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I am considering purchasing a 2006 Macraft 2300 Pilot House with an outboard/gill bracket. Does anyone have any experience with this hull or know anyone who owns one and how they like it? Any Recommendations? Thanks
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nice boats.PM B-Faithful he has one and is very knowledgable about them.
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I ran a 1997, 23 CC for ten years.....same exact hull.

I really would think the bracket versus cut transom will ride totally different. I had a cut transom. The bracket may pop the bow up high, compared to my cut transom.

One tough ass boat simple all around boat. Stable at rest/anchor. Needed tabs! I put on Lenco's 12X18's. Monsters I know but never had to drop them very far to keep bow down, maybe a cabin type has enough weight up front?

Comparitively speaking. In boats that price range, you cannot go wrong.

10 years of incessant use with charters, offshore and inshore.

My only gripe was that it needed more scuppers. It had two in the stern. 4 would have been better. with two in the very corners. But NOW, compared to back in 1997, Ken May has come along way. Personally......remember this is my opinion and they are like azzholes. There's not a whole hell of alot of difference between a MayCraft and a Parker from what I can see.
Other than maybe 5-10K???? That 27 MayCraft is a Gurilla - Killa!!!

After I bought my 23, I wished I bought the 27!!

-Remember, buy a boat for 5-10 years from now, not today. Life changes, but your boat won't.

As you can see, after 10 years. My tastes really changed.

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23 is a small 23'er at 22'6" and 8' beam. I have the 25 which is a long 25 at 25'6" yet still sports a trailerable beam.

Here are my thoughts:

http://www.thehulltruth.com/forums/t...=70022&start=1

at this point my only gripes are (I had the deck noskidded):
1 . still wish I had another 1-2" under the top
2. some bow stear in following sea, have to trim up (glad to have the deep v bow for slicing the chop)
3. some cheap plastic trim has some cracks..

I love the boat and think it is the best bang for the buck for what i do. Performance is even better than i originally stated with stainless prop. 42mph wot and nearly 3mpg at cruise in flat water.

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TommyR904, Jettywolf and B-Faithful; Thanks for the input. I appreciate it. I plan on going to a couple of boat shows in the next couple of weeks to see what else is out there to compare it to, but at least it confirmed my initial opinion about the boat that it was a very solid boat. Thanks again
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I have only seen one used 23 Pilothouse Maycraft for sale and wish I had enough smarts to buy that boat. It was a great deal. I still hate I missed it.
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JollyR - 1/3/2008 5:21 PM

TommyR904, Jettywolf and B-Faithful; Thanks for the input. I appreciate it. I plan on going to a couple of boat shows in the next couple of weeks to see what else is out there to compare it to, but at least it confirmed my initial opinion about the boat that it was a very solid boat. Thanks again
In the 23 foot pilot house class you need to take a good look at the Steiger Craft. They have been discussed here quite a bit, Myself, Jamesbfishin and others run them.

It is a "big" 23. search on my handle, I posted a thread with pictures of mine this past May or so.
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Similar to a 23 MayCraft cabin is:

OCEAN SCOUT MARINE

ROMARINE

C-HAWK

PARKER

JONES BROS.

and a few more....
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B-Faithful - 1/2/2008 6:57 PM

23 is a small 23'er at 22'6" and 8' beam. I have the 25 which is a long 25 at 25'6" yet still sports a trailerable beam.

Here are my thoughts:

http://www.thehulltruth.com/forums/t...=70022&start=1

at this point my only gripes are (I had the deck noskidded):
1 . still wish I had another 1-2" under the top
2. some bow stear in following sea, have to trim up (glad to have the deep v bow for slicing the chop)
3. some cheap plastic trim has some cracks..

I love the boat and think it is the best bang for the buck for what i do. Performance is even better than i originally stated with stainless prop. 42mph wot and nearly 3mpg at cruise in flat water.

