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Old 06-09-2021, 09:47 AM
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Good afternoon,

I have budgeted $25,000 to spend on a (used) boat. I am thinking that a 25 footer would work, so I would say 23-27 feet. I want to trailer it. The ramp is 1/2 mile from my house, and there are no slips available. Will be using it primarily to catch fish off the south coast of Rhode Island and around Long Island. I'd love to take it off shore, but that might be a little much to ask for $25k. Walk-around-cuddys look good. Nice to have a place to sleep for an overnight to Block Island. Any suggestions?

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06-09-2021, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Teachaman View Post
Good afternoon,

I have budgeted $25,000 to spend on a (used) boat. I am thinking that a 25 footer would work, so I would say 23-27 feet. I want to trailer it. The ramp is 1/2 mile from my house, and there are no slips available. Will be using it primarily to catch fish off the south coast of Rhode Island and around Long Island. I'd love to take it off shore, but that might be a little much to ask for $25k. Walk-around-cuddys look good. Nice to have a place to sleep for an overnight to Block Island. Any suggestions?
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Originally Posted by Teachaman View Post
Good afternoon,

I have budgeted $25,000 to spend on a (used) boat. I am thinking that a 25 footer would work, so I would say 23-27 feet. I want to trailer it. The ramp is 1/2 mile from my house, and there are no slips available. Will be using it primarily to catch fish off the south coast of Rhode Island and around Long Island. I'd love to take it off shore, but that might be a little much to ask for $25k. Walk-around-cuddys look good. Nice to have a place to sleep for an overnight to Block Island. Any suggestions?
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You can get a decent Proline 25 Sport for around that. It will have older power but im sure at that budget you took that into account..
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If you can tolerate having an older 2 stroke then finding one wont be a problem. I'd personally feel more comfortable with a 21' deep v with a newer 4 stroke than a 25' with older 2 strokes(probably have to be twins).

My advice is go for a smaller boat with newer power and slow down in rough water.

That being said it isn't impossible.

Here's a few boats that fit your criteria.
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...0528638150532/
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...8284110378680/
https://tampa.craigslist.org/hdo/boa...318396539.html
https://orlando.craigslist.org/boa/d...326343553.html
https://pensacola.craigslist.org/boa...333996643.html

Here's the direction i'd go.
https://daytona.craigslist.org/boa/d...317150748.html
https://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/boa...332052538.html
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...3854562409264/

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If you can wait a year for when all the covid bought boats hit the market you'll have more options.
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Fair. I saw a Wellcraft 1997 238 for $22,000 with a 2007 etec on it. Not going to go offshore in that, but it'll do 90% of what I want.
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Originally Posted by Teachaman View Post
Fair. I saw a Wellcraft 1997 238 for $22,000 with a 2007 etec on it. Not going to go offshore in that, but it'll do 90% of what I want.
Would handle offshore just fine but I suppose some of you northern guys think anything under 50 miles is inshore lol.
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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.
I have to admit that I know nothing of offshore fishing where I live, but the impression that I get is that you really do need to get pretty far south to get into anything that would be considered off shore. Sort of the thing that I would do once a year with someone else's boat alongside.
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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).
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[QUOTE=MrWesson;14792824]If you can tolerate having an older 2 stroke then finding one wont be a problem. I'd personally feel more comfortable with a 21' deep v with a newer 4 stroke than a 25' with older 2 strokes(probably have to be twins).

My advice is go for a smaller boat with newer power and slow down in rough water.

That being said it isn't impossible.

Here's a few boats that fit your criteria.


Here's the direction i'd go.]
Thanks.
I like that Steigercraft. I've got a guy near me who regularly trailers his 23 Steigercraft (granted newer) and goes 30 miles south of Block Island (40 from the ramp). Is that a good idea? Well, he comes back with fish.

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Originally Posted by MrWesson View Post
If you can tolerate having an older 2 stroke then finding one wont be a problem. I'd personally feel more comfortable with a 21' deep v with a newer 4 stroke than a 25' with older 2 strokes(probably have to be twins).

My advice is go for a smaller boat with newer power and slow down in rough water.

That being said it isn't impossible.

Here's a few boats that fit your criteria.
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...0528638150532/
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...8284110378680/
https://tampa.craigslist.org/hdo/boa...318396539.html
https://orlando.craigslist.org/boa/d...326343553.html
https://pensacola.craigslist.org/boa...333996643.html

Here's the direction i'd go.
https://daytona.craigslist.org/boa/d...317150748.html
https://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/boa...332052538.html
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...3854562409264/
That Sea Fox likes like a great deal.
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You can get a decent Proline 25 Sport for around that. It will have older power but im sure at that budget you took that into account..
I've been looking at the prolines. Seem like a good buy used, since the more recent (post 1996?) models have no wood in them. The last boat I had would spit splinters of plywood out the drain hole after a day on the water.
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Wow, there really are some nice Pro Lines for sale, like this one.
https://www.boattrader.com/boat/2000...round-7884621/
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there are a few boats out there that fit the bill; that sea fox does, as well as the sailfish. My favorite of these is the mako. Problem is you'd have to travel for the best deal. quick question: what is your experience level? reason I ask is you mentioned overnighting on Block.
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Originally Posted by danmanswag View Post
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what stupid reply...

you can find plenty for 25k, especially if you are handy and can fix and upgrade things yourself.
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Originally Posted by Teachaman View Post
I've been looking at the prolines. Seem like a good buy used, since the more recent (post 1996?) models have no wood in them. The last boat I had would spit splinters of plywood out the drain hole after a day on the water.
For sure. I love the space the 25 has. Mine is an 02. It is no speed demon but it rides better than I expected. I like the boat more than expected and splurged for a repower. They used quality gelcoat on their boats too, so even if its a bit chalky it'll clean up nice. I had mine professionally detailed and it looked like a new boat




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Slim pickings for 25K on a 25er. Most are gonna need some TLC. Find a good hull and plan on eventualyy repowering if you wan to run it offshore.
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Originally Posted by tideway View Post
If you can wait a year for when all the covid bought boats hit the market you'll have more options.
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.
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This one looks good and it is in Connecticut
https://www.boattrader.com/boat/2003...23-wa-7898072/

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true, lots of nice looking prolines.
https://www.boattrader.com/boat/1996...31-wa-7891509/

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Originally Posted by bonestockgoose View Post
what stupid reply...

you can find plenty for 25k, especially if you are handy and can fix and upgrade things yourself.
actually not so stupid based on todays prices . if your handy that can be diffrent. this is all subjective. hard to find a safe 25ft boat for 25k ! but good luck . and what does off shore mean to you ?

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