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Old 07-09-2013, 12:06 PM
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Im in the process of educating and helping out my friend on his new boat purchase. He has a 28 Crownline right now, but doesn't like it and he says its too big and hard to handle so he wants to downsize a little. He also wants to change to a cuddy cabin type of boat. Now if we were talking above 26-30 foot, I would have no problem finding him a cuddy cabin or express style boat, but there are very few under 26 that are good boats. He saw my Sailfish 2360 WAC and really likes the looks of it, but for him I would definitely not recommend he get one. My boat isn't hard to handle but its definitely not the easiest to use and money is no object to him so there is no price limit. He wants a boat that is great for cruising and can take the whole family out, but have a great ride at the same time that can handle the rough chop. The first thing that came to mind was a Regulator, but I think he likes the cuddy cabins a lot more. Besides Sailfish and Pursuit, I really cant think of an awesome cuddy style boat in that length range. He has no interests in Grady White so thats out. Albermarle is definitely too fishing oriented for what he wants. Im stumped. There aren't too many cuddy's in that size range that are deep v's either. The pursuit is to narrow for him with only an 8'10" beam I think. If he wanted a center console, this would be a pretty easy. Who else makes an upper tier cuddy cabin with at least a 9 ft beam, 21-24 degree deadrise, and under 26 feet? The boat has to be easy to handle for a beginner and can be taken out by one person.

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Glacier bay 2670
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:07 PM
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Formula Sun Sport 260
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Get a Pilothouse. Tolman outdoes all the others.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tolman_Skiff
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:33 PM
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28ft whitewater. great for cruising, fishing, and sleeping for weekends out on the boat
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:27 PM
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Just curious - why no Grady? The Gulfstream is a very nice 23' cuddy.
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:31 PM
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If he's looking for something a bit more classic, Fortier 26 or Mathews Bros. 22.
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:39 PM
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Sport boat or fish boat?
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X2 on the Carolina classic
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Originally Posted by 1998 proline 241 View Post
X2 on the Carolina classic
Rereading, he said the Ablemarle was too "fishy". The Carolina Classic is the same and he wants more than an 8'6" beam.
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Pursuit has been building mid 20 foot cuddy models for 30 years. Good boats, def worth looking at.

Also, there is a 26 Black Watch for sale on this forum which you can steal. Search 26 Black Watch.
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Robalo 265

http://robalo.com/2013/robalo/Robalo...=32&page=specs
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Keep 'em coming guys. Like I said, he is not going to be fishing but the deep v is for the rough bay and chop. Carolina Classic and Albermarle are definitely out because they are way too fishy. I looked at the Robalo's at the past boat show and there were a few things that were enough to turn me away from them. He is coming from a 28 foot Crownline and wants to downsize. The Crownline is like a big Searay Sundeck. He says he pretty much wants twin's for easy handling in his lagoon.
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Cobalt makes nice boats

More cruiser though.
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Edgewater 265 ex,
roomiest 26 footer out there

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Originally Posted by Lattitude Adjuster View Post
Edgewater 265 ex,
roomiest 26 footer out there

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Looks like its no longer in production.

http://www.ewboats.com/models.cfm
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Parker 2510xldv, grady 265, blackfin 27combi . Those would be my choices
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So far I'm liking my Cobia 250WA - lots of room, good V hull, seems well-made. It looks a LOT like the Robalo in design and lines.
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he's looking for something a bit more classic
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He sounds like a SeaRay guy to me. Classic SeaRay.
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