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Old 01-25-2008, 06:30 AM
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Default At which size boat do you start using it less?

Just seeking random opinions on this topic...

I have heard that teh bigger the boat is the less you will use it since it becomes of a chore to take it out, clean it, etc.

Im just curious as to what most think regarding size and usability in a trailer boat.

Is there a tipping point?

I had an 18 that i kept in the garage, was very easy to take out. I have a 20 now that is stored off site, not far though. Its not too bad to load up and trailer and clean and put away,etc. Its a bit more cumbersome than the 18 was.
Im assuming next will be a 22-24 range boat.






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Old 01-25-2008, 06:42 AM
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I think one thing it depends on is whether the boat is kept in a slip or on the trailer. A boat in the slip is so much easier to just jump in and go. For me, it would have to be a pretty big boat before I wouldn't use it because its too much work to clean. For a boat kept on a trailer, I think it starts to become a handful for one person after about 24-25'. Its harder to trailer and more work to launch. If you have a regular fishing buddy or SO who can and does help, it makes it a lot easier.

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Old 01-25-2008, 06:44 AM
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The bigger the boat the more work you have, buy enough boat to suit your needs. I realize it is a disease when you see the next size up and the brain starts the process how nice it would be etc... I went from 16ft to 42ft and I miss the 16 especially when I have to wash the friggin thing.

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Old 01-25-2008, 06:45 AM
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Dont do it. I used my 17 whaler every day for years and then bought 23 proline with 250hp. The cost of fuel more than anything had me going out a lot less. Luckily I had held on to the 17, so I sold the 23 and was happy again. I could fish all morning before work on 3 gallons of gas with a 70hp Suzuki. Last year I stepped up to a 21 maritme with 115 suzuki and it does costs more to run but not near as bad as the 250hp and the 21 maritime has more fishing room than any 23 I have ever been on so I get the best of both worlds now.
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Old 01-25-2008, 06:58 AM
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Check out the "boats for sale" section. You won't find too many boats under 21' in there. A few, but nothing like the bigger rigs. I would guess that a major reason for selling is the lack of use. Its just a theory but thats where the tipping point is in my opinion.
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Old 01-25-2008, 07:09 AM
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Damn Frank that is what I call stepping up. 16' to a 42'!!!!
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Old 01-25-2008, 07:17 AM
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Double Take - 1/25/2008 9:44 AM

The bigger the boat the more work you have, buy enough boat to suit your needs. I realize it is a disease when you see the next size up and the brain starts the process how nice it would be etc... I went from 16ft to 42ft and I miss the 16 especially when I have to wash the friggin thing.

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16 to 42??? thats what I call RADICAL.....
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Double Take - 1/25/2008 6:44 AM

The bigger the boat the more work you have, buy enough boat to suit your needs. I realize it is a disease when you see the next size up and the brain starts the process how nice it would be etc... I went from 16ft to 42ft and I miss the 16 especially when I have to wash the friggin thing.

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You do realize they make boats between 16'-42' Don't you?

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Old 01-25-2008, 07:19 AM
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Great question.............I have stalled at a 24ft walk......that I wet slip 10 mins. from my house.....but also trailer several times a year......to the coast for offshore fishing........really thought I wanted a 28-30.........until I added up the additional overhead and complexity.........one more engine, bigger truck, harder to single hand.....longer to wash/wax,......insure....etc...etc........etc.
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Old 01-25-2008, 07:21 AM
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I think a lot depends on what you use the boat for. I fish inshore in a 24 bay boat and can go fishing in almost any weather and winds because I stay inshore. Once you move up to the offshore type boat, the weather dicatates when you can get out
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Get the largest single powered boat with the lowest maintenance that you can trailer....

For me... see my signature. I cut my boating costs and aggravation in half from my 30' twin inboard boat that i had to rely on a marina for everything! Boating is so much more fun!
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Old 01-25-2008, 07:51 AM
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B-Faithful................my thoughts exactly!
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Old 01-25-2008, 08:04 AM
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Don't assume that the natural progression in boat buying is to ALWAYS go bigger. I have found that typically the size of the boat gets bigger until you realize what too big is with regard to gas, trailering, handling, washing, maint, etc. At this point a lot of guys step back to the size they are comfortable with. In my case the progression was 19, 21, 28, 23, and 23. For me the number was a large 23 with single engine as suggested in previous posts.
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I have a 21 foot cuddy that I keep in a slip 1/4 mile from my house. I use it everyweekend all weekend.

I do not need another person on board to work the boat, but I can put my wife and two boys on board without a problem.

I can comfortably fish two adults with a driver, but generally only have myself and a good friend on board.

I keep thinking that I would like a 25 foot version of the same boat so I could pick up some more cabin and cockpit, but do not think I would go any bigger than that.

I figure costs would begin to spin out of control after that point.

In addition, most of my boating friends have 30-40 foot boats and they pretty much do exactly what I do in my 21.

If I ever move to the 25 I will let you know if it is truly nirvana.

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Probably more applicable to trailer boats than to boats kept in the water, at least until fuel costs become a deciding factor.

I'm at 20' now, probably a decent size for less than perfect weather in the waters I fish while still being useable in some of the smaller lakes. Still, I find myself considering a smaller bass boat or skiff for another option on small water to chase structure oriented fish like bass and crappie. Not sure that I would want a 23', and unless I move back north again probably would not get a pilot house. Not sure getting rid of the 20 and dropping back to an 18.5 or 17.5' CC would be a net gain or loss to how often I can use it, but the drought down here probably cost me 2-3 months of fishing due to low or dry ramps that I probably could have used in a smaller boat.
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Old 01-25-2008, 10:09 AM
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My situation is reversed. I have a smaller 18.f boat and going to the reefs in the keys the weather has to be good. I jumped up to a 22.6 in order to take advantage of the mediocre days
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I like a 22-25 foot boat on the max size when I am crewless... With crew, whatever the bank account can stand.
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Went from 16 aluminum (13 seasons) to 25 glass (four seasons now). Sometimes I think bigger for when we have a big crowd. Sometimes I think a little smaller plate alum (for extending the season with outboard(s?) and easier trailerability). Mostly I'm happy as a clam where I am. Using it more than ever each season and lovin' it.
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I agree with Kchace. I own a 25.5 SeaCat and keep it on a lift. If I had to trailer it every time I wanted to go out, I would definitely use it less. Due to the size of the boat, I use it more than I would a smaller boat because I don't have to worry as much about the winds and seas. Take care, Doc of the Bay
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Interesting. Specific applications aside, it looks like the overlap between this and the "how big is big enough" threads is at about 20'-23'.

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