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Old 04-07-2005, 02:02 PM
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I am the owner of a 19 ft seafox CC with a 115 merc on the back of it. When I first bought this boat I was one of the biggest advocates of it, but as the years past (I bought it in 2002), I have learned a bit different. So what problems Did I have with the boat you ask?

1) Screws falling out everywhere (you should see how short they are!!).
2) a very small anchor well
3) Ignition switch went 3 times ( Go mercury!)
4) wiring was horrible fuel guage disconnected 2 times as did the horn(this boat just doesnt take any kind of chop well, It is a huge back breaker even tabbed bow down)
5) the electronics box built in to the center console thats supposed to be water proof? (it isnt)
6) when the way the boat is designed when you clean it water pools on the right and left sides and doesnt drain (this is a small thing but it aggravated the heck out of me)
7) the deck is very hard to scrub clean no matter what you use
8) seafox boats are light compared to other boats in its class (this came directly out of the salesmans mouth) said that the hull design makes up for it's lightness (yea I bought into it)
9) Resale on this boat is horrible ( you buy one for 14,900) 3 years later cant even sell it for $8000
10) live wells use a vertical plug/drain and with bounce it falls right out (bye bye bait).
11) did I mention horrible wiring?

now on the good side, this boat was great on a lake I would buy another if I could use it on the lake all the time. However bay/ocean this thing fly's into the air over a 1 foot swell at 20 MPH.

Ohh wanted to tell you that I had the 19 like I mentioned a buddy of mine had a 23 (he got rid of his too) another buddy from a different campground had the 257 CC, he sold his after 1 year and took a 5,000 loss to get rid of it. same problems with ignition systems, and wiring and screws falling out of everywhere

But we all have a budget

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Old 04-07-2005, 02:09 PM
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I have owned one for about 3yrs not a flat or bay but a WA I love it. It get's the job done just like the rest of them. I have read alot of things about these boats before and after I purchased and no poblems of any has happen.
buying a boat is just like buying any other big purchase just hope you get the right one.

Enjoy yourself and do what you feel
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Old 04-07-2005, 03:15 PM
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Sea_Dad - 4/7/2005 2:06 PM

Joe - 4/7/2005 12:15 PM

Sea Fox? GREAT boats. They make'em in on the hiway in beautiful Moncks Corner, SC, and we all know thats the home of 6 sigma, quality, the worker who is looking out for the customer.

I say go buy one, or two. It'll make Carl Renken happy!
It could be the state and it's people too though. I believe keywest builds their boats there too. You can see just how far their QC program goes towards making sure the boat even gets built right much less fit and finish concerns. It really makes me wonder how you even figured out how to get online knowing you come from there too.
WRONG! Key west boats are built in Summerville, almost across the street from Scout.

And yes, there is a difference.

And what better way to know the quality of the people than being from there??

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Old 04-07-2005, 03:23 PM
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Actually I was referring to the state of sc, not the same town. Had you been a bit more clever you may have realized it, but allowance is given because of where you are from.

And if you think designing a scout so the skuppers leak to the point that it floods the deck of their bay boats qualifies it as a top tier boat, I dont see why you think another with sloppy wiring as a bad one. At least the wires dont leak.

We have lots of snowbirds and lots of people move here from lots of different places. I wasnt one of them though.
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Old 04-07-2005, 03:26 PM
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Malaki33 - 4/7/2005 2:02 PM

another buddy from a different campground had the 257 CC, he sold his after 1 year and took a 5,000 loss to get rid of it.
Thats it? 5g's after a years time? Not a bad depreciation.
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Old 04-07-2005, 03:37 PM
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HullSlap - 4/7/2005 9:52 AM

swashbuckler - 4/7/2005 9:51 AM

You'll never get a decent size boat into a 20' garage. Do not forget that you'll have 6-8 ft for a trailor tongue and 18 -20" for an outboard hanging off the back.

I'm not impressed with Sea Fox.

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My Hydra-Sports 1600 CC with 70 hp 2-stroke Yamaha on an EZ Loader trailer just barely fits in my 19'3" deep garage so it is possible to fit a 16' flats/bay boat with the door closed.

Like many others on this forum, I'm not impressed with Sea Fox boats.
My 16 foot Boston Whaler Dauntless with a 90 2 stroke and a Load Rite trailer fits in a 20 foot garage. Just angle it in.
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Old 04-07-2005, 03:45 PM
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Doesn't matter what you get....it could end up being a piece of crap or it could be wonderful. Yes...I know some makes perform better than others.
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Old 04-07-2005, 04:16 PM
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I was looking at a new Sea Fox flats boat on display at West Marine. The hull was a little wavy (a lot really but I'm trying to be nice) but I liked the way it was laid out. You'd think they'd have brought the pick of the litter for a sales display but perhaps that's as good as it gets.

I don't think you're going to do any better for the money.
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Old 04-07-2005, 05:17 PM
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at west marine? huh thats different. You would be hard pressed to find one without waves in the side. They pop them out of the mold and screw them together in only a week. To get no waves you would have to wait upwards of 3 weeks, and they wont be doing that anytime soon.

