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Old 05-09-2009, 04:47 PM
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Default "Best" center console with twin yamaha F-150s (23-26 ft range)

Guys,

I know this question is vague....But I wanted to get a broad range of opinions.

I am a yamaha guy and really like the F-150s. I want a boat that runs well with these motors that leans more towards the efficent side vs the speed side. I don't need a lot of speed (27-30 knots cruise is fine), stable platform while anchored, open layout with plenty of storage (fishboxes included), and a few comfort features (seat in front of console or rear bench seat of some type for booze cruises). I am mainly an offshore bottomfishing/trolling guy so I need a "big" 23-26 foot boat to get me there and back safely. I have looked at 23T contenders, 23 regulators, 25 pursuits and a few others. Nice boats but a little pricey for me. I am interested to hear about others experiences with their boats that fit this criteria.

Thanks in advance.
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26 sea hunt would fit your list . nice ride with good amenities and mid level quality/price.
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If you are looking for something less expensive than the boats you mentioned, the Angler 2600 has 24 degrees of deadrise, and you can get the bow with forward seating, a coffin box, or a flush deck (like a Contender).

If you want something more stable and fuel efficient, the Edgewater 245cc is very nice, if expensive boat. The Edgewater is unique because the center console is a bit further forward than most boats and the transom livewell is pushed out next to the engines. That gives you an amazingly big cockpit for this size boat. They are not particularly cheap, however.
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glacier bay 26'
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There are some really good deals on Everglades boats right now...they will cost more, but there are some really awsome pricing on the 250cc & 240cc boats....though the one I bought has twin Suzuki 175's
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A Stamas 25 Tarpon would meet your criteria of an open layout with an efficient low deadrise hull.
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Originally Posted by kerno View Post
A Stamas 25 Tarpon would meet your criteria of an open layout with an efficient low deadrise hull.
Very good Recommendation
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245 Edgewater. Tough to beat.
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Something along these lines..http://www.thehulltruth.com/boats-sa...w-trailer.html
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Sea Hunt Gamefish 26. Great boats at a fair price. I have the 24 and looked closely at the 26 but wasn't interested in twins. The 26 comes standard with Yam F150s.


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Take a look at the Cobia 256CC. http://www.cobiaboats.com/boat-specs.php?ID=110

It seems like a nice 'compromise' boat to me.
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Get a Regulator 24 with twin Yammie 150's. It'll get you there and back in almost anything with no problems, but it also has a head for the Admiral during your booze cruises. Forward seating model works well.
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Originally Posted by FishinHatt View Post
Guys,

I know this question is vague....But I wanted to get a broad range of opinions.

I am a yamaha guy and really like the F-150s. I want a boat that runs well with these motors that leans more towards the efficent side vs the speed side. I don't need a lot of speed (27-30 knots cruise is fine), stable platform while anchored, open layout with plenty of storage (fishboxes included), and a few comfort features (seat in front of console or rear bench seat of some type for booze cruises). I am mainly an offshore bottomfishing/trolling guy so I need a "big" 23-26 foot boat to get me there and back safely. I have looked at 23T contenders, 23 regulators, 25 pursuits and a few others. Nice boats but a little pricey for me. I am interested to hear about others experiences with their boats that fit this criteria.

Thanks in advance.

I have had both boats you mentioned..23 Regulator first , then the 23 Contender. I now have a 23 Albury Brothers, and prefer this boat and it's platform for what you mentioned above. The boat is larger in feel, rides better in certain seas, simplistic in design, executed nicely with vacuum bagged hull, foam filled, with no rough edges in compartments that you cant see.. and is slightly less experience with the old school look that we get many compliments on. If you get an opportunity, driving these boats in nasty conditions will make your mind up. The only thing on the Albury is they usually put twin 140 Suzuki's cause of the weight of those vs the Yamaha's..Good luck. Jeff

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Checkout the Bluewater 2350 or 2550....It is very roomy for it's class and you can get a great deal on one. They also make a tournament edition that is a 3 piece hull construction. http://www.bluewaterboats.com/ ...IMO anything 26' or lager I would not get twin 150's. I know your not concerned with speed but the 26ft boats run much better with more power. Are you buying new or used???
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Thanks for the responses guys.....Probably gonna buy used Pipo....No really sure. I have also looked into McKee Craft (24)...really like the one that is posted for sale on this site just gotta sell mine 1st. Anyone have any experience with McKee?
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If you looking used a Sea Pro 255 might fit the bill.... sturdy high sided boat. The deadrise is not as extreme as some of those listed so it should not rock that bad....
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Finmans 26 Sailfish runs nice with 150's

Stability may not be the greatist attribute but the ride /efficiency is
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The Mckee is a very solid 24 ' boat and runs well with 150's. They will run around 49-50 mph loaded, and with the weight, the fact that they are foam filled, lots of storage, and 24* deadrise makes the Mckee a hard combination to beat. The only real negative about Mckee right now is that there is no factory support at this time due to Mckee being closed. The one on here is a great boat and comes with a hardtop. I would also consider Cape Horn as well. The dealer in texas has had some very good deals on CH's as of late. Good luck with your search
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