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Old 04-13-2015, 01:10 PM
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Ok... I'm a NEWB to this forum but have been searching the threads online for days and am having a difficult time finding an answer or the right boat for me.

I live in Tampa and enjoy fishing the flats, along with heading offshore a bit, and taking the family out for a day of fun in the sun. Would also like to take it down to the Keys. So I need help with a boat decision.

Requirements:
Can fish the flats or shallow areas
Can be taken offshore and down to the keys ( I know weather conditions permitting)
Need to be able to take 8 persons
Must have full front cushion ability and dodger along with aft seating behind driver.
Pricing : Like to stay around 70K
Size in the 20-24 ft range
Engine: Most likely Yam 200 4Stroke, but boat dependant. Like it to do upper 40's

I really need this to be an 4x4 SUV of sorts for the boating world. Would compromise shallow draft for comfort and safety.

I really like the layout of the Sea Hunt 25, but its more of a deep running boat.

I appreciate all the help!
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look at some of the used Everglades 243cc for sale here on THT. It would fit all of your specs although draft may be an issue at 16"
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Originally Posted by Siouxfan17 View Post
Ok... I'm a NEWB to this forum but have been searching the threads online for days and am having a difficult time finding an answer or the right boat for me.

I live in Tampa and enjoy fishing the flats, along with heading offshore a bit, and taking the family out for a day of fun in the sun. Would also like to take it down to the Keys. So I need help with a boat decision.

Requirements:
Can fish the flats or shallow areas
Can be taken offshore and down to the keys ( I know weather conditions permitting)
Need to be able to take 8 persons
Must have full front cushion ability and dodger along with aft seating behind driver.
Pricing : Like to stay around 70K
Size in the 20-24 ft range
Engine: Most likely Yam 200 4Stroke, but boat dependant. Like it to do upper 40's

I really need this to be an 4x4 SUV of sorts for the boating world. Would compromise shallow draft for comfort and safety.

I really like the layout of the Sea Hunt 25, but its more of a deep running boat.

I appreciate all the help!
Siouxfan17,

Check out the Robalo 246 Cayman bay boat. It will do everything on your wish list and then some. You can search my build and owner reviews here on THT. I've had the boat since late Oct and fish in Charlotte Harbor/Boca Grande. If you have any questions I'd be glad to help. Here's a pic for your review.
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Key West 230BR or Pioneer 220 Bay Sport or Robalo 246 Cayman

I have a KW 216 BR and it's a pretty capable all around boat...
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If you're looking for a new boat upper $40's puts you in a 21-22ft.

Sea Hunt Triton 210 or a left over 2014 Triton 234 is in your price range with a 12" draft. We fish the inlets in less than 2ft of water and head out 30 miles (WEATHER PERMITTING). If you're not set on new there are a lot of 1 or 2yr boats at a steal right now...
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There are several makes and models that fit your criteria for the most part.
In addition to those stated, I'll add.
Nautic Star.
Sea Fox.
Parker Big Bay.
Pioneer.
Sportsman.
Frontier.
The new to the bay boat scene Crevalle.
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Originally Posted by Keep Reelin View Post
If you're looking for a new boat upper $40's puts you in a 21-22ft.

Sea Hunt Triton 210 or a left over 2014 Triton 234 is in your price range with a 12" draft. We fish the inlets in less than 2ft of water and head out 30 miles (WEATHER PERMITTING). If you're not set on new there are a lot of 1 or 2yr boats at a steal right now...

My apologies... When I stated upper 40's I was speaking about speed, not price. Pricing I would like to stay under 70k.

Thanks again
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Blue Wave Pure Bay
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Originally Posted by Siouxfan17 View Post
My apologies... When I stated upper 40's I was speaking about speed, not price. Pricing I would like to stay under 70k.

Thanks again
No my bad.. I read it too fast.. I change my answer to Sea Hunt BX 22BR my brother-in-law has one in Texas and fishes the sh** out of it the bays, bayous and offshore oil rigs..
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Originally Posted by Siouxfan17 View Post
My apologies... When I stated upper 40's I was speaking about speed, not price. Pricing I would like to stay under 70k.

Thanks again
You can view a video and article of the Robalo 246 Cayman on boattest.com. It would be in the $70k range with a Yamaha 300, trailer, hardtop, front dining table and cushions. Lots of standard features included.
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Originally Posted by jswett View Post
look at some of the used Everglades 243cc for sale here on THT. It would fit all of your specs although draft may be an issue at 16"
This boat will fit your needs and you should have some change left over if you consider a used one 2-3 years old.

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Pathfinder 2400 TRS would suit you well. I do a little bit of everything with mine.
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Read through my build from start to almost done. Built for the very same reasons.
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You guys need to read the specifics. Wants a bow dodger and full front cushions. I'd look at a Gause style boat. A used or new (depending on manufacturer), Gause, shaeffer, dorado, redone flat back 222, etc.
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Epic 22sc or 25sc
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The Crevalle is a very nice boat. One of the best layouts I've ever seen.
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Does it have to be new? Theres a lot of good suggestions above, but I didn't see Canyon Bay mentioned so Ill toss them out. These three you can find used a few years old, and or if hours are too high can repower for your budget

Links for example/reference:

http://www.boattrader.com/listing/20...-KCF-102490892

http://www.boattrader.com/listing/20...-BAY-102485541

http://www.boattrader.com/listing/20...-BAY-102485541
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Originally Posted by Badbagger View Post
Read through my build from start to almost done. Built for the very same reasons.
Your build looks fantastic!

I see "custom" boat and I think "very expensive"! Don't mean to be digging in your business but is that in the 70K price range with everything your doing?

Thanks
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25 Majek Extreme or Blue Wave Pure Bay. 300 Yamaha on either.

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