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Old 02-12-2010, 06:28 AM
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I will be moving to PR in the fall and like most of you I am an avid diver, fisherman and spear fisher. I just sold my flat bottom and will boat hunting in a few months for the best all around boat for PR.

I plan on doing offshore and inshore. 2 miles off the north shore toward the trench and your catching marlin, wahoo, tuna etc and inshore is full of tarpon, snook, bonefish etc. So what I am think is something in 20-23 that would allow me to fish inshore, but get a few miles offshore on a good day and chase the big fish. I am looking for a boat similiar to an old seacraft or mako with 4 stroke repower.

So my questions for those with PR fishing experience are: is 20-23 large enough to handle that northern swell most of the time? What is an average offshore day like (wind and swell) on the north side of the island? Any places I have to explore when I get down there? Thanks in advance.
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The fellow that baught my boat in September brought it to PR. He's sent me a few pics and said it was working out perfect. From what he said, it could be pretty windy (big seas). He doesn't go out on those days. Mine was a 25' HS (see below).
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Do you know if he trailers the boat or keeps it in the water. A boat that size I would think would be pretty difficult to trailer around that island with the poor roads and crazy traffic.
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I live in PR, you can trailer a boat anywhere. The traffic is a little crazy but not that bad and the roads are good. There are a lot of expressways. If you want to know anything in particular just send me a PM.
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I lived and boated in P.R. many years. I would recommend 25' minimum because once you discover the Fajardo (east coast) area you are going to get hooked going to nearby small islands and the fishing grounds to the North. Twins would be better for the overall fishing and exploring. Ramps, marinas and all you may need can be found in many areas. Enjoy.
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I would go 27 or larger if you plan to fish the northern part close to San Juan to have a lot of fishing days as the ocean can get pretty rough in that area , you may want a catamaran if you want to have a dual purpose boat to fish the shallows since the draft on them is usually 18" .
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Take a look at the new Aero Cat 21 and 24 catamarans. I ordered one for Spring delivery. They are nearly unbelievable in rough water. Significantly better than Sea Cat and Twin Vee.
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I would go in a range from 25 -27. The ride would be better. Also you would be interest in made a trip to Culebra, Vieques, maybe Mona, the southwest and even the US Virgin Island and the BVI. Remember you can almost do boating 365 days here. The traffic is heavy sometimes, but not a problem for trailing. the road are in good condition. If you would like to buy a local boat go to www.clasificadosonline.com and made a search under boats.
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I currently live in Puerto Rico and have been fishing/spear fishing here all my life. I also used to fish the Morehead City/Beaufort inlet area in the late 90's, so I know exactly where you are coming from. Where in Puerto Rico do you plan to live? The reason I ask is because the boating/ramp/marina facilities can become a factor. I for example live in the west coast and over here, ramps and marinas are extremely limited. I used to have a 24 Albemarle over here in PR back in 2000, but I was over on the east coast, where there is plently good facilities and marinas.

As far as what boat you need, I would say that anything that works in NC offshore waters, would work over here. If you will boat on the east coast, there is Seatow in Fajardo and St. Thomas, so single-engine would be fine. On the north, west, and south coasts, there is no Seatow so you need to have contingencies in place in case....

The boating in PR is great, but it could be better if the local government would invest in facilities all throughout the island. The DNR people here do nothing for boaters and their fines are ridiculous. I hope you are moving to the east side of the island if you are a boater. Over there, you will love it. Here in the west, its beautiful water, but a PITA to launch a boat due to facility limitations and shitty ramps.

If you have any other questions, I know Micky can chime in too!
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I will be fairly close to San Juan or toward the east. So probably around the NE corner of the island or the east coast. I plan on making the most of my boating experience so to the east of San Juan will be a must. Do you park your boat at your home or keep it in storage at a marina? What are marina costs like in PR, similar to NC? What is the boat market like down there? Is there much to choose from?
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Right now I pay $160 monthly on the marina where I have my shamrock. Boats here are more expensive than in the states. Here you have the same brands of boats as in the states. I keep mine in a marina (march - sept) for 6 month and 6 month on the trailer (october - march) because I use my dads boat those month because the water is cold and he never uses it in those month.

