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Old 03-17-2015, 07:49 AM
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Looking for some advice in regards to a new boat purchase.

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I started saltwater fishing in a 16th Flats boat, I later sold that skiff and bought a 25 offshore boat and did a lot of diving and offshore fishing. Over the past few years I haven't owned a boat, started a family etc but I have been thinking about getting another boat the past year. We took my daughter out last weekend in a friends boat and she loved it.

I will keep the boat on the water in St. Augustine most of the time. I would be around 12 miles from the inlet if I wanted to run offshore.

For me I enjoy fishing creeks for reds, trout and flounder. I would run offshore some for cobia and pay around behind the shrimp boats but I would pick my days. I have never liked fishing a lot of guys so I would limit to 2 to 3 max for fishing trips.

I would like something that floats in a foot or less. I see myself doing much more inshore fishing than offshore. I have a buddy with a 27 CC.

But I now need a boat I can load up the family and run around in the ICW or up to Jax etc.

The ideal day would be to get up early go fish for a few hours with a buddy, then meet up with the family and run up to a restaurant and cruise around for a bit.

Ideally I love the layout of the 21 yellowfin or x22 shearwater coming from owning a previous flats boat but I don't think that is going to win the wife over. So I am looking now at the 22 TRS Pathfinder with a 200hp. it seems like a good boat, does a lot well, good reputation and for the money a solid boat. Might not have the fit and finish of higher end boats but I am fine with that, I am sure its a sickening feeling to hear your $70 + k boat slide across oysters.

while the 24's seem nice I feel those are too big for the creek's

what else should I consider ?
Old 03-17-2015, 08:14 AM
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Bbates3,

Take a look at the Robalo Cayman series of bay boats. They offer a 20', 22' and a 24' that might fit your requirements. I have the 246 Cayman if you have any specific questions let me know.

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QUOTE=bbates3;7667091]Looking for some advice in regards to a new boat purchase.

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I started saltwater fishing in a 16th Flats boat, I later sold that skiff and bought a 25 offshore boat and did a lot of diving and offshore fishing. Over the past few years I haven't owned a boat, started a family etc but I have been thinking about getting another boat the past year. We took my daughter out last weekend in a friends boat and she loved it.

I will keep the boat on the water in St. Augustine most of the time. I would be around 12 miles from the inlet if I wanted to run offshore.

For me I enjoy fishing creeks for reds, trout and flounder. I would run offshore some for cobia and pay around behind the shrimp boats but I would pick my days. I have never liked fishing a lot of guys so I would limit to 2 to 3 max for fishing trips.

I would like something that floats in a foot or less. I see myself doing much more inshore fishing than offshore. I have a buddy with a 27 CC.

But I now need a boat I can load up the family and run around in the ICW or up to Jax etc.

The ideal day would be to get up early go fish for a few hours with a buddy, then meet up with the family and run up to a restaurant and cruise around for a bit.

Ideally I love the layout of the 21 yellowfin or x22 shearwater coming from owning a previous flats boat but I don't think that is going to win the wife over. So I am looking now at the 22 TRS Pathfinder with a 200hp. it seems like a good boat, does a lot well, good reputation and for the money a solid boat. Might not have the fit and finish of higher end boats but I am fine with that, I am sure its a sickening feeling to hear your $70 + k boat slide across oysters.

while the 24's seem nice I feel those are too big for the creek's

what else should I consider ?[/QUOTE]
Old 03-17-2015, 11:48 AM
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Got a friend who guides out of St Augustine that just bought a new 24 ft Pathfinder, has his old boat that's less than 2 years old, at Atlantic Coast Marine for sale. Immaculate shape, low hours, guides inshore and near shore but has been offshore some 40 miles. Might want to call him, Brian Walker @ Walker fishing charters.
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189 or 2011 Egret. I fish over there a good bit, but I run a tunnel hull jet drive. In my opinion, it's the best thing for the creeks but is not a boat for outside. A good buddy Capt. Tommy Derringer has the 189 and does every thing you just described.
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Have a look at the Layton Bay. Solid boat and built every bit as good as those high dollar boats and ride like a dream.
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We fish the inlets, gulf and take our Key West 230 BR out for family trips. It will exceed most of your wants and is a bit less expensive than the 22' Pathfinder. The only issue might be the draft requested. We have floated it in 12" of water with a medium load but there was virtually no clearance at that depth. I would only float that depth with an incoming tide. 14" isn't a problem.

The Key West 230 BR is at least to me one of the better bay boats out there with no inherent design issues.
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Originally Posted by Shel View Post
Got a friend who guides out of St Augustine that just bought a new 24 ft Pathfinder, has his old boat that's less than 2 years old, at Atlantic Coast Marine for sale. Immaculate shape, low hours, guides inshore and near shore but has been offshore some 40 miles. Might want to call him, Brian Walker @ Walker fishing charters.
Those 24 Pathfinders are sweet. I've been offshore 30 miles or so in one in the gulf. We got wet when a storm blew in some 3 or 4 footers but never felt unsafe.
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There is a beautiful ice blue Blackjack 223 for sale in Jacksonville area for high 50's. It's on FS. I would think that boat would be ideal but it will likely take a couple more inches to float than a foot.

The Egret 189 or 2011 will float in a foot but the layout may not be as nice for a family. Egret's Moccasin 210 is something that should look at though (bigger cockpit). They ride better than a 22' Pathifinder but the Pathfinder can seat people in the bow a little easier. There is a guide in Hilton Head, SC that runs a Moccasin 210 and a Pathfinder 22 that you could call get his opinion.

You didn't say how many kids you have and thier age.
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bbates, I have similar requirements (family, mostly inshore and some offshore fishing) and I just bought a Robalo 226 Cayman. I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am with the whole experience. The dealer was fantastic, the company is fantastic, the boat has been a dream.

I think the thing that I am happiest about is the layout, the storage and the ride. The layout and the storage is just so well thought out and there is a ton of it. The boat is a little heavier due to more hull material than many of its competitors and therefore the ride is smoother than a Tidewater or SeaHunt (the other two I seatrialed).

Prior to purchase, what really set the Robalo apart for me was the features for the price. Really nice lockable rod storage, 3 lives wells (2 of them 30 gal), the rear fold-up bench seat in the middle rather than smaller jump seats on the sides and the head in the console for the women-folk... and fisherman that have to take an emergency dump.

Anyway- I could talk all day about it- so I'll stop with that. PM me or reply here if you are interested in hearing more about my experience. Happy hunting!

Scott

PS- I also looked really closely at the Sportsman 227 Masters and it came in a close second, but I didn't like it quite as much as the Robalo.
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24's are much more popular than 22's but depending on the creeks and your usage a 22' might be a better compromise boat. There are a few creeks I fish where I'm glad to have a 22 over a 24'. If you fish offshore more than creeks then a 24 with higher gunnels might be better. I fish the creeks more but if it were the other way around I'd prefer a bayboat with an enclosed transom/ no or minimal rear deck. It doesn't take much swell to limit offshore fishing to inside the boat, off the decks. Bay boats, with a lot of deck space, have less "in the boat" space, like the x22. The PF trs would be a good family/fish compromise boat. Everglades bayboats are mentioned as being more comfort than hardcore fishing also.

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