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23-25ft walkaround---confused

Old 06-17-2012, 10:58 PM
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hi guys,
I am looking at purchasing a second hand 23-25ft walkaround with o/b and it seems that the more i read on here about hulls the more i get confused about what is a good hull and what is not.I dont mind fishing in winds up to 20 knots and up to 30 ml offshore as long as the boat is fairly dry and soft for the return trip home.

How do you guys rate the "COBIA,PRO-LINE,SEA PRO,SAILFISH," boats....and i have heard that the SEASWIRL boats are horrible in a following sea???? and also( so many questions) what height are the gunnels on the Robalo"s???

cheers guys.....any response will be greatly appreciated
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I have a 26 foot Sailfish walkaround and I am very happy with the ride, I have a friend who had a 23 SeaPro and the ride was hard, pounded a bit, nothing like the sailfish, the others have not been on.
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This is a hull that should definitely be considered...the KeyWest "Bluewater" series 2300.

I regularly run this rig over 30 miles out into the Gulf.

They started selling this hull in '98, and is still being sold today. heck out the details on ythe KeyWest site...Key West Boats Inc. - Your Key to Performance and Quality

Mine is just now being listed for sale after a detail; which won't take long as it has always been stored indoors.

F115's with 545 hrs, twin Lowrance gps/bottomfinders and some very shiny fiberglass!

Will be looking to get $25k. Here is a pic...PM me for more info....

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We fish a 1994 Proline 231 W/A. It titled as 25'6" plus has a full transom w/ bracket. We fish from OC Md, to Hatteras NC. We look for a forcast of 10-15 and wave height of either 2-3 or 2-4, paying attention to period as well. 20 knot winds happen on those days, and we just slow down a little on the way home. This boat rides no where near as good as the 24 Albemarle that we fished before. That said, the Albemarle was terrible for bottom / wreck fishing. Very "tender" on the hook with poor access to the bow. Trying to reset a wreck anchor multiple times in any kind of seas was just no fun, especially in the winter months. It's all about the trade offs. All of the boats you mentioned have about 19* of deadrise. Slow down, tab down, and let the pointy end do the work.
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Cheers for the replies so far guys!!
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255 Whaler Conquest with twin 150s. Owned it and still miss it!! Dry runner and plenty of power to climb over the backs of the offshore following garbage.
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They have a REAL 23' & a 25'.
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