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Old 04-08-2005, 05:54 AM
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Sea_Dad - 4/7/2005 6:17 PM

at west marine? huh thats different. You would be hard pressed to find one without waves in the side. They pop them out of the mold and screw them together in only a week. To get no waves you would have to wait upwards of 3 weeks, and they wont be doing that anytime soon.
The local West always keeps a boat on display. Different boats from different dealers. You'd think they'd be working on more than one hull at a time?
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Old 04-08-2005, 08:21 AM
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I've always responded to every Sea Fox thread so this one won't be any different.

I enjoy my 23 WA. However, I'm easy on it. I'm 47, wife is 47. We don't go off shore, we don't like getting beat to death, (fair weather boaters) and don't cruise wide open very often. We have had very few, if any problems in the three years we have had it.

As such, the boat is perfect for us. Will it stand up to heavy offshore use on a regular basis? I don't know, but I think not.

But for me, it's just right.
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Old 04-08-2005, 10:30 AM
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Sea-Dad has always been very protective of his Sea-Fox. He is a lucky one. So i will stand up for my Key West. Never a problem with fit and finish, Solid gel coat work, fiberglass work on my key west is top notch for a mid tier offering, i know Sea-Dad is pleased with his Sea-Fox and almost everyone is pleased with thier Key Wests. i guess its a good thing Sea-Dad wants to compare to our Key Wests. He is a good guy after all is said and done.. By the way,, no matter what hull you select, be sure to spend as much time selecting the Outboard as you spend selecting the hull. If you miss on either one you will not be satisfied. A better approach is looking for the best combination hull and power plant you can afford.
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Old 04-08-2005, 10:50 AM
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LOL thanks for not flaming me for using the keywest as a comparison. Hey do me a favor, if you have one like that shoot a pic of the lids underneath like that one is. I would actually like to know what they use typically. I really dont think they screw up all of them.

In the end it really doesnt matter which boat you float. I have yet to see a fish that cared or a boat in distress care who offers help.


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Old 04-08-2005, 11:50 AM
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Will do Sea-Dad, i'll get my digital and send you some.. Looks like a great catch your son has there. Fishem up.. good to hear from you
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Old 04-08-2005, 12:23 PM
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a friend of mine owns one and swears by it.I believe he has a 4 stk merc on it and it runs in very shallow water.For the money you cant go wrong. Have you priced a sea doo lately?
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Old 04-08-2005, 12:41 PM
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Sea_Dad - 4/7/2005 4:23 PM

Actually I was referring to the state of sc, not the same town. Had you been a bit more clever you may have realized it, but allowance is given because of where you are from.

And if you think designing a scout so the skuppers leak to the point that it floods the deck of their bay boats qualifies it as a top tier boat, I dont see why you think another with sloppy wiring as a bad one. At least the wires dont leak.

We have lots of snowbirds and lots of people move here from lots of different places. I wasnt one of them though.
Yep, its sucks being stupid.

And the Scout I had never had any problems with leaks of any kind, nor wiring. I bought it, used it for 5 years, and sold it for the same thing I paid for it. I guess to some people thats not a good value, but to me, it was ok. I guess I'm just stupid like that.

How's that Sea Fox holding up?
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Old 04-08-2005, 01:34 PM
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The seafox is holding up well, thanks for asking. Not a loose screw to be found.

My seafox didnt require putting ballast in the front of the boat until the factory decided to replace the scuppers so the deck wouldnt flood either like a lot of the scout bayboats had either. Top tier my azz It's more like an over priced leak if you ask me.

sure I agree buying used is the way to go if you want to try and come out even in the end. You'll be hard pressed to find any boat that sells used without a big hit of depreciation to go with it. But then again as long as you know that going in, it doesnt matter does it?
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Old 04-08-2005, 01:38 PM
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ngirolamo - 4/8/2005 11:50 AM

Will do Sea-Dad, i'll get my digital and send you some.. Looks like a great catch your son has there. Fishem up.. good to hear from you

great thanks.

yeh we did 275 pounds in 3 trips last season. We had to stop and do some diving and run ti bimini and stuff cause the freezer got to full. I expect a bumper crop again this season too.
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Old 04-08-2005, 01:48 PM
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Sea_Dad - 4/8/2005 2:34 PM

The seafox is holding up well, thanks for asking. Not a loose screw to be found.

My seafox didnt require putting ballast in the front of the boat until the factory decided to replace the scuppers so the deck wouldnt flood either like a lot of the scout bayboats had either. Top tier my azz It's more like an over priced leak if you ask me.
Well then I'm certianly glad your weren't responsible for my decision making process when i bought it; I never had to do any such thing.
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Old 04-08-2005, 01:52 PM
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lots of guys did though. and it took tons of complaints to get scout to send the scuppers out too. It wasnt one of those where the mfg found something and fixed it without asking.

I've always been of the opinion that if youre going to trash a boat for what ever reason, try not doing it while your standing in water thats flooding the deck of your own.
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