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Originally Posted by DragAddiction View Post
I recently bought a Dorado 40 pilothouse. Its a single inboard diesel but its tunnel drive. Draft is just under 2ft. I know dorado made outboard powered boats but not sure if any of those were pilothouses. School bus definitely fits the bill with one of these. Got it for just over 100K.




Dont have enough pics of the inside of the pilothouse, just this one from when I was rigging it after transport.
Always loved the dorado's, great choice

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