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Parker 21SE, Key West 219 FS or Sportsman 212 Open

Old 09-29-2020, 11:38 AM
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Default Parker 21SE, Key West 219 FS or Sportsman 212 Open

I'm considering buying one of the above boats for fishing in the Gwynn's Island area/Chesapeake Bay and tributaries. Mostly for fishing but a little family fishing/cruising. My main concern is stability at rest or while drift fishing in the bay as well as fishing around docks, etc in the shallower tributaries and creeks.
Which of these boats do you think will be more stable at rest or drifting in a beam sea?
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The Parker, for sure
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Parker no doubt
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I've spent a lot of time on friend's 21SEs, they are very stable (and big for a 21ft boat)

Can't speak to the others.
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Garrett's sell Parker and Key West, Im sure you know. How about getting a ride in those?
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Parker
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Going there tomorrow but they don't have the 21SE at the marina but they've got the KW 219. Can't find a new 21SE anywhere in my area.
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I figured the consensus would be the Parker but wanted to run it by the group. Would the Sportsman be a good second choice with it's 15 degree deadrise, or would the KW and Sportsman be similar as far as resting/drifting stability? (want to keep my wife happy. She can get queasy with a lot of rolling)
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Tri State in Deale MD is having an in-water boat show Oct 1-4

Their ad says they will have a 21 SE there. Because of Covid, I think you have to sign up in advance.
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Parker is the better boat. Sportsman and KW are still awesome though. I have had several KW boats as have my brothers. No complaints with any of them. I am in the market for another boat and all 3 are on the radar. The only issue with the Parkers is they don’t seem to have as much storage space. My wife sat in all 3 and Parker was her lowest ranked one for that reason. She does not concern herself with ride and chop as much. For fishing, the Parker is the boat. For family rides and etc. I would go KW.
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Do you feel like the KW would also be a good fishing boat?
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KW and Sports are good fishing boats. Probably actually ride a little better than the Parker. But the Parker is bigger and more stable. Its less thrills and barebones. Very easy upkeep and tons of room for its size.

I have many hours on Parker boats. All 3 boats are Yamaha Exclusive.
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Originally Posted by captain28570 View Post
All 3 boats are Yamaha Exclusive.

That's definitely not true. You can find Key West rigged with everything and Sportsman is now offering Mercury.


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Sorry I didn't realize KW had changed. Sportsman changed to Merc offerings?. Damn that must be very recent.

Parker has been Yamaha for so long.Surprised they haven't offered more options.

Yamaha finally not getting all the transoms they bought anymore.

this was on Sportsman's site.

Sportsman Boats is an exclusive partner of Yamaha Outboards.

Guess their website hasn't been updated?
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Parker is a Mod V, the whole purpose of that hull design is stability at rest.
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Originally Posted by RBB2018 View Post
I figured the consensus would be the Parker but wanted to run it by the group. Would the Sportsman be a good second choice with it's 15 degree deadrise, or would the KW and Sportsman be similar as far as resting/drifting stability? (want to keep my wife happy. She can get queasy with a lot of rolling)
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Parker is a higher quality boat but the KW and Sportsman are both excellent boats. Parker is a Lexus and the other two are Toyota Avalon’s. My wife did not like the Parker because of the lack of storage compartments and seating. I agree with her on that point but would still rather have the Parker. In case you were wondering, we just sold our Key West and are looking at the 21’ now. All 3 are good boats and will make you happy.
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The Parker 21SE was designed for that exact purpose. Also look at the Pair Marine 21 and Jones Brothers 20, which are very similar boats.
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Default Parker 21SE, Key West 219 FS or Sportsman 212 Open

Thanks all. I like the Sportsman's layout(open all the way to the anchor locker on the bow) and the fold up seat at the stern which provides more fishing room. And even more important, there's the more open feeling of the t top (fewer support bars blocking my vision} on the Sportsman. (When standing on the Parker I feel like my view is blocked by four t top support bars in front of me) The Sportsman also has almost the same deadrise (15 degrees) as the Parker(14 degrees) so I would think that would give it more stability at rest than the KW 219 (19 degrees).
I know this is crazy, but I'm more familiar with the quality of the KW and Parker and feel like the Parker is the best made of the three and if I don't get the Parker I'm making a mistake. I'm in new boat hell!
I need to sea trial the three but that's going to be a challenge.
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Parker. Also look at Judge and Pair.
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Originally Posted by RBB2018 View Post
Do you feel like the KW would also be a good fishing boat?
All 3 are excellent fishing boats. You will not go wrong with any of them.

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