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Old 06-10-2021, 04:17 PM
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I am looking to upgrade my keywest 239fs to something in the 27ft range that is a little more friendly in the ocean, the KW is a good boat but a little small, I do want the seating for cruising and sand bar hopping but also a good fishing setup.
my other consideration is that I have a newer 10000lb lift so would rather not have to change that out.
I probably will order new so I get what I want and am aware of the lead times at the moment.
thanks for any input.
Old 06-10-2021, 04:30 PM
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My vote would be Onslow Bay if you can find one.
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Look at the Blue Wave Makaira.
Old 06-11-2021, 05:45 AM
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So it sounds like mid tier builders? Maybe upper mid tier? I'm currently looking in the 27 to 30 foot CC family fishing mid to upper mid tier class myself. Here's what I've been browsing;

In no particular order:

KW 263 (I wish they still built the 281 Billistic)
Cobia 280/301
Sportsman 282/302
Seahunt Gamefish 27/30
Tidewater 272/292
Robalo 272
Cape Horn 27XS
Century 2600/2900
Wellcraft 262/302




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I just brought home (4 weeks ago) a new to me 2020 Robalo R272. Had some work done on it prior to first use so I've only had it in the water once. Wife loves the boat and we had 4 others with us on maiden voyage. Plenty of room and a great ride. This is a heavy boat at over 8,000 lbs. but that is what I wanted. I wanted something I could trailer for trips to the Keys without having to get special permitting. If you plan to tow be sure to check your state regulations - I was looking at a slightly larger vessel but the DOT requirements changed my mind. So far...so good...very impressed with the fit and finish but time will tell me more.
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Take a ride in a twin hull in rough seas and you will be amazed at the at the difference. Not just a little smoother ride. A LOT smoother ride. Notice I didn’t recommend a particular manufacturer? I’m not familiar enough with the different builders. I spent 2 years working on an island 12 miles from the main island. A 32’ cat with twin Yamaha outboards was our ride for groceries, tools, parts etc. I’m not going to say how well it rode in nasty 4 footers because you probably wouldn’t believe me! Try one!
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I swapped from a 21 keywest to a 22 twin vee and it was a world of difference. Twin vee rode like a cadillac in some rough stuff and the key west i wouldn't take out most days.. Now I have a larger Seagull 27 cat which is most similar to a new world cat 280 cc-x or Renaissance Prowler. ~28 ft, 10ft beam and under 10k(for the lift and trailering). I also needed to stay shallow in my creek. Those would be my first choices.
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budget?

head for the ladies or no?

sandbar, so outboards only.

bow seating sucks, but each their own. get the wife and kids some bean bags or seating in the rear.
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Southport 27 if you want a boat that will ride well and accommodate the family.
Old 06-11-2021, 06:42 PM
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27 Albury is a very nice rig that doesn't get much attention
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Originally Posted by Xaddo View Post
Take a ride in a twin hull in rough seas and you will be amazed at the at the difference. Not just a little smoother ride. A LOT smoother ride. Notice I didn’t recommend a particular manufacturer? I’m not familiar enough with the different builders. I spent 2 years working on an island 12 miles from the main island. A 32’ cat with twin Yamaha outboards was our ride for groceries, tools, parts etc. I’m not going to say how well it rode in nasty 4 footers because you probably wouldn’t believe me! Try one!
I’ve never been on one but know plenty who have and the following is real. Problem for me was when I was in the market I couldn’t find anything comparable in the market... nothing... Ended up going with a 27 Cape Horn, but would have loved to go with a cat if there was anything viable.
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Originally Posted by SWA737 View Post
So it sounds like mid tier builders? Maybe upper mid tier? I'm currently looking in the 27 to 30 foot CC family fishing mid to upper mid tier class myself. Here's what I've been browsing;

In no particular order:

KW 263 (I wish they still built the 281 Billistic)
Cobia 280/301
Sportsman 282/302
Seahunt Gamefish 27/30
Tidewater 272/292
Robalo 272
Cape Horn 27XS
Century 2600/2900
Wellcraft 262/302
thanks, all good choices, I also wished the Billistic was still made as I considered upgrading to 263fs but one of my problems with the 239 is the low fretboard and I think the same applies to the 263.
I am going to see sportsman in SC next week as they are working on a new 262 open that is based on the 302.
Also trying to find a seahunt gamefish 27 to look at.
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Op what’s your budget?
Old 06-12-2021, 07:07 AM
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Originally Posted by critt77matt View Post
budget?

head for the ladies or no?

sandbar, so outboards only.

bow seating sucks, but each their own. get the wife and kids some bean bags or seating in the rear.
Would like to stay below 200k, we use a bucket with a seat at the moment and don't have a problem, no kids but do like bow seating for hanging out .
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Originally Posted by rbf41000 View Post
Would like to stay below 200k, we use a bucket with a seat at the moment and don't have a problem, no kids but do like bow seating for hanging out .

Im beyond happy with Cape Horn. The 27 is a littte brother to mine but same beam. We fish in some heavy seas and the hull shows near zero signs of wear at year 3. Everyone that rides with us can't believe how there is no rattle sounds when we run through nasty stuff.

Cape Horn is not one of those brands with all the bells and whistles. they only put on what lasts vs dealing with broken items all the time.
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26 Jupiter is a great choice in this size range for a combination of quality construction, sea hull and family amenities.
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We're waiting now for delivery on a Whaler 27 Dauntless, fits all of my fishing needs in the Chesapeake and wife is really excited about the head and plentiful lounging and entertaining area. Current boat is the 17 Dauntless and we are really impressed with the ride and handling just looking to move up in size/amenities.

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