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Old 12-21-2012, 12:55 PM
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Default 2004 Cape Horn 24ft good or bad buy?

I am in market for a boat and really don't know much about the different brands or engines. I have grown up on fishing boats and am now a captain on a towboat but don't have a lot of experience with center console boats. My question is about a Cape Horn 24ft, I heard they are wet rides but also that Cape Horn fixed that after 2004? Any info will help. Also what are some of the reliable outboards and what should I steer clear of? Thanks
Old 12-21-2012, 01:12 PM
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Welcome to the forum. You can do a quick search on here and get a wealth of knowledge on the right outboard for that boat. I particularly like that model but have only been on one a time or two (beautiful lines though!) and you can't beat Yamaha for power.
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Thanks. I have just read like 10 threads and learned a lot. It does come with a 2003 Yamaha 250hpdi. It is a 2003 boat, not a 2004. My mistake.
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I have a 2005 24OS and absolutely love it. I can say that mine is a very dry ride unless you're in some bad seas and then you'll probably be wet in any boat. I've been caught in storms where the seas kicked up 8 feet and never worried about the boat. It has handled everything I have thrown at it. I've never been on an older 24 but the older 21 is everything but dry. Should be ok with the 2003. As far as power, depending on what your plans are, a single 250 seems underpowered. Some with better experience will maybe comment on that but mine has twin 200s and that's what I am used to. There are a lot of Cape Horn owners on here and I have learned a lot from them so you're in the right place. Good luck!
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Thanks. I read that same thing earlier about those needing twin engines to perform better.
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I have a 2002 CH 23 which is identical to the 24, but with a foot off the transom. A buddy and I were out in Tampa Bay this week breaking in my new DF175s, and it was windy with a lot of chop on an incoming tide. Even at higher speeds toward the end of the break in hours we couldn't believe how dry it was (for a center console).
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Those 250 HPDI's don't have a great reputation.
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I have a 2004 CH 24 with twin HPDI's - owned since 2006 and have loved it. Lightly used offshore for spearfishing/diving and some grouper fishing. Range is awesome and pretty good 2+ MPG with med/light load.

HOWEVER, I am listing for sale very soon due to baby coming in March. Shoot a PM if you or anyone wants an early look prior to posting.
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
Those 250 HPDI's don't have a great reputation.
yep, do a search on the engine too.

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