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Flatout71 09-28-2020 02:23 PM


Originally Posted by 69Mach390 (Post 14090333)
The OP is from 9 years ago. We are responding to the guy who bumped the thread today. Seems only to be talking about fishing.

Just a note to the other guy recommending a Sheaffer, etc. Yes those are fantastic boats for Tampa Bay. We’ve owned one since 2003. They will run shallower than the Tidewater. However, don’t expect it to ride nicer. It’s quite flat in the back. Some people will take them offshore. We don’t.

Do you have the Sheaffer Flatback model or the V Hull? I have the 240V that is in production now and there is a good V at the stern of the 240V.

69Mach390 09-28-2020 02:37 PM


Originally Posted by Flatout71 (Post 14090484)
Do you have the Sheaffer Flatback model or the V Hull? I have the 240V that is in production now and there is a good V at the stern of the 240V.

Our 239V has a 13 degree deadrise in the stern.

It does ok in chop, especially if you tab the bow down, but anything larger than chop and the boat smacks the water on the landing. Same goes for crossing boat wake.

Polar opposite to the Scout 235 we have on order. It lands softly, no smack or harshness. But it also weighs more and a 21 degree deadrise so not a fair fight.

Donít get me wrong, she Sheaffer rides great..... for a bay boat. Iíve also ridden in a friends Tidewater 2300 bay boat. The Sheaffer definitely rides better. Iím assuming the 230 Tidewater the other guy has is the offshore version with a 20 degree deadrise.

Phins360 09-28-2020 02:46 PM


Originally Posted by yz250b (Post 3797058)
Buy as much boat as you can from a local builder. Having factory support is priceless! My list would be Andros, Calcutta, , Aeon, & Yellowfin. I have a 24 and smoke by offshore boats getting beat all the time.If you asked any of my passengers there wod be one answer I think!

Yeah, no. Pretty sure you never smoked by me. Not in 3ft bay chop.

davepjr71 10-02-2020 05:03 PM


Originally Posted by 69Mach390 (Post 14089913)
If your starting point is a Tidewater 230, any V hull in that size youíre switching to is going to be a compromise.

If it runs shallower, itíll ride worse. It it rides better, it wonít run shallow.

Honestly your current boat will be great for around here.

Outside of that, youíd be looking for a cat hull. Itíll both ride better and run shallower than your current boat. Calcutta makes a great boat for that and theyíre built in Tampa Bay.

Thank you

davepjr71 10-02-2020 05:05 PM


Originally Posted by Patton222 (Post 14090144)
I donít know much about the TW 230 but Iím sure it would do fine over here. Most locally built boats are similar in respect that theyíre 3 piece boats you stand inside and not on top of. Thatís the biggest difference to what youíre currently in. If you fish open water where itís rough thatís where it will be the most noticeable. If youíve got good sea legs and donít mind it stick with what you have. If you want something with more cockpit, gunnels and a closed transom I would look into: Dorado custom boats, Sheaffer boats, marauder marine(avenger boats). Each is built locally and designed for this area, well engineered machines.

Its pretty rough in the Chesapeake Bay so I have good sea legs. I appreciate the input. The biggest reason to switch would be to go to a 3 piece that has a casting deck as I love light tackle and want to fish somewhat skinny water.

davepjr71 10-02-2020 05:08 PM


Originally Posted by 69Mach390 (Post 14090513)
Our 239V has a 13 degree deadrise in the stern.

It does ok in chop, especially if you tab the bow down, but anything larger than chop and the boat smacks the water on the landing. Same goes for crossing boat wake.

Polar opposite to the Scout 235 we have on order. It lands softly, no smack or harshness. But it also weighs more and a 21 degree deadrise so not a fair fight.

Donít get me wrong, she Sheaffer rides great..... for a bay boat. Iíve also ridden in a friends Tidewater 2300 bay boat. The Sheaffer definitely rides better. Iím assuming the 230 Tidewater the other guy has is the offshore version with a 20 degree deadrise.

