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Old 09-22-2015, 12:23 PM
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I know it has been discussed on here...many times as to what cabin cruiser works best for fishing. Well...I need a definitive answer ( ok...I know it will never happen, but one can try!)

I do not have a lot of boating exp, I live in Victoria British Columbia where we are surrounded by smaller islands and am getting to the age where I want to be able to take some time and explore those islands with my family of four, me, wife, child (7) child (4).

We want to do overnighters and sleep on the boat. I love to fish as well and I am sure me and the boys will get out at least once a month and do some halibut/salmon fishing.

SO...what do I purchase that is capable, safe, roomy and will not cost me over $25k.

Any and all opinions are very much appreciated as I am starting to get overwhelmed looking at all the choices. Just wish I had enough money for a trawler...they look sweet.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-22-2015, 12:50 PM
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Something that is aimed at both fishing and cruising. Fishing out of a pure cruiser for small fish will be a pain in the ass but possible.
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Old 09-22-2015, 12:59 PM
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You want something more or less like this.

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Searay Amberjack?
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Old 09-22-2015, 01:03 PM
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Consider an older Sea Ray Amberjack. I had one for 7 years and it was an outstanding compromise. Comfortable for a family of four with young kids, reasonably fishable, with a live well, rocket launchers and a tackle station, and well designed and safe. You can probably get a 2001 model in the price range you have suggested. I had a 2001 with straight inboards. Man, I could parallel park that boat in a 30 foot slip. Great control.
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We love our 290 Amberjack but I don't fish with it very much (5-10% of the time) and would not consider it if I wanted just a fishing boat, but for us it is a great all around boat and has a 10.5' beam.
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HI all, thanks for the replies. Are they all 29' ? I was thinking something like a 26 footer would do fine for us....wrong thought?

Also, can they be trailered.

Thanks,
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Old 09-22-2015, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by ScottWelsman View Post
HI all, thanks for the replies. Are they all 29' ? I was thinking something like a 26 footer would do fine for us....wrong thought?

Also, can they be trailered.

Thanks,
A fishable 26 footer would be far too cramped for a family of four. Some 26' trawlers would be able to accommodate 4 people, but at the cost of fishability and the addition of obvious topheavyness.

Trailerability would depend on beam, and your tow vehicle.

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We had a Shamrock 26 Express that was a decent compromise for the wife, me and two young children. It would fish and we managed to sleep overnight in the cabin - we are all small. We did that for one season then went to a 33' flybridge for more room......
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Originally Posted by ScottWelsman View Post
HI all, thanks for the replies. Are they all 29' ? I was thinking something like a 26 footer would do fine for us....wrong thought?

Also, can they be trailered.

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Amberjack also has a 27' and 34'.
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Old 09-22-2015, 03:09 PM
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As a "newb" to this world..this is what I think would work well...

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1996...s#.VgHQ8DZdEdk

Am I on the right track? I love the lines of it and The command bridge seems nice to have as sitting high would seem advantageous for docking and what not.
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Just to add...thank you again if I have not already said it. It is a very daunting task but exciting to enter into the world of boats. I have heard it stands for Bring Out Another Thousand...I am hoping this is not always the case but I think it would be and probably is a great way to enjoy family and friend life out here on the Wet Coast.
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I had an old early 80's searay sundancer aft cabin that I fished and dove regularly off of and weekended on. Caught many large bass on it. plenty of room for 4 using the dinette for an additional double. Was a heavy boat though

I was thinking something more in line with an older Chris Craft. Mostly cabin but a decent cockpit. I don't know enough about the models (to be able to suggest one) but have seen plenty in the mid to upper 20's range that would be within budget.

The amberjack is a good call but recollection is it is 9'+ beam for trailering.

You are setting the bar pretty high looking for something to sleep a family of 4, that is mechanically sound, can be fished off of, is under 25k all in and 26' and under. I hope your mechanically inclined because an older boat is going to nickel and dime you to death especially having all work done my someone.
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Originally Posted by ScottWelsman View Post
As a "newb" to this world..this is what I think would work well...

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1996...s#.VgHQ8DZdEdk

Am I on the right track? I love the lines of it and The command bridge seems nice to have as sitting high would seem advantageous for docking and what not.
Definitely NOT a fishing boat!
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Old 09-22-2015, 05:08 PM
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"You are setting the bar pretty high looking for something to sleep a family of 4, that is mechanically sound, can be fished off of, is under 25k all in and 26' and under. I hope your mechanically inclined because an older boat is going to nickel and dime you to death especially having all work done my someone."

hmmm...I thought that might be the case. I will check out the Chris Craft and Amber Jacks and see what there is on my side of the world. I def. do not want to be nickeled and dimed as I will get annoyed and the wife will shoot me.

Should I look for outboards or inboards? I am assuming most of the stuff I will be looking at will be an inboard which is probably less expensive? Thanks,
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Old 09-22-2015, 05:19 PM
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For your $25k you can find something like this, seaworthy, with a single gas inboard, a small cuddy cabin and head with weekender type accommodations. It can have a folding navy top. Plenty of room to fish.

Used boats don't nickel and dime you to death...it's usually much worse!

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I decided not to sell my boa, I was looking for something like you were, but then realized I had it, if your a trophy hater you can usually find older robalos in the same price range

http://www.thehulltruth.com/boats-sa...-hours-nj.html
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Old 09-22-2015, 06:03 PM
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Is something like this worth the money?

http://www.boatdealers.ca/boats-for-...itish-columbia

Seems expensive for a 15 year old boat. BTW, builder is now out of business.
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That's 3 times the budget you initially set.
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