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Old 06-09-2021, 06:13 PM
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Is your 25k a hard 25k?

Because if it is, you have trailer, tags, title, registration, taxes, and inspection. You also have boat title, registration and taxes as well as fishing permits. And that's all assuming absolutely zero work is needed.

Just keep that in mind with your budget.

With that said look for an older boat, good hull, taken care of and repowered in the last 5-7 years that comes with a trailer for 20k.

Get everything registered and do a spring maintenance and hit the water. And you will be all in at 25k without going above your initial budget.

Good luck.

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Old 06-09-2021, 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Swampy16 View Post
Wow, there really are some nice Pro Lines for sale, like this one.
https://www.boattrader.com/boat/2000...round-7884621/
I have a 97 Proline 251 (which is actually a 27 footer). They were built with composites back then so if the boat has not been abused you can be pretty safe in assuming the hull will be solid. As in no soft spots and water intrusion. I got mine last year for 20K on the assumption that it would require work on my part...and it has. The old 2 stroke runs like a champ. I was going to re-power sometime this year but with motor availability it probably won't happen. But with a similar new boat probably in the $150-200,000 range. I'm happy with a boat that I own and not the bank and I pay for all my upgrades with cash as well.
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Wow, Cable Mariner. Looks great.

Teachaman, I think you should look into some of the Prolines for sale.

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Originally Posted by Sangster View Post
For $25k and 25 ft, I'd look for an older solid boat with newish power. Maybe a 20-30 yr old boat that's been taken care of or cleaned up and maybe 10-15 yr old well taken care of 4 stroke (i prefer a bigger single than smaller twins).
This all day
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If you are thinking you want a pilot house and a cuddy look at bayliner trophies. There's a ton of them up here in Alaska and would be my choice for a 25 footer for $25k. Most are inboard powered for that money and many have been converted to outboards and brackets. They hold up decent to the abuse and are supposed to ride well.
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Originally Posted by MrWesson View Post
Would handle offshore just fine but I suppose some of you northern guys think anything under 50 miles is inshore lol.
Isn't it the same deal in the gulf down south, trips well over 50 miles to get offshore?
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Originally Posted by gregb5220 View Post
This all day
exactly what I got except it was a 22ft and was half the target price here. There are deals to be had.

Not an offshore machine but will cruise 25-30mph at 3mpg.
Old 06-10-2021, 04:22 AM
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It is doable but may take some time to find the right deal. Unfortunately you are looking at the worst time for this area. Spring/early summer prices are at a premium in the northeast. You will find better deals in the fall, I bought my boat in October. I looked for a year but I had boat I was using.
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Originally Posted by Cable Mariner View Post
I have a 97 Proline 251 (which is actually a 27 footer). They were built with composites back then so if the boat has not been abused you can be pretty safe in assuming the hull will be solid. As in no soft spots and water intrusion. I got mine last year for 20K on the assumption that it would require work on my part...and it has. The old 2 stroke runs like a champ. I was going to re-power sometime this year but with motor availability it probably won't happen. But with a similar new boat probably in the $150-200,000 range. I'm happy with a boat that I own and not the bank and I pay for all my upgrades with cash as well.
Nice looking boat Cable Mariner! Looks like you are across the LM in the ski canals. Do you keep your boat in the marina in FB?

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Also, check the ads constantly (Craigslist, FB Market etc) and be ready to jump. Have cash ready, at least enough for a good deposit.
Good deals get snatched up fast. The old saying "You snooze, you lose" comes to mind.
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There is a classic 25 mako for sale in texas for 23k with twin 140 suzukis
Old 06-10-2021, 04:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Clinker View Post
It’s already more than a year on from when people were saying, “wait for all the Covid bargains to hit the market next year” - no sign of them yet and I doubt there will be this time next year, or the year after that to be honest.
Agreed……the waiting game rarely works out except for the 09’ housing crash when homes in FLA sold for pennies on the dollar.

Anyway ….$25 g’s can still buy a lot of boat IF one knows what to look for …….
Older 2 strokes …can be fine and durable
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I know nothing about outboard boats, but a lot about fishing in Block Island Sound and the marine industry, including owning large marinas and boatyards. But, I think you need to drive around for this.

First, the area isn’t the Gulf of Mexico with continuous chop and nowhere to go. On quite a few days, the place can look like a lake for all or part of the day. You don’t have to run out a zillion miles (I’ve boated several giant BFT, including a 1000+, within 2 miles of shore). Depending on wind direction, you can fish salt ponds, the bay, and lee shores.

Second, there are also deals not on the Internet, but you are going to have to drive around. If you know someone in the auto business, there are boats available at NE auto auctions.

Besides repos and liened boats, there are 8 million stories out there that you won’t see from behind a screen. For example, my brother-in-law bought a 35 Luhrs Alura with twin 454’s in better than fair shape for $10,000 from a couple who wanted to become blow boaters. A friend bought a Lema 19 with a three year-old Honda from a credit union at auction for $7,000

Third, get out and look around, see what people are fishing, talk to Marina and storage owners, state constables, and even some dealers. If you know your own repair capabilities or have some friends to help you. Get a survey and engine inspection with sea trial; you don’t want your $25,000 sitting at the dock.

Fourth, I don’t know if $25,000 includes fishing gear.


