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Old 07-05-2011, 09:41 PM
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I'm in the process of looking for a bay boat in the 20 - 22 ft range. Started the search bent on getting an upper tier boat (Pathfinder, Ranger, etc) but after some research I'm having trouble justifying the cost. Looked today at the Sea Hunt BX 22 Pro and wondering if anyone has insight, thoughts or advice on this boat? Not too familiar with the company but have seen a lot of favorable posts.

I noticed some quality differences (ex. lockers don't have a gasket, questionable hinges on the jump seats) and question some design items (ex. battery location in the stern) but overall was impressed with the boat and like certain features (ex. higher freeboard makes the wife happy).

Again, any thoughts would be welcome and thanks in advance!
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Originally Posted by ForeReel View Post
I'm in the process of looking for a bay boat in the 20 - 22 ft range. Started the search bent on getting an upper tier boat (Pathfinder, Ranger, etc) but after some research I'm having trouble justifying the cost. Looked today at the Sea Hunt BX 22 Pro and wondering if anyone has insight, thoughts or advice on this boat? Not too familiar with the company but have seen a lot of favorable posts.

I noticed some quality differences (ex. lockers don't have a gasket, questionable hinges on the jump seats) and question some design items (ex. battery location in the stern) but overall was impressed with the boat and like certain features (ex. higher freeboard makes the wife happy).

Again, any thoughts would be welcome and thanks in advance!
I suggest you look for a used Pathfinder, Ranger or Sterling, you will be happier in the long run to buy a used top tier boat than a new middle range boat. Don't relate higher freeboard with safety, that's a misnomer.
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1- Pathfinder is not anymore fit/finish than teh SeaHunt. They are both the same in my eyes, but one is far over priced..Pathys dont ride that great, dont have some crazy deck layout, etc. Its just another bay boat.

If you want new, you have a lot of options. Used is the best financial decision but they are not a ton of used 20-22ft bayboats around as lots of people have gotten out of their offshore CCs to get into a more affordable ride.

I like 3 piece boats. Look at the Parker 21/23 SE.
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while you're riding the fence on Sea Hunt, which would be my choice, take a look at Pioneer who makes a very nice 22 bay boat.

...and SC would certainly appreciate keeping your business.
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I'd get the Sea Hunt. That boat will do all the things the other bay boats will (maybe better than they do). And it costs much less new.
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pm if you like.. I have a 2007 BX 22, 200 yamaha. Loaded, w/ Bob's jackplate. I can tell you all about it. I think it's a very good boat for shallow and out further on good days. Have had it in 12"/13'' of water with a heavy 200hp and 2 batteries in rear. Trolling motors under center console.

Sea Hunt has been very good to me. They are on my short list as I move up in size. (Gamefish 27 and Cape Horn 24OS, I like the CH 23T but they are a little pricey.) Or, maybe I am just cheap.
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I had a Sea Hunt 202 for years. Sea Hunt customer service is outstanding. The boat was used in the Chesapeake bay. I had no real issues with the boat. The only real issue was when I had a large fish rip a rod holder out of the boat. Sea Hunt sent me another set of reinforced beefy gunnels that rived on to replace the damaged parts, with no questions asked. They are a little on the light weight side. Trim tabs are a must to improve handling in ruff chop. I had it out in some real nasty stuff, and can say that they are a dry riding boat.
Had no issues with wiring, the gel coat, or workmanship. I would buy another.
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Thanks for all the feedback! I started off thinking used but as mentioned there aren't many and they go quick. Locally two Pathfinders came on the market and were sold within a week (they do seem to hold their value).

Looked at the Cobia 21 Bay today. Impressed. A little more family friendly with no major fishing sacrifices. On the downside it's the same price entry point as a 20 Pathfinder.

I assume PM = purchase mine?
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Am I the only one who wonders how many of the posters suggesting buying a used "Brand X", purchased new cars for their wives or themselves, instead of a used lexus.