Yes, definitely a difference between the 2300 and 230. The 230 handles chop like a champ and I've been out on the bay in some rough weather with no worries. I guess the trade off is the casting decks I'd like to have.

davepjr71 10-02-2020 05:11 PM


Originally Posted by SRQMynatt (Post 14090185)
Robalo Cayman, people are missing the 50/50 fishing/cruising. So of the boats mentioned are pretty much hardcore fishing boats.

Definitely on my radar. Thanks.

davepjr71 10-02-2020 05:13 PM


Originally Posted by 69Mach390 (Post 14090333)
The OP is from 9 years ago. We are responding to the guy who bumped the thread today. Seems only to be talking about fishing.

Just a note to the other guy recommending a Sheaffer, etc. Yes those are fantastic boats for Tampa Bay. Weíve owned one since 2003. They will run shallower than the Tidewater. However, donít expect it to ride nicer. Itís quite flat in the back. Some people will take them offshore. We donít.

Im trying to get education on all of the local boats made down there. Going skinnier is something I want to do but know If be giving up offshore comfort. I guess that's why some guys kid about needed more than 1 boat. Thank you

euroboat 10-02-2020 05:29 PM

How about 700C Center Console?

69Mach390 10-03-2020 09:44 AM


Originally Posted by davepjr71 (Post 14103442)
Im trying to get education on all of the local boats made down there. Going skinnier is something I want to do but know If be giving up offshore comfort. I guess that's why some guys kid about needed more than 1 boat. Thank you

Skinny + Offshore would be a Cat hull.

Or a very expensive hybrid/bay boat.

Probably the only downside of the ďdo it allĒ boats is that they cost as much as two boats!

elevatedfocus 10-03-2020 10:19 AM

Check out the Reef Runner 230XS. It has the perfect blend of fishing and family while still getting the draft you are looking for

davepjr71 10-05-2020 05:22 AM


Originally Posted by 69Mach390 (Post 14104677)
Skinny + Offshore would be a Cat hull.

Or a very expensive hybrid/bay boat.

Probably the only downside of the ďdo it allĒ boats is that they cost as much as two boats!

Yeah, they definitely have a premium.

davepjr71 10-05-2020 05:24 AM


Originally Posted by elevatedfocus (Post 14104740)
Check out the Reef Runner 230XS. It has the perfect blend of fishing and family while still getting the draft you are looking for

I went to their site. The draft is deeper than my TW and no casting decks. Much narrower beam which is probably why the draft is deeper. I appreciate the info though.

marlinmike 10-05-2020 05:29 AM

See what the local guides are running, maybe even pick up a charter and you can feel it first hand, this forum is a good starting point but you will need to put your feet on the deck to know for sure if its right for you.

davepjr71 10-05-2020 08:09 AM


Originally Posted by marlinmike (Post 14108994)
See what the local guides are running, maybe even pick up a charter and you can feel it first hand, this forum is a good starting point but you will need to put your feet on the deck to know for sure if its right for you.

I was on either a Ranger 23' a few years ago down there for a charter. We fished skinny pot holes and then ran out to the channel for shark. It was relatively flat out so didn't really get to see how it was with waves but still felt solid. That seems like the type of boat I'm leaning toward. Another charter was only skinny water in a 21-22' Mako bay boat that was refitted. Great little boat that could go skinny but pounded on almost no wake.

What you are suggesting is a big part of my plan. I like the last charter guy a lot but would like to get out on the type of boats I'm interested in. I was surprised at all of the boat manufacturers I'd never heard of that are down there and why I revived this thread. I'm really trying to decide if I keep my boat or sell it before I move so I don't have to worry about getting it down there. Thanks for the input.

4 Reel Time 10-05-2020 10:03 AM

If you want to be able to handle the chop then go with a little more deadrise and a heavier boat, other things being equal. I had a Pioneer 222 sportfish and it actually handled the chop better than my crevalle 26 due to a deadrise of 22-23 vs 16. If you still want to get into shallow water I think the Robalo Cayman 246 is a heavier boat that doesnt have as much deadrise and good for cruising and still has a decent ride through chop.

slickster 10-05-2020 10:10 AM

Pangamarine 22....best all around compromise boat for Tampa Bay IMO.....ran one there out of Bradenton....wide gunnels, capable inshore and in the bay


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