How tall are you?
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I am 6' and dont have a problem but I have had guests who are taller and have hit their heads. It is not really an issue but it would be nice to have had another 1-2" for those that are 6'3 or so. My boat is an 05. I am told in 06 they raised the roof a hair and re did the transom layout.
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rcs1039 - 1/3/2008 5:48 PM

I have only seen one used 23 Pilothouse Maycraft for sale and wish I had enough smarts to buy that boat. It was a great deal. I still hate I missed it.
There's a leftover for sale in CT. Can't remember the name of the dealer. Do a search on boats.com or maybe it was baottrader.com, not sure. Actually he has a leftover 06 23 CC for sale too. Both are rigged with leftover Johnson 175 carbed 2-strokes. Pricing looks like he's just trying to move them and not get killed. Can't imagine a simpler, lower maintenance combo than hose-and-go May-Craft and 2-stroke Johnson. If my timing was better I probably would have already bought the CC. Good luck.

p.s. I have no affiliation with the boats or dealer.
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Be sure to check out the C-Hawk's too. I have a 25' that I absolutely love.
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arizona - 1/4/2008 9:46 AM

Be sure to check out the C-Hawk's too. I have a 25' that I absolutely love.
C-Hawks are great boats too. Very Very similar to the MayCraft. My only concern would be the stability of the company as it was just auctioned off in Dec. Hopefully the new owners will run the company well and be customer service oriented.
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I looked at the Maycraft 23 and ended up buying an Ocean Scout 23 Bristol ( Pilot house )
I couldn't be happier.
Check them out.
Good luck

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I have the 25 and will also add non skid this year. With such a flat bottom at the transom there is some sliding at times. The payback is stability on the hook or drifting.
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The 23 Maycraft is a nice boat , wish it was 8'6" wide. I would also like to hear from others about the handleing. One other boat to look at is the 23 Patriot from Maritime skiff its as ugly as they get but also gives you the best of all worlds.
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Marek - 1/4/2008 10:20 AM

The 23 Maycraft is a nice boat , wish it was 8'6" wide. I would also like to hear from others about the handleing. One other boat to look at is the 23 Patriot from Maritime skiff its as ugly as they get but also gives you the best of all worlds.
Handling..... But one thing that was really fantastic about my 23 CC is that when I put those monster 12X18 Lenco's down a tad, the boat ran flat and could punch thru any chop.
People always seem to act that their boats need no adjustment to run hard in the slop, and we all know that a lil' tab work goes a long way if ya have a big bow.

The 12 degrees dead rise was never an issue. Tab down a bit and hit the throttle! And no tippy crap at anchor!

I also wore the floors completely clean of gel-coat with foot traffic. So I had the interior sprayed with truck bed liner and had a nice tread pattern made and up the sides, inside about 2-3 inches.
Wow, the boat got quiet with that on the floor. And a lot easier to maintain. Just spray off and go.

A great boat for me at that time that was highly admired by many, since MayCraft's were no where to be found any where around here.(just as a Alloy Plate boat)

Bought it new in 1997, 200 Evinrude Ocean Pro, and Galv trailer, T-top, livewell leaning post option, SS prop - $32K

Ran it hard for 10 years, got rid of T-top, added 4K in electronics and livewell upgrades, and a 186 qt SSI cooler. Put a 2003 Yamaha HPDI on it in 2003, the tabs, and a new aluminum trailer, ran it hard again for 900 hrs and sold it in 2007 for $16,250.00

No bad.....
I take good care of my stuff. And it showed.
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Thanks agin for the extra input. I looked at few of the boats previously mentioned at the boat show in Providence over the weekend and I am going to look at the 23 Bristol Ocean Scout if I can find one locally, or may try to get to the Factory since it is relatively local in Bristol, RI. Thanks for the lead
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If I was in the market for a PH, I would definatley look at this one....

http://norfolk.craigslist.org/boa/528030715.html

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B-Faithful - 1/2/2008 5:57 PM

23 is a small 23'er at 22'6" and 8' beam. I have the 25 which is a long 25 at 25'6" yet still sports a trailerable beam.

Here are my thoughts:

http://www.thehulltruth.com/forums/t...=70022&start=1

at this point my only gripes are (I had the deck noskidded):
1 . still wish I had another 1-2" under the top
2. some bow stear in following sea, have to trim up (glad to have the deep v bow for slicing the chop)
3. some cheap plastic trim has some cracks..

I love the boat and think it is the best bang for the buck for what i do. Performance is even better than i originally stated with stainless prop. 42mph wot and nearly 3mpg at cruise in flat water.
Thats a really nice looking boat

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