Usually free advice is just that...........
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PM = Private Message

Click on their user name and you will see where you can send them a "Private Message".
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If I was looking for a boat 22-23 ft I would not hesitate to get a sea hunt,I have fished a triton edition 22 ft with a 250 Suzuki out to 70 miles offshore the boat rides great,,very dry for a boat that size,and I know most come with the yamahas but the marina had some kind of deal to put suzukis on it and the boat averages 3.5 mpg
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I was in your shoes a few years ago. I was enamored with Pathfinder, Shearwater, Ranger. I saw the bx22 at a local boat show and liked it a lot. If I was shopping new who knows... Sea Hunt gets great value reviews here. It seems to me new boats all look like they have good fit and finish but you have to know what to look for: hatches, through bolting, metal vs plastic through hulls, wiring, etc. If your shopping used narrow your search to 4 or 5 brands and you're more likely to find a great deal. And know yourself!!! I want to eventually move offshore but what I know and enjoy is near shore. Free board certainly makes you feel a bit more secure but the bay boat I have eats bay and near shore chop and offshore is still in the research phase. Boat design is a series of compromise especially bay boats! The boat with shallow draft is not going to be the most comfortable offshore when things get rough. And less free board matters as much as a steeper dead rise for different reasons. Do some thread searches here, there are some great bay boat discussions. I got a great deal on an '06 Shearwater. Has an F150, do I want a 250? H*%$ll's yeah, can I afford the extra $$$ no. I got a great deal on an "upper tier" boat that with some elbow grease and a few updates is starting to look amazing for what i paid. On good days and with buddy boats I'll learn a lot of what I need to know about further offshore within 12 - 15 miles. Heck, where I live you can catch Kings of the beach but I don't thing I have a set up that wouldn't get burned up by a decent fish.
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Just get the Sea Hunt. Do yourself a favor. Best value in the industry.
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I made a similar choice earlier this year. I was close to buying a new sh bx because of the lack of quality used bay boats. I really wanted the hydrasports and finally found a great used boat at a fair price and jumped on it...
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Check the Bull's Bay 20. 8'6 beam, 60 gal fuel, great fit and finish. Over all a great fishing platform.
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Well I own a Glasstream and I know they make a Bay boat thats really nice. Check out there boats I can't remember but I think they offer a couple. I know I looked at 1 of them before I bought my 221 which I guess isn't classified as a bay boat but I love it.

Just find you something that works for you.
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Buy the seahunt and go fishing. Put the extra cash you will save yourself from buying a pf and put it in electronics and fuel.
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Buy the Sea Hunt. I spend TONS of time on one of my good friends' BX22 Pro, and I absolutely love that boat. Rides great, doesn't pound and is dry in the majority of fishable conditions. One suggestion, don't buy underpowered. I saw one at the dealership with a F150 on it and thought it was a mistake. My buddies boat has an F250 and it's perfect power. The non-skid is great and easy to clean, the hatches have assisted lift and close, the console is perfect size with tons of storage, the front fishbox and rod lockers are MASSIVE, we use the starboard front as a giant cooler (insulated well, holds 60lbs of ice and 150+ "drinks" easily. The middle bow locker could hold multiple mahi, cobia, or any other gamefish for that matter.

It's a beautiful boat (his is the seafoam green color), and it has help up extremely well over the last 3 years with over 300hrs of use. I've ridden and fished in pathfinders, rangers, etc., and if you think they are worth the 20 or 30k extra, then go for it...I don't see any more quality in them, however.
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Buy the Sea Hunt. I spend TONS of time on one of my good friends' BX22 Pro, and I absolutely love that boat. Rides great, doesn't pound and is dry in the majority of fishable conditions. One suggestion, don't buy underpowered. I saw one at the dealership with a F150 on it and thought it was a mistake. My buddies boat has an F250 and it's perfect power. The non-skid is great and easy to clean, the hatches have assisted lift and close, the console is perfect size with tons of storage, the front fishbox and rod lockers are MASSIVE, we use the starboard front as a giant cooler (insulated well, holds 60lbs of ice and 150+ "drinks" easily. The middle bow locker could hold multiple mahi, cobia, or any other gamefish for that matter.

It's a beautiful boat (his is the seafoam green color), and it has help up extremely well over the last 3 years with over 300hrs of use. I've ridden and fished in pathfinders, rangers, etc., and if you think they are worth the 20 or 30k extra, then go for it...I don't see any more quality in them, however.
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Find a used Triton LTS with Yamaha power. Dont be fooled by the foolish! If a new boat is cheaper there is a reason! All boat bulilders are doing it to make money and I bet the profit margins are closely the same. Amazing it is to me that people think Sea Hunt builds boats like Pathfinder, Ranger, or whatever top brand. In reality, they are built more like Sea Pro, Sea Fox, and MayCraft.

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