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I will be fairly close to San Juan or toward the east. So probably around the NE corner of the island or the east coast. I plan on making the most of my boating experience so to the east of San Juan will be a must. Do you park your boat at your home or keep it in storage at a marina? What are marina costs like in PR, similar to NC? What is the boat market like down there? Is there much to choose from?
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Thanks for opening up my horizon. I too - would love to move to PR in the far future.
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Originally Posted by nickbrink33 View Post
I will be fairly close to San Juan or toward the east. So probably around the NE corner of the island or the east coast. I plan on making the most of my boating experience so to the east of San Juan will be a must. Do you park your boat at your home or keep it in storage at a marina? What are marina costs like in PR, similar to NC? What is the boat market like down there? Is there much to choose from?

Look for dry storage facility in Fajardo, that part of the island has the best all around boating by far. You can buy a boat locally or buy it stateside and have it shipped with, for example, Crowley out of Jacksonville. However, you will have to pay an import tax which can be very high which, btw, is the primary reason for the price difference. Good luck!
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I will look into the dry storage. In the meantime I will just continue to look forward to getting down there. I am also going to poke around at some 22'-24' catamarans...
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The price that I pay is in dry storage. The price in a slip is way higher.
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Interesting thread, what are the details on the Tax charged to shipping the boat? I have done some boating out of fajardo with the wifes family it was awesome. Would love to see some pics of people boating in the area. Good luck
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After memebership in the Cangrejos Yacht Club in Isla Verde for many years I started boating in the Fajardo area and that in my opinion was super. Go to the ununihabited near Islands fishing and camping and an occasional trip to the North for deep sea fishing not too far out was great. Make sure you go boating and fishing to Vieques. You may want to retire there someday. Some have their boats registered in the Virgin Islands and avoid some of the taxes in PR. At least it used to be that way.
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VAC, you can still register them in the VI but you have to take the boat over there at least once every 6 month.
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Thanks Micky. I did have one registered over there back then, and I used a friend,s address there that worked for the same company I did.

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Taxes are 6% of fair value. If you want to go north to the trench, forget a 23, you need a big boat, consider coming down and do sea trials of possible boats, you are talking big seas there. Sea Tow in Fajardo is great, but if going far offshore, twins are advisable.

Forget Cagrejos or Club Nautico in San Juan, that's for yacht people, also, no place to go but to fish big fish in the north trench. Going out from Cangrejos, through El Caballo (the bucking horse) or from Club Nautico (the San Juan Bay) is bad during the winter season when north swells are common. The place to have a open fisherman is Fajardo, which is a one hour drive from San Juan. Drive the long route (south to Caguas, east to Humacao and north to Fajardo) and is all expresway. Go the short direct route through the north coast during the summer season and you will start cursing in no time. Probably 4 to 5 marinas there, but Puerto del Rey is the bigger one. Also, people around here don't trail, unless it's a jetski, probably for lack of ramps.

From Fajardo, a lot of people go to Vieques, or better yet Culebra, a hidden paradise. The US Virgin Islands are 40 miles away from Fajardo, but the channel east of Culebra to VI is rough. Once in Saint Thomas, it's normally easy to go all the way to Virgin Gorda and the famous Baths.

Dry stack in Fajardo may be a little more expensive than the price quoted about. Also, forget that this is a year around paradise for boating. It's much better than in the States, but there are many bad days during the winter season. This weekend, seas near shore in Fajardo were one foot (win blowing from the southeast-not very common), but yacht people that went fishing farther north said that seas were in no condition to fish.

For outboards, the most popular brand is Yamaha, but Verado are becoming popular also. Evinrude and Suzuki are not very common. As to boats, newer Contenders and Gradys are quite common, for older models, the Mako is common.

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