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Originally Posted by Hifirush View Post
Nice looking boat Cable Mariner! Looks like you are across the LM in the ski canals. Do you keep your boat in the marina in FB?

Matt, Hifirush
Hi Matt Good eyes....You are correct about the location. I'm out in Flour Bluff and I trailer my boat. Looking like Sunday-Tues we should have a w Wx window for some offshore fishing. I'm hoping to get offshore for the 1st time this year. I've been itching to go but I had a major surgery 3 weeks ago and have have had to lay low while healing.
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Originally Posted by richinct View Post
Also, check the ads constantly (Craigslist, FB Market etc) and be ready to jump. Have cash ready, at least enough for a good deposit.
Good deals get snatched up fast. The old saying "You snooze, you lose" comes to mind.
Boy are you ever right about that. Last year right before I bought my present boat someone had listed what looked like a 15 year old very clean looking 25 ft WA with unspecified 'motor issues' and a triple axle trailer for $5,000. I was the 2nd caller on this. the first caller was apparently already on his way to purchase it. I was like 10 minutes late in making the call. Apparently whoever had this just wanted it off of his hands and out of his yard. I was kicking myself for week over that missed opportunity. So yes, deals are out there for those with patience and cash in hand.
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It's great to see Proline's finally getting some love on this forum. 1995 and up they have zero wood in them (aside from the bathroom door lol) and in my opinion they are excellent value and offer a lot more features than most other boats of similar size. The 251 walkaround was one of their best selling models and for a good reason. There's a lot of information on here if you do a search - look for posts from Mike Carrigan. Most were built with I/O's, though they did offer an outboard version as well. The prices have gone WAAAY up since the last time I looked, but that's true for all boats at this time. I am almost embarrassed to say what I paid for mine with 150 original hours on it 8 years ago.


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Originally Posted by Cable Mariner View Post
Boy are you ever right about that. Last year right before I bought my present boat someone had listed what looked like a 15 year old very clean looking 25 ft WA with unspecified 'motor issues' and a triple axle trailer for $5,000. I was the 2nd caller on this. the first caller was apparently already on his way to purchase it. I was like 10 minutes late in making the call. Apparently whoever had this just wanted it off of his hands and out of his yard. I was kicking myself for week over that missed opportunity. So yes, deals are out there for those with patience and cash in hand.
That is how I bought my boat. I saw it at $25k, I sent my buddy a link to look at it. He emailed me back and said it is $20k now. The boat was in RI, I am in Ct. I left about 20 messages for the broker. I took the next day off from work and drove to RI early in the am. All the while I was calling the broker. I finally got a hold of the broker, he told me where the boat was and asked me when I wanted to look at it. I said I will be there in 15 minutes.
I gave him a $5k deposit, the boat had no trailer, I told him I would be there in 3 days with a trailer to close the deal and take the boat. I made arrangements with a guy to haul it for me.
Meanwhile,the next day I got a call from the broker saying he got a call that 'my guy' was coming to pick up the boat. He said he can't take the boat till I pay the rest of the money.
I was like WTF? Can't be my guy, I didn't even tell him the exact address where the boat was.
Turns out there was another guy who saw the ad and was coming with a trailer and wanted to buy it sight unseen and take it on the spot.
I was in upstate NY for work with bad cell service, there were a few tense calls back and forth between me, the broker, and the other buyer.
Long story short, I got the boat, still have it.
I saw the boat listed for $30k originally, then they dropped to 25k, then to 20k. The owner had called the broker and told him to do whatever he had to to sell it, he just wanted out of his driveway before the winter.

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Originally Posted by Devil_Inside View Post
It's great to see Proline's finally getting some love on this forum. 1995 and up they have zero wood in them (aside from the bathroom door lol) and in my opinion they are excellent value and offer a lot more features than most other boats of similar size. The 251 walkaround was one of their best selling models and for a good reason. There's a lot of information on here if you do a search - look for posts from Mike Carrigan. Most were built with I/O's, though they did offer an outboard version as well. The prices have gone WAAAY up since the last time I looked, but that's true for all boats at this time. I am almost embarrassed to say what I paid for mine with 150 original hours on it 8 years ago.
My dilemma is going to be choices for a repower when I finally get to do it. I'm concerned with the weight. These boats were designed around the weight of the outboards of that era. 25 years ago that meant sub 500 lb 2 strokes. I have the single bracket and the flotation tub is designed around that weight. It looks like my options are limited if I don't want to be stern heavy. I think the 300 HP Merc V-8 clocks in at around 510 pounds. The price tag on this motor has me wincing. The other option would being able to find a lightly used late model Optimax 300. I think they were made until around 2018. I'm not so sure i want to hang a 650 lb outboard on my bracket. I've seen too many stories of people who made poor choices in re-powering older boats with much heavier 4 strokes. Many have trouble with porpoising because of the weight.
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2003 25’ sport. Cost me $23000. Lot of fishing space rides good.
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Originally Posted by Cable Mariner View Post
Hi Matt Good eyes....You are correct about the location. I'm out in Flour Bluff and I trailer my boat. Looking like Sunday-Tues we should have a w Wx window for some offshore fishing. I'm hoping to get offshore for the 1st time this year. I've been itching to go but I had a major surgery 3 weeks ago and have have had to lay low while healing.
Yes sir, it looks good through Wednesday starting Sunday. Good luck out there! Heck, I may try to venture off in the Majek, very few times I can do that, LOL
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